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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.

1. Table 6

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609 Corona St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-8800

2. Duffy's Cherry Cricket

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2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-7666

3. Fruition Restaurant

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1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-1962

4. Mizuna

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225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4778

5. Bones

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701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 860-2929

6. Root Down

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1600 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-4200

7. TAG Restaurant

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1441 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 996-9985

8. Luca D'Italia

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711 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-6600

9. Z Cuisine

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2239 W 30th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-1111

10. Panzano

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909 17th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-3525

11. Linger

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2030 W 30th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 993-3120

12. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-4255

13. Pho Duy Restaurant

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945 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 937-1609

14. Twelve Restaurant

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2233 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 293-0287

15. Potager

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1109 Ogden St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 832-5788

16. New Saigon Restaurant

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630 S Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 936-4954

17. Rioja

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1431 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 820-2282

18. Star Kitchen

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2917 W Mississippi Ave
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 936-0089

19. Vesta Dipping Grill

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1822 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-1970

20. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
303) 477-1447

21. ChoLon Bistro

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1555 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 353-5223

22. Biker Jims Dogs

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2148 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 746-9355

23. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000

24. Sushi Den

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1487 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-0826

25. Fuel Cafe

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3455 Ringsby Ct
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 996-6988

26. Row 14 Bistro & Wine Bar

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891 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-0100

27. Bittersweet

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500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 942-0320

28. Il Posto

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201 NE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(303) 394-0100

29. Olivéa Restaurant

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719 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 861-5050

30. Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001

31. Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria

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2129 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-7000

32. Masterpiece Delicatessen

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1575 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 561-3354

33. Jonesy's EatBar

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400 E 20th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 863-7473

34. My Brother's Bar

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2376 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 455-9991

35. Pinche Taqueria

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1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337

36. Elway's

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2500 E 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 399-5353

37. El Taco De Mexico

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714 Santa Fe Dr
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 623-3926

38. Sushi Sasa

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2401 15th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 433-7272

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1. Table 6

609 Corona St, Denver, CO 80218
609 Corona St
Denver, CO 80218

2. Duffy's Cherry Cricket

2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
2641 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

3. Fruition Restaurant

1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
1313 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80218

4. Mizuna

225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

5. Bones

701 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
701 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

6. Root Down

1600 W 33rd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
1600 W 33rd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

7. TAG Restaurant

1441 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
1441 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

8. Luca D'Italia

711 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
711 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

9. Z Cuisine

2239 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
2239 W 30th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

10. Panzano

909 17th St, Denver, CO 80202
909 17th St
Denver, CO 80202

11. Linger

2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
2030 W 30th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

12. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

13. Pho Duy Restaurant

945 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219