To go along with Denver's best burgers in honor of Burger Week, Eater scoured the city for the best fried foods. And because fried food is irresistible, we included some fried stuff that one would eat without the burgers.
The French fries, a classic burger side, is best in Denver at Jonesy's Eat Bar. Close contenders for best fries are Park Burger and Larkburger. The gravy fries at Steuben's are also a local favorite.
A trend in the fried foods world, the fried pickles are best represented in Denver at TAG Burger Bar. The fried batter here actually sticks to the pickles and the seasoning is just right. A close contender is Oak at Fourteenth's fried pickles with Green Goddess dressing.
Punch Bowl Social serves up a $5 fried okra dish that combines Anson Mill grits, whole okra, and jalapeño-orange-apple marmalade. CoraFaye's Cafe also does a mean and authentic Southern version of fried okra.
Denverites consistently name Tom's Home Cookin's when they think of the city's best fried chicken. Another very family-friendly destination for fried chicken is White Fence Farm. For a twist on the regular fried chicken, tried the chicken schnitzel at Fuel Cafe, a fried and battered chicken breast, served with arugula, bacon jam, and lemon at lunch only.
The schnitzel at Old Major is a hefty (and- at $27- steeply priced) portion of fried pork, served with a duck egg, pea shoot and radish salad, and a lemon hollandaise.
Fried Fish and More
The salt cod fritters at Punch Bowl Social are an easy bar snack that combines salt cod, mashed potatoes, garlic confit, preserved lemons, and fried capers, and is served with salad. Fuel Cafe's Fry Fish featuring sole is a winner - served with pimento hush puppies and remoulade. This item is on the current dinner menu. Old school as it may be the fried calamari at Jax Fish House remains popular with the guests. It is served with mango-chile mojo and lime aioli.
Fried Parts, Pieces, and More
Squeaky Bean's Offal Fritto is a combination of fried rabbit kidneys, duck hearts, tendon chicharone, franks, served with ranch. The fried tripe with kimchi puree at Colt & Gray is a daring but well-composed and nicely balanced dish that can trip guests over any tripe resistance.