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South Federal is Denver's best restaurant neighborhood

South Federal Boulevard is Denver's best restaurant neighborhood, according to votes cast by the readers of Cafe Society.

In a poll that pitted South Federal vs. Lower Highland, South Federal came away with 53.48 percent of the vote when polls closed at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. The weekend-long voting was the culmination of Cafe Society's Street 16 neighborhood tournament, which began with a bracket of sixteen neighborhoods.

South Federal may not have the trendy restaurants of other Denver-metro 'hoods (Larimer Square, Boulder, Upper Larimer; all knocked out in earlier rounds), but the food in those restaurants and the support they received in the championship round pushed it to the top spot.

Below is the Cafe Society skinny on South Federal:

So pho, so good! The pho restaurants -- like Pho Duy and Pho 95 -- of South Federal Boulevard are just the start of the culinary pot-stirring along that stretch of road. You'll also find Vietnamese restaurants like New Saigon and Saigon Bowl that boast more expansive menus; Asian markets and bakeries that sell all matter of exotic ingredients (as well as some of those ingredients already rolled up into sandwiches); Chinese restaurants like Super Star Asian and Hong Kong Barbecue that have special, secret menus; other Chinese restaurants like Star Kitchen that roll out dim sum all day. And, of course, there's an endless array of Mexican options, from La Villa Real, a streetside taco truck, to mole-slinging Tarasco's to stands selling shrimp so fresh you'd swear you were on the coast.

Here are the final results:

Thank you for voting (!!!) and be sure to read our list of "Denver's ten best new restaurants," because it could shake-up next year's tourney.


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