Word of Mouth

Phil's Place is now an even better place, with actual plates

Phil's Place, 3463 Larimer Street, is a family enterprise. Phil Garcia bought the former home of Our Place in 2002; in 2004, he turned the game room into a kitchen for his mother, Junie, who had nearly 25 years of cooking expertise under her flower-print apron at the Bamboo Hut. These days, Junie and Phil's dad, Gary, tend to the bar and the kitchen during daylight hours, and Phil comes in take care of the evenings.

For the past six years, Junie's Kitchen has been kickin' out her famous green chile, along with plenty of other Mexican favorites. But only in Styrofoam takeout containers, no matter where you planned to eat.

Not anymore.

When I stopped in for happy hour last Wednesday, I found laminated, two-page menus on the bar (a first) boasting not just the traditional plates - burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas, flautas, menudo and much more - but also some American offerings, including cheeseburgers, grilled cheese & ham, and crinkle-cut fries. There's a new breakfast menu, too, offering pancakes, French toast and the Phil's Place Big Breakfast, along with huevos rancheros, chorizo con huevos and other dishes, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Friday (and all day Saturday and Sunday).

To sop up the $2.50 Bud bottles (and then the $5 pitchers served with the first two glasses full), my buddy and I ordered the $5 Chili Cheese Fries, which arrived on a proper plate and were hot and delicious down to the last forkful of pork. It might have been my imagination, but it seemed that once the rest of the bar caught sight of my plate, everyone else placed orders, too - within twenty minutes, I watched four more heaping piles of fries go down the bar and out to tables.

On our way out, Junie brought us paper takeout menus and told us that Phil's dad would also deliver meals between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (slightly expanded hours). I got so excited, I spit some of my beer out on the menu -- although it's still reproduced here for your viewing pleasure.

(The phone number, obscured by beer, is 303-298-1559.)

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Drew Bixby