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Culture Meat and Cheese

Justin Brunson makes simple food interesting to grownups. Masterpiece Delicatessen, his sandwich shop, is perhaps best known for its truffle egg-salad sandwich, a refined take on the lunch your mom used to fashion from old Easter eggs and Wonder Bread; Old Major's notorious Nashville hot chicken sandwich augments a fried chicken thigh (not breast) with fiery ghost peppers. When Brunson opened Culture inside the Denver Central Market in late 2016, he took the same approach to his meat and cheese counter. The compact menu boasts about ten classic sandwiches made with Old Major's house-cured meats and cheese from producers around the country. Our favorite is the grilled cheese, made with soft fromage blanc, pungent Gouda and aged cheddar on a crunchy baguette — not a slice of Velveeta in sight. You can also indulge your inner child with a cone, this one stuffed with meat and cheese instead of ice cream. Stock up on provisions (honey, jam, salsa, pickles, crackers and soda) for the pantry, and your own kitchen creations will be a step above.
Danielle Lirette
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Parking: Metered, On-street
  • Extra Services: Catering
  • Takeout: