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Linger

There were a lot of great eats in Denver so its hard to narrow it down to one favorite, but Linger took the cake for many reasons. Number one, their menu is crazy good (read on for more). #2. The restaurant was once the historic Olinger Mortuary (super creepy and cool). Numero Tres, the atmosphere and ambience is different than any other restaurant I have been to. Food is emotional for me and the feeling I got from sharing each dish and experiencing the different layers of flavor was incredible.

How the Menu Works: Its divided up into different regions of the world (tasty and educational) and each dish is served family style and designed for sharing. Works for me, since this is how I usually dine.

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites

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Stem Cider Branch and Bramble: Dry, Raspberry Cider. Very good!

Likes: Local, fruity, not too sweet, crisp.

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Cowboy Popcorn: BBQ flavored popcorn for the table. Smoky, salty, good!

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Devils on Horseback (Europe & Eurasia): Applewood Smoked Bacon, Medjool Dates, Herbed Goat Cheese & Sambal Gastrique . Our server recommended these and they were spot on! The smoky, sweet, and salty bacon was cooked perfectly. The dates were caramelized and went well with the creamy, tangy goat cheese. As soon as I popped one of these in my mouth, it was over. So delicious.

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Michelle’s Pick

Thai Fried Rice (Asia): Poached Egg, Corn, Tomatoes, Charred Pole Beans,  Fried Shallots, Thai Basil, Five Spice Cashews, Coconut & Nam Prik Pao Sauce. I love that this fried rice had corn-not too common. Lots of flavors and spice from the red/green chiles. The yolk from the eggs created a luxurious, rich sauce. The char from the beans added a smokiness and the basil was a nice touch of brightness. The crispy shallots were delicious with the sweetness from the Coconut & Nam Prik Pao sauce.

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Stacey’s Pick

Colorado Lamb Kabob (Africa & Middle East): Cucumber, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Cilantro,  Chapati Bread (traditional Indian flat bread), Tzatziki, Carrot-Chili Purée & Green Harissa (condiment consisting of jalapeno, parsley, cilantro, chilies, spices). The lamb was tender and juicy. The bread was warm, slightly charred, and acted as the perfect device to soak up the delicious sauces. The tzatziki was creamy and cool and the harissa was fresh and spicy.

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Dave’s Pick

New England Fish Tacos (Americas): Salt & Vinegar Potato Skins, Bibb Lettuce, Dill, Cherry Tomato Relish & Tartar Sauce. Whoever thought of the salt & vinegar potato skins should get a raise. This was a flavor bomb of salty, vinegary, crispy, crunchy, goodness. Of course this paired well with the fresh, flaky fish. The tomato relish and tartar sauce was tangy, yet sweet. Love these!

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My Pick:

Mongolian BBQ Duck Bao Bun (Asia): Scallions & Miso Pickled Cucumbers. Holy Duck! The duck was so tender it was as if it was slow roasted for hours. The sauce was sweet and sticky. The scallions and cucumbers added a nice crunchy brightness. The steamed bun was light and fluffy.

Dave’s Pick

Fried Chicken Bao Bun (Asia):  Togarashi Ranch (spicy Japanese seasoning), Kimchi & Honey Sambal. The fried chicken was juicy on the inside and had a brilliant crunchy exterior. The kimchi was the perfect side kick and went well with the honey sambal (spicy relish).

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My Pick:

Sesame BBQ Tacos (Caribbean): Wagyu Short Rib, Napa Slaw, Radish, Avocado & Lime. The short ribs were super tender, lean, and had a rich and hearty flavor. The slaw and radish lightened up these tacos and added texture. The avocado added color and freshness.

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Service was great and our server did an excellent job of explaining the menu and offering suggestions. Linger has the perfect lighting, low, warm, like eating by candlelight. The décor has an industrial, casual feel, but is still upscale enough for a nice night out. I really liked that the menu was a taste of different areas of the world. It gave us a chance to try different things and it was exciting as each new dish came out one after the other. The menu ingredients explode with flavor and elevate your taste buds to places they haven’t gone before. The menu is very unique and the vision of showcasing different cultures is amazing -where else can you get both Cricket Empanda’s and Egplant Soup on the same menu?  Linger has an additional rooftop dining area, happy hour and brunch menus, and offers 3 course dining every Tuesday.  They use local ingredients and suppliers and also offer gluten free and vegan options. If you haven’t checked out Linger, you need to.

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The Rabbit Hole

Today on the Bite Tonight: The Rabbit Hole

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Hands down, my favorite place on our Colorado trip was to the Rabbit Hole. Located in Colorado Springs, the Rabbit Hole was once the county morgue years ago. Now, it is a sexy and swanky themed restaurant with a very hip and cool vibe. It’s entrance is literally a hole on Tejon St in Downtown Colorado Springs. What looks like a bus stop glass enclosure is actually the door that leads you downstairs into the Rabbit Hole. Everything is black and red and dimly lit with creative references to the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. The menu consists of a “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” sections and includes items such as Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Meatloaf, Fried Bunny Bites, and Carrot Cake. See how they ranked. 

