Best of Westword Winners: 1989

In 1989, Westword published its sixth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from perennial favorites Pirate, El Chapultepec and John Elway to the Best New Screen (the just-renovated Esquire), the Best Place to Get on Track (Caboose Hobbies, where pint-sized star Gary Coleman had just climbed on board) and the Best Renovation: the Denver Permit Center. That building now stands empty, but the big office next door in City Hall is occupied by a man who made his first appearance in the 1989 Best of Denver: John Hickenlooper.

In the fall of 1988, a geeky, unemployed geologist and a handful of partners with just a smidge more experience opened the town’s first brewpub, the Wynkoop Brewing Company, set in a ramshackle part of the city that had just been dubbed the Lower Downtown Denver Historic District. And the rest is, indeed, history. The brewpub industry exploded in Denver; Colorado now produces more beer than any other state; today LoDo is the hottest spot in the city; and the accolades keep coming for the Wynkoop. As for Hickenlooper, he left the restaurant business to make a dark-horse run for mayor. Five years later, he continues to enjoy unprecedented popularity with Denver voters. Cheers. Here are the rest of the winners from 1989:



Best News About Denver:

It did not dissolve into a pool of goo. Not really.

Best Timing for a Party Invitation:

Rocky Flats

Best Place to have a Nervous Breakdown:

Mother Cabrini Shrine

Best Name for the New Airport:

Dynasty International

Best Place to Kill Time at the Current Airport:

Tee-Off & Take-Off

Best Place to Kill Time–and Brain Cells–at the Airport:

The Oyster Bar, E Concourse

Best Place for Mother Teresa to Open Up Shop:

The old Denver Post building

Best Stapleton Concourse:

E Concourse

Best (and Perhaps Only Good) Thing about the Airport Campaign:

Roger Ailes' defeat

Best Local Crime:

The Grand Prix

Reader's Poll: Silverado scam

Best Place to Panhandle:

Outside the Mayan

Reader's poll: 16th St./Larimer Square

Best Panhandler:

Ron, the Boulder Mall

Best Unofficial Public Bathroom:

11th and Ogden

Best Official Public Bathroom:

The Tabor Center

Best Place to Dump your Garbage:

Galapago and Bayaud

Best Graffiti:

Anarchy Alley

Best Sign:

Dairy Queen

Best Suburb:

Wheat Ridge

Reader's Poll: Arvada

Best Lawn Ornaments from Hell Yard Display:

28th and Kearney

Best Sign with a Martini:

Vern's Restaurant and Lounge

Best Place to Get a Driver's License:

Capitol Hill People's Fair

Best Speed Trap:

Auraria Parkway

Reader's Poll: I-25 at I-225, 6th Ave. near Union

Best Cheap Parking Downtown:

Allright Colorado, 23rd and Curtis

Best Commute:

Boulder-Denver Express

Best Highway Improvement:

I-25/6th Ave. Interchange

Best Alternative to I-25:

Foothills Parkway (north) Santa Fe south)

Best Alternative to I-70:

W. 44th Ave.

Best Renovation:

The Denver Permit Center, 200 W. 14th Ave.

Best Candidate for Renovation:

A.B. Hirschfeld Press Building

Best Use of Architectural Frills:

The Far East Center

Best Use of an Old Quote in an Economic Development Ad:

Pueblo Economic Development Corporation

Best Tourism Campaign:

"Colorado's Outback-The Other Colorado"

Second-Best Tourism Campaign:

"Throw Momma on a Train"

Best Roadside Attraction:

Tarado Arriba

Best Place to Take Tourists:

Red Rocks

Best Place to Scare the Bull out of Texans:

Rollins Pass

Best Place for Tourists to Scare Denverites:

Casa Bonita

Best Geological Formation:

Across US 285 from the Fort

Best Place to See Bigfoot (and Best Way to Increase Colorado Springs' Tourism Trade): Pike's Peak

Best Place to See a Bald Eagle (winters only):

Barbour Pond, I-25

Best Place to Play Hide and Seek:

Central Bank Fountain

Best Place to Meet Men:

Listen Up

Best Place to Meet Women:

Home Club Retail Warehouse Store # 52

Best Place for a Nooner:

The Colorado Railroad Museum

Best Place for a Quickie:

Senate Chambers Observatory, State Capitol

Best Political Decision:

To Kill Two Forks

Best Bumpersticker:

"Denver: Piss on Your Lawns"

Second Best Bumpersticker:

"Communist is Ugly"

Best Lawyer's Code:

Denver Bar Association

Best Use of Taxpayers' Dollars:

Women in Crisis

Best Abuse of Taxpayers' Dollars:

IRS Fitness Center

Best Name for a Conference:

"RTD: Working to move people in uncertain times"

Second Best Name for a Conference:

"Are Members of our General Assembly Flexible?"

