“Gastropub”: The Answer to a Cold Fall Day
If you are not familiar with the term “gastropub” then Jonesy’s Eat Bar located just east of downtown Denver offers the ideal gastropub experience, perfect for any newcomer to this special form of dining. Unlike your typical pub that serves only a fine selection of brews, spirits and “pub grub” to accompany people as they watch a sports game, a “gastropub” serves high-quality eats that will satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds. At the same time, a “gastropub” takes on the best from the world of pubs with a welcoming atmosphere that is as warm and comfortable as any pub, making it a cozy spot to enjoy a meal and a fine drink on a cold, fall day.
Jonesy’s high-quality food includes upgraded versions of some of the classic pub grub. Thus, you can still get your french fries, but at Jonesy’s they will be “World Famous Fries” that include such creative and flavorful toppings as “Cashew Curry,” an award-winning “Bacon Mac n’ Cheese,” the luxurious “Truffle,” the exotic “Thai Ginger,” and an all-American “Buffalo.”
Beginning with the “Cashew Curry” fries, considered a Jonesy’s classic, Jonesy’s makes these delicious fried taters topped with a cheese made from a secret blend of cashews, soy milk, white miso, and madras curry, sprinkled with translucent pickled carrots and onions that gives this dish a colorful, playful appearance. Next, the “Bacon Mac n’ Cheese” is a downright indulgent mix that has been named one of the best dishes in Denver by Westword & Denver Magazine. Pure indulgence may also come in the form of their “Truffle” fries topped with an Italian truffle aioli and real Italian parmesan cheese. Finally, the exotic flavors run wild in the “Thai Ginger” composed of an unforgettable blend of ginger, lemongrass, cilantro, scallions, and sweet Thai chili sauce. For an all-American treat at its finest, the “Buffalo” fries topped with a traditional wing sauce, blue cheese crumbles and dressing is a savory blend with an added zing.
If fries are not your indulgence of choice, Jonesy’s also offers your traditional slider, but of course, in a totally untraditional way.
It does not get much more savory than the “Lamby Joe” made with sweet caramelized onions, crispy bacon, and rich crumbles of blue cheese that set atop a melt-in-your-mouth shredded Colorado lamb that has been slow cooked to a buttery softness. Jonesy’s Turkey Burger gives a taste of something entirely different blended up with the flavors of fennel, garlic, and herbs de Provence topped with crispy onions, romaine, and dressed with a herbed aioli.
Follow these savory delicacies with a table full of classic American sweets. Good ole’ fashioned desserts straight from the classic soda fountain of a bygone era are served up including American floats, Pecan Pie Bread Pudding topped with a Bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream, and a caramel corn sundae stacked high with two scoops of Denver’s own Sweet Action chocolate ice cream, homemade caramel corn, and toasted almonds finished off with a generous drizzle of a thick, house made dark chocolate sauce.
At the end of such a meal, you will begin to understand where the “gastro” side of things plays into the concept of a “gastropub.” Offering bite after bite of tantalizing eats, Jonesy’s makes going to the pub as much of a culinary indulgence as any.
Jonesy’s EatBar is located at 400 E. 20th Ave. Denver CO 80205 (corner of 20th & Logan); Tel: 303-863-7473.
Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!
What is another name for a root beer float that refers to a farm animal? Hint: This name allegedly was created in Cripple Creek, Colorado when the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company was booming.
Tune in this coming Tuesday for the answer!
The answer to this past Tuesday’s blog question: “What famous must-see Denver spot is right across the street from The Corner Office?” Answer: “The Denver Center for Performing Arts is just caddy corner to The Corner Office so you can easily stop by before or after a night of theatre.“