It’s holiday time. That means if you have out-of-town friends or family coming, the inevitable question they’ll ask is, “so where do you get a great burger around here?”
Scott Methling is completely prepared to answer that question. Without hesitation, he proclaims it is Duffy’s Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek. Scott learned about Cherry Cricket seven years ago from the Food Network hit TV show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. He bee-lined to the restaurant hoping to find cuisine that rivaled the great burgers and pub grub he could find in his home turf of Chicago. He was surprised, but pleased that a city like Denver had a place that could meet the taste of the famous Chicago eateries bite for bite. “Cherry Cricket blew my perception of Denver as a cow town,” he says.
Scott is quick to point out that a person can’t get a bad meal at Cherry Cricket, no matter what they order. His favorite meal, however, is of course the burger, with lettuce, tomato, onion, green chiles, smoked cheddar and last but not least, bacon! The burgers are always fresh and sourced from the Rocky Mountain region. For $8, you walk out of there already looking forward to the next time you return to chow down a burger.
Part of Cherry Cricket’s success is that the flavor and grilling is consistent every time, according to Scott. 28 craft beers on tap plus a full bar certainly adds to the pleasure. Staff turnover appears to be low which makes the restaurant even more attractive especially to regulars. Whether it’s for business or taking the family out, Scott estimates he eats at Cherry Cricket at least once every other month. Cherry Cricket has been in the same location since 1947 and they are gearing up to celebrate 70 years in business in 2017.
Duffy’s Cherry Cricket has won numerous ‘Best of’ honors and has also been featured on the TV shows Man V. Food and Best Thing I Ever Ate. The restaurant’s appearance doesn’t exactly fit the upscale ambiance of Cherry Creek and is affectionately known as ‘The Black Sheep of the Creek’. “Cherry Cricket pulls clientele from every demographic,” explains Scott. It may not look glamorous from the outside, but that doesn’t affect the wide-spread popularity on the inside.
Now, for the sad news. On November 23rd, Cherry Cricket experienced a kitchen fire which has forced the restaurant to close indefinitely. A second location is underway at what used to be Breck on Blake located at 2200 Blake Street. The transformation is taking place, and soon, Denver Metro-ites will have their favorite pub burger back again.
Eleven locations in the Denver metro area
720 295 8224