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Readers' Choice Contest Denver 2014 -


Westword readers went wild this year on the Best of Denver 2014 Readers' Poll, voting on their choices for everything from Best Restaurant to Best Bronco to Best Hair on a TV Personality -- in both male and female categories. The competition was fierce, but when all the votes were tallied and the smoke cleared, these readers' winners stood above the rest of the best.

Arts and Entertainment

Best Unofficial New Public Art
Peyton Manning mural by Gamma Gallery

Best New Public Art
"Iridescent Cloud"

Best Public Art at DIA
"Mustang," by Luis Jimenez

Best Museum Exhibit
Becoming Van Gogh, Denver Art Museum

Best Gallery Show -- Solo
Dimension and Symmetry: Clark Richert, Gildar Gallery

Best Gallery Show -- Group
Mind Over Matter, Space Gallery

Best Theater Production
Book of Mormon, Denver Center

Best Theater Season
Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Movie Theater -- Programming
Landmark Mayan Theatre

Best Movie Theater -- Comfort
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Best Movie Theater -- Food/Drink
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Best Film Festival
Film on the Rocks

Best Gay Bar
Tracks

Best Lesbian Bar
Tracks

Best Jukebox
Sancho's Broken Arrow

Best Karaoke Bar
Armida's Mexican Restaurant and Lounge

Best Blues Club
El Chapultepec

Best Jazz Club
Dazzle

Best Dance Club
Beauty Bar

Best New Club
ViewHouse

Best Club Night
Beta

Best Club Patio
The Tavern Downtown

Best New Band
Chrome Drones

Best Concert of the Year
Pretty Lights

Shopping and Services

Best Name for a Hair Salon
Curl Up and Dye

Best Name for a Marijuana Dispensary
Denver Kush Club

Best MMJ Dispensary for Patient Perks
The Clinic

Best Edibles
Incredibles

Best Concentrate Company
Essential Extracts

Best Hot Budtender -- Male
Zac Maas -- The Releaf Center

Best Hot Budtender -- Female
Every female at Native Roots

Best TV Commerical
Rocky's Autos

Best Podcast
Whiskey and Cigarettes

Best Radio Talk-Show Host
D-Mac, 104.3 The Fan

Best TV Anchor
Kyle Clark

Best TV Newscast
9News

Best TV Weathercaster
Kathy Sabine

Best Hair on a TV Personality -- Female
Adele Arakawa

Best Hair on a TV Personality -- Male
Kyle Clark

Best Thrift Store
Goodwill

Best Store on Colfax
Tattered Cover

Best Store on Broadway
Buffalo Exchange

Best Neighborhood Shopping District
South Broadway

Best Store on 16th Street Mall
Tattered Cover

Best Store on Pearl Street Mall
Peppercorn

Best Pop-Up Store
Denver Fashion Truck

Best Indoor Mall
Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Best Outdoor Mall
Pearl Street Mall

Best Store at DIA
Dunkin' Donuts

Best Liquor Store
Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Best Neighborhood Liquor Store
Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Best Wine Shop
Mondo Vino

Best Bakery
Wooden Spoon

Best Farmers' Market
Cherry Creek Farmers' Market

Best Famers' Market Vendor
Waffle Cakes

Sports and Recreation

Best Bronco
Peyton Manning

Best Rockie
Todd Helton

Best Nugget
Ty Lawson

Best Av
Matt Duchene

Best Rapid
Davy Armstrong

Best Mammoth
Sean Pollock

Best Outlaw
Landon Carr

Best Roller Derby Skater
Ginger Splice

Best Sports Team -- Professional
Denver Broncos

Best Sports Team -- College
University of Denver Hockey

Best Coach -- Professional
John Fox

Best Coach -- College
Tad Boyle

Best TV Sportscaster
Vic Lombardi

Best Radio Sports Show
The Drive, 102.3/EPSN Denver

Best Mascot
Rocky

Best Sports Bar for Watching Games
Blake Street Tavern

Best Sports Bar for Playing Games
1Up

Best Sports Bar for Food/Drink
Highland Tap and Burger

Best Dog Park
Chatfield State Park

Best Denver Mountain Park
Red Rocks Park

Best Skate Park
Denver Skatepark

Best Terrain Park
Breckenridge

Food and Drink

Best First Date Restaurant
Linger

Best Break-Up Restaurant
Casa Bonita

Best Restaurant on Federal Boulevard
Jack-n-Grill

Best Restaurant on Colfax Avenue
Pete's Kitchen

Best Restaurant on Broadway
Beatrice & Woodsley

Best Restaurant at DIA>
Root Down

Best Restaurant Patio
Linger

Best 24/7 Restaurant
Pete's Kitchen

Best Food Truck
Steuben's

Best Food Cart
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Best New Coffeehouse
Novo Coffee

