But wait, there’s more! Here’s our take on a few sentimental favorites and promising upstarts:
Tom’s Home Cookin' (address and info)
We'd no more leave Tom's off this list than we'd leave our mom off a list of our favorite moms. (Although the chicken and dumplings are just as good as, if not better than, the fried chicken.)
MAX’s Wine Dive (address and info)
This Texas transplant opened all of two weeks ago, so it’s a little early to declare poultry victory. But its signature dish, marinated in jalapeño-infused buttermilk, definitely has blue-ribbon potential.
Osaka Ramen (address and info)
It’s even more premature to put Jeff Osaka’s kara-age on a best-of list, since, at the time of this writing, his long-anticipated ramen joint hasn’t even opened yet. But at a preview, the tempura-like, soy-ginger-marinated nuggets of dark meat nearly stole the show from his noodle soup.
The Squeaky Bean (address and info)
Chef Theo Adley’s masterfully fried chicken serves above all as a springboard for his creativity, becoming just one fine ingredient in an ever-changing composition that could involve anything from blackberries to peanuts to kimchi.
White Fence Farm (address and info)
It’s on our recent Denver Bucket List for a reason -- but be warned that you’ve got to have a stomach for its relentlessly hokey schtick as well as its famous chicken.
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