Tocabe: Native American Food in Denver
I’ve got two words for you: fry bread. That’s all you need to know when it comes to Tocabe, a scrumptious Native American eatery in Denver, CO. If you’ve never been introduced to this succulent oil coated fry bread, it’s time to amend your faults with the bread world. As Jim Gaffigan points out in his book, Food: A Love Story, all cultures have at some point or another decided to deep fat fry bread. Lucky for us, the Native Americans figured it out early. Many other versions of bread fail in comparison.
But I digress. We’re here to dive into how Tocabe takes a time-honored tradition and turns into a quickly ready to eat masterpiece.
If you’ve never been to Tocabe and unsure of what to expect, think of a Chipotle-style ordering system but infused with a different flavor palate and more interesting ingredients to choose from. It’s a casual place, but slightly above a hole in the wall. Unlike many of the off the beaten path eateries we venture to, they actually have a license to sell beer. Score!
If this is your first time, don’t hesitate when you get to the ordering options. It’s less intimidating than the menu makes it look. Just pick your meat, your style and then your garnishes. Nathan dove into the pulled buffalo meat, where I went with a beef option. When in doubt, go the route of buffalo meat. It comes with a hint of spice and it locks in the savory flavor of meat that has been slow-cooked for ages.
If you have a few extra in your crew, try to save a table. This popular place fills quickly and seating is limited. If the inside option remains elusive, the outside seating gives you a perfect platform to enjoy your fry bread slathered in flavors.