Top five reasons why Taco Bell won't kick Chipotle's ass

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Taco Bell has been making a serious effort lately to get a chunk of Chipotle's customer demographic and failing at it, but the Bell's new strategy to beat out Chipotle may be as ineffective as it is cunning. Taco Bell, piggybacking on its healthier Cantina Bell menu, is rolling out a new high-protein Cantina Power Menu aimed right at men, cheapos, paleo diet nuts -- and Chipotle's deep pockets.

Here are the top five reasons why Taco Bell just can't kick Chipotle's ass right now. Taco Bell gets two headpats for trying, but Chipotle is still gonna eat them for lunch.

See also: Will Del Taco's 50th anniversary "Throwback Classic" bun taco resurrect Taco Bell Beefer?


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The seven best places to drink tequila in Denver on National Tequila Day

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Kevin Galaba

Cuidado Denver, you're getting a second Cinco de Mayo this summer: tomorrow is National Tequila Day. Americans drank a little over 13 million gallons of tequila last year -- and that number will be surpassed this year. There are a lot of great places in Denver to consume the spirit of the agave; we've distilled it down to a few must-drink locations for this festive occasion (although we don't need anyone to tell us that every day is a good day for tequila). Whether it's in a margarita, as slow sipper, or in a shot with lime and salt, tequila is the drink of the day, and this list (in no particular order) of local restaurants will help you find the tequila destination that's right for you.

See also: Richard Sandoval's La Biblioteca opens


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The top five weirdest new fetish foods

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It's bratwurst...it's gummy bears....it's gummy bear brats!
We all never seem to run out of wacky ideas for off-beat eats and drinks, and the beauty of social media is that every time Oreo brings forth some fresh-hellish cookie flavor, an R & D team creates new waffle-things, or some mad distiller concocts tomato booze, we get the photos, the descriptions, and occasionally the anguished outrage when off-beat becomes out-of-their-minds.

Here's a list of the top five weirdest new fetish foods -- repurposed kimchi, coffee chips and really wackadoo Oreos are involved, while gummy bears go where no gummy has gone before.

See also: The top five dumbest restaurant promotions


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Ten best kid-friendly restaurants in Denver

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Whether it's because the babysitter canceled at the last minute or because you want quality family time at a dinner you don't have to cook, loading up the kids for a restaurant excursion can be fun for the whole gang, provided the destination is suitable for the young ones. We know it can be awkward trying to ignore pointed looks from other patrons at some hushed foodie mecca while your toddler squawks and burbles happily -- and we also know it can be tricky trying to keep the kids from that obnoxious drunk a few tables away. That's why we've come up with this list of kid-friendly restaurants that aren't some some kiddie-theme playground with miserable food, but places with menus that will appeal to adult palates, too. Keep reading for our top ten...

See also: Give Stapleton parents a break and understand they need a beer

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The top five dumbest restaurant promotions

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This will go well.
TGI Fridays may have ditched its servers' flair, but it hasn't completely abandoned a flair for really dumbass promotions. The chain recently announced its "Endless Appetizers" summer promo offering all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Diners choose one appetizer and get unlimited refills; Fridays chief marketing officer says that sharing is discouraged but won't be enforced. Jesus-potato-skinning-Christ, what could possibly go wrong with this?

While TGI Fridays loses covered wagons full of hard cash, here's a list of the top five dumbest restaurant promotions. This list might make TGIFs feel a little better, but probably not.

See also: Kentucky Fried Chicken's new original-recipe cookies -- a half-baked or extra crispy idea?

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The ten best dive bars in Denver -- Summer 2014 edition

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Punks at the bar at Bar Bar. All photos by Jim Wills.
Are Denver's dives an endangered species? Over the past year, dives featured on our 2013 list of the dozen best dive bars in Denver have lost their divey status or disappeared altogether. The latest casualty is the Thunderbird Lounge, which just closed in east Denver; the owners of the property, Larimer Associates, are deciding what to do with its strip-mall location. Another favorite, the Hill-Top, was transformed into Rocky Top Tavern -- a perfectly fine place, but not a dive. And last summer the Squirewas renovated almost beyond recognition --- and certainly beyond dive status. Fortunately, there are still dives where we're happy to belly up to the bar. Here, in no particular order (until our Best of Denver winners at the end), are the metro area's ten best dive bars -- including one twofer.

See also: Rocky Top Tavern opens in former Hill-Top

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The ten best rooftop patios in Denver

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A skyline view from Amato's rooftop patio.
Even though we're past the summer solstice and the days are getting shorter again (depressing, isn't it?), the best days of July and August are upon us and should not be wasted. With drink in hand is the surest way to toast the sunset -- ideally from one of Denver's many rooftop bars. And if a drink's not your thing, there's still plenty of great food -- whether sliders, nachos, oysters or fancy tacos -- to enjoy in the cool Front Range evening air. To help guide you on your quest for the best party atmosphere or quiet loft among the trees, here's our list -- in no particular order -- of our favorite metro-area rooftops.

See also: Ten best new restaurants of 2014 -- so far

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Ten best new restaurants of 2014 -- so far

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In 2013, more than 250 restaurants opened in metro Denver, everything from ambitious crowd-pleasers like Old Major and Best of Denver winner Lower48 Kitchen to a smattering of out-of-state doughnut houses. While 2014 might not be quite on pace to top last year's opening numbers, there's been no shortage of new establishments. Trends lean toward neighborhood bistros and cafes with small dining rooms -- some with twenty seats or fewer -- and comfort-food menus abound. But most newcomers are not content to recycle old ideas: Goat appears in various forms; elaborate pastries star alongside meticulously crafted sushi plates; touchy techniques like braising and notoriously tricky seafood cuts are handled deftly by new and pedigreed chefs alike.

Here's our list, in no particular order, of the top ten new restaurants to open in the first six months in 2014 -- one of which opened in the first week of the year and several of which have barely turned the page on the wall calendar.

See also: The secret's out on Le Jardin Secret, a farmers' market coming to Larimer Square

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Ten best restaurants in the Golden Triangle

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If you're going to the Westword Music Showcase -- and why wouldn't you be? -- you'll likely be prowling the Golden Triangle for sustenance and refreshments before, between, and especially after the shows. Luckily, in this neighborhood there is no shortage of options for the discerning palate, the ready-to-snarf, the caffeine addict or the late-night lingerer. Here are ten of our favorites (in no particular order) to stop your belly from rumbling after your ears are buzzing.

See also: Ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood



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Six brilliant places to watch the World Cup in Denver

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Fado's Irish Pub
Looking for a place to embrace some pints and patriotism? We've got you covered.
Brace yourselves. The World Cup is coming.

Every four years, nations come together as they try to earn soccer immortality, and bar managers work their asses off to get you in their doors and keep you there. By the time the games start on June 12, almost every sports bar in town will have drink specials to lure you in. But for those really interested in fĂștbol, here are six brilliant places (listed in no particular order) to grab a pint and scream "OlĂ©" at the top of your lungs.

See also: First look: The Office on east Colfax will be a haven for soccer and music fans

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