As a countdown to the Best of Denver 2010, coming April 1, Cafe Society is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in Denver. Send your own nominations to email@example.com.
Number 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe
In 2003, when Dylan Moore opened Deluxe on a stretch of South Broadway that was better known for its bar brawls than its restaurants, Moore knew he was taking a risk. But the crowds trickled in, couples canoodled under the sultry lights and his first menu, a straight-ahead California board, was a hit. Since then, Moore has occasionally added new dishes to the line-up, but the one constant has been the masa-fried oyster shooters, which are so brain-numbingly transcendent that I'm certain I wouldn't be the only one to kick his ass from here to the California coastline if he ever dared to shuck them from the menu.
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Moore arranges the shelled meat on five Asian soup spoons couched with a tomato, lime and cilantro-studded salsa fresca, and then he crowns the bronzed jackets with a smoky jalapeño aioli. The result? Love at first bite...after bite...after bite.
Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:
No. 100 Chicken-fried steak from Lola No. 99 Alaskan reindeer sausage from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs No. 98 Mac-and-cheese fries from Jonesy's EatBar No. 97 Soft egg ravioli from Prima No. 96 Pho - any pho -- from Pho 95 No. 95 Assiette de charcuterie maison from Z Cuisine À Côté No. 94: Cheeseburger from Larkburger No. 93: BBQ Masher from Cabin Creek Smokehouse No. 92: Apple pancake from the Original Pancake House No. 91: Burrata from Osteria Marco No. 90: Eggs Benedict from Devil's Food Bakery No. 89: Chile Relleno from La Fiesta No. 88: Deviled eggs from Steuben's No. 87: Corn-in-a-cup from Jack-n- Grill No. 86: Enchiladas from Taco House No. 85: Pupusas from Pupusas Sabor Hispano No. 84: Baklava from Ali Baba Grill