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The Best Things We Ate in 2018

  • Beef wagyu tataki at Concourse.
  • A whole head of cauliflower is transformed at Concourse.
  • Good Hombre pizza at Viàle Pizza & Kitchen.
  • Pasta and garlic bread at Viàle Pizza & Kitchen.
  • The dry-aged ribeye at Citizen Rail is a prime example of current steakhouse trends.
  • The mussels at Citizen Rail are listed as a starter, but could be a main event.
  • Kuku paka at Ambli in east Denver.
  • Samosas at Ambli.
  • A thin layer of beef carpaccio covers a plate at Tavernetta.
  • Lobster tagliatelle at Tavernetta.
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  • Mackerel tartine at Call.
  • Fresh baked bread at Call.
  • Ignudi (tiny dumplings) at the Bindery.
  • Potato nettle soup with a slice of roasted porchetta from the Bindery's spring menu.
  • Tortillas de camarones at Ultreia.
  • Soak up the flavors of Spain with pan con tomate.
  • Spanish-style ribs at Ultreia.
  • Pork-and-oyster sausage with baked-bean-style barley at Julep.
  • Beets are a delicious surprise at Julep.
  • This dessert at Atelier by Radex is called "Duck You: What an Election!"
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  • What's old is new again: the lobster TV dinner at Atelier by Radex.
  • Shipwreck sundae satisfies young and old Denver at Ship Tavern.
  • The French onion soup is a classic, just like Ship Tavern.
  • Chipotle Hollandaise and pineapple salsa give the Costa Rica Benedict at Bacon Social House its unique flavor.
  • Bacon Social House's large flight of bacon: applewood (from left), barbecue, candied, habanero, paleo and chipotle ranch.
  • Summer flavors are popping up at Vesta.
  • Banh beo and banh loc share a plate at Denver Pho.
  • Hidden treasures like brisket served with Asian sides await at the Gypsy Q food truck.
  • Chong Qing chicken with red chiles and Sichuan peppercorns at Q House.
  • The fried eggplant at Q House really soars.
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  • This pulled-pork sandwich is only $3.50 on Tuesdays at Cafe UR Way.
  • The pho broth is a family recipe at Pho Haus, but the burrito strays from tradition.
  • Bamboo Sushi's kanpachi tartare is almost too beautiful to eat.
  • Barbecue octopus with merguez sausage, black barbecue sauce and Tokyo turnips at Mister Tuna.
  • Mariscos El Licenciado is the perfect place to dive headlong into Sinaloan seafood.
  • Korean fried chicken wings at DMZ Pub in Aurora.
  • Shake Shack's Green Chile ChedderShack was a hit with customers on opening day.
  • A fried-chicken sandwich from the Budlong Hot Chicken food truck.
  • Thirty-ounce Western Daughters dry-aged, bone-in Angus ribeye at Corrida.
  • Seared duck with stawberries at Flagstaff House.
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  • Pork ribs, a beef hot link and beef brisket, along with a side of green beans at Wayne's Smoke Shack in Superior.
  • The Tender Belly bacon pizza at Pizzeria Locale hit menus earlier this spring.
  • The barbecue pork banh mi from Vinh Xuong Bakery at Zeppelin Station.
  • Chicken 65 and a samosa from Namkeen at Zeppelin Station.
  • Fish n Chips from Albina by the Sea at Milk Market.
  • Cauliflower hummus and pita bread at Safta.
  • The pita at Safta is some amazing bread.
  • The hot stone stew at Super Mega Bien is served (and cooked) tableside.
  • Ropa vieja at Super Mega Bien.
  • Yes, these sliders at FNG are that good.
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  • Spaghetti carbonara at Chow Morso Osteria.
  • A lasagna-ravioli hybrid was on Liberati's opening menu in October.
  • Lobster stuffed with lobster mousseline and ribbed with circles of pickled kohlrabi at Morin.
  • Torchon of foie gras with bitter orange, black walnut, fennel jam and housemade bread at Morin.
  • The burnt-end sandwich at Smok, which opened Saturday, August 18.
  • Chawanmushi with corn and mushroom at the Wolf's Tailor.
  • Brisket with tallow tomatoes and farro at the Wolf's Tailor.
  • This photo isn't distorted; the pizzas at Famous Original J's don't always come out perfectly round.
  • Koshari is Egypt's national dish, and you can find it at Koshari Time on Havana Street.
  • We could eat the smashed chickpea sandwich at Leven Deli every day.
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  • Leven Deli make some of the best pastrami in Denver.
  • If you're a pupusa lover, you'll love Pupusas Lover.
  • Flatbread, samoon, cheese-filled buns, baklava and pizza-like rounds called manakish are just a few of the baked goods available at Shahrazad Bakery.
  • Sourdough and brioche are the specialties at Rebel Bread.
  • A flaky, custard-filled pastry and matcha green tea latte at Tokyo Premium Bakery.
  • The Rotary knows how to cook a piece of meat, as this perfectly done sirloin attests.
  • Chook specializes in Aussie-style charcoal-roasted chicken.
  • Naked Bowl's pork congee is rice porridge with shredded pork, cracklings, chile oil and a poached egg.
  • The beef hot pot at Taste of Thailand lands somewhere between stew and stir fry.
  • Boulder is home to the Osaka burger at Osaka's.
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  • Thin-sliced lamb and beef are just two of the protein options for all-you-can-eat hot pot at D Station.
  • Ajinoya Ramen packs plenty of flavor into its tantanmen.
  • Housemade tofu makes this banh mi unique at Hearth & Dram.
  • A Sonoran hot dog at Los Mangos.
  • Crush Pizza & Tap introduced Sicilian pizza this fall.
  • Goat makes these quesadillas unique at BorraCho.
  • French dips are the specialty at Pony Up.
  • Find this guajolote sandwich at the Cilantro & Perejil food truck.
  • Iskender kebab is a traditional Turkish dish served with tomato sauce and yogurt at Bosphorus.
  • The falafel at Ash'Kara are a verdant green on the inside from fresh herbs.
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  • Muhammara, made with walnuts and roasted red pepper, will soon be your favorite pita accompaniment at Ash'kara.
  • The chicken parm at Lou's Italian Specialties includes fresh mozzarella made in-house.
  • The Louie sandwich with salami, capicola, ham and provolone at Lou's Italian Specialties.
  • Spicy pork shoyu ramen at Udon Kaisha.
  • The savory beef stroganoff at Brightmarten is a warming winter dish.
  • The breakfast burritos the 20th Street Cafe will probably tide you over through lunch and dinner too.
  • The Big Boy bacon burger at Officers Club lives up to its name.
  • Berkshire pork tenderloin at the Family Jones.
  • Dip into savory artichoke fondue and a Colorado Sour cocktail at the Family Jones.
  • TRU Colotexmex Bar-B-Que & Catering smoked tri-tip taco. Customers can order traditional smoked meats and sides, or get smoked meats in a taco, Austin-style.
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  • Cider doughnuts dipped in pear cider glaze at Acreage.
  • Lou’s two-piece chicken dinner with tots and macaroni and cheese at Denver Milk Market.
  • Fish n Chips from Albina by the Sea at Denver Milk Market.
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Danielle Lirette
Beef wagyu tataki at Concourse.
Another year is in the books, and 2018 gave us plenty of great eats at Denver's restaurants, food trucks and food halls. This is our favorite kind of photo album — one filled with food pics to remind us of the great meals and single dishes. Here are the best things we ate over the past twelve months.