FNG: Dining With a Side of Rock N Roll

Known for its eclectic crowd who relish the rock era, FNG is Denver’s hotspot for comfort food, cocktails and a side of rock ’n roll.

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Photo by Joni Schrantz.

FNG was born out of necessity. One, to bring back a time where rock ‘n’ roll became the soundtrack of a generation defying the expectations of their parents; and two, to pay tribute to some of the best music ever produced. Popular for combining elements of R&B, jazz and country music, with the addition of electric instruments, rock ’n roll reminds us of energetic performances and insightful lyrics. FNG brings back all this—coupled with comfort food, large plates and cocktails reminiscent of our days gone wild.

The new menu has also been a huge hit. “Our guests are loving the local grass fed burger and the bison enchiladas; our take on a fried chicken sandwich is banging,” explains Owner and Chef Troy Guard. “The Vietnamese sweet potatoes are a huge seller.” Chef Guard and his Executive Chef, Charles Rivera, have crafted an idyllic menu that gives the Highlands neighborhood something different than their typical brunch fare.

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Clockwise: Pork Chop Al Pastor, Guns & Ros cocktail, Moroccan Hummus Toast, Cajun Peel & Eat Shrimp and the Velvet Revolver cocktail. Photo by Joni Schrantz.

“In revamping the FNG menu, I wanted to bring back some of the classic and familiar dishes we all grew up with, but was inspired to give them all an upscale, fun, new twist,” he adds. “For example, we took a classic grilled cheese and made a decadent Birria Grilled Cheese, and incorporated Kimchi and a Korean flavor profile into our meatloaf. It was really a lot of fun to get creative.”

There are also some really tasty “high-low” menu items like Eggs Benedict with an Old Bay Hollandaise, their classic Bologna Sliders, and what FNG calls the F’N Awesome Champagne Breakfast, which comes with two breakfast burritos and a bottle of G H Mumm Cordon Rouge. For starters, you have to try the Cajun Peel & Eat Shrimp and Moroccan Hummus Toast. If you haven’t guessed by now, this place rocks. Thoughts of crimped hair and acid washed jeans came rushing back as soon as I walked in. Much like the forever-etched looks of rock icons Jon Bon Jovi, Bob Seger, James Taylor, Jim Morrison and David Bowie, this neighborhood favorite isn’t stuffy at all. You can come in with your family or a date and enjoy lively music, vintage arcade games and just an awesome vibe. “I’d love for our guests to take away that FNG is a comfortable space with great food, great hospitality and a really fun atmosphere.”