Denver International Airport
Airport food is usually just so disappointing…
I mean, only in an airport can you be served gross fast food, pay twice as much for it, all just minutes after having been groped by a government agent.
Fast food is already not the greatest experience outside of an airport, but at least you aren’t paying an arm and a leg for it.
And let’s be serious, that really is the only option most travelers have, as we’re usually running for our lives to get to our gate.
But there are those rare instances where that flight delay actually becomes a blessing by letting you slow down and explore some of the more interesting options at the airport.
Very rarely had this happened to me until now.
But, it came at a convenient time and turned out great.
Situated in the “C” concourse at Denver International Airport, Root Down provides weary travelers comfortable seating, delicious food, and a decent craft beer selection.
I must say, though, it is a little intimidating at first glance.
With all the “cool” people hanging out or waiting for a seat while disco music is blaring in the background – it makes one wonder if they’re walking into a restaurant or a dance club.
Once past the façade, though, it’s actually quite a cozy place.
And as soon as I noticed they had my favorite beer from O’Dell Brewing on tap (a Chocolate Milk Stout called “Lugene”), I wasn’t going anywhere else.
As is common with most airport restaurants, the menu was small, but provided a decent variety of options.
I went with the half-pound burger, complete with bacon and sriracha mayo on a pretzel bun. It came with a side of sweet potato waffle fries and two dipping sauces.
The burger was absolutely delicious and actually paired well with the Chocolate Milk Stout. Of course, I would probably drink Lugene with any dish, but that’s beside the point…
The sweet potato fries were good too, but what really made them awesome were the dipping sauces.
One called “elevated ketchup” was like candy. It had a pumpkin spice flavor that worked well with the sweet potato. The other sauce was like a mustard and curry combination. It was good too, but the elevated ketchup won the day.
Overall, this was a great experience.
Of course, it cost an arm and a leg, but that’s airport food. At least it was money well-spent on a good meal – way better than paying twice as much for fast-food death on a bun.