Best Statehouse Legislation:

Pat Pascoe

Best Congressional Representative:

Ben Nighthorse Campbell

Best Denver City Council Representative:

Bill Roberts

Best Bureaucrat:

Wellington Webb

Best Reason to Name a Mountain after Dick Lamm:

Because he's there—and so are they

Best Move by the Best Bookstore:

Tattered Cover

Best Religious (we think) Columnist:

Vera Vick, "Denver Weekly News"

Best Paula Woodward Report:

The Chia pet

Best Small Talk on a TV Newscast:

Colorado Evening News, 6:30 pm, KCNC Channel 4

Best Local Boy Made Good:

Harry Smith

Best Local Girl Made Good:

Roseanne Barr

Best Performance by a Coloradan on the "Tonight Show":

Scott Isaacs


Best Place to Plot the Avalanche Paths Around your Mountain Condo:

Colorado Geological Society

Best Retro Description of a Ski Instructor:

"GQ" Magazine

Best Kid's Ski Area:

Beaver Creek

Best Place to Snowboard:


Best Proof that Ice is Nice:

Denver Curling Club

Best Place to Get Away From it All in the Middle of the City:

Denver Botanic Gardens

Best Place to Take the Kids:

Kid's Night Out, South Suburban Rec. Center

Best Place to Leave the Kids:

Camp Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Denver

Best Thing to Do in the Dark:

Star Parties, Gates Planetarium

Best View from a City Park:

Inspiration Point

Best Make-Out Spot:

Hut Hill

Best Boy-Watching:

Rude Rec. Center weight room

Best Girl-Watching:

16th St. Mall

Best Place to Meet Swinging Singles:

Kennedy Golf Course

Best Golf Greens and Fairways:

Lakewood Country Club

Best New Miniature Golf Course:

Adventure Golf

Best Theme for a Miniature Golf Course:

Bicentennial Park, Aurora

Holy Smokes! Another Great Miniature Golf Course:

Highlands Ranch

Best Park Improvement:

Par Course, Crown Hill Park

Best New Park:

Meyer Ranch Park, Aspen Park

Best Flyfishing Store:

The Trout Fisher, 2020 S. Parker Rd.

Best Fly-Tying Lessons:

Tom McMillan at the Flyfisher, 252 Clayton

Best Trout Fishing 30 Minutes from Downtown:

Waterton Canyon

Best New Sport for the Handicapped:


Best Place for a Picnic:

Lost Gulch Overlook, Flagstaff Mountain, Boulder

Best Road Bike Ride (off season):

Lyons to Allenspark and Estes Park

Best Urban Bike Tour:

Highline Canal

Best In-Town Downhill Rush:

Ruby Hill

Best Cure for Airsickness:

Ultralight demonstration flights, Morning Star Aviation

Best New Party Idea:


Best Urban Skateboard Ramp:

19th and Arapahoe

Best Replacement for the Annual Company Picnic:

National Demographics & Lifestyles

Best Biker Group:

Puttin' Sober

Best Place to Live out Your Lonesome Dove Fantasies:

Lost Valley Ranch, Sedalia

Best Rustic Bed and Breakfast:

The Creed Hotel, Creed

Best Close-Up Look at a Cliff Dwelling:

Ute Mountain Indian Reservation

Best Train Trip–High End:

Private Car Rentals Ansco Investment Co.

Best Train Trip–Low End:

Limon Twilight Limited

Best Place to Get on Track:

Caboose Hobbies

Best Guide to Public Land:

Metro Mountain Recreation and Open Space Project

Lannie Garrett's Best Place to Work Out:

Oxford Club

Best Bolder Boulder Running Team:

Jogging Jihads

Best Way to Rev Up:

"Race Day Radio Magazine" with Jann Scott, KJIM 760 AM

Best TV Sports Commentator:

Les Shapiro, KCNC Channel 4

Reader's Poll: Ron Zappolo

Best Nugget:

Fat Lever

Reader's Poll: Alex English

Best Sports Ripoff:

Colorado ski area lift ticket prices

Best Local Boy Turned Sports Hero:

Tom Chambers

Best Place for Sports Fantasies to Come True:

Paramount Park

Best Place for True-Blue (and Orange) Bronco Fans:

Mr. K's Bronco Heaven

Best Bronco:

John Elway

Reader's Poll: John Elway

Best Warning Signs of Waning Broncomania:

Season-ticketholders bailing out

Best Colorado Publication about Chicago Sports:

Chicago SportScene

Best Sports Value:

Denver Zephyrs Businessperson's Special

Best Sports Consultant:

Robert Regoli, Sports Card Analyst

Best Reason for Denver to Get a Major League baseball team:

To give Denver’s sports journalists something to do in the football off-season

Best Way to Use up Two Tons of Zucchini:

CSU Cooperative Extension

Best Deal for Apple Tree Owners:

Apple Cider Day, Wheat Ridge Historical Park

Best Garden:

Independence House Family

Best Topiary:

