by Carol W. Maybech
If you’re looking for a spot to cheer on the Broncos during the playoffs, look no further than the newly opened Roadhouse Boulder Depot. The space alone is worth a visit as the restaurant sits in the Boulder Jaycees Depot, a historic Victorian-era train station that a few years ago was moved from downtown Boulder to east of 30th and Pearl streets.
And even if you’re not a football fan or a history buff, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to love. The comfort food menu serves the gamut: pan-seared salmon, steak and frites, flatbread pizzas, salads, even pretzel bites with queso and kale chips. But it’s the signature burgers that really shine. Bypass the Mac ‘N Cheese burger (I wasn’t a fan of the dry breaded, fried patty of jalapeño and queso-laced mac and cheese that tops this one) and go straight for the signature Roadhouse Burger. Tender pulled short rib, melted Gruyère, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato cap this sandwich, which is served au jus. Hands-down, this is one of the best burgers I’ve eaten in a long time. Pair it with the crispy Brussels sprouts and a Graham Cracker Porter from Denver Beer Company, and you’re primed to cheer for your favorite team on one of eight flat screens.
With burgers this good, it shouldn’t surprise you that the eatery is the latest spot from the well-known Denver-based Roadhouse Hospitality Group, which runs Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse, Reiver’s Bar and Grill, and Dusty Boot. Brothers Terry, Mike, Dan, and John Shipp have transformed the circa 1890s building into a cozy but hip full-service restaurant and bar, filled with railroad memorabilia. There’s even a depot history quiz built into the interior design that’s fun for the whole family, and drink specials when a passing train blows its whistle.
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