Word of Mouth

Forbes Travel Guide gives a handful of Colorado restaurants four- and five-star ratings

Just in time for the holiday season, Forbes Travel Guide released its annual list of four- and five-star hotels, restaurants and spas, facilitating luxury travel planning around the U.S., Canada and, uh, China.

Just 23 restaurants made the five-star cut, and 152 eateries were granted four stars.

A handful of those places are in Colorado. The only local joint to net top honors is the Penrose Room in Colorado Springs, a jacket-required restaurant in the Broadmoor that serves up multi-course menus of continental fare in a dining room with breathtaking views. It joins the ranks of Napa's French Laundry, Chicago's Alinea and New York's Jean-Georges.

The state fared better in the four-star category. On the off chance you're looking for a Forbes-designated luxury experience, here's the complete four-star list:

Montagna, 675 East Durant Avenue, Aspen Mirabelle at Beaver Creek, 55 Village Road, Avon Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder Restaurant Kevin Taylor, 1106 14th Street

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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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