The Steuben's Monte Cristo and chilaquiles will get the national stage Nov. 2 when they are featured on an episode of Food Network's “Triple D Nation.” The show, which premiered in July, revisits …
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The Steuben's Monte Cristo and chilaquiles will get the national stage Nov. 2 when they are featured on an episode of Food Network's “Triple D Nation.”
The show, which premiered in July, revisits host Guy Fieri's favorite eateries from past episodes of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
“Triple D has had an incredible impact on so many of the businesses featured on the show, and for years restaurant owners have invited Guy back to see all the incredible and delicious changes they've made,” said Allison Page, president of Food Network in a press release. “Now, Guy is taking viewers back for a second serving to catch up with old friends and to experience all the new things they are offering.”
The Steuben's Uptown location was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in 2011. The new airing will feature the Arvada location, which opened 2 years ago.
“It's unbelievable the power of that show,” said Steuben's owner Josh Wolkon. “People are die-hard. They follow it and when they come through a city, they hit them all.”
The 2011 episode featured the Steuben's lobster roll — what Wolkon, a Boston native, calls his gift to Colorado. The episode was featured on United Airlines for a while, with every flight coming into Denver showing it.
“It was insane,” Wolkon said. “That episode was awesome.”
New menu items
The Triple D airing is not the only thing happening at Steuben's Arvada this season. The scratch-kitchen diner also added new menu items.
Grilled artichokes and chicken fried pickles are additions to the appetizer menu.
The Rachel, a house-smoked turkey sandwich piled high with sauerkraut, swiss cheese and Russian dressing served on marble rye bread, is a new favorite.
“Our smoked turkey is out of this world,” said Abby Sands, general manager. “I can't stop talking about it. I want it every day”
Other new menu items replaced or changed up previous dishes offered.
The brick chicken, which replaced the herb chicken, is a healthier menu option. It uses a full brick to press the chicken down giving it a crispier skin. It is also served with seasonal veggies, which right now include locally sourced kale and mushroom.
The avocado toast has been revamped and is now served on ciabatta bread with house-made green goddess dressing, sliced avocado, radishes and an olive oil drizzle.
“It's a new take on avocado toast, a little fresher, a little lighter,” Sands said.
Some items that were taken off the menu include the shrimp and grits, and the falafel sandwich, which was replaced with a Mediterranean veggie sandwich.
The Impossible Burger also offers vegetarian customers another option.
“We are a total scratch kitchen, but we never made our own vegetable burger that was as good as the Impossible Burger,” Wolkon said. “We tested it out at both locations for six months and the only negative review we ever get is that some vegetarians get grossed out that it tastes like meat. But that's a compliment for most veggie burgers.”
During those six months, Sands joined the Arvada location as general manager, moving from Uptown, where she had been for two years prior.
“It's been amazing,” she said. “I live in the neighborhood, so the biggest draw in switching was that I wanted to be more involved in the community and I'm able to do that being here.”
One way Sands and Steuben's are getting more involved is by starting a running club, which will launch Nov. 7. The group will meet weekly at the eatery on Wednesdays and run down the Ralston Creek Trail and back totaling a 5K. Following at the restaurant, happy hour pricing will be provided to participants.
“Josh likes to promote healthy living, which even though our menu might not say it, a lot of us participate in healthy activities,” Sands said.
The Steuben's food truck, which serves food at local events and breweries; and the Dine Back Tuesday program, which has given $35,000 to community organizations, are other ways the Steuben's is becoming more involved in the Arvada community.
“We're trying to find ways to continue to be involved in the community,” Sands said. “It's nice seeing my neighbors in the restaurant and knowing the community. We love Arvada.”
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