Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café is the culmination of two of chef and owner Julie Siegfried’s deepest passions: cooking and New Mexico. To this day, her mother recalls Julie standing on a step stool, trying to peer into a soup pot and giving her grandmother directions about what to put in. And on her first trip to New Mexico, she used up 10 rolls of film snapping pictures. She fell in love with the region's unique vibe—the people, the artwork, and, of course, the food.
Today, she shares both of her loves with diners at Julia Blackbird's New Mexican Café. Her kitchen is stocked with New Mexican ingredients such as blue cornmeal, goat cheese from the San Luis valley, and piñones. For her signature dish, the Tres Hermanas, she stuffs a trio of blue-corn enchiladas: one with chicken and green chile, one with beef and red chile, and one with cheese and chile caribe. To make sangria, the staff soaks seasonal fruit in rum, then splashes the mixture with wine and sparkling water. The menu also features beers, mojitos, and top-shelf margaritas, which encourage diners to linger in the warmly lit space, admiring brightly colored artwork or arguing about whether red should be added to the list of primary colors.
The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon welcomes hungry guests to dig into burgers, steaks, and Mexican-inspired specialties. In the dining room, more than a dozen TVs tune in to games as diners sip tequila, margaritas, and other drinks. Meanwhile, the chefs wrap filet mignon in bacon, slow-cook slabs of pork ribs in tangy barbecue sauce, and garnish fish tacos with fresh cilantro. Diners not in the mood to build their own burgers can pick one of the specialty burgers, which include a breakfast burger with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg, and the Fatty melt—a burger, sautéed mushrooms, and onions between two grilled-cheese sandwiches.
On the weekends, the Dusty Boots' staff wakes up early to the sound of their rooster's idiotic radio show and cooks up breakfasts of three-egg omelets and latke reubens, which include two potato pancakes smothered in corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand-island dressing, and melted swiss.
Sometimes you're too busy to make an entire meal from scratch. Enter Supper Solutions, a meal-assembly kitchen who helps prepare homemade meals that busy customers can cook up in their own kitchens. First, customers select a minimum of eight meals from the menu, which changes monthly and includes a variety of meal options. They then arrange to either pick up the fully prepared meals, or head to the location to assemble the meals themselves. The process helps customers cut back on grocery trips and planning, freeing up time to create elaborate food sculptures from any left-overs.
Supper Solutions boasts a miscellany of cuisine options for busy familial units, with take-home meals that satisfy up to six hungry noshers. Try out the In Session concept, choosing your meals online before cruising to Supper Solutions to craft your fare in the fully stocked kitchen during a 1.5- to 2-hour hands-on cookfest. Patrons suffering from overloaded carpool schedules or authoritarian library due dates can grab Suppers to Go, ordering their chow and then picking it up in its ready-made form. The menus change monthly and come in Size Wise, which feeds two to three, and Full Size, which feeds four to six.
Wingman has been serving the best wings in Denver (according to Westword) since 1981, focusing its menu on Buffalo-style wings brought over by the Mineo family from upstate New York's majestic chicken-capped mountains. Order anywhere from 10 ($7.99) to 500 ($349.99) of the tasty meat morsels and be sure to slacken your belt accordingly. The laid-back eatery lets you pick your poultry-poison with a selection of mild, medium, hot, extra hot, honey barbecue, or teriyaki sauce before picking your poison-poison from an array of draught beer that includes Coors Light, Fat Tire, and New Belgium seasonal brew. You can also munch on baskets of popcorn chicken ($5.99), mozzarella sticks ($4.99), fries ($1.89), or your own fingernails as you anxiously wait for the universe to make up its mind as to whether or not you exist. For something heartier, try an Angus beef burger ($5.99–$6.39) or one of Wingman’s sandwiches and salads. If you're not feeling as stuffed as a mounted turducken head, close with a dessert plate of funnel cake ($1.99).
The beats of lean cuts of meat sizzling on the grill and ladles clanking against trays of zesty vegetables fill Qdoba Mexican Grill during construction of made-to-order Mexican fare. As healthy-eating devotees, Qdoba's staff stocks its kitchen with nutritious ingredients, seasonal flavors, and 100% cotton candy–free tortillas.