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Boulder and South Federal face off in the Street 16 final four

As we've been doing for a few weeks now, Cafe Society is out to find the single-best neighborhood for eating-out in Denver with our Street 16 tournament. Size doesn't matter, but restaurants do. We started with sixteen areas of metro Denver and now we're down to four.

In the first final four match-up, we pit Boulder against South Federal.

Here's why Boulder should get your vote:

It wasn't an accident that Boulder earned the designation of Foodiest Town in America from Bon Appétit in 2010: The picturesque city is teeming with top-notch industry professionals, savvy diners and, of course, excellent restaurants that range from dens of fine dining to snack shacks. Pearl Street and downtown dominate the gastronomic scene, anchored on one end by Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale and Mateo, on the other by the Kitchen and its offshoots, as well as Zoe Ma Ma, Amu, Salt and the Bitter Bar, with Oak at Fourteenth and Black Cat in the middle.

And this is why you should vote for 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.

Industry folks, eaters, civic boosters and even you haters: Vote below and let us know why you chose one over the other in the comments section!

Vote in our other final four match-up: Tennyson vs. Lower Highland

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 28. Vote in more Street 16 match-ups.

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Nick Lucchesi
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