Stocking a vast selection that features nearly a hundred sauces, over 150 spices and rubs, and natural hardwoods ranging from cherry to mesquite, Ruff's Barbecue Shoppe outfits pit-masters for year-round barbecuing and smoking. Wood chips from alder, hickory, and maple trees and low-ash, even-heat mesquite and hickory pellets smolder inside smokers from Traeger, American Barbecue Systems, and Big Green Egg. Ruff's year-round classes display the art of summery eating no matter the season, teaching students how to pack buns with pulled pork or train brisket to come when called.
Chefs at Barroco Grill craft Colombian street fare from scratch, nabbing glowing reviews from Cleveland Scene and a nod from Cleveland Magazine’s Best of 2011 list. The signature arepas—which Cleveland Scene lauds as “hot, corny, and crisp”—hug melted mozzarella and succulent meats inside a pocket of all-white corn batter. Chefs also drizzle plates with creative flourishes such as wasabi coleslaw and peanut cream sauce. Beneath the dining room’s exposed wooden beams, snippets of brick walls peek out from behind artwork by local artists and high-functioning house pets.
Of all the sauces at Kickin Wings, the restaurant’s spicier concoctions seem to attract the bravado of both regulars and newcomers. Sauces with names such as Hot, Xhot, and XXhot delightfully scorch tongues devouring cooked-to-order batches of boneless and bone-in wings. Not all of the sauces pack a wallop, though; wings also shimmer with tongue-soothing carolina barbecue, peanut butter, or thai basil sauces. Complementing matters are side orders of jalapeño corn nuggets and mini corn dogs.
Boasting an extensive variety of tasty, authentic Southwestern and American cuisine, Table Mountain Grill & Cantina's menu could convince a stuffed burrito it was hungry. Breakfast bites have guests slurping fresh-fruit smoothies ($3.99) and sopping up the sippable energy with fluffy blueberry hotcakes ($3.99), or pairing fruity yogurt parfaits ($5.99) with classic protein-packed huevos rancheros ($6.99). On weekends, enjoy transitive treats during brunchtime, or go full-out lunch with a midday menu of mouth pleasers. Offerings include soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches, as well as Cantina favorites such as roasted-veggie and goat-cheese empanadas ($8.99) and Baja fish tacos ($9.99). For a truly delightful dinner, enjoy a plate of fire-roasted chiles rellenos with jack cheese, green chile, chimayo-chile sauce, and Navajo black beans and rice ($13.99), or skillfully apply your mouth muscles to a half rack of Mesa pork ribs ($13.99). Top off your food fiesta with cinnamon fried ice cream ($5.99), a chocolate taco with fresh berries ($6.99), or a whipped-creamy strawberry-shortcake shooter ($2).
Smokin Joes BBQ heaps plates of beef brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork and other menu items slathered in sauce that’s at once sweet, tangy, tart, and spicy. Other sauces include the spicy barbecue, sweet and tangy mustard sauce, and the Carolina sauce, which blends vinegar, brown sugar, and a hint of cayenne pepper ideal for whole-hog cooking. Signature milkshakes cool off the tongue with inventively sweet flavors, such as the birthday cake shake with Funfetti cake mix, milk, and vanilla ice cream. Smokin Joes can also cater for events such as company picnics, class reunions, and weddings, especially weddings where they toast with barbecue sauce instead of champagne.
Two brothers named Storm and Jeff built The Pour House Pub as an homage to their favorite Boston bar—but their tribute to Beantown didn't stop there. Each day, their chefs top pizzas with creamy New England clam chowder. Both Boston and Colorado sports memorabilia provide a backdrop for the culinary action—inside you'll find a framed Bruins jersey and a framed Rockies equipment manager polo on the red brick walls. That is, when you're not dining on the umbrella-equipped outdoor patio.
In addition to blending Denver and Boston sports fixtures, the staff prepares wings slathered in 12 different sauces, from buffalo and barbecue to Thai curry and mango habanero. While bartenders dole out suds from 17 taps, televisions display the athletic prowess of teams such as the Red Sox and the Denver Nuggets.