Could there be a more inviting name for a sausage spot than Bike Jim’s Gourmet Dogs? You’d be hard-pressed to find one, but that only partly explains the rise of this brick and mortar that began as a simple (and yet gourmet) hot dog cart. I went to the location in downtown Denver and struggled to find the right sausage for me.
But alas, I found my sausage and it went by the name of Rattlesnake and Pheasant because it was made of both the former and the latter. The funny thing is that it’s probably more likely that a rattlesnake would eat a pheasant than I would eat either of them, but yet here I was. I got it topped with The Desert, which meant harissa roasted cactus, Malaysian curry jam, scallions, cilantro and onions two ways (I actually only opted into the crispy onions so it was onions one way for this guy). I also snagged the Fried Mac ‘n Cheese as a side.
One particularly awesome innovation at Biker Jim’s was that they had a bunch of shredded cheese available to grab along with their sauces, so you didn’t have to pay extra if you just wanted to get some cheese on your tube meat. With that said, but sausage had no need for cheese, as it was packed with a slight kick and delicious seasonings, as well as the delicious toppings.
The fried mac and cheese was also tasty, but truthfully unnecessary because I just didn’t realize how big the sausage would be. In the future, a side like that is really more for when you aren’t eating alone like Steven Glansberg.
Places like Biker Jim’s are few and far between, yet I haven’t been to one gourmet dog place that has disappointed. Fortunately, Biker Jim’s continued that trend and showed me that a rattlesnake and pheasant can coexist in a casing and in my stomach in a beautiful way.