For Street 16, our culinary homage to March Madness, we called in the cartologists and pulled out our history books.
The LoDo Historic District, for example, was created before Denver had a major league baseball team, much less Coors Field; technically, LoDo ends at the alley between Market and Larimer streets, leaving Larimer Square free to be its own enclave; LoDo also stops after 19th Street, which makes the Upper Larimer/Ballpark neighborhood heading up from 20th its own neighborhood, too -- and one increasingly rich in restaurants.
But while we held fast to our maps to mark some boundaries, we admit that a few of our designations were a little more whimsical. Making all of Boulder fit in just one bracket, for example.
To compare the entire city of Boulder to one small stretch of restaurants in Denver seems unfair -- however, since many Westword readers refuse to believe that Boulder is one of the best dining areas in the country, it wouldn't surprise me if Wash Park won.
But then there's this from Tired of Working in Boulder:
The food in Boulder is some of the lousiest in the US. The ethnic food is all water-down to the Anglicized palates of people without any connection to diversity, or racial homogenization. The fact that you can't find a halfway decent Mexican restaurant or Thai restaurant in Boulder is reason enough to black-ball them from ANY show-down or restaurant oriented contests.
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And ultimate, predicts Guest:
My prediction for this entire pool: The more hipster neighborhood will win every time: Highland West beats Lodo S. Broadway beats Uptown. Upper Larimer beats Cherry Creek. Lohi beats Golden Triangle. Bluebird beats Cap Hill 6th/7th. Tennyson beats Larimer Square.