We come to Denver each time at the same year for work and stay at the Ramada just down the street on Colfax. We always passed by this place as it looks like just another neighborhood pub (and there's so many great ones in the area!) we always just walked by.
We finally decided to check it out!
We ended up having one of the best meals we've ever had in all the years in Denver. Mike was our waiter (he looks alot like Hugh Laurie aka "Dr. House!" and we all had alot of fun with it!) and he was extraordinary. There were so many incredible beers (and yes, some of them are pricey) but you'll never find anything like this! We couldn't decide so Mike suggested two different flights of beer...each containing 4 samples of various Belgians.
Mmmmm....it was better than wine tasting. With each one, Mike would give us little snippets of the history and complexity of the beers and how each would be good with various types of food.
We settled on about four that were a cut above, but believe me, in any other situation, all of the other beers would have been excellent. It was like they were 10's and some were 11's! (And I'm NOT a big beer drinker!)
We started dinner with the garlic infused shoe-string fries then I had their French onion soup. My wife had their seafood chowder (really uniquely delicious!) and perfect for a cold Denver evening in the city.
For dinner, we went with the Bangers and Mash...real home made saurkraut, creamy mashed potatoes and two huge apple sausages served with their mustard dipping sauce. Mike suggested the mussels steamed in curry for my wife served with fries and bread for dipping.
With each "course" Mike made various suggestions of beer that were perfectly paired for each item. He was on the mark with each. Each Belgian was completely different and unlike anything I've ever had.
We left with happy tummies and a great evening to remember. We'll be back. Ask for Mike! Sometimes he works behind the bar. I think next time, we'll just sit at the bar and hang with him as we eat. He's a kick! This as as good as any white-table cloth place we've eaten downtown with stuffy waiters! In fact, this was probably better! I'd rather eat at the Cheeky Monk!