Park Burger is everything that I want from a small local restaurant. It is placed on an otherwise inconspicuous corner hidden in a mostly residential area on S. Pearl St. Its basic design is that of a simple 1960’s dinner. It almost looks like a classic malt shop. There is a long counter to sit at, as well as a good number of tables. The place settings consist of pleasingly plain glasses, plates, and silverware, with white dishtowels used as the napkins.
Unlike some other retro style places I have been too, this one is not tacky. It does not bombard you with horrible mixtures of orange chairs and yellow counter tops like what you might expect to find at a truck stop in Wyoming somewhere. Everything is clean, bright, and attractive. It is a perfect mixture of modern, classy, and old fashioned. In a word, it’s just really hip. When I walked in and sat down at the counter, I instantly had a good feeling.
“How’s the food”, you ask? It fantastic. The menu is straightforward, consisting mostly of burgers and fries. I love this place because the food has the same perfect balance as the décor. They take the same kind of food you might find at a bowling alley and they make it excellent. They take choice ingredients and prepare them expertly.
For $6 you get the full size burger (1/3 lb.) with all the usual fixings. This alone is great, but you can add avocado, bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, and more, if you like. They use all natural beef from Colorado’s own Harris Ranch, and it is never frozen. I had mine rare, and it tasted great. You can also get a turkey, buffalo, or housemade veggie burger instead.
Besides the main attraction, they also have a couple of salads, onion rings, and fries. You can choose from regular or sweet potato, and they are really tasty. They are thin, hand-cut, and golden.
In the drink department they have an impressive milk shake list, a selection of cocktails and wines, and a great selection of beer. My love of a good microbrew is one of the things that really draws me to this place. They have a nice variety of bottled beers ranging from well-known European choices to most hard-to-find local brews (like Del Norte, which I was fortunate enough to sample at Brew at the Zoo last September). In addition to that, they have several rotating drafts on tap everyday. When I was last there they had the Avery IPA (from Boulder), 2 Below (The New Belgium seasonal from Ft. Collins), and Alaskan Amber, which is always nice. As if you could possibly need more of a reason, all drafts are only $3 during happy hour, 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.
This is the perfect place to get a casual and affordable meal in a fun atmosphere, without having to settle for low-quality food. The classic items are all elevated to a level of greatness that will keep you coming back for more.
1890 South Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80210-3137