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Readers' Digest Denver 2007 -

Thousands of readers sent in their answers to our Best of Denver 2007 Readers' Poll -- via the web, through the U.S. Postal Service and on scrawled napkin notes shoved under the door of the Westword office. No matter what delivery system they used, though, readers displayed an incredible affection for this town -- if not strong geography or spelling skills.

According to our readers, Jake Cutler is the third-best Bronco, behind Champ Bailey and Joe Sakic (or is it Sackic?). George Carl coaches the Nuggets, whose mascot is Allen Iverson and whose best player is anyone not in jail. The Rapids, the Rockies, the Mammoth and the Crush should be consolidated into one team and renamed the Colorado Nobody Cares About Us But We Have Great Asses.

The best free entertainment in Denver is "Tara drunk," according to Becky, or "Becky drunk," according to Tara. The best skatepark is that one by Coors Field, and the best pool hall is Washing Park. The best ski deal is the 5 Nut Puss Baby! I think you can get it at Colorado Ski and Sport, or Colorado Golf and Ski, or whatever that place is called.

That exhibit at that one place, you know, Body something or other, Bodyworks maybe, or Bodyworld. Yeah, that left a real impression on people.

Andrew Romanoff could be Colorado's only legislator, veteran or not, and the best local newscaster is anyone except The Hair at 9News. Readers can never remember newscasters' last names, but that's not really important -- they're on a first-name basis. Alan. Heidi. Kathy. And Molly, oh, that Molly. She's a crazy one, and she's got fabulous hair, but certainly not the best hair on a local TV personality. No, that award belongs to Denver's own Angelina Jolie, as do most of our hearts.

If Kathy Sabine ran for the U.S. Senate, she'd win in a walk. Republicans should be dialing her at 9News right now. And if she held her campaign kickoff at the incredibly reader-friendly Steuben's? She could be president.

Besides Steuben's, readers think the four best steakhouses in town are Del Frisco, Del Fresco, Del Frescos, and Del Friscos. And the best ingredient in everyone's two favorite foods -- barbecue and pizza -- is alliteration. Just ask Big Hoss Grill, Breckenridge Brewery, Brothers BBQ, Brown Sugar Burgers and Bones, Parisi, Pasquini's, Pasta's, Pizza Hut, Proto's and Pudge Brothers.

Qudoba makes a great burrito, but not great enough to truly rank among the best local chains like Chili's, Red Lobster, Quizno's and the Cheesecake Factory. Those chain operations have Denver written all over their incredibly localized dishes.

And for the 24th year running, McDonald's is the readers' pick for Best French Fries. Readers, we love you -- but democracy makes for a dull Best of Denver.

Ballot-stuffing does not, however. And without the owners and fans of health spas, doggie daycares, custom guitar shops, Indian restaurants, Italian restaurants, auto-body repair shops, coffee shops and nail salons across this fine city, tallying the Best of Denver 2007 Readers' Poll would have been a very dull process that might have knocked me out of a job.

But I guess I could take some snaps for the Broncos now that Jay Plummer is retiring.

-- Rick White, Best of Denver Election Commissioner

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Laurie Smetana
Laurie Smetana

Best Chocolate; Belvedere's of Cherry Creek - Belgian Chocolate Shop is the absolutely the best chocolate and gift shop anywhere! Better than some of the chocolates that I had in Brugge, Belgium! The staff is fun and friendly. They need mention!!

Scott
Scott

I live in Castle Rock , but make the drive to Littleton for Chicago Jim's Italian Beef at least once a week, it's Amazing blows away any other I've had in Colorado, after 2.5 years of just having the Italian Beef and Hot Dogs I ventured off and tried his Reueben and his Burgers absolutly AMAZING . He weighs and hand packs the burgers right when you order it I've never seen a small joint like this with such high quality food and unbelievable service.. You can also get your fix of Jays Potato Chips there as they sell the bags in a ton of diffent flavors

bruce occhipinti
bruce occhipinti

large marge is the best, no question about it,, im from new york, and i was stationed in philly navy base,, she has the best cheesesteak in denver,plus its like home,, being in her shop,,, were all loud back east,, so stop by and yell at us when you stop in

Aimee
Aimee

Large Marge's ROCKS! I've been eating her cheesesteaks since before she left us and moved to Colorado!

Mrs B
Mrs B

The best Philly Cheesesteak I have ever had is in Colorado at Large Marges, she is a real Philly girl and knows how to make 'em. I am not from Philly but I have had alot of cheese steaks in alot of different areas and Marge's tops them all, can't wait to get back there and have another. Absolutely the best !!!!!!!!

Leslie
Leslie

Chicago Jim's has the best all around sandwich menu by far, 100%. Jim is also the best with all of his customers, he even has customer inspired creations.......... and he now does delivery!!!!!!! :-)

Margie
Margie

Chicago Jim is by far the best Chicago Roast Beef Sandwich I have had. I have tried a few other places in the area and they are over rated. Jim is at Chattfield and Kipling in that little strip mall place on the NW corner. You won't regret going out of your way for his Chicago Roast Beef. The best aroung!! Can't say enough about it.

tim
tim

I absolutley Love Chicago Jim's Italian Beef. If it was crack I would be an addict and need rehab treatment. Its Good!! Really Good! no no no The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BIG ROB
BIG ROB

Chicago Jim's City Deli in Littleton, has the best Chicago Style Italian Beef and Chicago Dogs I've had outside of Chicago , heck there Beef is better then most places in Chicago .

Jim
Jim

Large Marges has the absolute best Philly I've had in Denver. Everything about it , the Bread , peppers and steak is unbelievable. Definetly check it out

Ex-Hubby
Ex-Hubby

I have been eating Large Marge for years....way way back when we both answered desperate cries for help that mostly went un-noticed. The taste is authentic. She is from Philly, I am from Pittsburgh....so it was written in the yellow snow for us. We have since seperated, but she still makes the best damn philly chezzzzzsteaks this side of the Ohio. Drag you innerds over to Littleton and you too will become a believer and convert if you live on this side of the divide.

Karen
Karen

This is the BEST cheesesteak outside of South Philly!!!

Mary Ellen Hudicka
Mary Ellen Hudicka

Large Marge's Cheesesteak Shop

I am a South Philly native, and went for a little nostalgia to try what this place called a "real" Philly cheesesteak, and darn, if it wasn't REAL. This place is run by a former South Philly girl herself who knows the secret of the most succulent thinly sliced steak, the best rolls and all the trimmings. This is indeed the Best Philly Style Cheesesteak in any town!

Nick
Nick

The Wayside Inn in Berthoud is worth the trip. The menu is unbelievable. They only use fresh, local, organic ingredients, which you can defininitely tell. They have a James Beard winner as the Exec Chef. Service is great as well. We had the steak and trout which were both great. Also, try the beer chesse fondue and the Clam Chowder is the best we have ever tasted. We will be making weekly trips.

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