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Restaurant Olivia. Photo by Lucy Beaugard

Top of the Town 2020: Dining

Whether they’re traditional, experimental, or confectional, every one of our 29 culinary winners are exceptional.

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Editors’ note: The COVID-19 pandemic struck the Centennial State in mid-March, shuttering restaurants, stores, and other destinations and forcing Coloradans to remain at home for weeks. The timing of the outbreak made it impossible for our staff to research possible Editors’ Choice winners at the same level of scrutiny as years past, which is why they are not included alongside Readers’ Choice recipients in 2020.

New Restaurant

Restaurant Olivia
290 S. Downing St., 303-999-0395

Coffeeshop

HiRa Cafe & Patisserie
10782 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, 720-949-1703

Burger

Cherry Cricket
2641 E. Second Ave., 303-322-7666; 2220 Blake St., 303-297-3644

Indian

Little India
2390 S. Downing St., 303-298-1939; 330 E. Sixth Ave., 303-871-9777

Brunch

Corinne
1455 California St., 720-996-1555

Distillery

Mythology Distillery
3622 Tejon St., 720-458-0501

Chef

Ty Leon, Restaurant Olivia
290 S. Downing St., 303-999-0395

Bakery

HiRa Cafe & Patisserie
10782 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, 720-949-1703

Dessert

The Macaron Shoppe

Italian

Mici Handcrafted Italian
Multiple locations

Steak

Bastien’s Restaurant
3503 E. Colfax Ave., 303-322-0363

Japanese

Izakaya Den
1487A S. Pearl St., 303-777-0691

Ethiopian

Queen of Sheba
7225 E. Colfax Ave., 303-399-9442

Vegan/Vegetarian

City, O’ City
206 E. 13th Ave., 303-831-6443

Korean

Dae Gee Korean BBQ
multiple locations

Pizza

Mici Handcrafted Italian
multiple locations

Chinese

Hop Alley
3500 Larimer St., 720-379-8340

Middle Eastern

Safta
The Source Hotel & Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Blvd., 720-408-2444

Thai

US Thai Cafe
5228 W. 25th Ave., 303-233-3345

Market Hall

Stanley Marketplace
2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-990-6743

Breakfast Burrito

Renegade Burrito
10005 Grant St., Thornton, 303-280-7052; 13648 Orchard Parkway, Westminster, 303-287-7486

Ice Cream

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
799 S. University Blvd., 303-777-0808

Deli

The Bagel Deli & Restaurant
6439 E. Hampden Ave., 303-756-6667

Seafood

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
multiple locations

Mexican

Los Dos Potrillos
multiple locations

Barbecue

Rolling Smoke BBQ
2501 Dallas St., Aurora, 720-573-4142; 7470 S. University Blvd., Centennial, 303-221-4093

Teahouse

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
321 17th St., 303-297-3111

French

Bistro Vendôme
1420 Larimer St., 303-825-3232

Special Occasion Restaurant

Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club
1330 27th St., 303-295-3333

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