Reader: Squeaky Bean shows that Denver is not on the cutting edge of the food scene

friedchickenballantine.jpg
Mark Manger
Fried chicken ballontine at Squeaky Bean.
Is the food at Squeaky Bean overrated? Gretchen Kurtz loved almost everything she tried there while dining out for this week's review (not the fried chicken ballontine, however), but other diners have a few bones to pick with her.

See also:
- Review: Squeaky Bean could write the book on innovative handling.

- Slide Show: Inspired eats at Squeaky Bean

Says Den_Food:

To even speak French Laundry in the same breath as Squeaky Bean is an abomination to foodies everywhere. I have to agree with Cap_Hill_Cowboy in the sense that yes, the food was good, inconsistent yes, and to be honest, didn't necessarily blow my mind.

I hate to break it to my fellow Denver-ites, but we are simply not on the cutting edge of the food scene here. I travel to NY and LA regularly, and have to admit; ideas such as Squeaky, Linger and Green Russell have been institutions in these cities for 5-10 years.

Let's just pump the brakes a bit and perhaps get some additional experience under our collective belts before we go espousing on how ground-breaking our copy-cat chefs are here in the mile-high city.

Is Den_Food being too harsh? Or did Kurtz go too easy on Denver's "copy-cat" chefs? Meow...



Location Info

Venue

Map

Squeaky Bean

1500 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

My Voice Nation Help
13 comments
herepiggypiggy
herepiggypiggy

I thought the old SB was way better in terms of flavor and presentation, as well as more reasobly priced vs the new space. I really dont care for multipe foams in my dishes nor a 30 min wait for cocktails due to manual ice chipping. The concepts of some of the dishes just doesnt seem to come out correctly on the plate at the new location. I believe the limited kitchen burners and small kitchen space was what brought the real talent and "wow" factor to the food at the old Highlands location. New location is just smoke and mirrors in my opinion.

helkins
helkins

Honestly this article and the comments are a joke

 

 

Didldidi
Didldidi

Can someone explain to me what "the cutting edge of the food scene" is?

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

What puzzles me is why so many folks think the Squeaky Bean is the ONLY restaurant in town.  Get out there and try some places you've never been to.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Instead of the tired old concept of pointing to two or three of the largest and most well established cities or regions in the US to state the obvious fact that Denver doesn't measure up, why not just compare the Squeaky Bean to other restaurants in town? Or even better, just judge it on its own merits. I'm more than happy enjoying the efforts of home-grown businesses while seeing the big names from the important food towns (like Charlie Trotter) get run out of town on a rail. Denver diners know weak effort and recycled ideas when they see them, and the Squeaky Bean is neither.

Cap_Hill_Cowboy
Cap_Hill_Cowboy

Let's even forget about French Laundry for a second...I'm pretty sure she compared Max to the guy who invented the light bulb!

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

 @Didldidi It's the thing that's used to slice up the vegetables of the food scene.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Sorry - Charlie Palmer.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

 @Cap_Hill_Cowboy The review did not at any point compare the Squeaky Bean to any of Keller's restaurants.  It compared the possibility of a cookbook from the Squeaky Bean being more accessible than the reality of a cookbook from Keller. A little close reading would clarify that for you.

 

The writer's comparison of Edison to MacKissock extends only to the concept that they both invent things - Edison's quotation is used to illustrate MacKissock's attitude.

 

Feel free to correct me if you think that Gretchen either claimed that the Squeaky Bean is comparable to any of Keller's restaurants or MacKissock's level of brilliance rises to the level of one of the greatest inventors of all time (other than, of course, Ron Popeil).

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

 @Mantonat

Please go back and read my post.  I wrote that there are many folks who THINK the SB is the only restaurant in town.  I'm more adventurous.  I go to places I've never pigged at before.    Thanks.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

 @steveville Gotcha. So you're a mind reader - you know what people are thinking, even if they don't say it or write it anywhere.

The vibrant and expanding restaurant scene in Denver is proof that many people agree with you - they are adventurous and go to plenty of new places. The Squeaky Bean is a good example of this; it was a tiny neighborhood joint that was just starting to get a good reputation before they closed for over a year and opened in  a larger space. Plenty of people had heard the good reports but had never eaten there, so with more seating and a bigger menu, there's more opportunity for people to go there. 

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...