No. 66: Sea scallop and rock shrimp noodle bowl from Bones
Like a lot of people, I spent the majority of my years as an undergraduate obsessed with keeping my waistline shaped to a size two (those days are long, long gone) and spending whatever leftover scholarship money I had on food that rung up in cents, rather than dollars, because, as any student knows, a Styrofoam container of dried, salt-licked, dishwater-stained noodles punctuated with freeze-dried carrots and peas from the corner market is about the cheapest thing on the supermarket shelves, save for a can of sale-priced SpaghettiOs. And then, sometime later, when I knew better, I became a bona fide noodle-loving nerd.
That revelation came years before Bones, Frank Bonanno's modern noodle house in Governor's Park, ever came to be, but in the time that Bones has been plying its superior earthen bowls of broth to fervent ramen and noodle bowl warriors who slurp with abandonment, I've become even more of a fanatic. And a recent addition to the menu, a redolent, transforming white miso broth, pooled with glossy glass noodles, generously jolted with dashi and fortified with floats of golden-hued sea scallops, pudgy rock shrimp, leaves of red chard and roasted oyster mushrooms, is the tongue equivalent of a lap dance. Bite after bite, slurp after slurp, it delivers a delicious swing of flavors that makes you want to noodle around.
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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. 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 in the spring. 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.