Down and Out in Denver

Deluxe Burger: Love in a Bun

Posted in denver, design, food by Alastair on March 6, 2010

Last night Blake and I joined a few of our best gal pals to try out Deluxe Burger, the newly opened joint venture between chef Dylan Moore (of the restaurant Deluxe and neighboring bar Delite) and mid-century furniture outlet Mod Livin’ on East Colfax Avenue. The place was jumping!

With their use of bold color, large-scale George Nelson bubble lamps, and customized furniture they’ve transformed a dreary former liquor store into a gourmet, chef-driven burger joint were everything on the menu is made in-house, including the ketchup, mustard, pickles, and fries.

In addition to standard burgers, made with Angus beef, ground free-range chicken, and ground ahi tuna, the concise menu offers up a number of “signature burgers” without being over-whelming. These include a BBQ Burger, the Spicy Tuna Burger, and a Truffle Burger. Nothing knocked the seven of us off of our chairs (well, perhaps the Diet Coke that Blake ordered in a bottle he had never seen before…. and Blake’s had a lot of Diet Coke), but we were all very pleased with our choices… enough so that most of us will return to try out more of the menu.

The Denver Burger

I had the Denver Burger, which came with sautéed Anaheim chilies, onions, pico, cheddar cheese, and smoked jalapeno aioli. It was a great tasting burger. I personally wanted to experience a little more spice or smoke considering all the ingredients the burger was topped with. Blake enjoyed his Basil BLT Chicken Burger, and the Truffle Burger with shiitake mushrooms and truffled swiss cheese was a hit.

One thing that we all generally agreed upon was that the fries could use some fine-tuning. Now, you’re not going to be able to please everyone.  For instance, Blake likes his fries thinner (shocking!) and crispy. In fact, I think he was so upset that he ate most if not all of the accompanying ketchup… and Blake don’t eat ketchup!  Is it ketchup if it doesn’t come out of a bottle?  That’s another discussion… I like the crispy thin fries, but I also really enjoy a thicker cut steak fry like my mother made in the Fry Daddy. Let’s face it… I love my potatoes. It’s the Irish blood in me body.

Deluxe Tuna Burger and Truffle & Parm Fries

Deluxe offers “Fat Fries” (do fries make you fat?) that fall closer to my personal preference. We all felt that the hand cut fries with fresh thyme and garlic could have been crispier… it wasn’t that they were underdone, but maybe they needed another toss in the oil. Oddly enough the truffle and parm fries had more of the crisp everyone was after. Perhaps it was the addition of the parmesan?

One member of our team had the homemade tomato soup topped with fresh basil…. I think he enjoyed it! Another had the Orangecicle Shake which I now wish I had ordered.

Home Made Tomato Soup w/ Fresh Basil

When ordering I asked the cashier whether the Denver Burger was messy, she told me that “all of our burgers are messy” and when it came to eating them, it was recommended that we leave the burger inside the half-wrapper that they serve it in. This did make it easier to eat, but some of those juices still escaped from our clutches. That said, we were all very impressed by how well the Kaiser buns held up and tasted!

All I know is that my meal got me through the rest of the evening which involved some heavy drinking… I woke up this morning feeling great and looking fabulous. Thanks Deluxe Burger!

Burger Juice!

Next on our list of burger joints, H-Burger in the Sugar Cube building on the 16th Street Mall. Stay tuned.

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  1. Historiann said, on March 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Yum! Could it be that grilled ground beef on Kaiser rolls is in fact the Fountain of Youth?

    (That’s probably way too good to be true.)

  2. Blake said, on March 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I do NOT know how you woke up feeling so good this morning. If I ever recover I will try to post about the rest of our shenanigans: booze, booze, and more booze.

  3. squadratomagico said, on March 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I’m impressed with the vegetarian and pescatarian options. I’d enjoy a place like that in my neck of the woods — though we do have many good restaurants here, including a new, good forno a legno pizza joint (since I know you enjoy pizza pies). Still, a truffled shitake burger sounds yum, as does the ground ahi.

    Also: The color blocking designer on Project Runway wins waaaay too often.

    • Blake said, on March 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

      I agree with you about PR, Squadrato. Mila and the color blocking are getting a bit tedious. I did love Jay’s garbage bag pants this time around! And I am THRILLED that Alexis, the crazy model from Denver, has walked her last on the runway!

  4. Andy said, on March 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I am precisely one week ahead of you on your burger tour of denver. Went to Deluxe Burger last Sunday and HBurger on Friday. I recommend the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Burger at HBurger. The fries are decent, and my Nutella shake was perfect.

    • Blake said, on March 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Andy: it’s a wonder we’re not running into you at every turn! Thanks for the recommendation. Anything with bacon is good in my book, though I’m a little skeptical about a Nutella shake….

  5. mamamonroe said, on March 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I’m hearing such mixed reviews!!!! I think I’m going to check it out… and PS – don’t you just LOVE mod livin?

    • Alastair said, on March 8, 2010 at 11:41 am

      Mama, If I could afford to furnish my entire flat by means of Mod Livin’ (and Lee Alex Decor on South Broadway, have you been?) I would truly be the happiest gay in Menver.

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