From the heady aroma of medium-rare prime rib that greets you each Wednesday through Saturday, to the USDA prime steaks laid out like Tiffany flatware, to the astounding jumble of delicacies in the freezer -- ostrich cutlet, anyone? Elk medallion? Colossal prawn? -- Timberline Meats is a carnivore's dream. But anyone can sell meat: What sets Timberline apart is the love. Everyone who works at this tiny yet alluring meat market is not just interested in, not just obsessed with, but head over heels in love with edible animal parts. Buyers are sent off with a comforting "Oh, you'll think you died and went to heaven" from the owners, who used to run the Shriner's Temple kitchen.

While Roy's Cherry Creek landed in Denver just over a year ago, it's definitely a keeper. Owner Roy Yamaguchi, an internationally renowned chef whose chain is based in Hawaii, knows how to combine exceptional service, sleek but luscious surroundings and imaginative, well-executed seafood dishes made with the freshest specimens available (try the oily, deeply flavored monchong or the cornmeal-rubbed dorado) for an extraordinary catch. We're hooked.
While Roy's Cherry Creek landed in Denver just over a year ago, it's definitely a keeper. Owner Roy Yamaguchi, an internationally renowned chef whose chain is based in Hawaii, knows how to combine exceptional service, sleek but luscious surroundings and imaginative, well-executed seafood dishes made with the freshest specimens available (try the oily, deeply flavored monchong or the cornmeal-rubbed dorado) for an extraordinary catch. We're hooked.

Best Soup to Please the Palate and Clear the Sinuses

Golden Plate

Golden Plate's hot-and-sour dumpling soup more than lives up to its name. Tender, pork-filled pasta pockets come swimming in a pungent, fiery liquid laced with fresh cilantro, green onion and five-alarm red peppers. The soup is a perfect blend of spicy and tart, and the dumplings add a dash of salt -- as well as doughy relief -- to balance the dangerously addictive broth. If you can't stand the heat...no soup for you!

Best Soup to Please the Palate and Clear the Sinuses

Golden Plate

Golden Plate's hot-and-sour dumpling soup more than lives up to its name. Tender, pork-filled pasta pockets come swimming in a pungent, fiery liquid laced with fresh cilantro, green onion and five-alarm red peppers. The soup is a perfect blend of spicy and tart, and the dumplings add a dash of salt -- as well as doughy relief -- to balance the dangerously addictive broth. If you can't stand the heat...no soup for you!
Granted, Isle of Singapore Cafe may be Denver's only Indonesian restaurant at the moment. Still, this modest storefront deserves kudos for its authentic Asian fare, which includes unusual dishes from Singapore and Malaysia as well as Indonesia. (Skip the Chinese offerings.) The seafood and chicken dishes are out of this world (or close enough), and downing a durian smoothie, made from the world's stinkiest fruit, earns you major bragging rights. Isle be seeing you...
Granted, Isle of Singapore Cafe may be Denver's only Indonesian restaurant at the moment. Still, this modest storefront deserves kudos for its authentic Asian fare, which includes unusual dishes from Singapore and Malaysia as well as Indonesia. (Skip the Chinese offerings.) The seafood and chicken dishes are out of this world (or close enough), and downing a durian smoothie, made from the world's stinkiest fruit, earns you major bragging rights. Isle be seeing you...
There isn't a dud anywhere on the menu at Jan Leone's self-titled janleone: The Brie baked with brown sugar and walnuts and the escargot with Gorgonzola are splendid starters, and the carbonara pappardelle and seafood-stuffed lasagne are inspired entrees. Still, we confess to a certain soft spot for the desserts by Leone's daughter, Mara. Although the closing lineup changes periodically, highlights usually include a toasted pistachio cake with mascarpone cheese and a rich and unusual coffee-flavored panna cotta. Mara also does a semifreddo, a chilled dessert that involves frozen mousse with copious amounts of whipped cream thrown in to add air pockets, making the dessert the perfect light but luscious finale for Jan's rich food. It tastes extra sweet when eaten in the attached Col-Mar bar while a local songstress belts out "Hello, Dolly."

There isn't a dud anywhere on the menu at Jan Leone's self-titled janleone: The Brie baked with brown sugar and walnuts and the escargot with Gorgonzola are splendid starters, and the carbonara pappardelle and seafood-stuffed lasagne are inspired entrees. Still, we confess to a certain soft spot for the desserts by Leone's daughter, Mara. Although the closing lineup changes periodically, highlights usually include a toasted pistachio cake with mascarpone cheese and a rich and unusual coffee-flavored panna cotta. Mara also does a semifreddo, a chilled dessert that involves frozen mousse with copious amounts of whipped cream thrown in to add air pockets, making the dessert the perfect light but luscious finale for Jan's rich food. It tastes extra sweet when eaten in the attached Col-Mar bar while a local songstress belts out "Hello, Dolly."

Best Place to Catch Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Four Direction Farm

Want to really ruffle some feathers? Don't just serve a holiday bird -- catch it yourself. At Four Direction Farm, Charlie and Merrilee Gilman raise then release several thousand pheasants into the wild population, which makes their land outside of Hotchkiss a great place to catch your own holiday dinner. For $300 per person, you get a hunting dog, a guide and a dog-handler who'll help you bag your limit of four birds. BYO firepower.

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