You know that neighborhood that you visit when you stand outside of Snooze for two hours on a Saturday? Well, that neighborhood wasn't always a just place to wait in line for admission to the Mile High House of Pancakes. That neighborhood used to be home to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a bunch of little restaurants that mostly catered to students and area locals. Having lived nearby all my life, those were the restaurants I grew up on. These days, only one of them remains. Luckily, it's the only one that matters: All V's sandwich shop.
All V's is one of those classic Denver spots that's been around since the biggest things happening in this town were John Elway and the Stock Show, and it's still around today despite all that's changed. The place has been through some changes itself recently, temporarily closing and switching ownership, though the new owners don't seem to have done...well...anything to it. And that's a good thing, because we like All V's the way it has always been -simple, cheap, delicious, and probably devoid of wheat bread.
I always imagined that the first ever Subway started out as a place like All V's, and then capitalism made it evolve into something evil. The sandwiches here are perfect examples of no-frills goodness, made to satisfy you in a way that only yellow mustard and cold cuts can. This is most definitely not a place you visit if you're in the mood for some house cured coppa on a fresh baked semolina roll - that's some new Denver sh*t. This is the place you hit when you want something called a "Steak Bomb" with a side of cheese fries. And let's be honest, when don't you want a Steak Bomb with a side of cheese fries? That's what I thought. Long live All V's.
My go-to move at All V's is the Italian Cold Cuts, which is as simple as it gets: ham, salami, provolone...other stuff that goes in an Italian sandwich...you get the idea. The key here is having them put both sweet and hot peppers on top, and then season it with oregano and plenty of oil and vinegar (you do that part yourself, right before they wrap it up).
The steak bomb is basically just a steak sandwich with marinara sauce, so yeah, it's basically the best thing ever. Add avocado for a weirdly satisfying combination.
Turkey, avocado, bacon, provolone. A can't-miss selection. Put some ranch dressing on it and you might win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Honestly, couldn't tell you. After nearly 30 years of eating in this place, I don't think I've ever eaten anything other than the three previously mentioned masterpieces. Proceed as you wish.
Excellent fries, served with a side of the same nacho cheese you get at the local pool snack bar. Do it or you're doing it wrong.