The first stop on my Colorado trip was one of my favorites. Located in Stapleton, CO (a Denver neighborhood), Four Friends is doing American comfort food with a Southern spin. Seeking to take their families out to a good brunch, four neighbors or “friends” (hence the name) opened up the place when they soon discovered the local restaurant options were limited. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 4 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 3 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (unique menu and décor)
Bloody Mary time (It is brunch after all): Supreme Bloody with Tito’s Vodka, pork belly & house made pickle garnish, and an Old Bay seasoning rim. This drink was the right concoction of spicy. Although, I am not crazy about pork belly, I had to order this amped up Bloody. I am a sucker for garnishes and the more obnoxious the better (think a meal in a glass). There’s something rather theatric about a Bloody Mary that comes served with a mini slider or bacon grilled cheese hanging off the side of a glass. The pork belly wasn’t the best and it was a little too fatty for my liking. However, the Old Bay seasoning carried the team, pairing really well with the spicy, salty, brunch cocktail.
Fried Green Tomatoes: Pan-fried breaded green tomatoes, jalapeno buttermilk aioli and pickled vegetables. Holy Cow! This dish was probably one of the best things I’ve ever ate. The pickled veggies were so good and were the perfect compliment to the crispy, panko breading of the tomatoes. The jalapeno aioli was subtle, but delicious-I just wish there was more of it. This was the first time I have ever had fried green tomatoes and I could not get enough.
Michelle’s pick (and my second favorite)!
Four Friends Grits: Buttermilk battered Southern fried chicken, two poached eggs, four cheese grits, collard greens and red chili sauce. The fried chicken was juicy on the inside and so incredibly crispy on the outside. The grits were creamy and cheesy with the perfect hint of salt. Tip: Salt Your Grits! The yolk from the egg was silky and dripped all over the other ingredients creating this melody of flavor. The red chili sauce added just enough heat to this dish.
Smoked Brisket Hash & Eggs: Hickory smoked beef brisket, BBQ house potatoes, grilled onions, green chilies, peppers, blended cheese and red chili ranchero sauce with cornbread and two eggs. I was a little disappointed with the brisket. It was a little tough, but at the same time fatty. The potatoes were delicious, though. They had this smoky, sweet BBQ seasoning with every bite. The cornbread was also a little dry, but A for effort.
Service was decent and the dining room offered enough eye candy to keep us busy while we waited for our food. Four Friends has a laundry list of savory and sweet options to keep you coming back for more. Keep it simple with Rosalyn’s Breakfast Sandwich or get adventurous with the Smoky Mountain BLT topped with cheddar pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes or the Green Chili Mac & Cheese.
When is the last time you played with an Etch A Sketch??
The backs of the booths were upholstered in jokes!