1655 Utica St.

Best Colorado Gardener (in Memoriam):

Herb Gundell


Blinky the Clown's Best Place to Take the Kids:

Blinky's Show

Best Free Entertainment on the Pearl St. Mall:

The state's shortest skirts

Best Free Entertainment on the 16th St. Mall:

The Right Reverend Marlon Brando

Best Free Colorado Entertainment on the Great White Way:

The Palmer High Sextet

Best Festival Commemorating Something that no Longer Exists:

Carbondale Potato Festival

Best Fundraiser:

Suds 'n' Duds

Best Prom (tie):

The Estelle S. Studs School of Charm Lesbian Prom; The Bouquets and Backseats Prom

Best New Museum Collection:

Mr. Blackwell Gustafson CSU Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Ft. Collins

Best House Tour:

Thomas-Billings Home, Central City

Best Odd In-Town Museum:

Sod House

Best Museum to Honor an Old Fad:

The Cube Museum, Grand Junction

Best Monthly Singalongs:

Mark Saiki's Singalong Group

Best Jukebox:

Seven South

Best Gospel Hour:

Madame Andrews' Gospel Hour

Best Poetry in Motion:

Poetry Patterns

Best Radio Talk Show Host:

Don Becker, KBXG 710 AM

Reader's Poll: Mike Rosen

Best Radio Show for the Environmentally Aware:

Terra Infirma, KGNU 88.5 FM

Best Radio Show for the Older Generation:

Concerning Us, hosted by John Lindsay

Best TV Talk Show:

Biff America, KSMT, Breckenridge

Best TV Pitchman:

Bud's Mufflers

Best Late Night TV Ads:

Channel 31

Best Movie Channel:

Channel 59

Best Performance by a Denver Building in a TV Production:

The old DA's building

Best Accidental Imitation of Chicago:


Best Intentional Imitation of Chicago:


Best Movie Popcorn:

AMC Theaters

Best New Screen:

The Esquire

Best Movie Theatre For Buying Peruvian Headgear:

The former Art Cinema in Boulder

Best Local Producer of Teen Slasher Videos:

First Films

Best New Major:

Film Studies at CU

Best Place to Watch a Dud:

Continental Theatre

Best New Movie Theatre:

Chez Artiste Cinema

Best Multiplex:

Tivoli 12 Theatres

Best Movie Theatre:

The Mayan

Best Movie Scene Filmed in Colorado:

Opening sequence of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

Best Performance by a Coloradan in a Movie:

Vincent D'Onofrio in "Mystic Pizza"

Best Theatre Entrance:

The Changing Scene

Best Move by a Theatre Group:

SuTeatro's purchase of the Elyria School

Best New Play:

"Dr. Antonio's imaginary Disease" by Mike Chappelle

Best Touring Show:

"You Strike the Woman, You Strike the Rock" The Visisizwe Players

Best Musical:

"Carousel" Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Ensemble:

"The Fox" Hunger Artists

Best Supporting Actor:

Stephen Black, "Landscape of the Body" Hunger Artists

Best Supporting Actress:

Leslie Hendrix, "The Matchmaker" Denver Center Theatre Company

Best Actor:

Barry Wallace, "Fun" Boulder Repertory Theatre

Best Actress:

Anne F. Butler, "The Darling" Germinal Stage Denver

Best Production:

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Studio E Theatre Ensemble

Best New Theatre:

Heatley's Tea House, 266 S. Downing

Best Director:

Tom Rowen, "landscape of the Body," Hunger Artists

Best Local Theatre Group:

Hunger Artists

Best Performance Art Event:

George Monchak, Pirate fundraiser

Best Installation:

"Personal Espionage," by Mark Brasuell, Edge Gallery

Best Seasonal Sculpture:

Laura Audrey's huge snake

Best Cultural Gallery:

Studio PaNdau, 1825 Blake St.

Best Proof that the Santa Fe Look has Peaked:

Mr. Potato Head, AlphaGallery

Best Art Openings:

Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis

Best Art Opening Eats:

News Gallery

Best Alternative Performance Art Performance:

Harry Lyrico, Pirate

Best Museum Show:

"La Antorcha de Quetzacoatl" Leo Tanguma, Denver Art Museum

Best Arts Program for the Sandbox Set:

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Best News for Local Artists:

Rocky Mountain Women's Institute

Best Evidence that the DSO Never Learns:

Canceling the season midway

Best Classical Music Group:

The Denver Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Recital:

Donald Pearson, Bach birthday organ concert at St. John's Cathedral

Best Musical Ambassador:

Don Ambler

Best Classical Music Series:

KCFR Evenings at 8

Best Band of the Century:

The Denver Municipal Band

Best Classical Radio Program:

Jeanna Wearing, KPOF 910 AM

Best Jazz Radio Station:

KUVO 89.3 FM

Best Bets to Become Jazz Greats:

