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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Number 64: Sesame pockets from Lee's Garden
Lee's Garden (formerly Chopsticks China Bistro), whose owner and chef is the brother of the owner/chef of the new Chopsticks China Bistro in Greenwood Village, walks the line between rote Chinese-American standards (fried rice, lo mein, chicken with hot garlic sauce) and the stuff of funk, those righteous Shanghai "house specials" that either make you squirm in disgust or make you pant like a dog in anticipation of the great unknown -- fish head in house special sauce, for example. Straddling the line between the two opposites are the thin-crusted sesame bread pocket sandwiches, whose hollowed out insides are made for slicking with chile paste, dabbing with Chinese vinegar and spooning cubes of chicken with vegetables, pork laced with the fire of chiles, lamb greened with cilantro, or fried beef with garlic until the seams are bursting and you've got chin dribble. After you've inhaled one plate, order another, or go where others fear to float and order the fish heads.
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 No. 83: Masa-fried oyster shooters from Deluxe No. 82: Tacos al pastor from Los Carboncitos No. 81: Salsa bar from Tacos Y Salsas No. 80: Dim Sum from Star Kitchen No. 79: Green chile cheeseburger from Cherry Cricket No. 78: Fries from Encore No. 77: Shanghai-style dumplings from Chopsticks China Bistro No. 76: Chile relleno burrito from El Taco de Mexico No. 75: Fish fry from GB Fish and Chips No. 74: Posole from Tarasco's No. 73: Sausage, ham and egg biscuit from Table 6 No. 72: Bacon flight from the Berkshire No. 71: Tasty Treats from Gaetano's No. 70: French dip from Udi's No. 69: Panang curry from US Thai Cafe No. 68: Pineapple upside-down pancake from Snooze No. 67: Saag paneer from India's No. 66: Grilled corn soup from Lola No. 65: Udon noodle bowl from Bones