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100 Favorite Dishes: Pork knuckle sandwich from the Highland Tavern

100 Favorite Dishes: Pork knuckle sandwich from the Highland Tavern
Lori Midson

Best of Denver 2010 was released April 1, but Cafe Society is still counting down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 3: Pork knuckle sandwich from the Highland Tavern

Is it possible for a neighborhood watering hole, whose primary focal point is a Ping-Pong table, to achieve culinary enlightenment? Highland Tavern, perched at the corner of Navajo and 34th Avenue, in Lower Highland, comes damn close. Executive chef Jeremy McMinn and sous David Bumgardner, both alums from Marczyk Fine Foods, have created a seriously awesome menu that gloriously exploits, among other things (like the addicting housemade tater tots), pig. There are pork chops, of course; pork ribs every Sunday; pierogies studded with bacon; a "porkstravaganza" platter heaped with braised bacon, cured pork, pork shoulder and sausage; and the crowning glory, a pork knuckle sandwich. The indulgent result is a splendid hand-crafted terrine of ground pigs' feet and swine shank that's been bronzed in the deep fryer, smeared with a jolting Tabasco rémoulade, topped with lettuce and tomatoes and mounted between two buttered and grilled bun halves. Way to pimp pork, boys.

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

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

No. 70: French dip from Udi's

No. 69: Panang curry from US Thai Cafe

No. 68: Pineapple upside-down pancake from Snooze

No. 67: Saag paneer from India's

No. 66: Udon noodle bowl from Bones

No. 65: Grilled corn soup from Lola

No. 64: Sesame pockets from Lee's Garden

No. 63: Whiskey-braised beef from Steuben's

No. 62: House special from Viet's

No. 61: Sultan Combo from Phoenician Kabob

No. 60: Cake and a shake from D Bar Desserts

No. 59: Caprese salad from Gaia Bistro

No. 58: Fried chicken from Tom's Home Cookin'

No. 57: Molcajete a la Mexicana from El Paraiso

No. 56: Corned beef hash from Argyll Gastropub

No. 55: Aye Conyo from Buchi Caf� Cubano

No. 54: Fig n' pig flatbread pizza from Encore

No. 53: Toro sashimi from Sushi Den

No. 52: Spinach pinwheels from Virgilio's

No. 51: Chicken-fried steak from the Breakfast King

No. 50: Hot dog with hot sauce from from the Old Fashioned Italian Deli

No. 49: Adobada gordita from Tacos Y Salsas

No. 48: Curried Indian mussels from Argyll Gastropub

No. 47. Pasta carbonara from Fruition

No. 46: Amarena cherries and chocolate from Sketch

No. 45: Aloo gosht salin from the British Bulldog

No. 44: Head cheese from Olivea

No. 43: Braised pork belly ramen noodle bowl from Den Deli

No. 42: Lemon cheesecake from L'Atelier

No. 41: Croissant with Asiago and prosciutto from Buffalo Doughboy Bakery

No. 40: Prosciutto eggs Benedict from Panzano

No. 39: Double cheeseburger from Bud's Bar

No. 38: Calabacitas pupusas from Tambien

No. 37: Lamb shank from Mecca Grill

No. 36: Beignets from Lucile's Creole Cafe

No. 35: Jaam-bong from Karma Asian

No. 34: Beef cheeks from Squeaky Bean

No. 33: C� ri chay from New Saigon

No. 32: Torta ahogada from Las Tortas

No. 31: Salumi from Il Mondo Vecchio

N0. 30: Ricotta ravioli from Colt & Gray

No. 29: Seaweed salad from Izakaya Den

No. 28: Beef short ribs from the Village Cork

No. 27: Breakfast burrito from Pico de Gallo Mexican Grill

No. 26: Italian sandwich from Masterpiece Deli

No. 25: Baked potato from Rodney's

No. 24: Curried potato dosa from Masalaa

No. 23: Pate and pork rillettes from Fuel Cafe

No. 22: Tacos from Leobardo's Taco Shop

No. 21: Suckling pig from Luca D'Italia

No. 20: Chicken and poblano crepes from Chili Verde

No. 19: Steak chili from Elway's Cherry Creek

No. 18: Aguas Frescas from El Taco Veloz

No. 17: Spicy edamame beans from Karma Asian

No. 16: Samosas from Vesta Dipping Grill

No. 15: Greek pizza from Melita's Greek Cafe & Market

No. 14: Tortilla soup from the Pioneer

No. 13: Double chocolate pudding from LoHi Steakbar

No. 12: Spaghetti and meatballs from Steuben's

No. 11: Waffles from the Waffle Brothers

No. 10: Shrimp cocktail from El Camaron Loco

No. 9: Wild striped bass from Black Pearl

No. 8: Lap dogs from Interstate Kitchen & Bar

No. 7: French dip from Second Home Kitchen & Bar

No. 6: Clam chowder from the Oceanaire Seafood Room

No. 5: Sausage sub from Carbone's Italian Sausage Market & Deli

No. 4: Dungeness crab salad from Rioja

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Highland Tavern

3400 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211

303-433-1990

www.highlandtavern.com


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