Black-Bean Burger at Park & Co.
The Patty: This rollicking Uptown hang blends black beans, corn, rice, tomatoes and chiles for what’s more like a disk-shaped Tex-Mex casserole than a patty, per se. The same deliciously zesty recipe is used at both branches of sibling Park Burger too.
The Bun: Grateful Bread’s potato bun or Izzio's gluten-free alternative.
The Toppings: Technically, there’s only one veggie burger on the menu, but you can ask for the bean patty on any of the house specialties. Though you’d think its Southwestern flavors would clash with the Toadster - made from bacon, Swiss cheese, mushroom duxelles and balsamic onions - the creamy, spicy and smoky elements come together boldly and beautifully. (Obviously, actual vegetarians can skip the bacon.)
The Messiness Quotient: High
Price: $9.50 ($6.75 for regular veggie burger)
429 E. 17th Ave.; 720-328-6732