Eating Adventures

There are eight million burgers in the naked city -- here's Grandpa's

In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on this week's stop...

There are almost as many burger joints in Denver as there are opinions about burger joints. If you haven't already found your favorite place to take a bite out of some succulent ground cow, even if you've only been a Front Ranger for a few days, you're probably either a vegetarian or maybe even a Canadian. Eating a burger is first and foremost an inalienable right in this country, on par with driving on a multi-lane freeway at 75 mph or yelling at your TV for sixteen-plus Sundays every autumn and winter. Nobody's going to talk you out of your love/hate relationship with your favorite football team (no matter how grim things get) and nobody's going to convince you to take a Greyhound on your next trip to Sterling to visit Aunt Frieda. You've probably already been to Grandpa's Burger Haven and decided that you love it or hate it after that first bite, or you've never been because you're absolutely sure that there's no better burger than the one for which you already profess your passion.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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