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Euclid Hall

Located in LoDo, Denver’s lower Downtown, right in Larimer Square, lies Euclid Hall. First built as a house, once known as a brothel and Soapy Smith’s Eagle Bar, Euclid Hall now serves up innovative, sophisticated pub food from around the globe. With a plethora of craft beers, cocktail concoctions, and clever lunch and dinner choices, Euclid Hall became one of my top spots. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Avery White Rascal: Citrus and spice. Nice!

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Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich: Grilled jalapeño cheddar bread, aioli, apple cabbage caraway slaw. Holy Hell! This sandwich was insane. The schnitzel was perfectly crispy on the outside, but juicy and tender on the inside. The apple cabbage slaw provided the perfect sweet crunch. The bread was toasted and didn’t get soggy against the creamy aioli. This sandwich was the shit!

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Carnitas Papas Fritas (pork French fries): Tomatillo green chile, cheddar curds and goat cheese, cilantro, chile lime fries. Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, the poutine came out. I am huge fan of tangy goat cheese and this went great with the salty fries and shredded pork. The tomatillo green chile added just enough spice. Now, I am not one of those people that get a soapy aftertaste when eating cilantro, but I do think it can be overpowering and ruin a dish. In this case, it was fresh and subtle and cut thr0ugh the heavy, greasy  (in a good way) fries.

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Service was good and the dining room was spread out with seating both upstairs and downstairs. Euclid Hall has an industrial feel to it while still being an upscale eatery. Quality is the focus and it shows down to the very last detail. The menu has everything from Pad Thai Pig Ears to Beef Marrow Bones and Foie Gras. They make their own sausages as well as their own hand ground, house cured mustards. If you get a chance, swing by and check out Euclid Hall.

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Maple Leaf Diner

Next Dallas feature is the Maple Leaf Diner. Don’t let this diner, which is located in a strip mall, deceive you. They are what I would describe as a hipster diner and are whipping up some delicious and over the top dishes. Maple Leaf Diner is making their food from scratch and bringing a taste of Canada to the big D. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Really quirky décor-coffee cups hanging from the ceiling

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Ma and I split the diner omelet (create your own) with spinach, feta, and sausage served with home fries and homemade blueberry preserves. Fresh ingredients and huge portions. The home fries were delicious! The blueberry preserves were some of the best I’ve had and tasted delicious on the thick pillowy toast.

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Pot Roast Poutine: Fresh cut fries, pot roast, cheese curds  and brown gravy . Pretty decent poutine for a “diner” in Texas (tee hee). An appetizer that eats like a meal. The pot roast was thick and meaty and the cheese curds light and creamy. The whole dish had a nice balance of salty and savory.

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Chicken, Bacon, & Waffles: Fried chicken breast and crispy bacon served on stacked Belgium waffles, topped with fresh strawberries and cream puffs . Talk about over the top! This is the perfect breakfast for your inner child. It’s adult enough to qualify as breakfast, but sweet enough to spoil any appetite for the rest of the day. It’s a delicious tower of yum! The cream puffs were delicious! Ice cream inside a flaky pastry? Whaaat?! The chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The fresh strawberries cut through the salty bacon.

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Maple Leaf Diner has the classics, but they take these favorites and give them a makeover. Such as the Magic Mike Burger and the Lox Benedict & Latkes. Be sure to check out their dairy bar and fresh, homemade desserts. The best part is that they serve beer/wine and you can get a “boozy” adult shake while enjoying a solid meal.
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Mercury Burger & Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Mercury Burger & Bar

Residing in Corktown, Detroit, on Michigan Ave, Mercury Burger & Bar is one of those places that you must visit. A neighbor of Slow’s BBQ and Mudgie’s Deli, Mercury Burger & Bar is adding it’s own flare to burgers. They have amped up some favorites by putting their own spin on fresh ingredients. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, shakes, and hand cut fries. What goes best with a burger? Yep, you guessed it, beer! It is a bar after all, so Mercury offers a full bar including beer and liquor. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)

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My pick

Southwest Detroit: Burger topped with a chorizo slider, jalapeños, münster cheese, tortilla strips, avocado, and zanahorias (pickled spiced carrots). I also added green olives and Southwest ranch. Mercury does not skimp on the toppings, that’s for sure. I think they went a little crazy with the tortilla strips. I had to knock a handful off the burger just to taste the other toppings. I’d rather have more than not enough and they added a pleasant crunch with each bite. The Meunster cheese caught my eye and added a nice mellowness to the spicy, salty burger. The pickled spice carrots were subtle, but the vinegar was just enough to waken up my taste buds. The chorizo slider was smaller than I expected which was a good thing. It was juicy, spicy, and paired well with creamy avocado. 20150830_175634

Josh’s Pick.

Bacon Cheddar Burger: With a fried egg, crispy onion straws, and Dreamland BBQ sauce. Messy, but tasty! The yolk from the egg acted as a rich, silky sauce and went well with the tangy, sweet, BBQ sauce. The crispy onion straws were not your usual wimpy thin straws, these were thick onion rings! Deliciously fried goodness.

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Strawberry Milkshake: Sweet, creamy, with chunks of strawberry. Delicious, without that artificial strawberry taste.

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Service was good and the staff did a good job at recommending items off the menu. I really liked that the menu wasn’t too large. There’s nothing more difficult than being faced with a bunch of choices when you’re as indecisive as me. I’m expected to only pick one or two things? C’mon! Mercury Burger & Bar offers a handful of items and they really put all their energy into doing those items right. There are pieces of Detroit incorporated into the item names (Eastern Market & Flint) and Mercury serves tater tots and poutine! Next time, I am ordering the Faygo Orange Creamsicle Milkshake. If you haven’t been, you have to check em out.

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