Euclid Hall in Denver…you need to taste this…

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”  

– Marc Riboud

beef bone marrow

Fried Quail and Waffles

Pad Thai Pig Ears

Euclid Hall Denver, Colorado

Euclid Hall Denver, Colorado

Michelle Lopez

Euclid Hall Restaurant Menu

Euclid Hall Denver Food MenuUmami Oysters

We came, we saw, we SAVORED. Check out one of my new favorite Denver restaurants located on 14th Street downtown.

Euclid Hall Bar + Kitchen

1317 14th Street Denver, CO 80202

http://euclidhall.com/

Hear me out on this scenario…if you ever have a visitor fly in from out of town at a later hour in the evening, and are looking for a stellar meal despite the odd late-night hours (and Tom’s Diner open 24 hrs won’t cut it), you MUST take them to Euclid Hall! Their kitchen closes at midnight during the week, 1 AM on Friday/Saturday and midnight on Sunday. Not too shabby. It’s prob the best late night food you can get at this caliber in the area (if I’m wrong, please let me know where else I can go…we need more choices)!

During the freakishly hot Spring weather that occurred in the past few weeks, my amiga Michelle and I decided to enjoy some sunshine via dining patio-style. I’ve been to Euclid Hall before and wanted her to experience its goodness. Plus everything I had ordered thus far had been so good…I needed to sample more menu items and trumph the misconception that I just got lucky with what I ordered on my first drop-in.

Euclid Hall did not disappoint the second time around either. It made us especially impressed when they brought out extra oysters they had shelled for another group. Woo hoo! And wow, being a landlocked state, that was one of the best oysters I’ve had (just recently had oysters on the east coast and west coast too).

This was probably my second time having bone marrow…and I LOVE the way the bruleed the top, creating that toasty crunch. And the bone marrow itself is essentially hot gooey buttery gelatin stuff (do you love my technical foodie terms?), great spread on warm bread.

We had to order the Chicken Fried Quail and Waffles. It’s a must. That’s what I had ordered the first time around and what had left me wanting more. Habanero-maple syrup…the extra spice was so good with the sweet and salty.

While we tried to be a bit brave and experience Pad Thai Pig Ears for the first time, they were somewhat of a disappointment…mostly because of their strange chewy, some would say cartilage-y texture (i know, weird, like the time i had fried chicken feet..wwit-what was i thinking). The flavors were all good just couldn’t quite get comfortable with gnawing on piggie ears, as much of a pork fan as I consider myself. That’s a little too carnivore extremist for me but I gave it a go!

Extra thanks to the random mustached waiter who struck a GQ pose for me mid-snap. 🙂

 

I’ll be back Euclid!! Thanks for adding some spunk/flavor to Denver’s restaurant scene.

xoxo and pad thai piggie ears,

K

crispy pok pok chicken in yo mouth

‘Tis the night that I write about chicken. Salty, spicy fried Vietnamese chicken wings from Pok Pok Wing in yo mouth. Mmmmmmmm. I’ve had some pretty tasty fried chicken in my day… instantly reminded of my impulsive drop-in to the Snoop Doggy Dog’s fave chicken/waffle hole-in-the-wall Roscoe’s in LA…amazing. Watch this vid where he makes Larry King a believer. Yes. Any place that both Larry King + Snoop agree on is legit!

This particular house of chicken wings that just recently launched its first east coast venture in LES of nyc, boasts a very loyal cult following from Portland goers (it’s original flagship location is in…you guessed it, Portland, Oregon) As I write this, I wonder how many times I will include the phrase “chicken wings” in my blog and if I could potentially become #1 on Google search for “chicken wings”. This is clearly an admirable feat and it must be mine. Resume builder, what what!

…so I was thinking…this Pok Pok has to have some decent chicken, right? Plussssssssssss, Portland chef & owner Andy Ricker did, after all, win the James Beard award last year. That’s instant clout in my book! These wings have also been featured on a few Food Network shows, etc. If you could compare them to an actual person, it’d be Ron Bergundy of course (kind of a big deal).

pok pok chicken wings

Okay, so I’m already tired of writing and would like to get on to the photos but I guess I should explain how the chicken was. Plus, I’m late for my best friend’s birthday bash because I’m at home writing about chicken.

So, I happened to wonder a few blocks solo with camera in hand (wondering how safe it really is to carry around a nice camera in LES, it’s fine right?) until I came upon it; the little entrance to Pok Pok, graffiti and trash accessorizing its surroundings. Graffiti/trash combo seems to make me extra hungry for fried chicken.

It was my lucky day as I realized I showed up at 4:50 pm and it opened it’s doors at 5 pm. Unintentionally, I was the first at the door and a considerably long line began forming behind me. I looked behind me and thought “suckers, didn’t even plan thissssss” haha. Everyone was eager to taste the wings Portland has been raving about and decide, once and for all, if they were good enough for the streets of nyc.

The verdict: Chicken was good. It was the actual entire wing which I’m not used to. Red pepper flake-coated. Yummy sticky crunch. Hrmmmm. Little salty, however. I thought the level of spice was decent, although the big dude next to me was dripping with sweat, continually wiping his forehead and telling me how delicious they were. I wanted to shake my head, the proud half-Mexican that I am, and reprimand him, “you can’t handle the heat!!!”

Extra points for serving homemade Kombucha vinegar drinks…they were yum and I’ve never had them at an actual restaurant, just purchased by the overpriced bottle from overpriced health food stores (ahem..Whole Foods).

Would I go back? Yes. Are these now the best wingies in nyc. I don’t think so. Sorry, Andy. The extra salt killed it for me.

pok pok chicken


This last shot from a magazine is suppose to be for a later post, however…I felt the message too pressing/urgent to hold out on. Seriously, stay hungry bitches. If you won’t, who will? Words to live by. (tombstone worthy?? no?)

O yes, many thanks to Michelle of Hummingbird on High for insisting I check out this new east coast branch asap. (She practically lived off these wings during college in Portland! And yes, I get how that could become a weekly ritual…)

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