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Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites (a tad pricey, but portions were huge)

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (style, history, theme, menu)

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Cherry Braised Buffalo Short Ribs: On bacon Cheddar mashers, cherry demi glaze, and string beans. These were huge! Tender, slightly sweet and rich, and melted in your mouth. The short ribs fell apart with the slightest tough. The demi glaze added a nice sweetness to off set the salty buffalo. The mashers were creamy and delicious. The string beans were bright with a little crunch, just the way I like em! 

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Seafood Angel Hair Pasta: Lobster, shrimp, scallop, asparagus, cherry heirloom tomatoes, champagne cream sauce, and crispy leeks. Very generous portions of seafood in a smooth creamy sauce. Not too rich, but still decadent enough to leave you wanting more! 

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Chocolate Covered Bacon: Thick strips of bacon generously coated in milk chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. Decadent and delicious! 

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I really liked the overall feel of this restaurant. It was creative, but wasn’t over the top. I loved the fact that it really was a rabbit hole, underground Downtown Colorado Springs. Service was great and our server did a good job at educating us on the specials, menu offerings, and giving us some background of the restaurant history.

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After dinner, we headed to an 80’s wedding reception to dance off our indulgences. Watch out, here comes Richard Simmons and his “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” dancers! The night was filled with laughs and good company. 

At the Thirsty Parrot

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Gotta love the Colorado Rockies in the background! 

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Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill

The Bite Tonight’s next stop is to Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill located in Addison, TX.

With a classy, yet warm, atmosphere, Kenny’s is meant to have the feel of a 1940’s Chicago chophouse. The dining room is dimly lit adding a sexy, swanky style, but the overall vibe is very relaxed. Kenny’s menu consists of American classics with a funky upscale twist. Enjoy appetizers such as Mama Foo’s Chinese Meatballs and entrees like the U-10 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with avocado crema, chipotle cream, smoked jalapeno, and corn salsa. With Grey Goose on tap, what else could you ask for? See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 4 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4.5 out of 5 bites (service, delicious food, and overall experience)

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We started off the meal with the most amazing thing I have ever encountered…

The Popover: Flaky, buttery, and airy outside, with a doughy and soft inside. Words cannot describe what this tasted like. If you get the opportunity to try one, do it! It will change your life. Just look at this beauty!

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Grey Goose on tap: Served at an icy cold 28 degrees, there isn’t any other way to enjoy Grey Goose. The best past was that our server switched out my brother’s martini glass for a chilled one every few minutes.

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Tenderloin Crostini: Sliced filet, béarnaise, demi glace. The tenderloin was tender and cooked perfectly to a medium. The sauce was slightly salty and didn’t kill the texture of the crostini. I really enjoyed how the crostini held it’s crunch. Delicious!

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My choice

Chicken: Sun-dried tomato, basil pesto, artichoke, mushroom, walnuts, goat cheese. My taste buds were all over the place! The artichokes were slightly sour, but paired well with the creamy, tangy goat cheese, and nutty, warm walnuts. The chicken was delicate and juicy. The basil pesto and sun-dried tomato really brightened up the dish.

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Side: Bubbie’s Potato Cake: Cheddar, smoked bacon, lemon, dill sour cream. Crispy, smoky, and cheesy. The lemon, dill sour cream really cooled down this potato side.

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Jay’s choice

Beef Short Rib: Five hour braise, port demi, tobasco fried onions. The short ribs were so tender that as soon as the fork hit them, they just fell apart. The sauce was sweet and smoky, perfect for ribs. The fried onions were light, but still offered that delicious onion ring flavor that everyone loves.

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Ma’s choice

The special: Chicken Fried Steak: Topped with bacon and served with mashed potatoes and a creamy horseradish dipping sauce. The crispy breading was delicious, the tender, juicy steak was perfectly seasoned and melted in your mouth like butter. The bacon was salty, sweet, smoky and cooked perfectly to a crisp. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the horseradish cream sauce was the perfect compliment to the rich steak.

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Side: Jeff’s Really Good Creamed Corn: OMG! Creamy with a hint of heat. This was so delicious that we asked our server what the spice was and he gave us the recipe! Seriously?! What restaurant would just hand over their recipe? One that is super confident in the quality of their dishes.

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Key Lime Pie: We absolutely didn’t have room for dessert, but didn’t want to miss out. So we got a slice to go. Creamy and thick with a nice punch of real lime.

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Kenny’s is awesome because the owner has successfully opened three other restaurants as part of the group: Kenny’s Burger Joint (wood grilled burgers), Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, and Kenny’s Smoke House all in Texas. Between the four places, you are sure to find one that suits your taste buds. The service was amazing! It was just honest and effortless. We could tell that our server, Richard really enjoyed waiting on us. He went above and beyond, but it gave me the impression that this was just how things were done at Kenny’s. The fact that our service printed off the owner and chef’s creamed corn recipe and even gave us his personal email for questions really took customer service to a whole new level. The quality and taste of the food was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. That made this dinner the favorite of the trip. I really liked that Kenny’s has an upscale atmosphere without having super expensive or overwhelming prices. Every single restaurant can learn a lot from Kenny’s! Experience any one of their restaurants as soon as possible.

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