Word of Mouth

Travel + Leisure names Denver one of America's best burger cities

If you want pizza, your best bet is to head to Chicago or New York; for lobster, go to Boston (or better yet, Maine); Salmon or Pacific oysters swim best in Seattle; crab is best in San Francisco or Maryland; and a hankering for barbecue will take you to Kansas City, Memphis or the Carolinas.

And according to Travel + Leisure, if you're after a burger, there are few better places in the country to get one than right here in Denver.

The magazine just listed the best burger cities in the country, and Denver came in fourth, behind Houston, Salt Lake City and Providence -- but ahead of both Los Angeles, which boasts In-n-Out and Umami Burgers, and New York City, where Shake Shack reigns supreme. Evidence of our burger prowess: HBurger's Angus beef patty -- topped with Hatch green chiles and tomato jam -- as well as the classic cheeseburger at Bud's Bar in Sedalia, which has received numerous Westword Best of awards, including Best Burger in 2009.

We also weighed in on our own five favorite burgers in Denver after we gave Tarbell's the award for Best Burger in Best of Denver 2011.

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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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