The wing nuts at Fire on The Mountain should bag the Grateful Dead reference and instead associate with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” since everything about their all-natural chicken is free (hormone-free, antibiotic-free, cage-free, free-range) except the price. The never-frozen fowl forelimbs brown up in trans-fat free oil and are slightly smaller than the norm, but they’re top-shelf—hot and crispy, tender and juicy, and come with a choice of a dozen sauces made from scratch daily. One of them—the spicy peanut—tops the outstanding G.W. Carver Peanut Sandwich, a charbroiled chicken breast also dripping with Asian slaw and wasbi mayo on ciabatta. Besides other sandwiches, burgers and salads, there are vegetarian and vegan options (the “seitan wings” sounded more Sabbath than Dead to me, though I’m sure these “wheat meat” friends of the devil would be friends of mine). Fire on the Mountain gets bonus points for its comfy patio, thoughtful craft beer selection and for being the first certified green restaurant in the Highlands area, composting, recycling and producing biodiesel fuel from the fryer oil. Who knew carbon neutrality could taste so good?
3801 W. 32nd Ave. 303-480-9464; fotmdenver.com