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The Essential Denver Restaurants, July 2012

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs. Every few months, we'll add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.

Without further ado, it's time to make some changes. Because comments from the tip line begged for them, Duffy's Cherry Cricket, El Taco De Mexico and My Brother's Bar have all been added as Denver classics. And because Sushi Sasa continues to pull rank with Sushi Den, there's now two sushi restaurants on the list. There was also an absence in the steakhouse department, and given its popularity, Elway's has been added. Also coming on: Pinche Taqueria, because it's quickly proved itself to locals and critics alike. But, with new additions also come some subtractions: Park Burger, Queen of Sheba, WaterCourse, Axios, El Camino and Beatrice & Woodsley have all left the party.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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Duffy's Cherry Cricket

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Fruition Restaurant

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Root Down

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TAG Restaurant

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Luca D'Italia

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Z Cuisine

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Panzano

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Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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Pho Duy Restaurant

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Twelve Restaurant

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Potager

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New Saigon Restaurant

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Star Kitchen

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Vesta Dipping Grill

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Colt & Gray

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ChoLon Bistro

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Biker Jims Dogs

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Hops & Pie

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Sushi Den

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Fuel Cafe

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Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar

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Bittersweet

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Il Posto

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Olivéa Restaurant

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Steuben's

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Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

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Masterpiece Delicatessen

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Jonesy's EatBar

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My Brother's Bar

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Pinche Taqueria

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Elway's

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El Taco De Mexico

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Sushi Sasa

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