Standbys and seasonal specials from a Denver culinary heavyweight
From the New American flavors at 12 at Madison to his growing conveyor belt sushi empire, Sushi-Rama, Jeff Osaka comes correct on multiple fronts in the Mile High dining scene. His urban-underground noodle bar is no exception. It’s got a lineup of delectable izakaya-inspired small plates (see: kara-age), but the highlight, of course, is the ramen. You’ve got your lighter, chicken-based shio (salt) and shoyu (soy-flavored) broths; your medium-textured miso broth made with chicken and pork; and your intense, whole-hog tonkotsu broth -- each distinguished by its own mix of toppings, from braised pork shoulder to black-garlic oil. And though the standard menu is great, don’t sleep on the seasonal choices, like the fall special featuring chorizo and Denver’s favorite ingredient, green chiles.