If you like the AMC series Mad Men, stop here because everything about Steuben’s on E. 17th Ave., in Denver, CO is retro. Featured on Diner, Drive-ins and Dives, the place oozes the old school vibe. The building is an old auto repair shop. The food is from everywhere and more importantly the booze selection is huge. For the purposes of this post let’s use booze, libations, hooch, canned heat, hard stuff, firewater, etc.
On a hot summer day try a Moscow Mule, a vodka, ginger beer with a lime served in a copper cup. The Mule is a perfect cool off – but watch out it’s deceptively strong – unless, of course, you’re going for that. As I was checking out the selection of beer displayed over the bar, seemingly saved from the 1950’s, I was particularly impressed that Stueben’s has Little Kings Cream Ale. Little Kings is a recipe that comes from Cincinnati, Ohio dating back to 1958; it’s even hard to find in Ohio taverns. Also known as “hand grenades”, Little Kings consumed in mulitiples will have you shouting, “It’s good to be the king!” at the random dude next to you.
The food menu at Steuben’s has regional dishes from all over the country – lobster rolls, shrimp po-boys, cuban sammies, roasted chicken (to name a few) and a variety of appetizers. My guess is that whoever picks out the food also has a hand in the hooch selection. I certainly didn’t think I be able to get my hands on some Cincy canned heat in the Mile High City.