Five Meatloaf Dishes in Denver to Share With New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

We could all use a little comfort; the Kitchen Table's meatloaf doesn't disappoint.EXPAND
We could all use a little comfort; the Kitchen Table's meatloaf doesn't disappoint.
Mark Antonation

When President Donald Trump says, "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous," you're probably going to end up with meatloaf for dinner — if you're anything like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who went with the president's strong suggestion at a White House dinner on Tuesday night. While national policy and cabinet positions are usually the hot topics coming out of White House meetings, Christie's mandatory meatloaf meal made headlines on the East Coast.

Here in Denver, we value choice — but if an executive order comes down requiring meatloaf consumption, at least we have good options. Here are five restaurants where you can enjoy a great plate of meatloaf, whether you're in the company of Governor Christie or just looking for something homey and comforting to distract you from all the political nonsense.

We're not sharing our meatloaf order at Chop Shop with Chris Christie — or anyone.
We're not sharing our meatloaf order at Chop Shop with Chris Christie — or anyone.
Chris Bobek

1. Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
4990 East Colfax Avenue, 720-550-7665
200 Quebec Street, 303-364-1102

Don't expect down-home meatloaf from the crew at Chop Shop, where international flavors mingle with American standards, with mouthwatering results. A touch of India spices up the meatloaf here, with a garam masala marinade and a drizzle of mango barbecue sauce. But a jacket of applewood bacon, a dollop of mashed potatoes and a couple of hula-hoops of onion ring bring the dish back to the good old U.S. of A.

A sighting of City Bakery Cafe's meatloaf sandwich may be as rare as a sasquatch, but it's no urban myth.
A sighting of City Bakery Cafe's meatloaf sandwich may be as rare as a sasquatch, but it's no urban myth.
Mark Antonation

2. City Bakery Cafe
726 Lincoln Street
303-861-0809

City Bakery Cafe serves its meatloaf in a sandwich, but all the classic ingredients are there. The meatloaf itself is robed in cheese and swaddled in potato bread made at owner Michael Bortz's bakery with whole baked potatoes kneaded into the dough. A side of brown gravy for dipping completes the presentation with a touch of love straight from Mom. The special only comes out on chilly days, so call ahead to see if it's in the works.

Dave Kilroy (left) dishes up Midwestern goodness at the Kitchen Table.
Dave Kilroy (left) dishes up Midwestern goodness at the Kitchen Table.
Danielle Lirette

3. Kitchen Table
1426 East 22nd Avenue
720-456-6967

Meatloaf purists should drop whatever they're doing and head to this north Denver diner for a plateful of juicy, slow-cooked meatloaf topped with a crust of baked-on barbecue sauce. The portion is huge and comes with a housemade biscuit and your choice of a side. Just don't let anyone bully you out of selecting your favorite (but we're telling you: The collard greens are fabulous!).

Punch Bowl Social's culinary partner Hugh Acheson (left) and founder Robert Thompson (right) hope you'll try the meatloaf.EXPAND
Punch Bowl Social's culinary partner Hugh Acheson (left) and founder Robert Thompson (right) hope you'll try the meatloaf.
Mark Antonation

4. Punch Bowl Social
65 Broadway
303-765-2695

Last year, Punch Bowl Social owner Robert Thompson hired Southern-cuisine master Hugh Acheson to put a taste of the South on the menu at his growing chain of gastro-tainment pubs. While meatloaf has been a PBS staple for years, the latest incarnation is a streamlined classic made meatier with the use of grass-fed beef. The side of mashed potatoes is a natural, and a small salad touched with buttermilk dressing ensures that you get your allowance of veggies.

Old-school meatloaf is on the board at Steuben's.EXPAND
Old-school meatloaf is on the board at Steuben's.
Steuben's

5. Steuben's
523 East 17th Avenue, 303-830-1001
7355 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-830-0096

When you're in an old-school diner setting, it's hard to pass up old-school food. Fortunately, Steuben's meatloaf is by the book, and a good book at that. The star of the plate is dense and juicy and supported by a cast of mashed potatoes, mushrooms, gravy and broccoli (because someone's looking out for you). Tell Christie that all lanes leading to both locations of Steuben's are closed so you can have this meal to yourself.

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Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203

303-830-1001

www.steubens.com

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Steuben's Arvada

7355 Ralston Rd.
Arvada, Colorado 80002

303-830-0096

www.steubens.com/Arvada

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City Bakery Cafe

726 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

www.citybakerydenver.com

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Kitchen Table

1426 E. 22nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80205

720-456-6967

kitchentablecafe.com

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Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

4990 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220

720-550-7665

www.coloradochopshop.com

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Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery

200 Quebec St.
Denver, Colorado 80230

303-364-1102

www.coloradochopshop.com

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Punch Bowl Social

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