A Trip To Linger

Linger is a fun and funky restaurant in Denver. It is one of 6 restaurants owned by the group, Edible Beats. The Edible Beats Restaurant Group are known as the “renegades of flavor and masters of of remix. [They are also] known for responsibly-grown and innovatively simply sourcing veggie-forward fare.” The restaurants are all creatively named and grouped to spell out L.O.V.E.R.R.

L – Linger

O – Ophelia’s

V – Vital Root

E – El Five or El 5

R – Root Down

R – Root Down DIA

These are special occasion restaurants and we have now shared three special occasions at three out of the six restaurants with our dear friends Janet and Bob. We made a pact that we now have to visit the other three as well so we can complete the set. This time we were celebrating Bob’s birthday.

Linger has been creatively “remixed” from the old Olinger Mortuary into a fun a hip restaurant that is filled with personality. There are lots of fun remnants of the mortuary all around. They even named the restaurant with a macabre spin on the Olinger name. They turned Olinger Mortuaries into Linger Eatuaries. “Housed in a former mortuary, the decor layers macabre remnants with posh details in a window-flanked space overlooking the charming Lower Highland neighborhood. The drink menu features sips and seasonings as savory as the dishes with which they’re paired. While the rooftop patio—outfitted with 1975 GMC RV as bar and repurposed food truck as kitchen— beckons patrons towards adventure.”

Linger is truly a unique and one-of-a-kind place. The motor home behind us is up their rooftop and has converted into the bar, where they serve up the “Daily Pain Killer”.

The inside was just as fun and funky as the roof was. There are pictures all around that poke a little fun at the Grim Reaper. The front desk was actually something they used at the original mortuary.

The elevator door was a large photo of the old movie “Harold and Maude”.

These two are having some fun around the coffin.

My name for the painting of “Dead Man’s Party“, song from Oingo Boingo.

Not everything revolves around the old mortuary though. The bar upstairs is filled with a bunch of items that are definitely a blast to our pasts.

The lights above and on the bar are old Bright Lites that many of us remember from our childhood.

The ambiance and decor are fun and funky, but when it comes to the food, it is serious business. The food was AMAZING. It is locally and humanely grown. “Over 50% of our ingredients are sourced locally (within Colorado) and our network of responsible food sourcing supports over 55 local ranchers, farmers, growers & food artisans. We’re 100% wind-powered and have responsibly-sourced, vegetable-forward menus. All animal proteins are certified humane, pasture-raised and utilize non-GMO, vegetarian feed. All seafood is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and is a “Best Choice Green” by the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch. We also maintain a 6,000 sf organic garden that supplies 20% of the seasonal herbs and vegetables for our restaurants. That’s what we bring to the table.”

The Birthday Boy started us off with his choice of a bottle of Malbec that we deliciously enjoyed with our dinner.

Very rarely do we eat like this, but when we do, we do. We started off with appetizers to share. We all shared the loaded curried vegetable and potato Dosa and the Bao Bun Trio, with duck, chicken and pork belly.

We could have easily called these two appetizers a meal, but oh no. We were only just getting started. Bob and Janet shared the Wagyu Sliders,

Larry enjoyed the chicken padthai,

while I devoured the tempura chili-ginger shrimp.

Of course we all had to taste and test a little bit of everything, and we all agreed the food was not only colorfully presented, but was deliciously phenomenal as well. But wait. There is still more to come. You can’t have a birthday celebration without dessert right? Once again, we let the Birthday Boy choose, and we all shared a little bit of everything. Bob chose the peanut butter bar topped with pomegranate seeds and the maduros y crema or fried plantains in a cream sauce with pistachios.

Not only were we celebrating Bob’s birthday, but we were also happy that Janet was once again healthy and well and my new upcoming job. Our server, Heather, was fabulous and never missed a bit. She took great care of of us, and just as we thought we were finished, she brought us all a glass of the bubbly to make the celebrations complete.

Needless to say, we left with very full, very satisfied tummies. We had a fantastic meal, the ambiance was so much fun, and we shared a lot of laughs. Thank you for a deliciously fun evening. As I have said many times, life is all about sharing it with the people we love. We have a very good life indeed. Thank you Janet and Bob for including us in so many fun times throughout the many years of friendship and family. We love you lots. Happy Birthday Bob.

Linger is located at 2030 West 30th, Denver, CO. I would definitely call or register online for reservations. Their phone number is (303) 993-3120 or you can reach them online at lingerdenver.com. People are just dying to get in. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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