Day Hoof and UNC Jazz Combo I

Best Commercial Career Move for a Jazz Musician:

Nelson Rangell

Best Artistic Career Move for a Jazz Musician:

Joe Anderies

Best Theme Concert Series:

Gibson's Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Gershwin and Denver Jazz

Best Jazz Club:

El Chapultepec

Reader's poll: El Chapultepec

Best Jazz Musician:

Art Lande

Best Jazz Group:

Ron Mile Trio/Quartet

Reader's poll: Dotsero

Best Collaboration:

Spike Robinson & Rob Mullins "The Odd Couple"

Best New-Age Recording by a Local Artist:

Bill Douglas, "Jewel Lake"

Best Local Recording for Kids:

Michael Stanwood, "Something Awful Can Be Wonderful"

Best Nationally Known Local Label:

Silver Wave

Best Local Rock Record:

The 40th Day, "Something Hidden Here"

Best Original Song:

The Jonez, "Rat-ta-tat-tat"

Best Rock on TV (tie):

"Teletunes" & "The Music Link"

Best Street Musician:

Bill Atkinson

Reader's poll: Pat Garret

Best Fanzine:

The Core

Best Folkie:

Carla Sciaky

Best Blues Band:

The Last Fair Deal

Reader's poll: Bob Hornbuckle

Best Underground Band:

Human Head Transplant

Best Thrash Band:


Best Heavy Metal Band:

Rena Care

Reader's poll: Squealer

Best in-limbo band:

Shades of Persuasion

Best guitar god:

Mike Serviolo, Jux County

Best Understated Guitar:

Tommy Malone, Subdudes

Best Local Dance Band:

Chris Daniels & the Kings

Reader's poll (tie): 4 Nikators, Subdudes

Best Local Band with a Conscience:

The Jonez

Best Cover Band:

Laughing Sam's Dice

Best Longevity in a Local Band:

The Jinns

Best Gyrations:

Tod Wulfmeyer

Best Band for a Laugh:

The Korvettes

Best Band to Watch:


Best Band Name:

Nerves Like Eels

Best Alternative Band:

Twice Wilted

Best Band to Hit the Big Time:

The Subdudes

Best Local Rock Band:

Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Best Arena Show of the Year:

Metallica and Queensryche "Damaged Justice" tour

Best Concert of the Year:

Lou Reed, Paramount Theatre

Reader's poll: Pink Floyd

Best Bimbos:

Fiddler's Green Pool Party

Best Bouncer:

Michael Jackson

Best Grossout Club Entrance:

Rock Island

Best Club with an Open Mind:

Penny Lane Coffeehouse

Best Club DJ:

Tim Ward, Club Tower

Jake Jabs' Best Place to Sit In With the Band:

Bo & Eddie's

Best Open Stage:

Decatur's Friendship Inn

Reader's poll: Red Rocks

Best All-Ages Shows:

Aztlan Theatre

Best Club for New Bands:

Tequila Sunrise

Best Lite Metal Club:


Best Heavy Metal Club:

Club Maxxx

Reader's poll: Bangles

Best Club for Original Music:

The Garage at 23 Parrish

Best Dance Club:

23 Parrish

Reader's poll: Rock Island

Best Reincarnated Concert Hall:

The Boulder Theater

Best Rock Club:

JJ McCabes

Reader's poll: Ziggie's

Best Country-Western Bar:

Michael B's Saloon

Reader's poll: Zanza Bar

Best Honkytonk:

Coffey's Korner

Best Slavic Hangout:

Tatra, Highway 38, one mile north of Lyons

Best Piano Bar/Pianist:

Charlie Brown's/Paul Lopez

Reader's poll: Ivory

Best Happy Hour Spread:

23 Parrish

Best Happy Hour Hours:

Ogden Street South

Best Elvis Impersonator Who Looks Nothing Like the King:

Louis Ortiz

Best Proof that Elvis Has Risen:

"Church of the Living Elvis" Pantheistic Dictionary exhibit, News Gallery

Best Elvis Poetry in Emotion:

"Elvis, We Still Love You Tender"

Best Moment Commemorating Elvis:

The Future, live at McNichols Arena

Best Elvis Relic in the Denver Police Department:

Jerry Kennedy's autographed picture of the king

Best New Elvis-Related Project:

Larry Mahan's Barbecue and Dipping Sauce

Best Gay Bar:

The Compound

Reader's poll: Charlie's

Best Student Union:

The Tivoli

Best Sports Bar:

Maxfield & Friends

Reader's poll: Ironworks

Best Mountain Bar:

The Bucksnort Saloon

Best Comedy Club:

The Bustop

Reader's poll: Comedy Works

Best Hoser Bar:

Smiling Moose Bar & Grill

Best Teen Club:

Rock Island

Best Thirtysomething Bar:

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Best Neighborhood Bar–Downtown:

The Billabong

Best Neighborhood Bar–East:

