Friday, January 28, 2011

Inspired Appetite: Birria

A post over on the Kitchn's site regarding using goat meat reminded me of one of my favorite Mexican dishes ever: Birria

Wonderfully tender and flavorful meat with a heady broth is a perfect dish for a winter day. If you don't feel like cooking (very easy, BTW...recipe), you should check out the good stuff at El Farolito in Aurora. You'll get meat, a mess of bones, rich broth and tortillas to make some of the best tacos you've ever had.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Breakfast on the Hill: the Jelly Cafe


For all the folks on Capitol Hill: Breakfast has arrived. Since Watercourse abandoned us for Uptown and left us with breakfast burritos and coffee at City o'City, we've been hankering for something more substantial. (Yeah, it still hurts!)

The "Breakfast/Lunch" sign at the corner of 13th and Pearl announces proudly the arrival of "Jelly Cafe". Have you checked in with our new neighbors yet? Yes, they did tease us; claiming that they would be opening up on New Year's day. Hung-over drunks in need of breakfast are not someone you want to mess with. But they have short memories, right?

Rest assured, they are open now and serving a very satisfying breakfast. But first let me comment on the fact that the place looks great! This corner has been up-and-down so often, it's indecent! It's really looking good with the clean up of the abandoned cleaners. The inside is nice, booths, a nice bar, and tables throughout. Cute coffee cup chandeliers and crazy cereal boxes on the walls, scream BREAKFAST!

And that's exactly what we've been trying out here. Their Basic Breakfast ($4.79) consists of two eggs, peasant potatoes, and toast with jam. I of course had to add bacon ($2). We also decided to order their Donut Bites ($2.49) which are either jelly filled, or cream filled. Past visits have included their pancakes which come in a variety of "flavors" including cereal varieties!

So how was the food? Really good! The donut bites are a nice start, not too sweet or greasy, a bit dense but a perfect vehicle for the great berry jam they were filed with. The peasant potatoes are perfect red potatoes, crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside. They are seasoned just right and are topped with a bit of sour cream and chopped green onions. I'm not a fan of most places' "home fries" but these are fantastic.

What about the jelly? Currently they are featuring one home-made jam per day. Today it was delicious peach jam. Great consistency, not too firm or runny. It was so good, I had to order more toast to finish up, I couldn't bear to leave any peachy goodness behind! I'm excited to try their other flavors.

I'm sure I'll be back soon, their breakfast menu had so many other interesting items. Breakfast sliders, crazy pancakes, Benedict's of all stripes, etc. The fact that it's on the 13th street strip makes this very interesting as well. I've always seen so much potential here, I'm glad Jelly has jumped in: Welcome!


Jelly Cafe
600 13th St.
Denver, CO 80203
303.831.6301