Filipino cuisine has been gaining traction nationally for a few years, and Denverites in the know go to Aurora’s Filipino-Thai joint ChowSun to get their fix. Housed in a nondescript strip mall, the four-year-old fast-casual eatery serves a full Thai menu, but we go for the bold, pork-centric Filipino fare, which marries Spanish and southeastern Asian influences. Our ideal meal starts with “lumpia” (crispy Filipino-style egg rolls) dipped into sweet chile sauce. Next, a savory-and-sour bowl of pork adobo or indulgent “lechon kawali” (fried cubes of juicy pork belly) served with a Filipino staple: fluffy steamed white rice. For dessert, order the halo halo sundae, a layered shaved-ice treat made with “ube” (purple yam) ice cream, sweetened condensed milk, red coconut jelly, jackfruit, and coconut slivers. 830 S. Buckley Road, Aurora, 720-410-2135

Written for 5280 Magazine‘s “Where We’re Eating in November” 

Low Country Kitchen

Low Country Kitchen
Fried chicken continues to flood our fair city, and three-month-old Low Country Kitchen has joined the party with a new outpost in LoHi. Owners Brian and Katy Vaughn (from Lexington, Kentucky, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, respectively) opened the original Low Country in Steamboat Springs in 2014 to satisfy their hunger pangs for the food of their childhoods. Now Denverites can dig into the Vaughns’ homestyle offerings, including cheesy shrimp and grits and bourbon cocktails aplenty—the frosty mint juleps are perfect for slow sipping. But save room for Low’s fried bird, which undergoes a three-day process before it hits your table. First, the chicken brines in salt, sugar, and herbs for 24 hours; then it marinates for another day in buttermilk and hot sauce. On day three, the pieces are doused in flour and secret spices then fried to juicy perfection. 1575 Boulder St., Unit A, 720-512-4168

Written for Where We’re Eating in June (5280 Magazine June 2017).

Cook Like A Pro: Oyster Shucking Classes at Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood

If you agree that there’s something intensely gratifying about removing a lobster’s shell, cracking crab legs, and snapping open a fresh clam to get to the succulent meat within, then Cherry Creek’s Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood has the class for you: Chef & Shucker, its new oyster- and clam-shucking series. Cory Egan, Blue Island’s oyster buyer and pro shucker, debuted the experience in March and now teaches the class at least twice a month.

Written for Learn more about oyster shucking classes here.