(1) Crave Real Burgers vs. (4) Euclid Hall
We took a crew down to Crave Burgers in Castle Rock early in the Denver Burger Bracket process. It’s location (just on the outskirts of town) and toppings (everything from jalapenos poppers to breaded pork and chorizo) are intriguing, calling the good people of Denver out to Castle Rock to try some ridiculous burger concoctions. Crave Burgers quickly and efficiently dispatched of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers in the first round of the bracket, and is looking to continue it’s winning ways. With a crazy amount of combinations, it was hard to choose just one burger. And maybe that’s what they want? For you to be intrigued by something you DIDN’T get so you’ll want to come back again and again to try them all. They’ve also got HUGE portions. As my wife noted, “If I wanted to be a fat-ass for a day, I’d go to Crave.” Well then.
Euclid Hall somewhat quietly dispatched of My Brother’s Bar in the first round, in the battle of the non-beef burgers. While Euclid Hall has fast become known for it’s unique and delicious food, their Brat Burgers have become one of their most recognizable dishes. It seems that in every dining group that visits Euclid Hall, at least one person is ordering the Brat Burger. As we noted in the previous round, the bun is a bretzel bun, which provides good pretzel flavor but doesn’t quite hold together as well as you’d like. It’s also hard to keep the brat meat juicy in a patty form, which seems easier to accomplish in it’s regular tube form. The taste is still there though, as it’s a fantastic alternative to both a traditional bratwurst, and a traditional burger.
Maybe it’s the fact that I want to go back and try another burger. Or maybe it’s the fact that I can get pulled pork on my burger if I wanted, or be egregious and throw some jalapeno poppers in the mix. Whatever it is, Crave Real Burgers gets the tough-fought victory and is on to the Elite Eight.