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Zagat releases America's Top Restaurants guide -- and Fruition is voted No. 1 in Colorado

We now have a copy of the Zagat 2011 America's Top Restaurants Survey in our grubby little hands. The guide, better known as the "burgundy bible," ranked 1,552 restaurants in 45 major markets across the country, including Colorado, based on votes from more than 153,000 diners.

The Survey also tracks national trends, and -- no shocker here -- the tanking economy means that diners are eating out less (3.1 times per week, down from 3.3 pre-recession), reading menus from right to left (i.e. price is front and center) and backing down on appetizers, desserts and alcohol, except for those of us here at Cafe Society headquarters, who never make sacrifices when it comes to liquor. On the upside, 55 percent of foodniks believe they're getting better deals, thanks to prix fixe meals and other discounts, and 33 percent say that reservations are easier to come by.

But for at least one Denver restaurant, which is barely bigger than a nostril, reservations will likely skyrocket.

Grubniks who voted on more than 150 restaurants initially surveyed for inclusion in the Colorado section of the America's Tops guide, edited by yours truly, anointed Fruition, Alex Seidel's restaurant at 1313 East Sixth Avenue, as the top overall winner, earning Denver's No. 1 food ranking, with a score of 28 out of 30. Frasca Food & Wine, 1738 Pearl Street in Boulder, took both the Most Popular and Top Service titles. Splendido at the Chateau in Beaver Creek was voted No. 1 for decor, while Colt & Gray, 1553 Platte Street, was the No. 1 rated Newcomer of the year, with a food score of 25

For Zagatland's listage of all forty Colorado restaurants that landed in the guide, sink your teeth into the next page.

Top twenty Colorado restaurants

Denver - Fruition

Boulder - Frasca

Aspen - Matsuhisha

Beaver Creek - Splendido

Denver - Mizuna

Denver - Sushi Sasa

Denver - Sushi Den

Denver - Virgilio's

Denver - Rioja

Boulder - L'Atelier

Carbondale - Six89

Denver - Del Frisco's

Denver - Luca d'Italia

Denver - Z Cuisine

Denver - Izakaya Den

Beaver Creek - Grouse Mountain Grill

Aspen - Montagna

Boulder - The Kitchen

Keystone - Keystone Ranch

Denver - Tables

Other Noteworthy Places

Denver - Argyll

Denver - Barolo Grill

Boulder - Black Cat

Denver - Cafe Brazil

Denver - Colt & Gray

Denver - Duo

Denver - Elway's

Boulder - Flagstaff House

Denver/Boulder - Jax Fish House

Vail - La Tour

Denver - Marco's Coal-Fired Pizza

Denver - Olivéa

Denver - Opus

Denver - Palace Arms

Denver - Panzano

Denver - Squeaky Bean

Vail - Sweet Basil

Denver - TAG

Denver - Venue

Denver - Vesta Dipping Grill

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