The Rackhouse Pub

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Situated right next to Stranahan’s distillery is the Rackhouse Pub.  Regular Baron correspondent Jeff and I visited there this evening, and I must say — we walked away satisfied.  Here, my Denver friends, is a worthy gastropub.

They sit you down with a measuring cup of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish that somehow tastes even better in a dimly lit restaurant setting.

We split two burgers, both of which came out a nicely performed medium rare on some slightly sweet (brioche?) buns.  We kept it simple with the Simple Burger (choice of cheese, greens, tomato, red onion) and then spiced up our second burger by ordering the Spiced Burger (hot cajun, tasso ham, jalepeno cream cheese).  Not the cleverest naming scheme, but well-executed burgers.

After what seems like too long an absence, my dear friend “beefy flavor” made a showing.  Unlike Crave, these patties were salted well and held their own in the flavor department against the other toppings.  The assorted greens were novel and fresh, and the dipping sauces were delightful (we got a habanero, a garlic aioli, ale mustard, and homemade catsup).

One more note.  I’m just going to say it, and throw caution to the wind.

The Rackhouse Pub makes the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had.  They call it “beer-baked” and I think it has 5 cheeses…also, you can order an entree version that throws in lobster, shrimp, and crayfish (for $22).  I didn’t get the entree, but we shared a side of regular mac with our burgers.

I know this is a burger blog, but even Rackhouse’s tasty burgers stood in the shadow of this mac and cheese.  Mind = blown.

If it were fiscally responsible, and had I the means, I would custom order a giant copper vat and fill it with gallons upon gallons of their mac and cheese.  Once it cooled off slightly, I’d sit in it like a hot tub and casually eat handfuls of it.

Then I’d go to sleep forever.

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This entry was written by The Burger Baron and published on January 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm. It’s filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “The Rackhouse Pub

  1. Wow… That burger doesn’t even LOOK appetizing. It looks like a pre-formed, frozen patty a’la my High School cafeteria, all dressed up with Mesculun Greens and a Brioche Bun. I can’t even imagine they can safely cook it to Medium Rare!
    I’d love to see a cross-section shot, to see if maybe it’s a trick of the camera, but those patties just look… sad.

  2. Jady, I am guessing we can change your mind if you come in to try one of our spectacular burgers. They say a photo is worth a thousand words, but a taste is worth a thousand photos.

    Josh, The Rackhouse Pub

    • Josh, always glad to hear from the restaurants! Thanks for the comment. While the patties DID look pre-formed, the flavor was good. Didn’t learn more beyond the fact that it’s certified angus…

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