I was as excited as anyone when Truffle Table opened last year in the Highlands; the restaurant iteration of Denver’s beloved Truffle Cheese Shop on 6th Avenue.
It sits on one of the best corners in all of the neighborhood, in a light-filled space with a wall of windows for excellent people watching and the feeling you’re part of the city’s action in an enlivening way.
They have 20 seats at tables, another 10 at a high bar table, and 8 more at the actual bar.
Though I’d been there a handful of times, twice it was for special events, and once just for a glass of wine before meeting friends for dinner.
The food aspect had always been a mystery to me, as I’d looked on their website more than once for a menu, but never saw one there.
And the times I was in the space, hadn’t had reason to look at a menu.
Truth be told, I assumed it was basically a selection of cheese and meat, with crackers and perhaps some accoutrements like spreads, nuts.
You know what they say about assumptions.
After a recent stop there early one evening for a bite [they open at 4p T-Su; closed M], I now have a fuller understanding of what’s really going on.
Let me tell you – it’s a lot.
I had the pleasure of an impromptu conversation with the Executive Chef, Crickett Burns – who shared with me her friends and colleagues had expressed similar questions: “What are you doing over there? Cheese boards?”.
“They couldn’t understand it either, until I explained it to them”, Crickett told me.
For smaller plates, among many more, there’s Chistorra* with onions and peppers [$8.], Pea Shoot Salad with garlic breadcrumbs and honeyed [and bruleed!] Cana de Cabra [$8.] and Butternut Squash Hummus [$6.].
For larger plates, you’ll find things like Imberico Ham [$20.], Grilled Cheese with Grafton cheddar and broccoli [$10.] and Truffled Mac & Cheese [$8.].
Crickett does a vermouth gastrique with her pate plate.
Take that in for a minute.
Every Wednesday, they offer an All You Can Eat Raclette Night for $40./couple, which includes dessert.
Happy Hour takes a couple dollars off a few plates, and also has 3 wines by the glass for $5. each – a Cava, Vinho Verde and Bergerac Rouge.
On their regular drink menu, they offer 18 beers, including a few large format bottles and a generous 21 wines by the glass – 3 sparkling, 4 rose and 7 each of whites and reds.
Of course you can also get cheese and/or charcuterie boards, and this is no small thing.
But, Truffle Table is so much more than that.
Get the Russian Honey Cake.
Just trust me on this.
2556 15th Street
*A Spanish sausage similar to chorizo