Waze has lead me through Five Points and I am driving through the 'residential' section. My GPS indicates the Curtis Park Deli is on the block of 26th and Champa. On this Sunday afternoon, a street spot is readily available on the block.
Walking up to the entrance there are several occupied tables on this sunny afternoon. As I'm entering the eatery, I get the feeling like I'm walking into someone's home. The interior 'Dining Room' consists of two large dining tables ... by dining tables, I mean like the ones at my mom's house growing up. You know, like Oak Express style.
But, I'm not here to check out their furniture. Proceeding to the counter, I study the chalkboard menu hanging above a deli display case, showing meats and cheeses. I try not to pay attention as the woman in front of me buys 3 packages of bacon for $70 bucks ... Maybe it was their meal too... Note to self to check out that bacon later.
My friend and I decide on the Curtis and the French sandwiches. Truth be told, I had decided to order the Curtis because it was on that damn list. I don't always do what I'm 'told', but if someone claims that a sandwich is so good that you should try it before you die, I'm inclined to at least check it out.
The Curtis is basically a Ruben on Ciabatta bread. Normally, I avoid ciabatta. Not because of the taste, but due to the chewy battle between my teeth tearing the bread - I don't like fighting for my food if I can help it. This Ciabatta was different; soft and sour with a dusting of flour. This is the perfect vehicle for the homemade thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, corned beef, and swiss.
Looking at my friend, he momentarily has flour on his lips from the French sandwich that he is eating. He asks if I want to try a bite. It's just as good, but for different reasons. The tang of mustard (also house made), complements and brings out the flavor of the brie and rosemary ham.
A great sandwich is the sum of it's parts and every ingredient was on point, creating a perfect bite. As consumers we typically judge a restaurant by it's food, service, and atmosphere. This is a place to come to for a good sandwich. The guy at the counter was friendly, but their philosophy is just to make yourself at home, which includes helping yourself to the drinks, seating, and getting your food. Not that this is a bad thing, just setting the expectation.
Address: 2532 Champa St, Denver, CO 80205