I am the queen of superlatives…especially when it comes to food.

My significant other finds humor in the fact that I am often proclaiming that this is THE BEST _______  (insert food here) I have ever eaten in MY ENTIRE LIFE. So what? If I’m getting so excited about whatever I’m munching, maybe it is the best I’ve ever had in my twenty five years of life. Suffice it to say, I am incredibly passionate about food.  Luckily, I am in in the presence of greatness in the Mile High City and I’m constantly finding restaurants around town that are, in fact, the best that I’ve ever had. And lucky for you, blog readers, that I feel so inclined to share them with you.

For the month of March, I will be featuring weekly installments of Fab Finds in the 303 – a run-down of the Denver restaurants that are most dear to my heart and my taste buds. Starting now…

Fab Finds in the 303 – Burgers

Photo: Bon Appetit

There’s nothing  more American than a good old fashioned cheeseburger. Burger joints can be found anywhere and everywhere and each one of them will claim that they have the best meat patty in town. But unless you’re standing on the corner of South Pearl and Jewell, then you’re not eating the juiciest, freshest burger in Denver.

I have three requirements for a burger: soft bun, juicy and tender beef cooked medium rare, and some crunchy toppings – lettuce, onions, and pickles. Park Burger satisfies all of these needs with their fresh from the farm toppings and their never frozen meat. It’s a true neighborhood burger joint that keeps it simple and to the point while still offering gourmet options. I’m a purist, so I always order the plain ol’ Park Burger, because I like it that way. But, if you’re craving for a man-wich, order one of their Specialty Burgers like The New Yorker, which is a 1/3 lb beef patty topped with sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, and corned beef. Yes, indeed, a Reuben on top of burger. Too much cholesterol? Turkey burgers and buffalo burgers are also offered, along with the option of a whole wheat bun.

The glorious, meaty concoctions that chef-owner Jean-Philippe Failyau has created couldn’t possibly go unaccompanied, and regular French fries are just not enough to adorn Denver’s best burgers. Enter: sweet potato fries. Not soggy. Not soft. Just salty, crunchy slices of fresh sweet potatoes fried to perfection.

Park Burger is the quintessential neighborhood burger restaurant. While small, quaint, and inconspicuously located, this joint offers an American classic tinged with upscale flair. Get in line, Denver. This place fills up fast.  Fortunately, a new Park Burger location has recently opened on 32nd and Clay in the Highlands, where they have taken over the location that was formerly An’s Lemongrass Grille.

Check out their menu here.