100 Favorite Dishes: Luther burger from Crave

Lori Midson

No. 65: Luther burger from Crave

The scene at Crave, especially on weekends, can be complete pandemonium, with bodies crushed to the walls, standing in wait to wrap their jaws around what may very well be the most off-the-wall burger inventions this city has ever seen. Head burger boss Micah Watkins, the former exec chef of Black Pearl, works in an exhibition kitchen that anchors the long and narrow space, cranking out Sterling Silver premium beef patties, hand-formed, liberally salted and peppered, diabolically large, and crowned with everything from pulled pork and shredded lamb to ginger-garlic cream cheese, fried queso fresco, roasted poblano chiles, peanut butter, chicken wings and chorizo.

But it's the Luther burger that's the most devilish of all -- a glorious sin ratcheted up with bacon, melted cheddar that oozes down the sides of the juice-dribbling patty, an egg that splashes rivers of yolk and onions all sandwiched between two sugar-smacked doughnuts, soft and glistening with glaze. It's a wickedly good burger that delivers fundamental pleasures -- the kind that make you want to go straight to the confessional with a satisfied smirk on your face.

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:

No. 100: Italian wedding soup from the Squeaky Bean
No. 99: American Classic Burger (and fries) from Tarbell's
No. 98: E's clam linguini from Mangiamo Pronto
No. 97: Queso a la plancha taco from the Pinche Tacos wagon
No. 96: Prosciutto-wrapped jalapeño poppers from Tony's Market
No. 95: Fried chicken from the Pinyon
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro

No. 93: Posole from The Porker
No. 92: Breakfast Burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette
No. 91: Hummus from Shish Kabob Grill
No. 90: Albondigas meatballs from Solera
No. 89: Lemon-ricotta doughnuts from Olivéa
No. 88: Döner kabob from Shondiz
No. 87: Roasted cauliflower salad from Euclid Hall
No. 86: Beef cheek enchiladas from El Diablo
No. 85: Fried Brussels sprouts from Panzano
No. 84: Pork osso buco from Osteria Marco
No. 83: Cazuela Colombiana from Cafe Brazil
No. 82: Chicken potpie from Devil's Food
No. 81: Sichuan braised beef noodle soup from Zoe Ma Ma
No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand
No. 79: Pork shank from Argyll
No. 78: Truffo panino from Shangri-La Cafe
No. 77: Pig-snout tacos from Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet
No. 76: Speck and maple ice cream from Pizzeria Basta
No. 75: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor
No. 74: South African black ruff from TAG
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One

No. 72: New England clam chowder from Bittersweet
No. 71: Celery and lime popsicle from Spuntino
No. 70: Curried split pea soup from Modmarket
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale

No. 68: Risotto frutti di mare from Firenze a Tavola
No. 67: Frico caldo from Frasca Food & Wine
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones

In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up in the spring. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at lori.midson@westword.com.

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thats my boys, micah and dustino, kickin ass in c-rock!!!


I love these lists, but can they please be posted in a specific place? And also not mashed up with last year's list? it is annoying to try to go back and find these. I am sure a link could be created under the best of tab.


Who ever wrote this comment has never been to crave! cause the guys at crave tell everyone that the burger was invented by Luther vandross! It's no secret!!! They just do it the crave way!! And its way better than the OG!!! So shame on you jcbarour_2 get your fax straight!!! And don't blog about your personal vandettas with people. Give the kid some credit the pearl is less of a restaurant since he left!! Denver knows it!!!


Oh...Its not ingenius or innovative, or new or fresh, in fact, there should be copyright laws for certain food items when they go beyond the threshold of plain. To wit, the "Luther Burger" actually was invented in 2006 in the St. Louis area for a local baseball vendor. Of course, the person that reviewed this burger for Crave didnt know this....as well does anybody really. It wasnt the "innovations" of a the chef at Black Pearl....no...I am willing to bet he purused the internet for burger recipes or happened to watch Man Vs. Food on the Travel Channel and found out about it. Micah Watkins didnt invent this burger....somebody in St. Louis did and he just copied it. Wow. Innovative fer sure!


Jcbarbour_2, get over yourself. It's not a crime to create fun food and who cares who's idea it really was. It's fun and different for the people who are eating.

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