Re:High Plains Drifters
Thu, 07/21/11 3:47 PM
Saturday June 18, 2011 cont. We have been reading the glowing reviews for Biker Jim's food cart in Denver on Roadfood for years. Two of my Roadfood friends, wanderingjew and Travelin Man, have eaten at his cart and went out to dinner with Jim and both have told me he has excellent food and is also a great guy. So going to Biker Jim's was a top priority on this trip. Not too long ago, they have also opened a Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs restaurant in Lower Downtown, just a short walk from Coors Field, so we made our way there.
The website says that they open at 11:00AM and we arrived a minute or two before. Instead of the usual closed sign in the front window, their sign simply says NOPE. Of course, a dyslexic may look at that and think is says open! 11:00 came and went and the restaurant still hadn't opened, yet. We waited patiently for the sign to change and at about ten after, I walked over and asked one of the guys setting up the patio and he told me it opened at 11:30. This wouldn't have been an issue if we hadn't both needed to use the bathroom. Okay, we can hang in there for a few more minutes. About 25 after, the sign was switched over to YUP and we were the first customers in the door. The inside is big, with high ceilings and a cool, industrial vibe. The young lady who took our order was extremely friendly, helpful and patiently answered all the questions we had. And did we have questions! Neither one of us had ever seen a menu like this. Johnny got us started with a Waatlander dog, which came on an excellent pretzel roll. This sausage is made of pork with white wine and sweet onions. As if that wasn't enough, it is topped with dijon cream, beer battered onions and toasted sauerkraut. Once again, if that wasn't enough, it all gets dusted with tomato bacon powder. We thought the pork was mild, which is just fine, because everything else gives this dog a complex flavor, to say the least. Somehow, everything pulls together and works extremely well. We both absolutely loved it! On the side there, we split the fried green tomatoes, which were extra-thick cut and what we would describe as a wet breading, along with some kind of salsa on the side. Excellent! My lunch was the Alaskan reindeer sausage. The menu calls it juicy and smoky. It was indeed juicy, but it was the smokiness of the meat that really shone through. Topped with cream cheese and fried onions, this was another wonderful dog, but it almost seemed boring compared to what Johnny was eating! The french fries on the side were hot, fresh and crispy and needed no condiments or salt. To drink, a vanilla and chocolate milkshake. We thought there was too much whipped cream on top, but otherwise were very good shakes. Johnny enjoyed his dog so much, he had to go up and try another one. This time, he chose the wild boar sausage. Once again, the meat was very smoky (although not as much as the reindeer) and was topped with diced apricots and cranberries, which really gave it a unique, sweet flavor. Johnny said there was also cream cheese and fried onions on top. He did like this very much (and had no trouble finishing it), but thought the Waatlander was better. As you can tell, we loved Biker Jim's. All of the food we tasted was fresh and delicious. Each employee we came into contact with was incredibly nice and it was obvious they enjoyed working there. We even liked the Biker Jim's logo mural on the wall, which reminds me of the Jim Carey movie The Mask. The one disappointment was that I didn't get to meet Jim, himself. When we first walked in and ordered, I asked if Jim was around. The girl told us he had stepped out, but should be back shortly. Johnny then told me that while we were waiting outside, he saw someone who looks like Jim, hop in a truck and drive away. About a half hour later, Jim returned, but he was obviously very busy, so I thought I should wait for a quiet moment to introduce myself. Next thing you know, I don't see Jim and they tell me he was going to be gone for the rest of the day. Nuts! Oh well, I had my chance and blew it. There will always be a next time. And with food this good, it will be at the top of my hit list on every trip to Denver. Biker Jim's Gourmet Sausage 2148 Larimer Street Denver, CO
We got back in the car and headed south towards Colorado Springs.
More to come.....
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