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You Can't Handle These Eleven Extreme Meat Dishes!

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Mammoth portions, unusual organs, daring preparations: That's what this guide is about. Denver loves its meat, but these eleven restaurants test the limits of endurance to protein. From the nose-to-tail plate at Old Major to the pig 1/2 pig or lamb's head for two and Colt & Gray, we ask: Can you handle the meat?

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— By Katy Hume

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Buckhorn Exchange

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1000 Osage St
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 534-9505
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The Buckhorn Exchange is one of Colorado's oldest restaurants. They serve items like yak, ostrich and rattlesnake as well as the traditional beef and game. They're also known for their Rocky Mountain Oyster's or fried bull calf testicles served with horseradish dipping sauce.

2. The Fort

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19192 Colorado 8
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-4771
Start your meal off right at The Fort with bison marrow bones or pickled quail eggs wrapped in buffalo sausage. You can also order Rocky Mountain Oysters here and enjoy their vast selection of beef and more.

3. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

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2148 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 746-9355
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Although you can get a traditional all beef dog at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, we'd recommend getting outside your comfort zone and ordering an Alaskan reindeer or a rattlesnake and pheasant dog.

4. Colt & Gray

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1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 477-1447
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Colt and Gray is known for its whole animal utilization as well as running offal specials on a regular basis. At Colt and Gray you can call a week ahead (pun intended) and order a 1/2 pig or lamb's head for 2. Another popular special is their pig trotter stuffed with snails which can be order head as well.

5. Old Major

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3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 420-0622
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Old Major offers a nose to tail plate that consists of braised belly, confit rib, andouille sausage, crispy ears fried green tomatoes, shrimp jambalaya and remoulade.

6. Super Star Asian Cuisine

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2200 W Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 727-9889
Super Star Asian is best known for its amazing Dim Sum. But you can also find a variety of Denver's most bizarre foods such as beef tripe with turnips and chicken or duck feet.

7. Work & Class

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2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0700
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At Work & Class you always have large selection of meats to choose from. The most unique one would be the roasted goat (cabrito) available in 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound and 1 pound.

8. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 595-4255
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At Euclid Hall you can order a large selection of house made sausages from boudin noir to Leberkäse and more. But don't miss out on pig ear pad Thai with tamarind chili sauce, scallion, peanut, egg, sprouts, mint and cilantro.

9. bittersweet

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500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 942-0320
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Rarely do you see wild boar on a menu but at Bittersweet they offer Durham Ranch Wild Boar with barley, mushroom mascarpone purée, greens and a mustard gastrique. Also be sure to try their tempura sweet breads.

10. Acorn

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 542-3721
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The overwhelming and irresistible oak-grilled, bone-in. 36 oz ribeye is meant for two or three guests to share. It comes with fried potatoes, manchego, au poivre sauce.

11. Guard and Grace

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1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-8500
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Every Friday and Saturday, chef Troy Guard brings in a limited number of tomahawk steaks. They are huge and worth every penny and every bite!

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1. The Buckhorn Exchange

1000 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204
The Buckhorn Exchange is one of Colorado's oldest restaurants. They serve items like yak, ostrich and rattlesnake as well as the traditional beef and game. They're also known for their Rocky Mountain Oyster's or fried bull calf testicles served with horseradish dipping sauce.
1000 Osage St
Denver, CO 80204

2. The Fort

19192 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Start your meal off right at The Fort with bison marrow bones or pickled quail eggs wrapped in buffalo sausage. You can also order Rocky Mountain Oysters here and enjoy their vast selection of beef and more.
19192 Colorado 8
Morrison, CO 80465

3. Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs

2148 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
Although you can get a traditional all beef dog at Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, we'd recommend getting outside your comfort zone and ordering an Alaskan reindeer or a rattlesnake and pheasant dog.
2148 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

4. Colt & Gray

1553 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202
Colt and Gray is known for its whole animal utilization as well as running offal specials on a regular basis. At Colt and Gray you can call a week ahead (pun intended) and order a 1/2 pig or lamb's head for 2. Another popular special is their pig trotter stuffed with snails which can be order head as well.
1553 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202

5. Old Major

3316 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Old Major offers a nose to tail plate that consists of braised belly, confit rib, andouille sausage, crispy ears fried green tomatoes, shrimp jambalaya and remoulade.
3316 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

6. Super Star Asian Cuisine

2200 W Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Super Star Asian is best known for its amazing Dim Sum. But you can also find a variety of Denver's most bizarre foods such as beef tripe with turnips and chicken or duck feet.
2200 W Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80223

7. Work & Class

2500 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
At Work & Class you always have large selection of meats to choose from. The most unique one would be the roasted goat (cabrito) available in 1/4 pound, 1/2 pound and 1 pound.
2500 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205

8. Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
At Euclid Hall you can order a large selection of house made sausages from boudin noir to Leberkäse and more. But don't miss out on pig ear pad Thai with tamarind chili sauce, scallion, peanut, egg, sprouts, mint and cilantro.
1317 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

9. bittersweet

500 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80209
Rarely do you see wild boar on a menu but at Bittersweet they offer Durham Ranch Wild Boar with barley, mushroom mascarpone purée, greens and a mustard gastrique. Also be sure to try their tempura sweet breads.
500 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80209

10. Acorn

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
The overwhelming and irresistible oak-grilled, bone-in. 36 oz ribeye is meant for two or three guests to share. It comes with fried potatoes, manchego, au poivre sauce.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

11. Guard and Grace

1801 California St, Denver, CO 80202
Every Friday and Saturday, chef Troy Guard brings in a limited number of tomahawk steaks. They are huge and worth every penny and every bite!
1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202

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