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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2014 countdown are linked below.
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