100 Favorite Dishes: Telluride jalapeño poppers from Encore
No. 49: Telluride jalapeño poppers from Encore
One of my favorite bars in Denver to drink, eat, people-watch and simply relax is at Encore, whose buzzy, open kitchen struts the culinary smarts and skills of Paul Reilly, who also happens to be one of the most affable chefs on the planet. And lucky for us, he can cook his butt off, but long before we pick our way through his menu, or tune into his specials -- hell, before we even think about a cocktail -- we order at least one plate (more likely, two) of the Telluride jalapeño poppers. The racy red, fiercely hot peppers are slit down the middle, smeared with cream cheese and, because bacon is the Snickers of meat candy, Reilly wraps the fat, fiery suckers with apple-smoked strips of pig, transforming them into a fixation that I can't resit.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our countdown are linked below:
No. 94: Seafood soup from Farro
No. 73: Gumbo from Bistro One
No. 69: Mais pizza from Pizzeria Locale
No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
No. 50: Noodle jelly salad from Thai Street Food
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...sometime this year. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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