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100 Favorite Dishes: Steak chili from Elway's Cherry Creek

100 Favorite Dishes: Steak chili from Elway's Cherry Creek
Lori Midson

As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up, in no particular order, a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to cafe@westword.com.

Number 19: Steak chili from Elway's Cherry Creek

Considering the absurdly high number of chili cookoffs that take place in Denver, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense that it's next to impossible to find a butt-kicking bowl of the stuff at a restaurant. What's even more wacky is that the one chili that does bowl us over comes from the kitchen of Elway's Cherry Creek, a starchy white-tablecloth steer palace that slings a $49 porterhouse, Japanese sea bass for $39 and a half dozen oysters for just under 20 bucks. And yet, for less than a tenner, you can swell your belly with chef Tyler Wiard's wonderful chili, a cast-iron crock brimming with a brick-red stew, hearty, earthy and substantial, thumped with oregano, garlic and cumin and shocked with the heat of numerous chile powders, whose blaze slowly sneaks up on you like a silent thief. It comes with all the requisite sidekicks -- ribbons of cheddar, red onions and sour cream -- but this is a chili that stands righteous without any embellishment.

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 � C�t�

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


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