100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Czech Potato Pancakes at Sobo 151

Czech Potato Pancakes from Sobo 151 Bar & Grill 151 South Broadway 303-778-1560

Sobo 151 isn't known as a culinary destination, but those with a hankering for hockey and hearty Czech fare will always head here. When you're watching the Avs -- or playing billiards or trivia, or even listening to live music -- big mugs of lager and big plates of goulash, sausage and schnitzel are the perfect accompaniments on a cold winter night. Our favorite from Sobo's Czech menu (the kitchen also turns out some pretty decent American bar standards) are the bramboracky, crisp-edged potato pancakes that epitomize the simple preparations and rustic flavors of Slavic cuisine.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes of 2014

Sobo's potato pancakes come two to a plate, cut into quarters and sided with sour cream. At first glance, there's not much to them -- just shredded potato flecked with a few herbs and pan-fried to an uneven golden brown. But bramboracky have just enough egg and flour as a binder to elevate them beyond standard hash browns. Sobo's patties are thin and soft, with an almost creamy center and a browned crust that's crisp without being crunchy.

There's also enough garlic and onion to pack the pancakes with homey, northern-European flavor, making them the perfect match for lager, whether a crisp and hoppy Czech classic or a sweeter, roastier dark version. Bring on the frigid nights and the oversized hockey jerseys: Sobo's potato pancakes are a great start to an evening of staying warm with friends, sports fans and food lovers.

In advance of the Best of Denver 2015, we're already loading our plates with contenders for the best dishes in the city. And over the next nine months, we'll be sharing many of them with you, counting down (in no particular order) one hundred of our favorite dishes before the the Best of Denver 2015 hits the streets on March 26. In the meantime, 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 [email protected]

Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2014 countdown are linked below.

No. 100: Chile Relleno at La Fiesta No. 99: Gurage Kitfo at Megenagna Ethiopian Restaurant No. 98: Cochinita Pibil at Work & Class No. 97: The Greggers Tongue Sandwich at Olive & Finch No 96: Baum Cakes at Glaze by Sasa No. 95: Goat hot pot from Viet's No 94: Head cheese from Beast + Bottle No. 93: Kettle Chips from Amerigo Delicatus No. 92: Pork Belly Confit at Solera Restaurant and Wine Bar No. 91: Tacos Campechanos from La Calle Taqueria No. 90: Biscuits from Denver Biscuit Co. No. 89: Clams and Chorizo at Gozo No. 88: Aburi Sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den No. 87: Kimchi and Sausage Torta at City, O' City No. 86: Mar y Tierra Molcajete at Paxia No. 85: Crispy Pork Spare Ribs at Table Top No. 84: Chips and Dip at Euclid Hall No. 83: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico No. 82: Scallop Crudo at Stoic & Genuine No. 81: Ceylon Curry Dosa at Khazana No. 80: The Lambada Torta at La Torteria No. 79: Pork Bulgogi at Dae Gee No. 78: the Pulled Pork Pig Pen Sandwich at Boney's No. 77: IPA Mac & Cheese at Hops & Pie No. 76: Chiles en Nogada at Chili Verde No. 75: Udon Noodle Bowl at Bones No. 74: Cinnamon Rolls at the Duffeyroll Cafe No. 73: Smoked Turkey Croque-Madame at Acorn No. 72: Pickled Lake Michigan Perch at Trillium No 71: Oysters at Jax Fish House Glendale No. 70: Venezuelan Tostadas at Empanada Express Grill No. 69: Tahini Cauliflower from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs No. 68: The Ham and Cheese Tartita from Maria Empanada No. 67: Ronnie's Favorite from Rosenberg's Bagels and Deli 66: Shoo-fly Pie from the Long i Pie Shop

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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