Every year I try to make a trip back to Wyoming during the spring to see my family. It’s a great way to celebrate three birthdays and both parent holidays at the same time. And, it’s an opportunity to take my dad to a Rockies game. It’s becoming a little bit of a tradition. As I’ve gotten more into food as well, I try and find a fun and different place to go in Denver. This time I had a huge craving for green chile; one of my favorite things that I rarely get. In my research (consisting of watching a couple shows on Food Network and Travel Channel), the place that popped up was Jack-n-Grill.
When I told my dad, he had never been, but was game to give it a try. We drove down from Cheyenne, and cut through a part of northern Denver that I had never seen before…usually spending most of my time in LoDo or downtown. It was an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, influenced heavily by the Mexican population of Denver…which is exactly what you want when searching out something like green chile. We pulled up to the non-assuming restaurant in Jefferson City, right next to a repair shop, and headed in. Banners adorned the outside touting the various shows and awards that had visited. Best Places to Chow Down. Best Green Chile. Man vs. Food. Yep…I was excited.
Inside the restaurant was reminiscent of a biker bar mixed with a Mexican restaurant. Of course the music was Top 40 which made perfect sense. We grabbed a seat, and I quickly zeroed in on my breakfast burrito with green chile. I ended up going with the normal sized burrito as opposed to the 7 1/2 pound monster, but normal is still relative. The burrito took up the entire plate. It was filled with potatoes and onions and eggs and cheese, and then smothered in the pork green chile. By itself, it would have been a great breakfast burrito. The eggs were light, potatoes cooked well, and it was seasoned very nicely. But the chile sent it over the top. It was just fantastic. The favors of the roasted chiles just popped, with a little bit of subtle heat at the end. There was just a touch of saltiness from the pork that rounded it out completely. In fact, it was so good that I went ahead and ordered a side of it so I could pour more on top of the burrito…further smothering it. Normally I probably would have only eaten 3/4 given the size, but I plowed through the entire thing.
My dad wasn’t in a green chile mood (weirdo…), so decided to go with a burger…probably the biggest burger that I’ve seen. The full 10 oz. patty covered a huge bun that had to be special made. And it was topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and an entire chile relleno. Yes, a full sized, poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, breaded, and fried…and it didn’t even hang out the end of the bun! He only managed to finish half of it, taking the rest for lunch the next day. I tried a bite, and given the size, it was incredibly well cooked and flavorful, and just a good burger.
We both headed out feeling plenty satiated and ready to enjoy some baseball (which was a terrible game, but at least we were out at the ballpark). And if the quality of the food wasn’t enough, even when I added in a bloody Mary, soda and tip, the bill was still only $37. Fantastic food, low price, everything that I was looking for. Next time I’m in Denver, I am already planning a return trip. Maybe I will try a burger…or maybe I will just stick with the burrito…