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Ask the Critic: Where to get a good cart lunch

This week's question is for all you office drones out there, from one of your own: When time is tight and money even more so, what downtown cart serves the best grub in the city?

Easy, right? Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs. He has two locations now, one in Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe and a new one at 17th and California, and his dogs are pure killer -- the best reason (other than Christmas-induced spite) to eat reindeer that I've ever had.

But not so fast...while I do dearly love Jim's cart(s), plenty more good ones are kicking around the city. For example, a few other hot dog guys actually do the dirty-water dogs that I love (Jim grills his); I just look for the Sabrett umbrellas and take my chances. Then there's the barbecue cart that sets up in Writer Square, flavoring the entire area with smoke and doing pulled pork sandwiches to boot. And the Thai food cart at 16th and Court where one poor woman locked inside cooks pad thai and drunken noodles (to order!) for hundreds everyday.

So now, folks, I open it up to you: Share your favorite cart lunches in town. And while I understand that a lot of these places don't have actual names (I think that Thai cart, for instance, is simply called Thai Food on 16th), please provide all the details you can. After all, I'm hungry, too, and have the sense of direction of a carrot.

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Jason Sheehan
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