The ten best burgers in Denver
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means that every patriotic American will be firing up the grill and cooking burgers. But just in case you'd rather have someone else do the work, we've rounded up the ten best burgers in metro Denver, presented below in no particular order -- except for #1, winner of the Best Hamburger award in the Best of Denver 2014.
Green chile burger at the Cherry Cricket
See also: The twelve best pizzas in Denver
10) Park Burger
Four metro locations
The homegrown Park Burger is growing into a mini-chain; it's turning into the grill next door. The original was opened in Platt Park by Frank Bonanno's one-time right-hand guy, Jean-Philippe Failyau, who stuck with a simple formula that proved so winning, he's opened several more locations in neighborhoods around town. Park Burger doesn't keep a big bar, but it's big enough. The menu isn't huge, either, but it's big enough. Ditto for the dining room. As a matter of fact, nothing about this place is overwhelming -- but then, nothing is really supposed to be. At its best moments -- and Park Burger is usually at its best -- it's a wonderful example of what a burger joint can be when a fine-dining sensibility is used in the preparation of simple American comfort foods. Bonus points for the town's best vegetarian burger.
9) My Brother's Bar
2376 15th Street
Yes, My Brother's Bar has a fascinating history: oldest still-operating bar in Denver, Neal Cassady hangout, yadda yadda, etc. Yes, in its current incarnation it's a beloved and anachronistic neighborhood institution that plays classical music, caters to a demographically mixed crowd of crusty old-timers, serious drinkers, families, artists and transplants, and from its stubby galley kitchen offers a strange diner-slash-taproom-cum-lunchwagon menu. But all that atmosphere just adds to the flavor of the good, greasy burgers, served on wax paper with a plastic caddy of condiments. But when a burger is this good -- and the kitchen cooks 'em up until 1 a.m. -- you just don't need anything more.
8) Crave Real Burgers
3982 Limelight Avenue, Castle Rock
Jeff Richard, chef/owner of the Old Stone Church, a New American eatery in Castle Rock, loves old American food, too, and a few years ago he started putting together plans for a burger joint. While continuing to run the Old Stone Church, he leased a strip-mall spot near the Castle Rock shopping outlets, where he built out a hip, modern take on the lunch-counter concept. The menu at this reimagined classic American diner features another reimagined diner staple: the burger, using the traditional ground-beef patty as the foundation for another dish entirely. The Wing, for example, adds all the elements of hot wings, including crispy chicken, to that base. The Dim Sum Daffy stacks the patty with roasted duck, hoisin and wontons. There's so much to crave on some of these combos that you can skip the burger altogether, simply ordering them as sandwiches.
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