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The Essential Guide to Smothered Fries

If French fries weren’t good enough to start, try them smothered

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Whether they originated in Belgium, France or your backyard, French fries – in all their shapes, consistencies and styles – are a beloved part of American food culture. Burgers and fries, pizza and fries, even just a massive plate of crispy shoestrings or plump steak frites, can be justified no matter the time of day or venue you find yourself in.

Somewhere down the line, a stroke of pure genius led to a new idea – what better way to enjoy fries then with delicious ingredients, sauces, and combos on top. Here’s where you can drift off into your daydream: insert every example of beautifully baked poutine or spicy chili cheese fries.

Without further ado, here’s our list of nine of the best smothered fries in Denver and how to find them.

Note: This list is ordered from North to South. If you don't see your favorite, leave it in the comments below.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Recess Beer Garden

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2715 17th St Ste 103
Denver, CO
(720) 638-0020
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The LoHi neighborhood happily welcomed several restaurants over the past two years including the beer garden off Erie and 17th streets. With an open patio, endless seating, a fire pit and an outdoor bar, what more could you want? Well, it doesn’t hurt that the menu features creative takes on classic bar fare. Enjoy a cold pint, chili cheese fries, and if you’re feeling ambitious, the chili cheese tots smothered in pork green chili, gooey cheddar and pepperjack cheeses.

2. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO
(303) 292-0700
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Although this hip and cozy RiNo spot is known for a dinner menu that blends the rich flavors of Latin and American cuisines, don’t forget to check out the happy and happiest hour menu, as well. For only $5, enjoy house-made fries doused in green chili and topped with parmesan and mozzarella (add braised pork for $5). Happy hour runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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3. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Denver

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1747 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO

What could possibly go better with a juicy stacked burger and malted shake then crispy shoestring potatoes. Luckily, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, located just blocks from Coors Field, has all three of those things. We recommend an order of the parmesan truffle fries, each perfectly coated with cheese and flavored oil. Go big and add a side of green chili queso.

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4. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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1317 14th St
Denver, CO
(303) 595-4255
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The one thing most would agree is that it truly isn’t possible to talk about smothered fries without mentioning the crave-worthy poutine at Euclid Hall. Try the fowl play poutine, made with duck confit, cheddar curds and black pepper duck gravy, topped with a sunnyside up egg and an ounce of foie gras.

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5. The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar

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1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO
(303) 825-6500
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This downtown restaurant is known for serving an impressive brunch, including memorable dishes such as the red velvet pancakes and ranchero benedict. Up your mid-morning game with poutine made with brown gravy, grilled andouille sausage and savory cheese curds, topped with a perfectly cooked sunnyside up egg, begging to be punctured over the fries.

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6. The District

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1320 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO
(303) 813-6688
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If you haven’t been to the District in Capital Hill for brunch, what you should know first is the Ultimate Bloody Mary is just that, ultimate — and almost a meal in itself. Also, just because everyone else is ordering traditional breakfast foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for the reuben fries. Thin strips with a crunch, these are topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, melted swiss, finally drizzled with sweet Russian dressing.

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7. City O' City

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206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO
(303) 831-6443
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Vegans, vegetarians, and allergy-conscious eaters rejoice at the site of City ‘O City, where you can easily find something tasty without sacrificing flavor and texture. Try the vegan (optional) poutine made with gravy, faux cheese and fries. Perhaps if you’re lucky the waffle of the week will be smothered with french fries, green chile gravy, melted cheese and chives.

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8. TAG Burger Bar

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1222 Madison St
Denver, CO
(303) 736-2260
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Easily one of the more memorable burger joints, not only in Congress Park but the Mile High, Tag Burger Bar’s menu boasts of many fan favorites, such as the truffle shuffle and Godzilla burgers, both earning recognition at this year’s Denver Burger Battle for people’s choice. While deciding which patty you get, don’t forget the skinny but satisfying truffle fries, drizzled in truffle aioli and sprinkled with shredded parmesan.

