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Earlier this year, Food Network host Guy Fieri rolled into town in his red Camaro convertible and dug into meals at several of our favorite Denver eateries. One of those was Lorena Cantarovici's Argentinian cafe, Maria Empanada, on South Broadway. The cozy bakery will be featured this Friday, September 25, on an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives titled "By Hand and Fork." In the episode, Maria Empanada shares time with a Minnesota barbecue joint and a Massachusetts diner, so the overall theme seems to be simply Fieri loading his empanada hole either with a fork or with his bare hands. That may sound a little off-putting, but tune in anyway to support one of the most delightful spots to open in 2014.
Fieri's a true multi-tasker when it comes to culinary tourism, so he hit several other great spots during his visit to Denver. In episode 5, he tucked into lamb ribs and dessert at Axios Estiatorio; in episode 3 he doubled down at Cafe Brazil and Biju's Little Curry Shop; and in episode 2, he experienced a "flavorfest" at Dae Gee Korean BBQ. Check your TV listings, since back-episodes are often repeated throughout the season.