West-siders will need to find a new stop for fried chicken: After 28 years, Jus Cookin's Restaurant has served its last bird. The venerable home-style eatery was a favorite for years in Aurora before owners Steve and Char Modlich moved it to Lakewood in 2004.
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The farmhouse kitchen near the corner of Eighth Avenue and Simms Street was known for its fried chicken, which made a list of some of the best in the country in Food & Wine magazine in 2011, but customers flocked there for all things fowl: chicken soup, chicken-salad sandwiches, chicken-fried steak, chicken Parmesan — and a pretty decent burger, too.
Of course, if you like your dinner with a dash of country charm, there's always White Fence Farm not too far away, which spread its wings last fall with the first quick-service version in Green Valley Ranch, with more on the way.