Denver's ten best charcuterie plates

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Mark Manger
The salumi board at Crimson Canary.
There's no limit to our love for salted and cured meat, so we're as happy as pigs at the feeding trough that some variation of the charcuterie plate has worked its way onto just about every menu in this town. But as more and more restaurants fill out their menu with piles of salami and ham, some spots have really taken their obsession with cured meat to the next level, thereby becoming objects of our undying affection.

Here, in no particular order, are the ten best plates of charcuterie in Denver.

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Kate Kennedy
Il Posto (2011 East 17th Avenue)
With its ever-changing chalkboard menu and open kitchen, Il Posto is a breezy neighborhood joint that seems to always have good energy -- the exact type of spot you could easily while away several hours without even realizing it, especially if you're sharing plates and a bottle or two of wine. And dinner here should always, always kick off with tagliere, a rotating selection of meats and cheeses. Chef Andrea Frizzi likes to bring his favorite parts of his home country stateside, and these selections, spanning coppa, lonzo, mortadella and finnochiono, also include a wide array of craft cheeses culled from all over Italy.

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Cassandra Kotnik
Table 6 (609 Corona Street)
Order the charcuterie plate at Table 6 and you'll find it captures the whimsy and spirit of the rest of the quirky New American menu. No odes to France or Italy here; instead you'll get porky sausages, smoked and cured duck that resembles ham, lamb belly turned into housemade lamb bacon and tasso, that peppery smoked pork that comes from the Cajun culinary canon. It's best, we find, when paired with some equally odd selection from sommelier and owner Aaron Forman.

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Mark Manger
Crimson Canary (141 South Broadway)
Making a meal out of cured meat and cheese is an especially tempting prospect at Crimson Canary, the subject of this week's review. The salumi plate is one of the best deals in town (especially at happy hour, when the price drops even further). Select from a variety of domestic and imported meats and cheeses, which are then portioned generously and accompanied by caperberries and olives. We like to toss in a bread basket and a glass of cheap negroamaro red wine.

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Michael Casey
Michael Casey

"Older post" has good recs but is in a desperate need of an update! C'mon, get out and check out Old Majorr, Euclid Hall, Vesta Dipping Grill. What?! No mention of the The Truffle Table?! Quit being so January 2012! The Truffle Table has almost 30 cheeses to choose from and that is just the start of it!

Mmmmmm, good!
Mmmmmm, good!

Let's try a local bar, Cellar has pretty good duck, elk and pork salumi. Now with chef Joe Freemond at the helm.

HeidioftheRockies
HeidioftheRockies

Excuse me, but salmon is NOT charcuterie.  I love that dish at Bittersweet and I think Chef Olav does a fabulous job, but it is NOT charcuterie.  Olivea should have been on that list and on it near the top!

Foodwineluv
Foodwineluv

Olivea hands down.  One of the few that actually offer (excellent)  homemade charcuterie. Shocked it wasn't included in this list.  

DS
DS

Parallel 17's beats several of these too

GFTW
GFTW

Frasca! :P

Docsmiss
Docsmiss

That picture isn't even bittersweets charcuterie plate! It's their Gravlax plate. Someone didn't get it right.

HeidioftheRockies
HeidioftheRockies

Furthermore, charcuterie is cold cooked meat and to be perfectly correct it's pork.  Gravlax  is not cooked.

HeidioftheRockies
HeidioftheRockies

Absolutely!!  The lamb sausage is a total taste bud tickler!! Love it!

Laura Shunk
Laura Shunk

I'm with you... Vesta's charcuterie also deserves a place among Denver's best.

HeidioftheRockies
HeidioftheRockies

Ah ha! Well that explains it.  I haven't had their charcuterie, but I have had the gravlax which is fabulous.  

Embiederman
Embiederman

Thanks Laura!  This is a great list none the less.  Tough to narrow it down to 10, when there are so many good ones around.  Nice problem to have!

BFosterissexy
BFosterissexy

then, why not include it in the first place....? maybe you need to do your homework a little better. i feel like this happens quite often

BrandonFoster
BrandonFoster

Who are you? Just for the record BFosterissexy is not the real Brandon Foster, I am!! I appreciate the compliment though!

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