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Denver's new "restaurant row" ... it's E. 17th Avenue.

Denver's new "restaurant row' . . . it's E. 17th Avenue

On the short drive from downtown Denvereast on E. 17th Avenue to the zoo and museum of natural history at City Park, or to Stapleton airport, you'll pass a cluster of eateries in the 1-mile stretch between Pearl and Vine streets. They offer everything from sausage-stuffed quail to Creole cuisine to pasta specialties and hearty breakfasts.

These restaurants inhabit former drugand hardware stores and old markets. The area still feels like a neighborhood (with, among other things, abundant street parking), but it's not far from the city center--worth checking out even if you're just passing through town.

We list eight spots open at our press time;they're arranged as you'll encounter them heading east. Area code is 303.

Avenue Grill, 638 E. 17th; 861-2820; 11:30to 11 Mondays through Saturdays. Try the beefy chili in this casual Mexican-American place, a large, high-ceilinged brick building with brass-and-wood interior and art deco shell lamps in the booths.

Cliff Young's Restaurant, 700 E. 17th; 831-8900;11:30 to 2 and 6 to 10 daily except Sundays (to 11 Fridays and Saturdays). Elegant and expensive, this dressy establishment always features a pianist or strolling violinist, an extensive wine list, and "American Nouvelle Cuisine'--including rack of lamb with an herb crust, sausage-stuffed quail, salmon with macadamia nuts. Reservations are advised.

Josephina's, 1035 E. 17th; 860-8011; 11 to3 and 5 to 10 daily. Often crowded, always bright--with its greenhouse front room a melange of house plants, murals, and bustling waiters--Josephina's specializes in fresh pastas and a popular deep-dish pizza (the Ziegfeld).

Acappella's, 1336 E. 17th; 832-1479; dinner7 to 10 daily except Sundays. For Eastern favorites like Philadelphia cheese steak sandwiches and Jersey Shore fries, try this restaurant in a warren of old houses. In warm weather, you can sit on the streetside patio.

Strings, 1700 Humboldt Street (at 17th);831-7310; 11 to 11 Mondays through Saturdays, 4 to 10 Sundays. This 1920s brick laundry has contemporary furnishings softened by bright colors and indoor umbrellas, and a fair-weather dining patio. The menu leans toward pastas and entree salads (duck, chicken curry, seafood). Reservations are advised.

Faces Cafe, 1600 E. 17th; 399-4657; 7 to 3and 5 to 9 Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 to 2 and 6:30 to 10 Saturdays, 8 to 2 Sundays. One of the first restaurants on the row (transforming an old drugstore), casual Faces offers hearty breakfasts and health foods. All the framed paintings and drawings on the walls are for sale.

Foucher's Creole Cafe, 2005 E. 17th; 388-6503;11:30 to 2 and 5 to 8 Tuesdays through Thursdays, until 9 Fridays, 5 to 9 Saturdays. Lloyd and Charlesanna Foucher prepare gumbo, catfish, Southern fried chicken, and more in this tiny former hardware store.

Dario's Restaurant, 2011 E. 17th; 320-9131;11 to 2 and 5 to 9:30 weekdays (to 10 Fridays), 6 to 10 Saturdays. Friendly (checkered tablecloths, live jazz on weekends) and small (15 tables), Dario's has an ambitious menu of Swiss, German, and Italian specialties; try the veal bratwurst.

Photo: Greenhouse pop-out dramatically modernized a formerstorefront when Josephina's moved in. Inside (below), bold, contemporary murals contracts with antique light fixtures

Photo: A little bit of Philly now residesin Acappella's, once a private home
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