100 Favorite Dishes: Watermelon and frisee salad from EDGE
Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates are worth the gluttony, because it allows us to tell you where you should eat, a little favor that we started in late 2009, when we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- 100, to be exact. Now we're back with round three, counting down (in no particular order) 100 more of our favorite dishes in Denver (and Boulder). If there's something in particular that you think we need to try, reveal it in the comments section below, or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. 86: Watermelon and frisée salad from EDGE
Watermelon salads are here, there and everywhere, the proliferation of which is enough to make us yawn with apathy. But, like most things, not all watermelon salads are created equal, and at EDGE, the restaurant inside the ritzy Four Seasons, chef Simon Purvis proves that he has a knack for elevating the crimson flesh to cult status.
- Simon Purvis, exec chef of EDGE, on the customer he thought he murdered
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The salad, which is only served during lunch and is part of the restaurant's new "15 Salads in 15 Minutes for $15 and Under," exposes a wreath of sweet watermelon, shaped like triangles, that are brightened by curly leaves of frisée -- one of my favorite lettuces -- and ribbons of salty pancetta, which give the dish both texture and an aggressive punch. The greens are dressed with a refreshing Riesling vinaigrette, and the harmonious huddle of flavors -- sweet, salty and just a subtle whisper of bitterness from the frisée -- equates to a summer salad that's a slam dunk, especially when the steam of the sun is beating on your back.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2013 countdown are linked below:
No. 100: Foie gras oysters from Sushi Sasa
No. 99: Porchetta from Parisi
No. 98: chocolate caramel sea salt tart from Spuntino
No. 97: Nachos from the Pioneer
No. 96: Fried pickles from TAG Burger Bar
No. 95: Breakfast burrito from Jalapeños Mexican restaurant
No. 94: Jajangmyeon from Yong Gung Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant
No 93: French fries from Jonesy's EatBar
No. 92: Fried rice from Benihana
No. 91: Lobster macaroni and cheese from Mizuna
No. 90: Schezuan beef in numbing chile oil from Chef Liu's Authentic Chinese Cuisine
No. 89: lamb tartare from Epernay
No. 88: Reuben from the Bagel Deli
No 87: Wood-fired chicken from Pizzeria Basta