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.
1317 14th Street
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.
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House
1610 16th Street
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.