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Behold, N9NE’s Burger

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Last weekend, I had the best hamburger in recent memory: the Kobe burger at N9NE Steakhouse in Aspen.

This sandwich is huge in both girth and height, and it’s easily shared (which lessens the sting of the $20 price tag). The rare-cooked patty comes stacked with thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, and grilled onions. The combo is so flavorful, there’s no need for ketchup, mustard, or even a shake of salt. Plus, the addition of a robust blue cheese coleslaw (just try it) and a mountain of truffle chips, makes this one hearty meal.

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The best seats in the house are at the kitchen bar, where the chefs (lead by Chris Conlon) are just an arm’s-length away. Chat them up and learn more about this temporary restaurant. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (through Labor Day), N9NE is a pared-down version of Scott DeGraff’s renowned N9NE steakhouses in Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas.

Local Eats: For notable burgers closer to home, order the stellar Croque burger–Harris Ranch beef topped with a fried egg, ham, and Swiss cheese–at the brand-new, Platt Park ParkBurger. Or bite into Houston’s veggie burger, a meaty blend of brown rice, mushrooms, almonds, and melted Jack on a house-made bun.

N9NE Steakhouse (located in the Fun World Wide Lab space), 414 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, 970-920-1090 ext. 1; ParkBurger, 1890 S. Pearl St., 720-242-9951; Houston’s, 303 Josephine St., 303-333-4688

Amanda M. Faison, 5280 Contributor

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.

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