No. 79: Pork shank from Argyll
Pig is not hard to find in Denver. In fact, save for restaurants whose menus are dedicated to herbivores, you'd be hard-pressed to find a board that doesn't pimp porcine. And Argyll, the Cherry Creek gastropub whose kitchen is overseen by executive chef Sergio Romero, is no exception.
His menu, a mash-up of charcuterie and cheese, updated pub snacks, burgers and the year's vegetable of the moment -- Brussels sprouts -- doesn't overdo the pork trend, turning out just two dishes that are swine-centric: choucroute garnie and a pork shank, the latter of which belongs on the pig heaven honor roll. Only slightly smaller than a jumbo jet, it's jaw-droppingly good, the shards and scraps of flesh easily flecked from the bone with a slight tug of the fork. Romero pools the brutish shank in a veal demi-glace, and serves it alongside a cast iron crock of Brussels sprouts singing with citrus and a whimsy pouch of fluffy, cinnamon-scented sweet potatoes draped with a light whip essenced with cardamom.
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In late 2009, we embarked on a culinary journey that took us through our favorite dishes in the Mile High City -- one hundred, to be exact -- as a precursor to the Best of Denver 2010 issue. Now we're back with round two, counting down (in no particular order) a hundred more of our favorite Denver dishes in a list that, by our imperfect calculations, should be wrapped up by the time the Best of Denver 2011 hits the streets on March 31. 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.