It's like the perfect pairing of mindfulness and murder. And we have Zodiac bartender Otis Mitchem to thank for it.
The Green Line Grill, which has opened next door to the music venue, recently added a new menu item after Mitchem special-ordered it during this year's Punk Rock Block Party.
"The Otis" pairs a hamburger patty and veggie-burger, double-stacked in one unwieldy sandwich that can be wolfed down between sets by anyone with an appetite and a death wish. Green Line proprietors initially considered calling it "The Hypocrite," but that's part of Fatburger's secret menu, so they went the tribute route.
"Oh Lord, I suppose it was bound to happen," said Mitchem when asked for the photo that accompanies this column. The affable bartender and occasional benefit show booker also advised us not to skip the fries, though a half-basket should do.
Of course, if you're more Morrissey than Nugent (or vice versa), you still have options. Either burger is excellent on its own, as are the Coney Island dogs, Oklahoma slaw and hand-cut fries, which actually covers the whole menu.
And now that the Triple Nickel has expanded its space to serve burgers and sandwiches, downtown music fans' days of starving for their art have finally come to an end.
OK, one last bit of culinary wisdom. On my way to see Louisiana bayou legend Doug Kershaw at Saturday's Black Forest benefit, it only made sense to pay a visit to Creole Kitchen by Gus at downtown's recently opened Curbside Cuisine food truck court for my twice-weekly dose of to-die-for jambalaya. The former gas station has also begun playing host to a variety of musicians, and Gus speaks highly of local band Tribe's version of the Wild Tchoupitoulas' "Meet de Boys on the Battlefront." Finally, some real culture in this town!
In other news, you only have until Sunday night to help Blighter guitarist, Triple Nickel booker and guy-you-see-at-every-local-band-show Bryan Ostrow turn his What's Left music zine into a record label.
But even if you don't end up contributing — in which case, damn you all to hell, as a former NRA president was fond of saying — it's still worth a visit to indiegogo.com/projects/fund-a-record-label, if only to watch his hilarious yet disturbingly sincere fundraising video. Also, the altogether affordable Blue Sky Black Death double album, 7-inch vinyl record packs, and specially pressed What's Left vaporizers are way cooler than the pledge perks you see everywhere else.
In very much related news, the What's Left Fest 4 will take place at the Triple Nickel on Saturday, with an acoustic set by Floaty Raft's Robbie D, Pueblo pop-punk band American Mourning, Denver death metal/grind purveyors Vomit Slaughter, hip-hop emcees Kevin Mitchell and Che Bong, plus genre-eradicating bands Hussy, Blighter and Knight in Colors. Proceeds benefit the aforementioned label, and yes, there will be a vaporizer raffle.
Also that evening, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be playing the Colorado State Fair at the very same time that the Charlie Daniels Band headlines the inaugural Tri-Lakes Music Festival. I can never remember which Sign of the Apocalypse that is, but it's definitely one of them, so make amends with your deity of choice while you still can.