Photo by: Melanie Pahl Brunch is served- check out the French Toast
The Squeaky Bean is not about coffee, although it does serve up a mean cup of joe from local roaster, Pablo’s Coffee. The name is actually referring to how a fresh green bean “squeaks” when you bite into it. Not many restaurants can say it grows its own vegetables. Neither can many chefs say if said vegetables weren’t harvested in their own garden that the remainder would be coming from two local farms, Aspen Moon and Spano Farms.
Who cares? Well, your palette does and so do the owners and chef Max Mackissock (formerly at VITA). And just around the corner from the restaurant is the backyard garden that has sprung up from an abandoned city lot. It’s not huge, but good things come in small packages. Like the arugula or the beets, both mainstays on the menu.
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Open since May, the Bean is located on the corner of 33rd and Tejon, along a street that is already home to other hot spots such as Duo, Lohi Steakbar, Rosa Linda’s and Pasquini’s. But the newcomer has its own vibe and great dishes to share with a welcoming public.
“That is why we cook seasonally. These food experiences are truly amazing when the product is at its peak, and rather mundane and ordinary when they are not,” says owner Johnny Ballen. All this adds up to a cozy bistro atmosphere centered around some amazing local produce.
The Squeaky Bean offers dinner, which will change as the seasons and available produce changes. It has progressed to a bustling lunch and brunch offering with a unique Eggs Benedict and hot or cold pressed sandwiches. Our favorites were the Croque Monsieur with crispy Prosciutto and creamy Gruyere or the Duck Confit with roasted apple. Happy hour has also been added with many reasonably priced small plates, salads and drink specials available from 3:30-6:30pm. Try the tender Roasted Beets, browned butter and pistachio Lasagna or the Pig Platter- served on a carved, wooden pig plate! Prices range from $8-$12.
As the sun goes down, the Bean evolves into a different character; going from boisterous, chatting crowds to a more intimate, candlelit experience. Dinner entrees included some hearty dishes such as Pork Belly with local corn and peaches and a lightly Seared Ahi Tuna served with a chunky Eggplant Romesco. This menu will be changing soon with the cooler temperatures. The wine list will also be constantly evolving with some interesting additions and local Colorado vintages.
We look forward to the next menu iteration that Chef Mackissock and his team dream up to showcase the season and encourage you to stop by and “explore your inner bean.”
The Squeaky Bean: 3301 Tejon Street, Denver, CO. 303-284-0053
Lunch/Brunch: Mon-Fri 7:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm