A crew from Food Paradise stopped in Denver earlier this year to film at My Brother's Bar, whose JCB rated a segment on the "Hamburger Paradise 2" episode that aired last night on the Travel Channel.
The Denver shots included interviews with longtime bartender Jimmy Hayde (who had a big day yesterday -- he was also quoted in a New York Times piece on the 16th Street Mall) and many customers chowing down on the bar's jalapeno cheeseburger -- which the show insisted was the "unofficial burger of Denver...found on nearly every menu."
Our post about the upcoming show had one reader goggling. Writes idoubtit:
I could not find a single example of another restaurant in town that serves a burger like My Brother's JCB. I found some with cream cheese, some with jalapenos, and some with both -- but not mixed together, which is what makes the JCB so good, and the one-and-only of its kind. Or am I missing something? Has anyone else found another jalapeno cheeseburger in Denver?
Good question. Have you? If so, post that burger spot in the comments section below.
And in the meantime, a few other fact-checking matters. As far as we know, the building that houses My Brother's has been a bar since sometime in the 1880s -- not 1873, "before Colorado was a state." And while there's been a bar in the structure since it first opened, My Brother's did not move in until just over forty years ago, not "the 1930's."
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Still, Food Paradise got several other things right, including the lack of a sign (and TVs), the Girl Scout cookies and balloons, the great Beat legacy -- including a letter from Neal Cassady asking a pal to pay his bill at Paul's place, not My Brother's -- and the commitment to, as Hayde says, "just giving people great American food."