100 Favorite Dishes: Tasty Treats from Gaetano's

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Lori Midson
Tasty Treats from Gaetano's
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 71: Tasty Treats from Gaetano's

It's worth going to Gaetano's once in a blue moon just to banter with the characters that belly up to the bar. There's the guy who insists on having his burger well-done and a half dozen "pats" of butter with his basket of white bread; the woman who orders shot after shot of Jack and never seems to slur or stumble; the old-timer who starts every sentence, "Remember when..." And his buddy who kicks his stool, a reminder that Gaetano's isn't that place anymore. But while those barflies definitely keep things interesting at Gaetano's, it's worth stepping behind the bulletproof front door once a week (or more) for the "Tasty Treats," ribbons of roasted New Mexican chiles wrapped around a fat fennel-specked Italian sausage link tucked inside a gold-tinged crust slicked with olive oil and confettied with parsley. The kitchen serves them with a respectable marinara, pelted with chile flakes, but these Mexican/Italian treats are just as tasty naked.

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
No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe
No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos
No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas
No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen
No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket
No. 78: Fries from Encore
No. 77: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro
No. 76: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico
No. 75: Fish fry from GB Fish and Chips
No. 74: Posole from Tarasco's
No. 73: Sausage, ham and egg biscuit from Table 6
No. 72: Bacon flight from the Berkshire


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