Work & Class’ mantra is “Food for People Who Can Eat.” Considering the fact that our mission here at The Infatuation is to write "Restaurant Reviews for The People," we had a feeling we were going to like this place from the start.
Ever since Work & Class opened last year, the place has been packed with all types of people from Denver who most definitely know their way around a table full of food. The Latin-influenced menu is broken into three main sections: meat, sides, and breads, and is best designed for sharing and sampling among a group. Things like roasted goat and conchinita pibil come in quarter, half, or full pound servings, and will arrive at your table in a silver bowl. The idea is for you to get creative and customize your experience - order some tortillas, some Colorado lamb, maybe some fried sweet plantains (definitely some fried sweet plantains). But if that’s too much responsibility, they'll happily suggest some meat/side/bread combinations. Just don't be afraid to let loose a little bit. Embrace the goat.
With a small space and no reservations, waits at Work & Class can quickly escalate, but we like to drop in at the end of happy hour and ride on into dinner. Eating at the bar is another smart way to avoid 45 minutes between you and your meal, and the experience is exactly the same. As a matter of fact, we're sure you're going to like this restaurant no matter where you sit. As long as you're a person who can eat.
Blue Corn Empanadas
One of the most popular items on the menu and for good reason. They're surprisingly airy despite being fried, and the smoky tomato sauce on the side is awesome. A must order.
Green Chile Cheese Fries
From the happy hour menu, which means you need to hit this place for happy hour SOON. Thick cut fries with melted cheese an excellent green chile on top. Great with a cold beer and worth the running you’ll have to do the next day to atone for your sins.
Roasted Goat (Cabrito)
Spicy and very hearty. This might not quite be the G.O.A.T., but it is damn good. The sidecar consommé was a nice touch, but so rich you'll have to take it in tiny sips. Order with confidence.
Yes to red chile braised pork. You'll want at least a half pound of this stuff on your table. Order with many tortillas.
Coriander Roasted Colorado Lamb
One of our favorite things on this menu. The lamb is perfectly tender and absolutely delicious. Get some plantains on the side and bask in the fact that you are a genius.
Cornmeal Fried Catfish
Flaky and fresh, and a good choice if you absolutely love catfish. That said, it’s pretty hard to pick this over the lamb or the goat.
An adorable mini loaf baked with whole corn kernels. Sweet and delicious.