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 email@example.com.
Number 48: Curried Indian mussels from Argyll GastroPub
In the great gastropub movement that's marching through Denver, Argyll is doing its part to ensure that its contributions to the crusade don't go unnoticed. There's a lot to appreciate about the joint: the cask-conditioned ales, wickedly strong and poured only on the weekends; the bartenders, who are quick with a smile and a good story; and the music, which always seems to pulsate with danceable one-hit wonders from the 1980s. The wine list has come a long way, too, since Robert Thompson unlocked the doors last summer, and there's no better Tetley in town. And the patio? Killer.
But recently, the real reason to squander a stool at Argyle's tartan-topped bar has had everything to do with chef Sergio Romero's menu, which trumpets all sorts of triumphs, including the corned beef hash, which has already claimed a number on this here list. And now come the mussels, a heap of back beauties, their flesh plump and smooth, steamed in an Indian-laced curry, slightly spicy and fragrant with lemongrass and cilantro. If you ask for a straw to suck up the sauce, you won't be the first.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
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