The Hornet is a bar/restaurant in the South Broadway area of Denver, which I’ve heard is undergoing a revitalization and is becoming a trendy area. The Hornet has been around for a while now, but it was packed on a Thursday night and looked worth a try. The restaurant has a New American-type menu, with lots of burgers, sandwiches and salads, with dishes like pork tamales, pupusas, steak and fried chicken thrown in. It’s not a huge menu, but when you read it you’ll find it hard to choose something because almost everything sounds great.
I passed on drinks, but based my dinner choice on the fact that I heard that they serve excellent sweet potato fries and chose a Buffalo Burger with Fried Onion Strings and Avocado. The fries were excellent, and the burger was not bad, either. The buffalo had a good flavor and the fried onions were a great contrast with the red onions and avocado already on the burger (mine was a bit overdone, but I’m not going to hold that against it).
My dinner companions chose some of the specialties. One opted for the Flat Iron Bistro Steak served with loads of gravy and mashed potatoes, which came out perfectly cooked and tender. The other chose the Honey Kissed Fried Chicken, also with mashed potatoes, which was drizzled with real honey. The chicken had a delicious, crispy coating that was an amazing contrast to the sweet honey. I did expect it to be real, bone-in chicken and was surprised that it came out thin and boneless, but the piece was so huge and so flavorful, that it was great even if it wasn’t what we expected to get when ordering.
As I said before, the place was packed with people of all ages, both having dinner and enjoying the drinks in the bar. It’s easy to get to and there is plenty on the menu to keep you interested, and I know that I would check it out (with more sweet potato fries) on a return trip through the neighborhood.