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25 Best Restaurants 2014

What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.

5280 October 2014

The Mushroom Whisperers

Meet Graham Steinruck and Nick Martinez—two men on a mission to bring the wild foods of the Front Range to Denver kitchens.

Jared Being Jared

Colorado’s most visible and polarizing congressman is unconventional, unpredictable, pragmatic, probably brilliant, and incredibly wealthy. But is his unique approach to politics part of a master plan to give our government a makeover, or is it just how he rolls?

25 Best Restaurants 2014

What a difference a year makes. Denver’s restaurant scene is in the midst of a big transformation—you won’t want to miss a single bite.

Fall Theater Preview

Truly great theater takes tremendous preparation, endless creativity, talented people, and no small amount of money. We raise the curtain on Denver’s thriving theater community. Take a peek.  


From paying bills to sharing photos, we all live our lives online. How safe are our digital assets—really?

Anywhere But Here

Colorado inmate Douglas Alward has escaped from prison seven times. Only one person knows if he’ll try again.

Business Casual

A letter from the editor of our October 2014 issue.

Taking the Gloves Off

A Q&A with Boulder resident and Olympic-level boxer, Carrie Barry.

Wood Work

The High Road

Estes Park makes a bid to become Colorado’s trail-running mecca.

A Town Transformed

Commerce City bets on becoming the next go-to suburb for Front Range families. And it’s putting its money where its aspirations are. 

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The Political Calendar

For those of you waiting till the last minute, the time has come to cram for the 2014 election. To spare you from wading through all the online chatter, we gathered 19 bits of political wisdom for you to study during the month of October. Consider this prep for exercising your right to vote on November 4. 

The Cradle of Wilderness

On the 50th anniversary of the national Wilderness Act, its unsung birthplace endures in western Colorado’s Flat Tops.

A Mappable Feast

Rock Star

Hosting a TV show about survival is nothing compared to what professional rock climber Craig DeMartino already lived through. 

High Spirits

A spate of new tasting rooms debuts in the Centennial State. 

Eat Our Words

Coming Soon: 5280’s first cookbook. 

Plains Song

A Denver photographer finds inspiration in the Eastern Plains.

Colorado Close-Up

Director Mitch Dickman aims to create a sustainable film industry in the Centennial State.

Labor of Love

Buying fair trade makes an impact.

Cold Front

Gentlemen: Don’t sacrifice style for function at the first sign of snow. Keep your look casual and polished—and warm—with these options. 

Dinner Theater

Downtown’s Hotel Teatro sets the stage for its next act.

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Higher Learning

Get Involved: Colorado Outward Bound’s ASCEND program

The Sound of Silence

We Scream, You Scream

Milkbox Ice Creamery satisfies sweet tooths.

Promised Land: Lower48 Kitchen

Lower48 Kitchen has the ingredients to one day strike gold. 

Sweet Elevation

Meet Ed Colby, Aspen Mountain’s ski-patrolling beekeeper.

Eat Cheap: El Camino

Fair Warning: El Camino’s spirited vibe and affordable eats can be habit-forming. 

How To: Make Soft Pretzels

Nadine Donovan, head pastry chef at Old Major, dishes on how to make soft pretzels.

Ghost Town

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