You know those late late late nights when you are STARVING but there is no place to go. I’m not just talking about those “Out on the Town” Downtown Denver condo and Downtown Denver loft living nights when you forget to eat until it’s well past the close of all your favorite restaurants.
I can’t think of how many ski weekends ended up with a VERY late return to Denver and only pizza as an option. Or think about all those late flights into DIA that leave your stomach grumbling for food at midnight on a weekday night. Not a lot of choices at that time.
Well, fellow travelers and adventurers and those of you who are the late night party crowd…. a 24 X 7 X 365 high end “diner” has opened up on Larimer Street. Tom’s Urban 24 is a bar, a restaurant, a diner, and a blessing for those craving food anytime with an early a.m at the end of it.
We stopped in last night to check it out after a performance at the Bovine Metropolis. I had a busy night at the Bovine. I got to be play parts in two GREAT sketches by my fellow comedy writers and then watch a group of talented performers breath life into my own comedy sketch. Remember all those months flying to Chicago to study at Second City? Well I’m proud to say that fine and heralded eduction is being put to use as a writer on the Prime Time sketch comedy team AND actor / improv performer at the Bovine.
More about that later…
So I belly up to the bar at Tom’s Urban 24 and was waiting for my lovely lady when I noticed that the gentlemen next to me seemed to be very involved with the workings of the restaurant. It turns out I was sitting next to the Tom of Tom’s Urban 24. We stuck up a conversation and he shared with me his recommendations on some of the “must try” dishes such as the Fried Chickenlooper, the truffle deviled eggs (sold out), the Truffle Swiss Burger, the Hoisin BBQ glaze Duck Wings (already sold out that night), Green chile carnitas mac ‘n’ cheese, urban slopper knife and for sandwich, and the urban mix and match tacos.
He also share a most valuable tip about our 10 pm reservation… that the menu changes at 10 and we had better hurry and put our order in. We did.
We tried the Chickenlooper, tacos (adobe chicken was the favorite), kale, regular deviled eggs, and mac and cheese. All of it was awesome. The fried chicken was crunchy, with a great texture and flavor. Although I have to admit… I find my fried chicken love in Denver is another Tom’s restaurant with Tom’s Home Cookin’ in Five Points. But those guys are only open for lunch and only on MTWRF.
Tom of Tom’s Urban 24 is none other than the owner of Smash Burger so we knew the burgers must be amazing. We saw many folks flow in and out and eat huge plates of food. The servings at Tom’s Urban 24 are not small… so if you are in that 2 am after the bars close group you will be happily fed and nourished. The food was great.. and keep in mind we were there days after they opened. As far as I could tell Tom’s Urban 24 had been up and running for months.
While we were eating we watched the ebb and flow of traffic to Denver’s newest 24 hour diner. Groups of ladies and men came and went on their Friday night outings. We are fairly sure we say a couple awkward first dates in process. The Comedy club below emptied out after a show and their was a brief spike at the bar.
After some time the head chef came out to join Tom and shared stories of his long days and we realized how much work goes into a 24 X 7 diner. Think about having shifts to cover every hour of the day. Whew…
I wish we had a chance to see what happens on the first weekend open once the 2 am hour strikes. And we asked the question everyone seemed to want to know… if you have to stop serving drinks at 2 when can you start. The answer… 7 am. Next time you need a bloody mary at 7 am you know where to go.
We would love to hear your stories and feedback about Tom’s Urban 24 and if you love Tom’s and want to live as close to it as possible check this out from DenverUrban.com.
Enjoy… next time our ski trip ends at midnight on a Sunday I know where we are going.