Denver's five best seafood restaurants
Cafe Brazil, 4408 Lowell Boulevard
Cafe Brazil moves to its own island rhythm, and it's given Denver residents a chance to experience a culinary journey through coastal South America for nearly two decades. The best dishes here are seafood stews. Our two favorites: the Cazuela Colombiana, which mixes fat prawns and chicken or sea scallops in a dende oil-infused broth made with coconut milk and tomatoes, and the Peixe de Angola, which adds more fish to a base sweet with coconut milk and tart with lime, then punches up the final mix with malagueta chiles.
Land of Sushi, 2412 East Arapahoe Road, Centennial
Land of Sushi, a restaurant tucked into a strip mall in the southern suburbs, is obsessed with freshness. To wit, the restaurant frequently serves up a live-scallop special, disemboweling the mollusk when you order, but not a moment before. It's hard to get much fresher than that. What the owners can't purchase live they have shipped in daily, creating a menu of the usual sushi suspects -- like yellowtail, salmon and prawn -- as well as more inventive fare, plus a list of daily specials that, in addition to that live scallop, often features the best sea urchin we've had in town. Land of Sushi also scored our Best Sushi Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2012.
1. Jax Fish House, 1539 17th Street
Jax is famous for its oysters, hawked from its raw bar and sold -- during happy hour, at least -- for $1.25 a pop. But fish fanatics craving more than just a sea-perfumed mollusk will find plenty to love on the rest of the menu, too: peel-and-eat shrimp to dab in cocktail sauce, crab cakes and calamari, steamed lobster tail or a lobster BLT, grilled whole trout, fresh crab and even caviar. Expertly prepared and as fresh-tasting as it would be on the coasts, it's one of the best arguments in the city that good seafood does exist inland. And that's what landed Jax our Best Seafood Restaurant award in the Best of Denver 2012.
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