The Mozart Lounge

Best Neighborhood Bar–South:


Best Neighborhood Bar–West:

Pig 'n Whistle

Best Neighborhood Bar–Boulder:

West End Tavern

Best Coffeehouse:

Muddy's Java Café


Best Bargain:

King Soopers one-cent horse ride

Reader's poll: Ross Dress for Less

Best Birthday Bargain:

Fire House Car Wash

Best Free, Non 976-number:

True Confessions, 777-9754

Best Free Advice This Side of a Bartender:

Thursday Night Bar Program

Best Free Condoms–Day:

Planned Parenthood

Best Free Condoms–Night:

Colorado AIDS Project

Brian Nalty's Best Rock-and-Roll Hair-Care Tip:

Dax Wax

Best AIDS Service:

AIDS Buyer's Club

Best AIDS Test:

Wayne Thrasher

Best Blood Bank From a Donor's Point of View:

Children's Hospital

Best Menopause Seminar:

Lutheran Medical Center

Best Impotency Seminar:

Lutheran Medical Center

Best True Drug Store:

Tejon Drug Co.

Best Discount Drugstore:

Drug Emporium

Best Convenient Recycling:

King Soopers, all locations

Best Complete Recycler:

Friedman & Sons

Best Place to Get the Straight Poop:

Denise Sims, Up Yours

Best Photo Booth:

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Best Help for the Terminally Timid:

The Shyness Network

Best Yenta:

Introductions by Ruth

Best Inexpensive Way to Propose:

Mile High Stadium

Best Inexpensive Way to Cater your Wedding:

"Do It Yourself"

Best Cheesy Window Display:

Jerry's News West

Best Window Display:

Card Blanche

Readers poll: May D&F

Best One-Stop Shopping Binge:

Factory Outlet Mall, Silverthorne

Best Place to Buy Colorado Souvenirs:

Union Station gift shop

Reader’s poll: Woolworth's

Best Weird Party Favors:

Colorado Party and Novelty

Best Votive Candles and Voodoo Supplies:

El Caridd del Cobre

Best Alchemist:


Best Way to Recharge your Batteries:

Isis New Age Center

Best Place to Spend Money and Have Nothing to Show For It on Purpose:


Best Store for People Who Refuse to Grow Up:

Firecrackers Malt & Burger Shoppe

Best Sign that Colorado's Economy has Yet to Recover:

Wedgle's Music and Loan

Best Thrift Shop Trade Triangle:

Family Thrift Center; Goodwill Industries; Value Village

Best Thrift Shop Opening:

Value Village

Best Thrift Store:

Disabled American Veterans Stores

Readers poll: Value Village

Best Antiques for Adventure:

The Antique Zoo

Best Mammy-rabilia:

Darcelle's Gallery

Best Import Shop:

More for Less

Best Store for African Knickknacks:

Zebra Imports

Best Hobby Store:

Thompson's Hobbies & Crafts

Reader’s poll: Caboose Hobbies

Best Bead Supply:

Ornamental Resources

Best Necklace-Stringing Stuff:

Maroon Bells

Best Chic Fabric Store:

Buttons 'n' Trims

Best Deals on Fabrics:

Fabric Outlet

Best Bracelets Made from Wolf Fur:

Kent Weber, Mission: Wolf

Best Way to Imitate Pepe Lepew:

Arnold's Furs, Cedaredge

Best Colorado Jewelry—High End:


Best Colorado Jewelry—Low End:


Best June Cleaver Decorating Accessories:


Best Vintage Cowboy Furniture and Decorations:

Crybaby Ranch

Best Biker Maternity Togs:

Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson

Best Toy Store Without Barbie and G.I. Joe:

Follow Your Heart

Best Unpretentious Kid's Clothing:

My Kids Clothes

Best Vintage (also best singing cowboy clothes):


Reader’s poll: Poparama

Best Place to Buy Spurs:

Miller Stockman

Best Rock & Roll/Bondage Shoes:

The Wild Pair

Best Place to Foot the Bill:

Sox Appeal

Best Place to Buy Pantyhose:

TJ Maxx

Best Washable Leather Bustiers:


Best Innovative Colorado Designers:


Best Place to Buy a Ceremonial Robe:

Mesa Imports

Best Do-Rags—Price:


Best Do-Rags—Selection:


Best Deal on Synthetic Hair:

PriceMart Beauty Supply

Best Rock-and-Roll Tattooing:

Tattooing by Mickie

Best Repair Job When your Hair's Been Ruined:

Staxx Salon

Best Old-Time Barbershop:


Best Tanning Salon:

The Beach

Best Place to Get a Tan the Natural Way:

Inverness Golf Course

Best Quick Shoe Repair:

Cobbler's Corner

Best Solution for the Terminally Messy:

Launderama Club

Best Location for a Church:

Base-Mar Shopping Center, Boulder

Best Pet Service for Couch Potatoes:

