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Cheesehead Alert: Eight Denver Spots for Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheesehead Alert: Eight Denver Spots for Wisconsin Cheese Curds
Mark Antonation
Folks from Wisconsin (and Eastconsin, too) have been showing up in droves since Denver's building boom began a few years ago. They're a friendly lot, and they love the Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and fried cheese curds. Other than their sports team preferences, these folks are not so different from the rest of us. We love cheese curds, too, which is why we made it our mission to seek out the gooey, golden-fried nuggets wherever we could. Here are eight places, from fast-food joints to swank cocktail bars, where Wisconsinites will feel welcome — and will all find cheese curds.

click to enlarge Start your cheese-curd pilgimage at Culver's, a Wisconsin fast-food staple. - MARK ANTONATION
Start your cheese-curd pilgimage at Culver's, a Wisconsin fast-food staple.
Mark Antonation
Culver's
5330 West 72nd Avenue, Westminster, 303-484-9469
9790 Washington Street, Thornton, 303-450-1200
Yes, Culver's is a fast-food chain, but it's a Wisconsin original straight out of the booming burg of Sauk City (population 3,410). The cheese curds here are a good baseline for further exploration. The fried crust is more of a granular breading than a batter, but the cheese inside is warm and stretchy. You'll also find another Badger State favorite here: butter burgers. South suburbanites can find another Culver's at 18561 Main Street in Parker, with a fourth metro location coming soon to East Arapahoe Road in Centennial.

click to enlarge True Wisconsin dairy curds are the secret at Euclid Hall. - EUCLID HALL
True Wisconsin dairy curds are the secret at Euclid Hall.
Euclid Hall
Euclid Hall
1317 14th Street
303-595-4255

Euclid Hall doesn't cater specifically to Wisconsin transplants, but rather to anyone with a hankering for grilled sausage and creative bar food that goes great with the restaurant's deep beer list. The kitchen sources golden cheese curds from the Carr Valley Cheese Company in La Valle, Wisconsin (coincidentally, less than forty miles from Sauk City). A side of housemade ranch dressing swirled with a splash of hot sauce comes along for the ride, adding gratuitous creaminess to the already decadent dish.

click to enlarge Cheese curds don't make much sense at a pizzeria, but don't think about it too much. - MARK ANTONATION
Cheese curds don't make much sense at a pizzeria, but don't think about it too much.
Mark Antonation
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House
1610 16th Street
303-825-1021

Most people head to Lucky Pie for pizza, so a side of cheese seems a little extraneous. But if you've got the appetite for molten dairy (or if you're skipping the pizza), then go ahead and indulge. The curds come jacketed in a light, slightly sweet batter, giving them a a hint of doughnuty appeal. Marinara cuts through the fat and adds an important serving of vegetables to your daily allowance.


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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.
Contact: Mark Antonation