Top ten places to eat on 17th Avenue

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When Olivea opened in May at 719 East 17th Avenue, it immediately earned a spot among the top ten restaurants on 17th Avenue, which has become a real restaurant row. Below, nine more places to brake for food along 17th.

Avenue Grill 630 East 17th Avenue, 303-861-2820. For two decades, the Avenue Grill has been one of Denver's favorite greeting and eating spots. But while the photos on the wall might be relics of the '80s (catch the shot of a young Mayor Federico Peña), the kitchen at this comfortable neighborhood joint is absolutely up to date.

D Bar Desserts 1475 East 17th, 303-861-4710.

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Keegan Gerhard has earned his place as a celebrity chef. Before the TV shows, before the stand-up hosting duties for Food Network, he spent years working as a cook and patissier in some of the best kitchens in America. In the summer of 2008, he and his wife, Lisa Bailey, opened D Bar right here in Denver, where they started serving up amazing desserts as well as a simple board called "Things We Like to Eat."

Hamburger Mary's 700 East 17th, 303-832-1333.

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Hamburger Mary's, a chain out of California, bills itself as a "family dining" restaurant -- albeit one where the definition of family is broad and the dining occasionally gives way to the odd drag-queen cabaret performance. Go for the ambience, the incredible patio and the burgers: Mary's has a long list of campily named sandwiches, all of which are served large, loud and loaded.

Il Posto 2011 East 17th, 303-394-0100.

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Il Posto has an excellent location, crammed between other bars and restaurants, their patios shoulder to shoulder. The concept is also interesting: a purely and unapologetically Italian trattoria with chalkboard menus, changed daily and almost always brilliant, an open kitchen and a dining room alive with bodies, light and noise.


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