100 Favorite Dishes: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones

100 Favorite Dishes: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
Lori Midson

No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones

Like a lot of people, I spent the majority of my years as an undergraduate obsessed with keeping my waistline shaped to a size two (those days are long, long gone) and spending whatever leftover scholarship money I had on food that rung up in cents, rather than dollars, because, as any student knows, a Styrofoam container of dried, salt-licked, dishwater-stained noodles punctuated with freeze-dried carrots and peas from the corner market is about the cheapest thing on the supermarket shelves, save for a can of sale-priced SpaghettiOs. And then, sometime later, when I knew better, I became a bona fide noodle-loving nerd.

That revelation came years before Bones, Frank Bonanno's modern noodle house in Governor's Park, ever came to be, but in the time that Bones has been plying its superior earthen bowls of broth to fervent ramen and noodle bowl warriors who slurp with abandonment, I've become even more of a fanatic. And a recent addition to the menu, a redolent, transforming white miso broth, pooled with glossy glass noodles, generously jolted with dashi and fortified with floats of golden-hued sea scallops, pudgy rock shrimp, leaves of red chard and roasted oyster mushrooms, is the tongue equivalent of a lap dance. Bite after bite, slurp after slurp, it delivers a delicious swing of flavors that makes you want to noodle around.

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:

No. 100: Italian wedding soup from the Squeaky Bean

No. 99: American Classic Burger (and fries) from Tarbell's

No. 98: E's clam linguini from Mangiamo Pronto

No. 97: Queso a la plancha taco from the Pinche Tacos wagon

No. 96: Prosciutto-wrapped jalapeño poppers from Tony's Market

No. 95: Fried chicken from the Pinyon

No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro

No. 93: Posole from The Porker

No. 92: Breakfast Burrito from the Taco Wagon in Lafayette

No. 91: Hummus from Shish Kabob Grill

No. 90: Albondigas meatballs from Solera

No. 89: Lemon-ricotta doughnuts from Olivéa

No. 88: Döner kabob from Shondiz

No. 87: Roasted cauliflower salad from Euclid Hall

No. 86: Beef cheek enchiladas from El Diablo

No. 85: Fried Brussels sprouts from Panzano

No. 84: Pork osso buco from Osteria Marco

No. 83: Cazuela Colombiana from Cafe Brazil

No. 82: Chicken potpie from Devil's Food

No. 81: Sichuan braised beef noodle soup from Zoe Ma Ma

No. 80: Larb nua from Taste of Thailand

No. 79: Pork shank from Argyll

No. 78: Truffo panino from Shangri-La Cafe

No. 77: Pig-snout tacos from Guadalajara Authentic Mexican Buffet

No. 76: Speck and maple ice cream from Pizzeria Basta

No. 75: Tom yum goong from Thai Flavor

No. 74: South African black ruff from TAG

No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One

No. 72: New England clam chowder from Bittersweet

No. 71: Celery and lime popsicle from Spuntino

No. 70: Curried split pea soup from Modmarket

No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale

No. 68: Risotto frutti di mare from Firenze a Tavola

No. 67: Frico caldo from Frasca Food & Wine

In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up in the spring. If there's a dish you think we need to try, tell us about it in the comments section below, or shoot us an e-mail at

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