LOW Country Kitchen has been holding it down strong in Steamboat since they opened in 2014. After much success, owners Katy and Brian Vaughn followed their dream to expand to Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood and opened this February 27th.
Homesick for the food they grew up on (Brian from New Orleans and Kentucky, Katie from Tennessee) LOW is a homage to time-honored country cooking cuisine from the South coupled with that family-friendly Southern hospitality.
Chef Brian Vaughn focuses on high quality ingredients but puts his own modern spin on comfort food classics such as their open faced BLT that comes with a slab of pork belly, fried green tomatoes, house-made pimento cheese, and avocado dressing.
As Brian noted to the New York Times, “It’s the twists and plays on traditional ingredients with new modern techniques that I love.” His meltingly tender ribs, for example, combine the best of Memphis dry rubs and Carolina-style spicy sauce on local Yampa Valley pigs, cooked sous-vide, ingeniously.
It’s probably worth noting their infamous, buttermilk fried chicken. Served with five pieces in a bowl it comes piping hot, the skin is perfectly crunchy while the inside is moist and tender. I would go as far as to say, it’s the best fried chicken I’ve had in a long time. Maybe ever.
To satiate your Southern palate, I encourage you also try their buttermilk biscuits, their shrimp & grits, and the Mississippi jambalaya that comes with andouille, duck, blue mussels, roasted tomatoes, Carolina gold rice, and creme fraiche. While you’re at it, order the hush puppies and boiled peanuts for your side.
Shrimp & Grits with Carolina pink shrimp, tomato and bacon gravy, and Anson Mill antebellum grits topped with aged white cheddar.
Deviled eggs – egg mousse, nitro mustard seed, fresh herbs
Behind the bar, they sling some serious spirits and the menu shows they aren’t messing around. The cocktails include the likes of a mint julep, aptly served in a Julep cup with crushed ice, a classic sazerac, the infamous cocktail of New Orleans that includes absinthe, a pickled whiskey sour, and my personal favorite: the strawberry and rhubarb smash with Four Roses bourbon, charred strawberry and rhubarb shrub, lemon, and amaro sfumato. All their beers (on tap and canned) are from Colorado.
From the warm hospitality, to the inventive comfort food you’ll feel comfortable in their beautiful LoHi location and leave feeling good with your full belly.
LOW Country Kitchen is located at: 1575A Boulder Street in Denver and is open seven days a week for happy hour, dinner, and brunch on the weekend. You can learn more about their Steamboat location here.