Aqua Imports, Boulder

Best Colorado Kitty Litter:

Litter Kit

Best Deal on Pet Immunizations:

Wadsworth Veterinary Clinic

Best Hands-Off Way to Walk Your Dog:

Jordan Walkers

Best Canine Toenail Clipping:

Ansel Walters, Pet Ranch

Best Guilt-Free Mouse Supply:

Tropic Seas Pet Store

Best Place to Take Your Pet When Your Vet Can't Help:

Colorado State University Teaching Hospital, Fort Collins

Best Way to Survive Your Pet's Demise:

Pet Loss Support Group, Denver Dumb Friends League

Best Way to Go:

The Monarch Society

Best Coffins:

Anna Koop, Catholic Worker House

Best Cheap Travel Course:

Jim Emery

Best Ride from the Airport:

Blackjack Limo

Best Limo Driver:

Peter Fair, TCG Limousines

Best Gas Station:

Conoco, Speer at Zuni

Best Place to Buy Gas:

Hampden and Yosemite

Best Deal on Wheels:

Lemon-Aid of America

Second Best Deal on Wheels:

Automotive Mobile Diagnostic Service

Best Female Automotive Aid:

Mary Jackson, "Women on Wheels"

Best Phone Answering Machine Repair Service:

A-V Service

Best Truly Affordable Alternative to Public School and Daycare:

Chaslou Academy

Best Financial Institution:

The Young Americans Bank

Best Post Office:

The Terminal Annex

Best Undiscovered Post Office:

May D&F's Bargain Basement

Best Apartment Managers:

Bob and Pat Albach, Casa Cordova Apartments

Best Salvage Yard:

Blake's Small Car Salvage, Erie

Best Place to Find a Good Screw:

A&I Bolt and Nut

Best Lumberyard:

Little Guy Lumber Company

Best Furniture Knockoffs:

Avis Upholstery Studio

Best Plumbing Bargains:

Do-It-Ur-Self Plumbing & Heating

Best Replacement Tiles:


Best Place to Buy a Used Sledgehammer:

Charlie's 2nd Hand Store Inc.

Best Mac-Doctor Making Housecalls:

Gerritt Dunn

Best Commodore Computer Repair:

The Commodore Connection

Best Computer Store:

CW Electronics

Reader’s poll: CW Electronics

Best-Named Computer Store:

User Friendly

Best Shoplifting Spies:

Anne Droid Mannequin, Restoration

Best Place to Hire a Business Snitch:

Caldwell & Associates

Best Head Shop:

Heads of State

Reader’s poll: Trails

Best Emergency Preparedness Equipment:

Harloff Manufacturing Company's "Response Carts"

Best Library for Former Employees with a Mission:

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union Library

Best Business Library:

Auraria Library

Best Jungian Cards and Calendars:

Barbara Stone

Best Women's Bookstore:

The Bookgarden: A Women's Store

Best Used Bookstore:

Capitol Hill Books

Readers poll: Capitol Hill Books

Best Book Sale:

Denver Public Library

Best Metaphysical Bookstore:

Metaphysical Books

Best Trucker's Delight:

Falcon Books and Video

Best Porno Arcade Bargain:

Pleasures Broadway Bookstore

Best Video Store:

Across the Trax

Reader’s poll: King Soopers

Best Guitarman:

Chris Herbert, Longenecker Guitars

Best Hollywood-opening-style Searchlights:

Fastlane Productions' Sky-Tracker

Best Used Record Store:

Albums on the Hill

Reader’s poll: Wax Trax

Best Record Store Flashback:

JB&H Records & Tapes

Best News for Bass Players:

First Bass

Best Deadhead Cakes:

Haagen Dazs, Crossroads Mall, Boulder

Best Bakery:


Best Organic Convenience Store:

Wild Oats Market

Best Convenience Store:


Reader’s poll: 7-Eleven

Best Deal on Spices:

The Spice Company

Best Wine Store—Value:

Applejack Liquors

Best Wine Store—Quality:

The Vineyard

Best Selection of Non-Alcoholic Wines:

Arrow Liquormart

Best Beer Bargains:

Logan Liquors

Best Freebies:

The Coffee Nut

Best Seasonal Local Drink:

Royal Crest Egg Nog

Best Fruit and Vegetable Stand:

Garramone Produce Co.

