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Best restaurants in Denver?

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Hiya. Top 5? Suggestions?

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  1. Some recent threads:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677245
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670760

    Boulder:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/679036

    My top three would probably be Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Rioja in Denver, and Bones in Denver. The "best" is so subjective and depends on what I'm in the mood for and how much I want to spend. If I'm in the mood for Mexican or Salvadoran food, El Taco de Mexico and Pupusas Sabor Hispano are going to come out near the top even though neither of those places are much on atmosphere.

    1. I like Root Down, too. www.rootdowndenver.com

      Also good is Mizuna - www.mizunadenver.com

      But you can't miss with Rioja.

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      1. re: beigedog

        Panzano serves terrific northern Italian. It just reopened after a masterful makeover -- contemporary but still warm. It's a hotel restaurant in the Monaco and doesn't always get the acclaim that I think it deserves. Ditto the Palace Arms in the Brown Palace, an expense account restaurant that's like dining in a museum -- but with a talented young chef in charge. Ditto #2 for Restaurant Kevin Taylor in the Teatro.

      2. Table 6
        Luca D'Italia
        Fruition
        Sushi Den
        Colt and Grey

        1. my top five are included in other's answers, but right this (totally sated) minute the best restaurant in the whole freakin' world is the one I just got fried chicken, blackeyed peas, collard greens and jalapeno cornbread from, with a 32 oz styrofoam cup full of sweet tea.

          That would be Tom's Home Cookin', the best (maybe the only) argument for NOT renewing your car registration online, but rather schlepping over to the Denver Motor Vehicle office at Five Points Plaza, right around the corner from Tom's.

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          1. re: southdenverhoo

            mmmm...Tom's. Seriously some of the best food in Denver :)

            1. re: southdenverhoo

              My husband and I went there for the first time a few weeks ago and it was tasty - loved my BBQ pork and mac anc cheese.