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25 Best Restaurants 2013

After countless lunches and dinners, tens of thousands of calories, and hours of careful deliberation and debate, our fourth annual ranking of the Denver area’s best restaurants is complete. Dig in for a comprehensive, of-the-moment snapshot of the local dining scene.

5280 October 2013


Digging for Gold

With a new coach, a new front office, and at least four promising new players, the Nuggets’ 2013–14 season is certain to be a roller coaster ride of transition. We mined the history books and picked the brains of local analysts—and of the Nuggets’ new coach himself—to give you an insider’s look at the franchise’s past, present, and future. 


Discover the hidden world of Denver’s dynamic fine arts scene this fall.


When Jillian Groh checked in to the downtown Westin Hotel one cold night almost seven years ago, everything felt certain. Then things changed forever.


Court Couture

Who says sports are just about the score? Tracking the Denver Nuggets’ uniform redesigns throughout the team’s 50-year history has become a game in and of itself. Here, we present the evolution—and occasional devolution—of the franchise’s never-dull duds, with expert feedback from Paul Lukas, founder of the go-to uniform blog Uni Watch.

Back On His Feet

Retired Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson pens a true rarity: the football memoir that depicts what life is really like in the NFL.

Rude Awakening

In Colorado and nationwide, girls are starting puberty earlier and earlier. But the real concerns begin once they grow up.

From the Editor

With a Smile

A letter from the editor of our October 2013 issue.

Front Range

Suds Illustrated

Brain Games

Opening The Playbook

How the Colorado School of Mines football coach is reinventing the way teams at all levels of the game think about offense.

It All Adds Up

Denver grade schoolers’ math scores get a boost with Pi Q Math.

Scare Tactics

RESUMÉName: Stephen Graham JonesAge: 41Books Authored: 16Awards: Shirley Jackson Award finalist (three times), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Fiction recipient, This Is Horror Novel of the Year winner, Colorado Book Award finalistFavorite Authors: Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, Stephen KingColorado Hangouts: Time Warp Comics, Boulder Book Store, Casa Alvarez

Second Act

The return of The Book of Mormon to Denver this month has us longing for a few other Mile High comebacks.


Matter Of State

When you head to the polls next month, you’ll find a slew of questions about taxes and education (see “Voter’s Guide,” below). Of course, that’s nothing new. These yawn-inducing  topics are among the top issues Coloradans regularly see on the ballot. Here’s a look at how statewide ballots have broken down over the past decade.


The Guide to South Pearl Street

South Pearl Street, the hip epicenter of the Platt Park neighborhood, has long housed some of Denver’s finest eateries and boutiques. But this beloved stretch of real estate has recently undergone a renaissance, with several new restaurants and shops opening in the past year—and more to come. Here, we present you with a few of the new additions.

Buckle Up

Mountain Man

It Takes Two

All-Access Pass

See some of Denver’s top dancers before they hit the stage, no ticket required.

Get Involved: 1,000 Words

Creative Takeover

A former commercial hub looks to redraw its economic future as the city’s next great arts district.

Spice Rack

Eat and Drink

How To Host A Dinner Party

Andrew Van Stee, co-founder of Noble Swine Supper Club, offers tips (organization!) on hosting a foolproof fiesta.

By the Numbers

How many cocktails did Green Russell sell in July 2013?

The Big Chill

How I learned to love my freezer.

Go Nuts

In the case of Thai Monkey Club, go for the sauce and stay for everything else.

‘Round The Corner

With Corner House, Matt Selby takes on the neighborhood restaurant.

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