100 Favorite Dishes: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe

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Lori Midson
As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe

In 2003, when Dylan Moore opened Deluxe on a stretch of South Broadway that was better known for its bar brawls than its restaurants, Moore knew he was taking a risk. But the crowds trickled in, couples canoodled under the sultry lights and his first menu, a straight-ahead California board, was a hit. Since then, Moore has occasionally added new dishes to the line-up, but the one constant has been the masa-fried oyster shooters, which are so brain-numbingly transcendent that I'm certain I wouldn't be the only one to kick his ass from here to the California coastline if he ever dared to shuck them from the menu.

Moore arranges the shelled meat on five Asian soup spoons couched with a tomato, lime and cilantro-studded salsa fresca, and then he crowns the bronzed jackets with a smoky jalapeño aioli. The result? Love at first bite...after bite...after bite.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola
No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs
No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar
No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima
No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95
No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté

No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger
No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse
No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House
No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco
No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery
No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta
No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's
No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill
No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House
No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano
No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill



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