Denver's Ten Best Steakhouses

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1. The Capital Grille (1450 Larimer St., 303-539-2500). The Capital Grille has done the impossible and found customers to fill another steakhouse in a town already overrun with steakhouses. And all it had to do was be better than everyone else in every possible way.

2. Columbine Steak House & Lounge (300 Federal Blvd., 303-936-9110). Columbine Steakhouse is a survivor, the kind of place they don't make anymore, haven't made for decades: a steak diner, with a faded dining room in front and a dim lounge in the back. This could be the last of the great $10 steaks. 3. Cowbobas (2991 W. Evans Ave., 303-934-3301). Cowbobas is a combination cowboy steakhouse and Vietnamese boba tea shop that also serves coffee, corn dogs and a jackfruit smoothie so syrupy sweet you'll think you're having a heart attack. The entrees are mostly steaks -- from a 22-ounce porterhouse for fifteen bucks to a nine-ounce strip loin for less than ten -- and a meal here is always a dip in to the culinary melting pot. $-$$ 4. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse (8100 E. Orchard Rd., Englewood, 303-796-0100). Del Frisco's exists for one reason and one reason only: to bring huge whacks of 100 percent American corn-fed beef to diners with big appetites and bigger wallets. Everything beyond that -- from the power-broker decor to the cigar lounge and high-tone bar -- is just theater, sideshows for the main attraction. 5. Elway's (2500 E. 1st Ave., 303-399-5353). Every neighborhood needs a neighborhood restaurant, and in Cherry Creek, that neighborhood restaurant is Elway's. Chef Tyler Wiard and his crew cook from a menu that speaks to the primal needs of Cherry Creekers: all steaks and swank and smarts.

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Jason Sheehan
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