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9. North County

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94 Rampart Way
Denver, CO
(720) 532-0106
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Located in Lowry, North County restaurant is known for creative twists on Baja Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a handcrafted margarita alongside the carne asada fries, made with marinated steak, Mexican cheeses, crema, pico de gallo and a scoop of guacamole to top it off. The tequila menu includes just more than 100 choices, which means plenty of sips to wash down the fries.

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1. Recess Beer Garden

2715 17th St Ste 103, Denver, CO

The LoHi neighborhood happily welcomed several restaurants over the past two years including the beer garden off Erie and 17th streets. With an open patio, endless seating, a fire pit and an outdoor bar, what more could you want? Well, it doesn’t hurt that the menu features creative takes on classic bar fare. Enjoy a cold pint, chili cheese fries, and if you’re feeling ambitious, the chili cheese tots smothered in pork green chili, gooey cheddar and pepperjack cheeses.

2715 17th St Ste 103
Denver, CO

2. Work & Class

2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO
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Although this hip and cozy RiNo spot is known for a dinner menu that blends the rich flavors of Latin and American cuisines, don’t forget to check out the happy and happiest hour menu, as well. For only $5, enjoy house-made fries doused in green chili and topped with parmesan and mozzarella (add braised pork for $5). Happy hour runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO

3. Hopdoddy Burger Bar Denver

1747 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO
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What could possibly go better with a juicy stacked burger and malted shake then crispy shoestring potatoes. Luckily, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, located just blocks from Coors Field, has all three of those things. We recommend an order of the parmesan truffle fries, each perfectly coated with cheese and flavored oil. Go big and add a side of green chili queso.

1747 Wynkoop St
Denver, CO

4. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St, Denver, CO
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The one thing most would agree is that it truly isn’t possible to talk about smothered fries without mentioning the crave-worthy poutine at Euclid Hall. Try the fowl play poutine, made with duck confit, cheddar curds and black pepper duck gravy, topped with a sunnyside up egg and an ounce of foie gras.

1317 14th St
Denver, CO

5. The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar

1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO
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This downtown restaurant is known for serving an impressive brunch, including memorable dishes such as the red velvet pancakes and ranchero benedict. Up your mid-morning game with poutine made with brown gravy, grilled andouille sausage and savory cheese curds, topped with a perfectly cooked sunnyside up egg, begging to be punctured over the fries.

1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO

6. The District

1320 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO
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If you haven’t been to the District in Capital Hill for brunch, what you should know first is the Ultimate Bloody Mary is just that, ultimate — and almost a meal in itself. Also, just because everyone else is ordering traditional breakfast foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for the reuben fries. Thin strips with a crunch, these are topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, melted swiss, finally drizzled with sweet Russian dressing.

1320 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO

7. City O' City

206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO
Facebook

Vegans, vegetarians, and allergy-conscious eaters rejoice at the site of City ‘O City, where you can easily find something tasty without sacrificing flavor and texture. Try the vegan (optional) poutine made with gravy, faux cheese and fries. Perhaps if you’re lucky the waffle of the week will be smothered with french fries, green chile gravy, melted cheese and chives.

206 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO

8. TAG Burger Bar

1222 Madison St, Denver, CO
Facebook

Easily one of the more memorable burger joints, not only in Congress Park but the Mile High, Tag Burger Bar’s menu boasts of many fan favorites, such as the truffle shuffle and Godzilla burgers, both earning recognition at this year’s Denver Burger Battle for people’s choice. While deciding which patty you get, don’t forget the skinny but satisfying truffle fries, drizzled in truffle aioli and sprinkled with shredded parmesan.

1222 Madison St
Denver, CO

9. North County

94 Rampart Way, Denver, CO
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Located in Lowry, North County restaurant is known for creative twists on Baja Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a handcrafted margarita alongside the carne asada fries, made with marinated steak, Mexican cheeses, crema, pico de gallo and a scoop of guacamole to top it off. The tequila menu includes just more than 100 choices, which means plenty of sips to wash down the fries.

94 Rampart Way
Denver, CO

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