I want to Linger a little longer

4:27:00 PM

Denver Skyline from Linger
Whenever my brother and I are back in Denver, my mom and her boyfriend take us out to at least one really cool restaurant for dinner. This time we went to Linger, a restaurant housed in a former mortuary. I'd been there before for a few drinks with one of my friends this summer but I didn't get a chance to try the menu. The vibe of the restaurant is pretty cool, unless you heard about the restaurant's dark past, you'd have no idea. There are little touches that reflect the origins of the restaurant like toe-tags for dessert menus, the drink menu on a ME's clipboard, and the bottles of water that look like old-school formaldehyde bottles.

This time I got to go all out with my family. For appetizers, the restaurant provides flavored popcorn. Every day they change the flavors. When we went it was Asian BBQ, a sort of spicy sort of sweet concoction. The suggestions from the restaurant is for a party of four to order 6 dishes. Since the cuisine is inspired by global street fare, we ordered 6 dishes from a variety of regions. From Asian cuisine we had saag paneer fries, masala dosa, Korean BBQ pork, Mongolian BBQ Duck Bun. From the US we had Popper "Breakdown", a reinterpretation of the jalapeno popper. We also had a Lamb Belly Tagine from Morocco and Seared Diver Scallops with a European flair. Every single dish was absolutely delicious!

Mongolian BBQ Duck Bun

Popper "Breakdown"

Masala Dosa

The cocktails at Linger were amazing. All of them had fun names that went with the slightly macabre history of the restaurant. A few of my personal favorite names were Drowning for Apples and Corpse Reviver #2.5. Another drink they had is the very Denver Moscow Mule. I went with the Linger Sidecar. It's made with Laird's Applejack Brandy, Triple Sec, grapefruit juice, and cinnamon simple sugar. The best part is that the glass is rimmed with cinnamon sugar. Delicious!

Linger Sidecar

As mentioned before, the water is served in what look likes Formaldehyde bottles from back in the day. Touches like these really added to the overall ambiance of the restaurant.

Left: Linger bottle of water
Right: Old bottle of formaldehyde

Since we had pretty much stuffed our faces with all sorts of delicious food, we decided to split one small dessert. We ended up choosing the Ovaltine & Oreos: "Ovaltine Bavarian Cream, Mascarpone, Oreo Cookie and Malt sauce". This rich dessert was the perfect way to end the night. The caramelized sugar on top added a nice crunch to the soft and creamy truffle like dessert.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant. It's cool, it's fun, and the food is fantastic. Just book a few weeks in advance. This place fills up fast!


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