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Denver's five best hotel restaurants

Sitting at Edge in the Four Seasons for this week's review, I contemplated the notion that you can visit a city and never see anything but your international luxury hotel's version of it. Unfortunately, that's what a lot of hotel restaurants bank on -- that you'll be stuck eating there, anyway, so they can charge you a fortune for food that's only mediocre.

There are some hotel restaurants that are breaking the mold, though. Here are five in and around Denver that are worth checking out, even if you aren't checking in:

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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