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."
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."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.