Cheese, gooey, rich and satisfying; sometimes it’s just the thing when pure comfort food is in order. Denver’s wheelhouse is stacked high with cheesy dishes, including casual street food, comfort food and elegance entrees.
Solera’s Diver Scallop truffled mac and cheese (Credit, Kimberly Lord Stewart)
5410 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
Have you heard of plate envy? If you say no to Solera’s Diver Scallop truffled mac and cheese and let your tablemate order it instead, you will understand what it means. Chef Goose Sorenson is a master at marrying Spanish cuisine with American comfort food. This dish is crazy good for its blend of textures, soft sweet Diver Scallops, dotted with asparagus and toasted almonds and al dente macaroni, blanketed with truffle oil and Wisconsin cheddar. It’s a generous portion, so be nice and share with your friends.
Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Say macaroni and cheese and your first thought might not be the Four Seasons, but think again. The Edge restaurant and lounge, known for global flavors and cocktails with big personalities, has the most amazing crispy macaroni and cheese with a truffle center. Order it as a side dish or an appetizer or all by itself, you won’t regret the choice.
Zen and The Art Of Grilled Cheese (credit: Kimberly Lord Stewart)
Steve’s Zen And The Art Of Grilled Cheese
Denver, CO 80202
It’s hard not to think about Steve Stevenson’s grilled cheese without breaking out into a cheesy smile. The guy can make a grilled cheese better than mom’s best attempts. Pick your cheese, pick your filling and presto, it’s a smashed hot gooey delight between two slices of bread.
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6380 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Everyone has heard of cheese fondue, but have you ever tried raclette? It’s a rare treat in this country, but for the Swiss and French, it’s a favorite après ski meal in the Alps. Chinook Tavern has a room dedicated just for raclette and fondue, called the Zermatt Room. At Chinook, raclette cheese is heated on grills until it melts into a lovely pool of richness. It is traditionally served with new potatoes, sausages, tiny dill pickles, onions, crusty bread and dipping sauces. It’s a great party food to connect with friends and meet new ones.
Tom’s Urban 24
1460 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Denver has needed a place like Tom’s Urban 24. Come as you are, all hours of the day or night, and someone will greet you with a full menu, a hot cup of coffee or a cocktail and a smile. Shift workers, airline crew and late-night partiers all are welcome (this is where restaurant industry people gather after feeding the rest of us). As for cheese, there are a string of options to try: the grilled fig jam and cheese with brie and havarti, bacon avocado and cheese omelette, the knife and fork Colorado hot brown with pepper jack and cheddar and, of course, a juicy cheese burger.
Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.