100 Favorite Dishes: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill

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As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill

Golden does not have a lot going for it, culinarily speaking. Still stuck in that small-town realm of catch-as-catch-can, folks there can choose from a bunch of chain restaurants, some strip-mall Mexican, a few downtown joints, the venerable Briarwood Inn and then a couple of real oddities, including Empanada Express Grill and Ali Baba Grill, which not only serves the area's best Lebanese food, but perhaps the world's best baklava.

That little picture above? That's the baklava that's worth a ten-mile drive. It's worth a thousand-mile drive. Perfectly baked, flaky, sweet and bleeding honey and butter from between its million layers of filo dough, it's delicate and delicious. Make sure you order your piece before the day's stock runs out. And then sit back on a low couch in the beautiful, raised dining room and enjoy a full meal -- what could be the area's best hummus, anything involving gyros and a cup of mint tea.

And on your way back home, if you're still hungering for more baklava, swing by 8800 South Colorado Boulevard in Highlands Ranch -- where Ali Baba just opened a second location. It's just as far for downtown dwellers, but the baklava is just as good.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola
No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar
No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima
No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95
No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté

No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger
No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse
No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House
No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco
No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery
No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta
No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's
No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill
No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House
No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano


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