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May 19, 2006 / jadettman

Denali's Food & Spirits

(608) 362-5522
443 E Grand Ave, Beloit, WI 53511

The Short:
Britt and I both give Denali’s the Thumbs Up. Tasty food at a reasonable price.

The Long:
Britt and I went to lunch at Denali’s with Paul, the head of the Beloit College Physics Department.

Britt got the Sliced Portabella Mushroom & Swiss Burger and I got the Wisconsin Cheese Burger, both of which were excellent. The beef was lean, delicious, and perfectly cooked to medium-well(no pink-in-the-middle burger syndrome here!) Both burgers came with lettuce, tomato and red onion. Britt tells me that the Portabella mushrooms did make her burger a little drippy but didn’t detract from the burger significantly. My burger came with two kinds of cheese that tasted like a sharp and medium cheddar but I can’t say for sure (I didn’t ask).

We both got french fries and water with our burgers. We both felt that the fries were pretty standard (although I’m sure that they benefited, in Britt’s opinion, from the lack of Stealth coating*).

Britt and Paul also shared a Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Mustard Dipping Sauce appetizer (I don’t eat seafood so I, of course, abstained). Britt gives it the Thumbs Up. The coconut coating to the shrimp was crunchy and tasty, and the sauce was a good compliment.

Overall Rating:
Denali’s gets Two Thumbs Up! That’s the best rating in our rating system! We’ll definitely eat there again.

*For those unfamiliar with the food industry, ‘Stealth’ coating is an innovative food technology first introduced on french fries in the mid-Nineties. It was designed to make french fries crispier and keep them warmer longer so that fewer fries would be wasted. Stealth coating, as far as I can tell, was a middling success. Burger King continues to use these kinds of fries, but McDonalds doesn’t (and never has that I can tell) and neither does Wendy’s. I can’t comment on any other restaurant chain, but Stealth fries do show up in small, non-chain restaurants too.


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