No. 55: Lobster, Egg and Caviar Bruschetta at Bar Fausto
There's not exactly a tricked-out kitchen at RiNo cocktail haunt Bar Fausto (which made our list of the ten best cocktail bars in town); this venue from neighborhood veterans Jonathan Power and Koan Goedman offers a menu of bites simple enough that every dish can be prepared behind the bar. But from that restriction comes immense creative opportunity for chef Nick Mozealous and his culinary team — and the crew is not turning out ordinary bar snacks.
Cast your eyes upon the bruschetta section of the list and you'll see that Fausto is serving what may be the most indulgent bite in all of Denver right now: the lobster, egg and caviar bruschetta. A thick slab of crispy toast acts as vehicle for a shmear of tart crème fraîche and a mountain of silken scrambled eggs, through which swim plump morsels of sweet lobster claw. A dusting of chives adds levity and verdant bite, while a generous spoonful of caviar lends crunch and brine. It's like a one-dish incarnation of a luxury vacation brunch, but without the boat shoes, affluent assholes or price tag.
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Speaking of price tag, these might be ingredients normally reserved for expense-account dinners and the top 1 percent, but at Bar Fausto, you needn't be a member of the highest tax bracket to enjoy them: The market price on this bruschetta on the day we stopped through was a reasonable $16.
That should leave enough in the kitty to explore Bar Fausto's formidable cocktail menu. We recommend starting with a crisp gin and housemade tonic.
Hungry for more? All of the dishes in our 2016 countdown are linked below.
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No. 99: Bacon Shrimp and Grits at Bacon Social House
No. 98: Porchetta and Kimchi Sandwich at Brider
No. 97: Squab-and-Sunchoke Tortellini at Abejas
No. 96: Housemade Burrata at Viand
No. 95: Schweinshaxe at Rhein Haus
No. 94 Kimchi Jeon at Seoul BBQ
No. 93: Zuppa Pomodoro at Parisi Italian Market & Deli
No. 92: The Ocean Salad at Sushi-Rama
No. 91: The Signature Bowl from Churn & Burn
No. 90: Green Chorizo at Los Compadres
No. 89: The Diavola Calzone at Pino's Neighborhood Pizzeria
No. 88: Biscuits and Green Chile at the Noshery
No. 87: Chirashi at Izu Sushi
No. 86: Brisket and Ribs at GQue Championship BBQ
No. 85: The Tornado at the Chowder Room
No. 84: Korean Fried Chicken Wings at Yong Gung
No. 83: A Meatball Hero at Lil' Ricci's New York Pizzeria
No. 82: Shakshuka at Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen
No. 81: Late-Night Ramen at Brazen
No. 80: Potato Tacos at El Tejado
No. 79: Corned Beef Heart at theWay Back
No. 78: The Fried Bologna Sandwich at Snarfburger
No. 77: Sweet Corn Mezzaluna at Bar Dough
No. 76: Duck Confit at Table 6
No. 75: Croque Monsieur at Fire
No. 74: Tahini Cookies at the Preservery
No. 73: The Alferd Packer Salad at MAD Greens
No. 72: The Tuna Poke Bowl at Ohana Island Kitchen
No. 71: Mini Chile Rellenos at La Loma
No. 70: The Combination Banh Mi at Vinh Xuong Bakery
No. 69: The Falafel Waffle at Moxie Eatery
No. 68: Korean Fried Duck Wings at Chow Urban Grill
No. 67: Spaghetti Alla Carbonara at Spatola
No. 66: The Classic Burger from Skirted Heifer
No 65: The Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado at Poppies
No. 64: Super Pass Key Special at Pass Key
No. 63: How the West Was Won at Dozens Restaurant
No. 62: Manzo With Polenta at Spuntino
No. 61: P & S Snack Mix at the Pig & the Sprout
No. 59-60: Sloppers at Gray's Coors Tavern and Diego's
No. 58: Potstickers at Zoe Ma Ma
No. 57: Griddle Cooked Bullfrog at Yum Yum Spice
No. 56: Macaroni and Cheese at Work & Class