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100 Favorite Dishes: Fries from Encore

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 78: The Fries at Encore

"The Fries"--that's how these things should be referred to in the future. A singular article, unlike any others because they are simply better than all others. When someone is talking about eating fries at Encore, they are talking about these fries: The Fries, perfectly fried shoestrings, drizzled with just the right amount of Chinese restaurant-style hot mustard and presented in a glorious tangle of deliciousness.

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The Encore menu changes a lot. The Fries never do. The Fries have been there since the beginning, since the day the doors were opened at Encore. And if the food gods (and Encore's rotating roster of chefs) are willing, they will remain there until the day that Encore does its final bow and turns out the lights forever.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95 No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket

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