Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Fries

jko

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Claim Jumper
470 and Quebec

The Dish:
Anything with Shoestring Salt and Pepper Fries

They’ve got that look: thin, crisp, hot, and seasoned. A fry should crunch when you bite into it, and never needs ketchup to be awesome. I know Claim Jumper is a chain, but they really get this one thing right. It’s the only time where I’ll finish the entire plate of fries even before taking the first bite of my sandwich

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best BBQ

jko

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BIG HOSS BBQ
40th and Tennyson Area

Dish:
Center Cut St Louis Ribs

There are 2 main competitors for best bbq ribs in Denver: Big Hoss and Yazoo. Having tried both of them recently, I can say their reputations are very well deserved. Flavor -wise, both were outstanding. In the end, Yazoo fell off the bone slightly easier, but had a fattier composition, and there was just something about the ribs at Big Hoss that made me want to eat every last morsel of meat on the bones. I was sad when it was over at Big Hoss, looking closely at every bone for more. For me, that gives it a slight edge over Yazoo.

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Sushi Roll

jko

Bara Sushi

BARA SUSHI & AI (same owner)
I-25 and Belleview
Boulder 29th st Mall

Dish:
LOBSTER TEMPURA ROLL

Sure, there’s a lot of competition for the spot of top sushi roll, and if you ask 10 people, you’ll get 10 different answers. But, take my word for it, this one is divine. Crispy, light texture on the outside, soft chunks of lobster on the inside, drizzled in 2 delicious sauces. For $9, its mandatory to try.
PS – In my opinion, Bara and AI have the most creative and tasty rolls in town. Not sure if I’m ready to say it’s better overall than Sushi Den, but they give em a run for their money.

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Breakfast

jko

Snooze

SNOOZE
Dowtown. 22nd and Larimer

The Dish:
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN PANCAKE

Certainly the worst kept secret in town is that Snooze is #1 for breakfast. With wait times lasting as long as 2 hours on the weekends, it’s no wonder the ultra-cool label has been lost. But for those who wait (or go during the week, people!), the food is clearly worth it.
Take their signature dish, the Pineapple Upside Down pancake: Caramelized chunks of pineapple, fluffy, crispy, hot pancake, and a melting cinnamon butter topping. Much too big for one person, so settle in with the one you love and listen for the “mmmm” after each bite.

PS – Little known fact: the restaurant owner has some pretty decent street cred. He used to run The Chop House, Mao, and Sushi Den, widely considered the top sushi restaurant in town.

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Sesame Chicken

jko

Chef King
CHEF KING
Louisville – S. Boulder Rd (strip mall w/ King Soopers and Big Lots)

The Dish:
Sesame Chicken

Never heard of Chef King? Makes sense with it being tucked away as a tiny hole in the wall in Lousiville. Not exactly prime real estate. But those who have discovered it have become true blue addicts of their sesame chicken, the best in the city.

With it being about 20 minutes from downtown, I’ve tried dozens of closer chinese places, hoping to find one that serves it up like Chef King does: Crispy golden hunks of chicken, smothered in a honey sesame sauce that is perfectly spicy and sweet. Sadly, I haven’t found one that compares. The way to eat this thing is to take the food and drop it into a tupperware bowl, mix it around so that the rice is coated and sticking all over the chicken. Enjoy

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Pizza

jko

The oven
THE OVEN
website
BelMar – Wadsworth and Alameda, near the Dick’s Store and Whole Foods

The Dish:
Brian’s Pie (Now called “Brioni’s Pie”… regrettably)

Brian’s Pie is the best pizza in Denver and it’s the daily special. That’s just how good their pizza is. The special always changes and, it’s always outstanding. There are a few really decent pizza makers in Denver but, The Oven is head and shoulders above the rest. The fact that their special is always the best pizza around just means they do everything else extremely well. As with all craft pizza joints, it’s all about dough, heat, and sauce. And in the case of The Oven, they’ve taken great care to ensure the perfection of all 3. The dough is mixed on-site (you can see the mixer) and comes out thin, perfectly crispy and easy to bite into. They cook in a custom wood burning oven, which produces a bubbly texture with a great smoke flavor from the wood. And their homemade marinara and white sauces are flavorful and delicious. No matter what they put on those pies, it works every single time.

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Sep 28 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Burger

jko

My Brothers Bar

MY BROTHERS BAR
Riverfront Park
15th st and Platte (Next to the huge REI downtown)

Dish:
The Johnny Burger (single or double depending on your appetite).

The secret to this burger is the use of pickles. It’s an absolute dynamite cheeseburger: perfectly cooked meat, soft grilled onions, and 3 cheeses, including jalepeno cream cheese on the bun. With all of that, it’s practically begging for an acid, and that’s where the pickles take it to another level. Served alongside the burger is a tray of extra condiments, including pickles, that you jam into every bite. It’s the delicious combination of fat and acid, sweetness from the pickle, and spice from the jalepeno that makes this burger the best in the city.

PS – yes, Cherry Cricket is good. It’s solid. Its not gonna let you down. It’s the Honda Civic of the Denver burger scene. There, I said it.

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Sep 27 2009

Must Eat Denver – Best Indian

jko

Royal India

ROYAL INDIA
website
Colorado and I-25 (near Best Buy)

Dish:
Chicken Tikka Masala, medium plus (this is the spice factor), cheese naan. On the menu, NOT from the buffet.

Ahhh Indian Food. Yes, there are more expensive and fancier Indian places, but if I was telling a friend (and have done so) to go to just one Indian place in town, it’s this one. Their Chicken Tikka is flat out delicious. Perfect blend of cream and spice, the chicken is moist white meat, and the cheese naan is crisp and gooey. The flat, crunchy papadam before the entree is also pretty addicting with the red, sweet sauce.

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