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Top 5 Best Restaurants in Denver, Colorado

Posted: Jun. 28th, 2010  |  By Carly Zinderman
Dining: Denver, Colorado is more than just a place for enjoying the great outdoors. It is also a great city to enjoy great food and some of the most talented chefs in America. While it is home to a host of steakhouses, hipster coffee houses and bars, it also boasts a wide variety of regional and global cuisine, from modern Italian to fresh sushi. The following are some of the best restaurants that regularly put out outstanding food and service.

The Best restaurant in Denver, Rioja has been named as one of Food & Magazine's where to go restaurants in Denver. Wolfgang Puck alum Jennifer Jasinksi runs the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. The creative cuisine and exposed brick atmosphere have landed Rioja in the pages of many magazines, making it one of the most talked about restaurants in Denver. Tasting menus are available, as are the mini goat-cheese biscuits that fill the bread baskets. Look for fresh takes on the ordinary from tempura-treated lemons to a red snapper in a mustard-broth rag├╣ of clams, mussels, haricots verts and chorizo.

Cucina Colore
Cucina Colore serves vibrant Italian cuisine in the heart of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. The recipient of the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" since 2000, Cucina Colore has boasted talented chefs and amazing pasta since opening in 1994. With a wood-burning pizza oven and filling entrees like the penne telefono, its no wonder that Cucina Colore continues to be a mainstay of Denver dining.

The Delectable Egg
The Delectable Egg isn't your typical champagne brunch, but the establishment specializing in eggs has drawn a following from everyone from locals to visiting celebrities. With a wide reaching menu, The Delectable Egg makes breakfast as basic or as luxurious you could wish, Belgian waffles, French toast, frittatas and various Benedicts are served up alongside fresh fruits and veggies and other homemade goodies.

Sushi Den
Sushi Den has been talked about in magazines from the New York Times to Forbes, so it's no wonder that the elegant eatery has been named as one of Zagat's Best Restaurants. Since 1985 sushi experts Toshi and Yasu have been serving quality sushi that has earned national recognition. Sushi Den flies in fresh fish from one of Japan's largest fish markets, from the city of Fukuoka on Kyushu Island close to the Japanese hometown of Sushi Den's founders. This quality ensures a daily fresh catch, ranging from Copper River Salmon to the more exotic Hiramasa.

The Oven
Pizza may not seem like a haute dining experience, but it is at The Oven. Chef and owner Mark Tarbell trained at culinary school in France before opening The Oven in a Denver suburb. The pizzas are served lightly charred from wood-stoked ovens, and topped with local, organic ingredients, including spicy Italian sausage from Marczyk Fine Foods and Haystack Mountain goat cheese. The mozzarella is made in-house and tops all the pizzas and can also be enjoyed as an appetizer. To accompany the pizza is an eclectic wine menu offering everything from a Stone Cellars by Beringer Pinot Grigio that goes for $4 a glass to a $110 bottle of Kistler "Les Noisetiers" Chardonnay.

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