American/ Cap Hill & Uptown

Bite of the Week: Gravy Cheese Fries at Steuben’s

If you follow me on social media, you’ll have probably seen my photo of these this past weekend. And if you don’t follow me on social media, you should:

You’ve probably heard of Steuben’s before, since it’s been around since 2006 and has a perpetual line out the door for brunch (at least the one here in Uptown does). It’s one of those places that is a really interesting mix of modern decor and food — and old-school, diner classics. I love coming here for some comfort food and creative cocktails, although I tend to try and avoid busy brunch times and go for happy hour instead (3-6pm & 10pm-close daily). But if you do end up going for brunch, I highly recommend the cast iron french toast — a fluffy, sweet pillow of goodness floating in caramel sauce inside a little cast iron skillet.

That aside, let’s talk about my Bite of the Week, which is one of my favorite things here at Steuben’s — the gravy cheese fries! I’m a sucker for a good plate of  smothered fries, but I’m also picky about how it’s done. I mean you know how disappointing it is to order a plate of fries with a topping, and then get a big bowl of fries with just a little something on top — so you end up eating 3/4 of the fries plain. (I know, first world problems.) Well, this isn’t one of those plates.

The gravy cheese fries at Steuben’s are crispy skinny fries that are smothered with delicious gravy, and then covered with cheese. And it’s not gross, cold shredded cheese — it’s perfectly melted and even starting to crust a little on top. You definitely need a fork to eat these, which means you’re doing it right.

I also can’t end this post without a mention of another one of my favorite dishes here, the Monte Cristo sandwich. And no, I didn’t have a clue what this was until I looked it up. Google told me it’s a fried sandwich that is “a variation of the French croque-monsieur” that was popular in American cookbooks in the 1930s–1960s and “combines the sweet flavors of French toast with ham, turkey, and cheese.” Sounds good enough — I decided to try it. It may not be for everyone, but if you like dishes that combine sweet and savory, you’ll love this. It basically tastes like meat and melted cheese inside a fluffy beignet with powdered sugar on top. Those are a few of my faaaaavorite thiiiings.

 

Also, the burger here is pretty fantastic. I always get just the classic burger with some bacon on top — as should you. Steuben’s serves Tender Belly bacon, and the strips are always huge and perfectly crispy. Everything is better with bacon, right? 😉

Parting: don’t spend $23 on the lobster sandwiches here. I think you’ll be disappointed. There are just so many better options here, especially for the price. For a good lobster sandwich, I recommend trying the one at Blue Island in Cherry Creek.

 

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