Sandwich Generation


Pan-Seared Ahi Tuna Burger


Courtesy Ben Higgins

Ben Higgins
Sandwich: Pan-Seared Ahi Where to get it: Highland Tap and Burger, 2219 W. 32nd Ave., 720.287.4493
What’s in it: Ahi tuna, organic cucumber salad, tempura crispies and Sriracha mayo, served with hand-cut fries and house-made pickles; $11
Why I love it: “It is a fresh and, for the most part, healthy option that makes the taste buds sing ‘Amazing Grace’! If you want a filling option that won’t make you feel guilty to the diet czars, then the pan-seared ahi sandwich is the right choice.”
The story behind it: “I was looking for a lighter alternative to a burger,” executive chef Eli Oldell says of the ahi. “I’m proud of the fact that it doesn’t have soy sauce, which, sometimes, can be a clichéd pairing. With crunchy raw cucumber spiked with rice vinegar and lime juice, the soy sauce is not needed. Sriracha mayo was the cooks’ favorite sauce for their chicken tenders snack when I was working at Vesta Dipping Grill nine years ago, way before the Sriracha craze occurred. I’ve attempted to take this sandwich off the menu a few times but was unsuccessful. It seems to have become a permanent installation.”


Adrian Miller
Author, “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” | Executive director, Colorado Council of Churches
Sandwich: The Dac Biêt, $4.50 Where to get it: Vinh-Xuong Bakery, 2370 W. Alameda Ave.
Why I love it: “This Vietnamese specialty slathers some garlicky mayo on the crunchiest French bread you’ll ever have, then adds layers of pâté, ham, barbecued pork and pork souse meat under an assortment of shredded carrots, cucumbers or daikon, cilantro and jalapeño slices. The combination is unforgettable.”

Josh Olsen
Partner/chef, The Squeaky Bean | Head of farming operations, The Bean Thumb
Sandwich: Braised Short Rib Sandwich, $12
Where to get it: Mercantile Dining & Provision Market, Union Station, 720.460.3733
Why I love it: With red wine-braised short ribs, Fruition’s French onion jus, aged Gruyère fondue and arugula on a baguette, “it’s an elevated French Dip, with melt-in-your-mouth beef.”

Efren Velasquez
Chef, La Loma
Sandwich: Smoked Turkey, $12. 25 (comes with one side)
Where to get it: Masterpiece Delicatessen, various locations.
Why I love it: “They use highquality fresh ingredients” in this combo of smoked turkey breast, French Brie cheese, seasonal pears, arugula and cranberry honey served on toasted wheat bread.

Ryan Sutter
“The Bachelorette” season one | Vail firefighter
Sandwich: Smoked Chicken “Bama” style with extra pickles, $10 (includes two sides and a drink)
Where to get it: Moe’s Original Bar B Que, various locations.
Why I love it: “It’s a little taste of the South up here in the Rockies.”

Most popular sandwiches: Turkey, ham and chicken, respectively, according to a Datassential survey

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