Written by Ruth Tobias, Zagat

If we’ve witnessed marked trends among the most anticipated openings on the Denver dining scene in recent years — take last year’s wood-fired cooking boom — 2018 is shaping up to be a trove of anything-goes regional and global treasures. From Canada to the Caribbean, France to Japan, the Garden State to the Deep South and every place in between, the culinary world is arriving at our doorstep, and we can’t wait to drink it all in (literally, considering the equally diverse array of bars and taprooms coming this way). Here are our 30 top picks for the new year — and we’re not even counting the as-yet-to-be-named outlets in the Gaylord Rockies, currently the nation’s largest hotel under construction.

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