Reader’s poll: Farmer's Market at Market Street Station

Best Homegrown Candy:

Enstrom's Toffee

Best Political Statement by a Grocery Store:


Best Place to Buy Sheep Heads:

King Soopers

Best Use of Produce:

Cub Foods

Best Supermarket Banter:


Best Grocery Store:

Orchard Market

Reader’s poll: King Soopers

Best Pigs:

Registered Wenglar Red Waddle Roger Thayer, Montrose

Best Pig on a Menu:

Pig On A Bun, Eddie Bohn's Pig 'N' Whistle Motel

Best Dubious Pig Distinction:

Kersey, Colorado

Best Piggy Bank:

The Public Market at Aurora

Best Yard Pigs:

Mile-Hi Statuary


Best Restaurant Owned by a Former Game Show Host:

Saloon, Breckenridge

Best View from a Fast-Food Restaurant:

Taco Bell

Best View from a Snack Bar:

Buffalo Bill Museum

Best-Stocked Restaurant Bathroom:


Best Restroom Service:

Ron Coleman, 23 Parrish

Best Restaurant for Illicit Romantic Activities:

The Bay Wolf

Perhaps Not Coincidentally, Best Toothbrushes in a Restaurant:

The Bay Wolf

Best Place to Take Someone Else's Spouse:


Best Restaurant for a Romantic Dinner:

Gabriel's, Sedalia

Best-Dressed Waiters:

New Saigon

Best Waiters' Shirts this side of NYC:


Best Busboy:

Matt Jones, Juanita's

Best Waitperson:

Dino, Little Pepina's

Best All-American Waitresses:


Best Calendar Collection:

Bud's Drive-In

Best Cleavage on a Menu:

La Fiesta

Best Cleavage, RIP:

The Canterbury Inn

Best Decor Guaranteed to Inspire Middle-Aged Men:


Best Romantic Decor:

Amethyst Room at Cliff Young's

Best Sleek Decor:

Lincoln 100

Best Restaurant Art:

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Best Chalkboard Drawings:


Best Buffalo Paraphernalia (not just on the plate):

Mountain Man Steak House

Best Waffle:

Gov. Roy Romer

Best Waffles:

D Wesley's Restaurant

Best Cheap Breakfast:

Park Lane Café

Best Country Breakfast:

Karen's Bakery, Village Square, Louisville

Best Way to Retrieve a Day that Started out Wrong:

El Taco de Mexico

Best Pig-Out Sunday Brunch:

Boulderado Hotel

Best healthy breakfast:

The Harvest

Best Cheap Lunch for Seniors:

Any Denver public elementary school

Best Place to Eat Instead of the East High Cafeteria:

Gyros Place

Best Cheap Lunch:

Carol's Soup Kitchen

Best Unexpected Lunch Spot:

Shivers at the Icehouse

Best Tea Room:

The Rose Tea Room

Best Non-Traditional High Tea:

Broadway Lites

Best Dinner Under $5:

McCormick's Fish House and Bar

Reader's poll: Brick Oven Beanery

Best Delicious, Nutritious Dinner in a Bowl, Under $5:

Thai Hiep

Best Sunday Dinner:


Best Late Night Meal:

Chives American Bistro

Reader's poll (tie): Village Inn, Paris on the Platte

Best Place for Coffee and Great City Blues All Night Long:

The Doll House

Best Drive-In:

Sonic Drive-In

Best Greasy Spoon:

Butcher Block II

Best Outdoor Cafe:

El Noa Noa

Reader’s poll: Paramount

Best Food Court:

Plaza Court Emporium

Best Food Cart on the Mall:

Burrito Terrace

Readers poll: Classic Coffee Cart

Best Popcorn Stand:

Queen City Popcorn

Best Place to Take the Kids:

Show Biz Pizza

Best Place to Take the Kids and Still Have an Adult Time:


Best Place for Kids to Monkey Around With Their Food:

The Children's Museum

Best Children's Menu:

Wheat Ridge Dairy and Bakery

Best Reason Not to Bitch about the Cultural District Tax:

T-Rex Cafe, Denver Museum of Natural History

Best Alternative to Hospital Food:

Blue House Tea Room

Best Restaurant Recovery:

The Blue Parrot Restaurant

Best Take-Out Food:

Sapp Brothers Truck Stop

Best Truck Stop:

Lance's Chuck Wagon

Best Delicatessen:


Reader’s poll: Goldie's

Best Take-Out Deli:

FBC Foods

Best Fresh Vegetables at Your Fingertips:

Colorado Farm Fresh Directory

Best Ethnic Cooperation:

Pete's Fruits and Vegetables

Best Vegetarian Food:

Govinda's, Radha Krsna Temple

Best Place to Slip Back into the Seventies:

Avagadro's Number

Best ABC Chocolate Fix:

Colorado Mud

Best ABC Way to Get Kids to Eat Sprouts:

The "Wee Sprouts" Edible Toy

Best ABC Way to Clear Your Sinuses:

Sahnana's Native Mustseed Sauce

Best ABC Salsa:

Singing Pig Salsa

Best ABC Honey:

Paul Hendricks

Best Health Food:


Best Unexpectedly Healthy Food:

New York Connection

Best Salad Bar:

Denver Salad Company

Reader’s poll: Healthy Habits

Best Bread to Go:

Great Harvest Bakery

Best Greads to Eat In:

Tante Louise

Best Apple Dumpling:

Gaylord's Deli and Catering

Best Bread Pudding:


