Posted May 12, 2015
Winter is gone. Time to come out of hibernation and enjoy good eats, innovative drinks and warm weather. Food lovers know that one of the greatest perks about eating out is the outdoor prime seating. Check out some of these top Denver restaurants that not only have amazing patios, but also feature Tender Belly. Acorn Acorn is a unique and eclectic space with equally eclectic dishes created by Chef/Owner Steven Redzikowski. Located in Denver’s River North District, this industrial-style space serves up seasonal American dishes that are nothing like what Grandma’s cooking. Acorn is a contemporary bar and grill with graffiti painted walls, exposed brick and an overall relaxed, spacious atmosphere where you can enjoy ever-changing small plates and renowned cocktails. Acorn has a fort-like patio surrounded by oak, which fuels the fire creating those mouthwatering dishes. One of those dishes is the Oak Grilled Double Cheeseburger with Tender Belly Bacon. A double cheeseburger is classic American fare, but when cooked over an oak-fueled fire with all farm fresh ingredients, it will change the way you think about cheeseburgers. ChoLon ChoLon is a modern Asian bistro where Chef Lon Symensma serves dishes he experienced himself while out on his culinary travels throughout Asia. The patio is sure to be busy this summer considering ChoLon was named one of the Top 10 Best New Asian Restaurants in America by Details Magazine, and is also in 2nd place in Colorado's 5280 Magazine's Top 25 Restaurants list. Tender Belly is no stranger to the menu. As told by the renowned Chef Lon Symensma, “At ChoLon, our Berkshire Pork Ribs, Pork Belly Potstickers and Brussel Sprouts with Ground Pork are all staple items on our lunch and dinner menus.” Linger Linger was once an old mortuary but has been revitalized into a “lively” global cuisine restaurant thanks to Chef/Owner Justin Cucci. Highlighting dishes from all over the world, Linger also has a fantastic rooftop lounge, which is why it’s a must for hangouts this summer. Now let’s talk about the food. A jaw-dropper is the Pork Belly Buns, featuring Tender Belly. Complete with grilled pineapple, jam, sambal, plum sauce and scallions, it’s a dish made for warm weather. Some other popular plates you can find Tender Belly are the Devil’s on Horseback and the Brussel Sprouts Salad. Finally, a salad you can order and actually enjoy thanks to the bacon.