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Linger named one of America's Best Outdoor Restaurants by Travel + Leisure magazine

Linger

, Justin Cucci's globally-inspired hotspot in Highland, has taken its rooftop patio to new heights, so says

Travel + Leisure

magazine, which just released its

list of America's Best Outdoor restaurants

. Kate Parham, who penned the story, spoke to Cucci, who also owns

Root Down

-- anther Highland restaurant with a fantastic patio: "It's a winning combination of atmosphere, intoxicating food and drinks, and, as chef and owner Justin Cucci puts it, "an element of fun," writes Parham, who lavishes her own praise on the rooftop paradise:

See also: - Root Down's Justin Cucci dishes on pot, pussy and soup talk - Best Rooftop Patio - 2013: Linger - With delicious food, Linger gives new life to a former mortuary space

Walking out onto the 100-seat rooftop at Linger engages your senses: aromas of sweet sesame BBQ tacos from a food truck fill the air, while ahead lies an unadulterated view of the Denver skyline, with the Rockies in the distance. A line of thirsty hipsters forms at the walk-up window of a futuristic RV; they want a taste of the $5 happy-hour cocktails. It's no wonder the rooftop is packed.

She notes, too, that Linger lays claim to the "first-ever rooftop food truck." Not surprising, considering that Cucci has always been way ahead of the curve. Linger, of course, is on our own list of the city's most coveted rooftop patios, as are several more places where you can...linger. You can add Izakaya Den to that roster, as well, since its new rooftop deck, which was just unveiled a few weeks ago, is nothing short of smashing.


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