Best Cookie Bargain:

Blue Chip Cookies

Best Desserts:

Calvin's Before & After

Reader’s poll: Marie Callenders

Best Chocolate Dessert:

The Negrita, The Fort

Best Wine List:

Flagstaff House

Best Beer List:

Old Chicago

Best Frogs' Legs List:

New Saigon

Best Legal Rush:

Thai coffee to go, Tommy's Oriental

Best Deal on Cappuccino:

The Brown Bag

Best Donuts:

Henderson's Donut House

Best Frou-Frou Drink:

The Beach Grill

Reader’s poll: Deep Throat at the Punchbowl

Best Gourmet Takeout:

Discriminating Palate

Best Chicken Noodle Soup To Go:

Healthy Habits

Best BLT:

Avenue Bar & Grill

Best French Fries:

Annie's Cafe

Reader’s poll: McDonalds

Best Potato Salad:

Continental Delicatessen

Best Onion Rings:

Luther's Bar-B-Q

Best Pizza:

The Wazee Supper Club

Reader’s poll: Bonnie Brae

Best Specialty Pizza:

The spinach slice at Armando's of Cherry Creek

Best Delivery of a Certified Pizza:


Best Hot Beef Sandwich:

Gray's Café

Best Sandwiches:

Maria's Bakery

Readers poll (tie): Goldie's, Subway

Best Hotdogs:

The Dog House

Readers poll: Mustard's Last Stand

Best Burger:

J.B. Winberie

Readers poll (tie): Wendy's, My Brother's Bar

Best FGB:

My Brother's Bar

Best Burger After Midnight:

Oinks Diner,

Best Sausages, Occidental:

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Best Sausages, Oriental:

Chao Praya

Best Steakhouse:

Morton's of Chicago

Best Fried Chicken:

Foucher's Creole Cafe

Reader’s poll: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Best Cheap Steak:

Club 404

Best Chicken-Fried Steak:

The Broken Spoke

Best Barbecue:

M & D's Barbecue and Fish Palace

Reader’s poll: Bennett's

Best White Trash Food:

Furr's Cafeteria

Reader’s poll: Black-Eyed Pea

Best Soul Food:

Pierre's Supper Club

Reader’s poll: Daddy Bruce's

Best Seafood:

Mostly Seafood

Reader’s poll: Mostly Seafood

Best Oysters:

McCormick's Fish House and Oyster Bar

Best Fish & Chips:

Yorkshire Fish & Chips

Best Fried Calamari:

La Petite Spain

Best Paella:

Don Quijote

Best South American Food:

Cafe Brazil

Best Southwestern Food:

Las Brisas

Best Chips and Salsa:

Rosa Linda Mexican Cafe

Reader’s poll: Blue Bonnet Café

Best Breakfast Burrito:

Unidos Café

Best Nachos:

Juanita's Uptown

Best Mexican To Go:


Best Green Chile:

Brewery Bar II

Reader’s poll: Chubby's

Best Chile Relleno:

Rosa Linda Mexican Cafe

Reader’s poll: La Fiesta

Best Chimichanga:

Sportsman's II

Best Burrito:

El Tepehuan

Reader’s poll: Chubby's

Best Taco:

Mexico City Lounge

Reader’s poll: Taco Bell

Best Bar Mex That's Moved Into the Big Time:

Benny's Place

Best Mexican Restaurant:

La Casa De Manuel

Reader’s poll: Blue Bonnet Café

Best Russian Restaurant:

Little Russian Tea Room

Best Indian Restaurant:


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant:


Best Greek Restaurant:


Reader’s poll: It's Greek to Me

Best Place to Practice Speaking German with Your Mouth Full:

Karl's F.F. Delicatessen

Best Cheap Italian To Go:

Pasta Jay's

Best Italian Classico:

Little Pepina's

Best Italian Nouvella:

Olive Oil

Reader’s poll: Al Fresco's

Best French Restaurant:

European Cafe

Reader’s poll: Le Central

Best Thai Restaurant:

J's Noodles

Reader’s poll: J's Noodles

Best Cha Gio:

Kim Ba

Best Vietnamese Restaurant:

Long Binh

Reader’s poll: T-Wa's

Best Sushi with Shrine:

Sushi Tora

Reader’s poll: Sushi Den

Best Gyoza:

Daylight Donuts

Best Japanese Restaurant—Low End:

Don Don

Reader’s poll: Kokoro

Best Japanese Restaurant—High End:


Best Dim Sum:

China Terrace

Best Chinese Restaurant:

The Panda Cafe

Reader’s poll: Imperial

Best Eclectic—Oriental:

Chez Thoa

Best Eclectic—Occidental:


Best Restaurant On Its Way Up:

Zenith, The Tivoli

Best New Restaurant:

The Panda

Reader’s poll: Weldon's

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying:

Flagstaff House, Boulder

Best of Everything Combined:


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