I’m a lover of many things.
The University of North Carolina. Sour beers. Sleeping in. Philly soft pretzels. Hot dogs. Chilly mornings. Swimming in salt water. Learning. Jellyfish. Fancy cheese parties. Melissa.
You know, the best things in life.
On Friday, after waking up at an ungodly hour on Friday morning (equivalent to 2 a.m. Denver time), walking to the train station, training to the airport, and flying off to the Mile High City, I was greeted not just by one of those things (my hostess, MELISSA!) but, shortly after, 3 more of them.
I thought I’d be a zombie after traveling all day but, considering I slept about 2/3 of the 4 hour plane ride, I was surprisingly refreshed. When offered the chance to nap or to nibble, guess what I chose?
Biker Jim’s, according to the internet and the Colorado natives, is a Denver staple. These charred and grilled dogs are not your standard summer BBQ fare. Instead, the casing is filled with exotic meats like reindeer, wild boar, rattlesnake, elk, and buffalo. Knowing that we had much beer ahead of us, we knew that we needed to fill our bellies to fuel our day/night.
I was initially a bit overwhelmed with the choices.
While my North Carolina aching heart was initially distracted by the options of fried mac and cheese, fried green tomatoes and the
side salad (HA, no, not even a little), Melissa reminded me of my real goal. The dogs.
After much deliberation, we decided to split two. Elk Jalapeño Cheddar and a Linguisa (Portuguese style pork with paprika and red wine). When asked for a suggestion of what to top them with, the answer was nearly immediate:
[get them] torpedoed with Coca-Cola soaked grilled onions and a swizzle of cream cheese unloaded from the front end of a caulking gun.
Well, who am I to say no to the wisdom of the natives?
And, as I waited for my brats to cook, I watched the restaurant gradually get filled with a Friday lunch rush. You do NOT wanna stop in any time shortly after noon if you’re in a rush.
And then, they were ready.
Admittedly, the Linguisa was a little lacking with flavor. It was slightly sweeter than I like my dogs to be. Luckily, I had my jalapeño cheddar half waiting for me in the wings.
It was juicy, it was full of flavor, and those onions should top any and all of my future meals.
Paired with some house-made potato chips which were crunchy (and also great with the onions), this food was the ideal energy boost for a LONG day of beer consumption. And that’s what awaited us…
But I’ve got school to learn. So thanks, Biker Jim’s, for filling our bellies with the best brats Denver’s got!
More GABF next post. Or, at least some sort of beer-related post.