Best Brunch
Snooze

Best Eggs Benedict
Snooze

Best Breakfast Burrito -- To Go
Santiago's

Best Breakfast Burrito -- Eat In
Santiago's

Best Dessert List
D Bar Restaurant

Best Doughnuts
Voodoo Doughnut

Best Ice Cream/Gelato Shop
Sweet Action Ice Cream

Best Bartender
Sean Kenyon

Best New Bar
West End Tap House

Best Dive Bar
Horseshoe Lounge

Best Restaurant Wine List
Frasca Food and Wine


Lala's Wine Bar + Pizza/Osteria Marco

Best Wine Bar
Infinite Monkey Theorem

Best Contemporary-Cocktail Bar
Linger

Best Classic-Cocktail Bar
Williams & Graham

Best Bloody Mary Bar
The Hornet

Best Brewpub
Vine Street Pub

Best New Brewery Tap Room
Epic Brewing

Best Brewery Tap Room -- Beer
Great Divide Brewing

Best Brewery Tap Room -- Ambience
Denver Beer Co

Best Restaurant Bottle Beer List
Euclid Hall

Best Restaurant Draft Beer List
Falling Rock Tap House

Best Late-Afternoon Happy Hour
Highland Tap and Burger

Best Late-Night Happy Hour
Steuben's

Best French Fries
Highland Tap and Burger

Best Tator Tots
Highland Tavern

Best Wings
Fire on the Mountain

Best Fried Chicken
Tom's Home Cookin'

Best Mac and Cheese
Steuben's

Best Hamburger
Cherry Cricket

Best Sandwich Shop
Snarf's Sub Shop

Best Vegetarian Restaurant
City, O' City

Best Vegetarian Dish in a Non-Vegetarian Restaurant
Root Down

Best Vegan Dish in a Non-Vegan Restaurant
Little India

Best Gluten-Free Dish
City, O' City

Best Paleo Dish
WaterCourse Foods

Best Veggie Burger
City, O' City

Best Veggie Hot Dog
Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

Best Barbecue Restaurant
Moe's Original BBQ

Best Steakhouse
Capital Grille

Best Cheap Steak
Texas Roadhouse

Best Seafood Restaurant
Jax Fish House

Best Raw Bar
Jax Fish House

Best Sushi Bar
Sushi Den

Best Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Den

Best Dim Sum
Star Kitchen

Best Chinese Restaurant
Imperial Chinese Restaurant

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
New Saigon

Best Pho Restaurant
Pho 95

Best Thai
Thai Basil

Best Korean
Seoul BBQ

Best Ethiopian
Queen of Sheba

Best Red-Sauce Italian Restaurant
Saucy Noodle

Best Italian Restaurant
The Saucy Noodle

Best Deep-Dish Pizza
Beau Jo's

Best Thin-Crust Pizza
Fat Sully's New York Pizza

Best Thick-Crust Pizza
Beau Jo's

Best Indian
Little India

Best Greek Restaurant
Pete's Kitchen

Best German/European Restaurant
Helga's German Restaurant and Deli

Best French Restaurant
Le Central

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant
Jerusalem Restaurant

Best South American Restaurant
Cafe Brazil

Best Central American Restaurant
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria

Best House Margarita
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Best Free Chips and Salsa
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Best Green Chile
Santiago's

Best Vegetarian Green Chile
Illegal Pete's

Best Nachos
Blake Street Tavern

Best Salsa Bar
Tacos y Salsas

Best Streetside Taqueria
Pinche Taqueria

Best Street-Style Tacos
Pinche Taqueria

Best Dinner Under $10
Illegal Pete's

Best Expense Account Dinner
Old Major

Best Front-of-the-House Staff
Old Major

Best Chef
Justin Brunson

Best Chef's Counter
Euclid Hall

Best New Neighborhood Restaurant
Old Major

Best Restaurant Neighborhood
RiNo

Best New Restaurant
Old Major
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