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Kitchen Table BBQ & Comfort Food

When Kitchen Table made Yelp’s January 2015 list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. – the only Colorado restaurant to do so -- it was a big surprise. After all, the quick-serve restaurant isn’t in a shipping container, train station or any other buzz-generating venue, but rather the original location was sandwiched in an out-of-the-way block in City Park West. It’s not helmed by an award-winning chef; in fact, owner Dave Kilroy is the first to admit he’s not a chef. But that hasn’t stopped the place from developing a loyal crew of regulars. People flock here for a mix of Midwestern and Southern comfort food, including sloppy joes, a tomato-free version with crumbled meatloaf in a gravy-like sauce; pot pie; pulled-pork sandwiches; and burnt ends, generously rubbed and heavily smoked from two stints in the smoker. Entrees are humbly served on a divided paper plate; round them out with reasonably priced sides such as macaroni and cheese, dill cucumbers, or the terrific barbecue black beans with Kansas City-style barbecue sauce, chunks of brisket and a spicy streak from poblanos and Dijon. Kilroy believes in what he calls “real food,” and he sources natural meats, organic produce and even sodas sweetened with cane sugar, not high-fructose corn syrup. Even if the food doesn’t always merit five stars, the friendly atmosphere -- led by a congenial Kilroy, who’s likely to be working the counter -- definitely does. In November 2017, the Kitchen Table moved to a new location inside Goosetown Tavern on East Colfax Avenue.

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