Suffice it to say that I eat out more than the general population, unless, of course, the general population can catalogue more than 450 restaurant meals in a year -- which is about the number of breakfasts, lunches and dinners that I stomached in 2012. Pathetic, isn't it? But all those food dates are worth the gluttony, because it allows us to tell you where you should eat, a little favor that we started in late 2009, when we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- 100, to be exact. Now we're back with round three, counting down (in no particular order) 100 more of our favorite dishes in Denver (and Boulder). If there's something in particular that you think we need to try, reveal it in the comments section below, or shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com.
No. 93: French fries from Jonesy's EatBar
French-fry fans are unwavering in their preferences: Some like them matchstick-skinny, others covet the pencil-thin version, while still others prefer pudgy. And then there's the issue of whether the french fry is intended to stand on its own, licked with nothing more than salt, or dipped in duck fat and blanketed with everything but the kitchen sink.
The fresh-cut fries at Jonesy's EatBar are thin -- pencil-thin -- deep-fried spuds of crisp golden crack, and they don't require (God forbid) ketchup or anything else, save for a liberal trounce of salt, to make them perfectly palatable. Nonetheless, the kitchen here realizes that there are those who prefer their fries clothed with gutsy sauces and seasonings, so you can also order a version topped with bacon and cheese (my personal favorite), another with Parmesan cheese and truffled aioli, a Thai-inspired mountain of spuds, or an epic batch swagged with beef, peppers, onions, black beans and a cheesy nacho sauce. They're all victories, and it's no surprise that some regulars make them their daily meal.
Hungry for more? All the dishes in our 2013 countdown are linked below:
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No. 100: Foie gras oysters from Sushi Sasa No. 99: Porchetta from Parisi No. 98: chocolate caramel sea salt tart from Spuntino No. 97: Nachos from the Pioneer No. 96: Fried pickles from TAG Burger Bar No. 95: Breakfast burrito from Jalapeños Mexican restaurant No. 94: Jajangmyeon from Yong Gung Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant