Randy Balch, chef of Wazee Supper Club, on the new remodel, frying bacon naked and why Wazee has the best pizza in town
What you'd like to see more of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary standpoint: I'd like to see more culinary diversity, especially downtown, which looks like it was stamped out with a cookie cutter. There's a Starbucks on virtually every other block on the mall, usually right next to a Mexican restaurant followed by yet another pizza place. It also seems breakfast places have almost completely disappeared. It sure would be nice to see something new and exciting in town.
What you'd like to see less of in Denver/Boulder from a culinary standpoint: We've been in LoDo making Denver's best pizza for 38 years, and now it seems that LoDo is crammed to the gills with pizza parlors. We think -- and all of our regulars agree -- that our pizzas are second to none, so we have a message to all you pizza-joint upstarts: We've got the best pizza, we've been doing it longer than any of y'all, and we'll still be here when you're long gone. We really don't mind a little competition, but come on! How many new pizza places does LoDo really need? Enough, already. And now that we're renovating the space and adding another pizza oven, we're ready and willing to make lots more of the best pizza in town. Ha!
Favorite cheap eat in Denver/Boulder: Santiago's. It is true Mexican cuisine that's affordable, plus they make a great burrito.
If you only had 24 hours in Denver/Boulder, where would you eat? For breakfast, I'd go to Sloan's Bar & Grill in Edgewater, if for no other reason than I love their Bloody Mary bar. For lunch I'd hit up the Cherry Cricket -- they have great burgers. And for dinner, I'd want to go to the Buckhorn Exchange. I haven't been there yet, but their menu consists of a lot of wild game, some of which I've yet to try. It's Denver's oldest restaurant, and I'd love to eat there. I also want to go to Biker Jim's; I hear he has great hot dogs.
What do you have in the pipeline? Just getting the Wazee Supper Club up and running after the new remodel. I want to do my best for the Breckenridge Brewery/Wynkoop Holdings Corporation -- they've been great to me -- and continue to build on my experience and help the company to flourish.