Is the snow keeping you inside this week? Check out some of the best bar snacks in the Denver area.
At Argyll Whisky Beer, this take on the traditional British bar snack starts with a perfectly soft-boiled egg encased in a layer of house-made sausage that’s breaded and deep-fried. The sausage layer is thin and firm, reminiscent of country pate, and the yolk is deliciously soft inside its casing of egg white, savory meat and crunchy bread-crumb crust. Executive Chef John Broening puts his own spin on the traditional snack by serving it with mustard aioli and an apple-fennel slaw to cut the richness and add brightness to the dish. Like much of Chef Broening’s food, this is upscale peasant fare and the technical achievement of executing a perfect Scotch Egg makes it all the more interesting to Argyll’s diners. At Happy Hour, this bite is $7, a steal because “Guests love the Scotch Egg, and it’s a staple on our Happy Hour and bar menu.”
When Blackbelly Market Executive Chef and owner Hosea Rosenberg first installed the restaurant’s in-house smoker, the Season Five Top Chef winner didn’t have to look far to come up with a standout dish to make best use of his new toy. “I wanted utilize our in house smoker to make a killer meatball,” he says, and the resulting bar menu star is a crowd-favorite, on the Happy Hour menu for $3.
The Cherry Cricket is the best, quirkiest, most-beloved dive in Denver. People have been flocking to this Denver landmark to munch on the best bar food since 1957. The Cricket is not the place for any low-carb, gluten free diet. Outrageously topped burgers and big, cold beers are what generations of fans come to enjoy. The Cherry Cricket is known for building a burger just about any way you want it. However, if you ask Chef Ronaldo Munoz for his pick, it’s the Goober Burger with cheese. A 1/2lb beef patty topped with American cheese, bacon, egg over-easy, and peanut butter for $11.50.
If we all had broccoli made the way Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine serves it up, we’d have been eating our veggies with every meal growing up. Tender broccoli is plunged into the GF-friendly rice flour batter, flash fried, and dipped out crispy, crunchy, and delicious. The richness is cut by the accompanying bright, tart lemony aioli and finished with a grating of Grana Padano and chiffonade of fresh parsley.
At La Biblioteca their Korean Fried Wings take bar food to the next level. Filled with flavor the gochujang (a Korean condiment) and daikon slaw temp taste buds.
Looking for Southern inspired food with a twist? Head up North to Fort Collins to visit The Mainline. Chef Justin Burdick delivers culinary delights such as Gruyere n’ Chive Hush Puppies, Chicken, Tasso n’ Andouille Sausage Gumbo, and Shrimp ’n Grits. However, when looking for delicious bar food Chef Justin turns to fried okra.
Punch Bowl Social offers up a unique and addictive popcorn bar bite. The Almond Coconut Caramel Popcorn is the perfect snack to enjoy while partaking in multiple activities at Punch Bowl Social such as bowling, ping-pong, old-school arcade games and private karaoke rooms.
At Session Kitchen located in the historic Platt Park neighborhood, Chef Scott Parker has created the perfect tasty bar snack. The Smoked Salmon Flatbread can also be made at home as a great party or catering item.
Stout Street Social is a brand new, super-social restaurant and bar in downtown Denver that’s open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch. Executive Chef Will Tuggle oversees a diverse menu of delicious burgers, hearty salads, inventive sandwiches, beautifully crafted sushi rolls and raw bar specialties along with signature dishes. With a certified cicerone on staff, Stout Street Social offers more than 40 rotating beers on tap.
Richard Sandoval creates a menu reminiscent of his Mexican heritage in the heart of downtown Denver. His delicious Bacon Guacamole served at Tamayo a perfect bar appetizer to munch on while enjoying a margarita or beer.
The talented kitchen staff at ViewHouse is ready for baseball season with this elevated version of the slider, served year round at their ballpark-adjacent venue. Made with Aspen Ridge all-natural beef, this slider, like all food at ViewHouse, is made from local, sustainable, and organic ingredients as often as is possible. The earthy harissa aioli, paired with a tart lemon vinaigrette and sharp arugula dressing make this a bar slider worthy of the ViewHouse name.
At Zengo bar food is full of flavor with Chef Richard Sandoval’s Wagu Beef Chorizo Tacos. Served up on their happy hour menu, these tacos compliment any cerveza or cocktail with bursts of flavors from the black bean, creme, cotija, won bok slaw and a lime.