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    Best Of 2014: Japanese/Sushi

    Jun has won gold in this category almost perennially since 1995, partly because owner Jun Aizu focuses on the freshest fish he can get. He serves Colorado fish when he can, and flies the rest in daily. Aizu opened his first location on Dublin 23 years ago; nine years ago he opened the Centennial location. The menus, concept and specialties of the two restaurants do differ: For example, while both serve sushi, the Dublin location offers ramen noodles made from scratch, and the Centennial location features cooking tables. "My favorite quality in Japanese cuisine is that it's simple, it's natural, and it's fresh without heavy sauces," says Aizu. Any plans for a third location? "Not yet," he says, smiling. — Kendall Kullman

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    Best Of 2105: Local Venue for Live Music

    With the Black Sheep's 10th anniversary fast approaching, the all-ages venue continues to offer the kind of shows that deserve its clientele's hard-earned allowances. "Whether it's Waka Flocka tossing delighted fans into a sold-out crowd after he takes a selfie with their iPhone, or Kongos pumping out eight-foot smoke rings before they hit Red Rocks the night after, we like to think this little place has something for everyone," says general manager Jeremy Grobsmith. Part of the venue's success is that it draws audiences as diverse as its musical offerings, which in the months ahead will include Hieroglyphics co-founder Del the Funky Homosapien, Rough Trade recording artists Houndmouth, glam-rock upstarts The Struts, and punk-rock warhorses Agnostic Front. "It isn't every day that you get to stand inches away from your future favorite rock star," says Grobsmith, "or ogle your former childhood crush." — Bill Forman

 

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