Reader: What would you call the greater metro area -- which is full of great restaurants?

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After reviewing Hana Japanese Bistro, Laura Shunk served up her list of "Denver's five best Japanese restaurants," places that serve not just sushi, but excellent, authentic dishes from Japan's much broader culinary canon.

The list inspired the usual quibbles -- why is this on it? why not that? -- as well as another round of geographic arguments, since two of her choices were on the very edge of the Denver market: in Louisville and Niwot. And, then, of course, there's Amu...in Boulder.

Writes Mantanot;

This is a losing battle. Westword has been doing this for a long time now. The main problem is not with Westword though; we are a commuter society based in a sprawling metropolis of linked suburbs and towns. What do we call the area? Maybe Westword should run a contest to name the metropolitan area that covers Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Greenwood Village, Lakewood, Louisville, Westminster, Broomfield, etc. Either that or we can just understand up front that when Westword says "Denver," they mean "the Denver greater metropolitan area."

Where should Westword draw the line? At Sheridan? At Yosemite? Unlike sprawling Phoenix, for example, the actual city of Denver is very limited in both physical size and population -- which accounts for only about a sixth of the "Denver greater metropolitan area." We've always used the marketing definition of Denver, with the city as the hub of a seven-county metroplex, to guide both our coverage and circulation. (And sorry, Boulder, but when you're considering entertainment options in this area, Boulder is not a separate Republic.) Still, we're open to options: What would you call the "Denver greater metropolitan area"?

As for traveling to Louisville for dinner: At least it's easier than going to Japan.


Location Info

Hana Japanese Bistro

1148 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, CO

Category: Restaurant

Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant

1221 Spruce St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant


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14 comments
Jon S
Jon S

I understand there are definitely some good restaurants in Boulder. However, the overall dining scene still isn't nearly as good as most Boulderites, or Westword lately, make it out to be. I don't think people would complain so much if the Boulder coverage was more proportionately in line. Sure, if some particularly noteworthy place is mentioned every once in a while, great.

But instead, it seems like every other restaurant review lately is about someplace in Boulder County. And all of the "best of" lists seem to pass up multiple superior places in the actual Denver Metro Area for some mediocre joints just because they are in Boulder.

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

I'm fine with Westword reviewing restaurants wherever they may be, just don't call a list the "best of whatever" in Denver if you are going to include restaurants that clearly are not in Denver.

Scott
Scott

When I see Denver, I think of the city of Denver, but if you're going to include the county of Denver, you could say Sheridan, 52nd, Yale and Quebec.  That's not perfect, but pretty close.  I think the Stapleton area is also part of the county.

Anyn
Anyn

Listen, you small minded small thinkers. Does NYC include flushings?? Just because it is the largest part of queens?? No, god dammit!!! What the f is this??? I live in wheatridge so "I'm a Denverite"..... No you are a god damn wheatridgian. Seriously this is a city that is exponential more expensive than the suburbs or Boulder, when it comes to most commercial real estate. So no, just because the food is good does not mean it should be included against what is actually Denver. Not the f-ING metro Denver.......How about the westword move their office to Highlands Ranch. Really increase your street cred. This is lame and so are you westword for defending your poor choice of boundaries.......

Jeff
Jeff

The U.S. office of management and budget defines the Denver Metropolitan Area as:

City and County of Denver

Arapahoe County

Jefferson County

Adams County

Douglas County

City and County of Broomfield

Elbert County

Park County

Clear Creek County

Gilpin County

Rusty Shackleford
Rusty Shackleford

How about just "Colorado"? Or in a few more years, "New California".

GFTW
GFTW

In 20 years it'll be called Fort Denver Springs.

rain
rain

There are a lot of good things going on up in Boulder County. Good things going on in Denver proper, too. I remember past years when it felt like nothing north of Furniture Row or west of Federal was ever reviewed. I thought that was an oversight.

I don't have a problem with Westword reviewing things across the metro area as long as they don't ignore one region completely.

Still, there's got to be a limit, right? Concentrate on City and County of Denver, with occasional forays out to the counties. Loveland and the Springs are too far away in my opinion, but is Castle Rock? Evergreen?

Mantonat
Mantonat

Whatever you decide are the boundaries, do you really want Denver to stop mentioning and reviewing restaurants outside those boundaries? Or do you just want them to stop referring to everything else as Denver? If it's the first choice, that's just lame. If it's the second choice then answer the question: what are they supposed to call it? The Seven County Conurbation?

calhounp
calhounp

 city and county of Denver are the same.

Your Overlords in Denver
Your Overlords in Denver

 @aae9bab6bd5cb5719ad20cef10692066:disqus : I think Denver should be able to co-opt anything great from the surrounding areas, since Denver is the kingdom, and all you peasants on the outer edges owe us tribute.

mo
mo

 they have been invading since the 80s.  It is only the new transplants that now think it is bad.

Jenn the Godless
Jenn the Godless

 @595d2c6d2a9e562388779917aed95759:disqus : I think your suggestion is a winner-winner-chicken-dinner.

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