Just in case you were wondering, we haven't seen the last of Denver's burger trend. Juicy Burgers & Dogs, a modern and minimalist, tiled, stark white space wedged into the corner of a small mall, opened last week at 6830 South Yosemite Street in Centennial, a few storefronts down from Karl's FF Delicatessen, a German sandwich shop and market that's been slinging bratwurst, potato salad and headcheese since 1981.
There's none of that on the short board at Juicy's, which pimps exactly four dogs -- a classic Chicago, a jumbo Kobe dog, mini Kobe dogs and a Wisconsin beer bratwurst -- four burgers, including lamb, chicken and beef, fries and onion slivers, chili, milkshakes and desserts.
"We're different from most burger joints, insomuch that our burgers are all char-grilled, which gives them that great outdoor flavor, plus our buns -- a pumpernickel and an egg bun -- come from Udi's Bakery," says owner Laura Gardiner. "Before we opened, I went to all the burger places in Denver, tried them all and priced them all, and while ours are less expensive than other places, we're definitely not sacrificing quality."
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To wit: the all-natural lamb, chicken and beef are procured from Colorado, the spuds and onions all hand-cut, the sauces housemade and the fruit breads, cupcakes and cookies are baked by Debra Lambert, the former owner of Boulder Cheesecake.
As for the hot dogs, Lambert describes herself as a junkie. "I didn't want hot dogs to be a side thing. I'm addicted to Chicago hot dogs, and the ones we're serving here are fantastic -- not just the Chicago dog, but all of them," she promises. There's a "secret" menu, too, reveals Lambert, which includes sliders tucked into ciabatta buns from City Bakery and a Polish dog. "It's sort of our way of experimenting," she says, adding that she may soon introduce a vegetarian burger to the menu.
Toppings, of which there are more than a dozen, are all free and include sauerkraut, grilled onions, sport peppers, aioli, hot sauce and burger sauce, and every Sunday, kids under the age of twelve can get a burger or dog, French fries and a drink for free with any adult purchase.
For more info, call 303-741-3647, or go to www.juicyburgers.com.