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100 Favorite Dishes: French dip from Udi's Bread Cafe

French dip from Udi's
French dip from Udi's
Lori Midson

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 70: French dip from Udi's Bread Cafe

Udi Baron, Denver's unofficial bread head, masterbaker and the sandwichman behind Udi's Bread Cafe in Stapleton (and Louisville, Olde Town Arvada, Aurora and north Denver), knows how to make doughboys and girls happy: Offer a menu littered with some of the best sandwiches in the city. Take, for example, the French dip, elsewhere a skimp of gray matter, cheap cheese and au jus from a paper packet. But at Udi's, it morphs into layers of medium-rare roast beef on a warm and crusty baguette paved with aged Gouda, caramelized onions and aioli. The jus, rich and dark and full of flavor, seals the deal. One bite, and you'll understand why Baron precedes his French dip with the word "famous."

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola

No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar

No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima

No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95

No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté

No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger

No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse

No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House

No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco

No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery

No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta

No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's

No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill

No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House

No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano

No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill

No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe

No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos

No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas

No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen

No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket

No. 78: Fries from Encore

No. 77: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro

No. 76: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico

No. 75: Fish fry from GB Fish and Chips

No. 74: Posole from Tarasco's

No. 73: Sausage, ham and egg biscuit from Table 6

No. 72: Bacon flight from the Berkshire

No. 71: Tasty Treats from Gaetano's


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