How to go a little crazy at Mister Tuna, the Troy Guard restaurant in the Industry building

Mister Tuna opened its doors inside the Industry building in RiNo back in July and the buzz hasn’t dulled since.

Mister Tuna has East Coast and West Coast oysters. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
16-ounce Heritage pork collar at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
16-ounce Heritage pork collar at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Mister Tuna opened its doors inside the Industry building in RiNo back in July and the buzz hasn’t dulled since.

The latest addition to Troy Guard’s restaurant empire (TAG Burger Bar, Lucky Cat, Bubu, Los Chingones, Sugar Mill, Guard & Grace) began to fill up promptly at 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday and stayed bustling throughout the evening. I was there to finally see what all the fuss was about and — with three companions along for the ride — went a little overboard.

Here’s how you consume a little too much at Mister Tuna.

Make a reservation, grab some friends and head to Industry.
Industry indeed.
Industry indeed. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

You can’t miss it — it’s that big industrial building marked by 7-foot lettering.

Keep walking, your destination is nearly all the way east, next door to Will Call.

Contemplate coming back during patio season.
We we have to sit inside? (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Do we have to sit inside? (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
You found it!
Here we are. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Here we are. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Have a seat. Wonder why people can’t live without TV.
Inside Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Inside Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
First thing’s first: cocktails.
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The Valium (front), the Velvet TV (right) and the Suspiria at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

I can’t recommend the Valium enough. It’s Montelobos mezcal, benedictine, amaretto, fresh lemon, vino float and torched cherries, and it mostly just tastes like red wine and mezcal. As it turns out, that’s an excellent combination.

Take a bathroom break.
A restroom at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
A restroom at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

It’s like the clean, art-school version of a Hi-Dive bathroom in there.

Decision time.
The menu at Mister Tuna (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
The menu at Mister Tuna (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
To start…
Fresh-shucked oysters with fresh bloody Hawaiian chili pepper sauce.
Mister Tuna has East Coast and West Coast oysters. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Mister Tuna has East Coast and West Coast oysters. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Duck and chicken liver mousse with grilled focaccia and seasonal mostarda. ($12.50)

Duck and chicken liver mousse with grilled focaccia at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Duck and chicken liver mousse with grilled focaccia at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Grilled ‘shroom pizza with mushroom, local goat cheese, garden herbs and calabrian chili. ($9)
Grilled 'shroom pizza at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Grilled ‘shroom pizza at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Now, on to the main course.

16-ounce Heritage pork collar with fingerling potato, mizuna and pickled mustard seed. ($27)

16-ounce Heritage pork collar at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
16-ounce Heritage pork collar at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Maine Diver scallop at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Maine Diver scallop at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Wild Alaskan salmon with orange spätzle, broccolini and caramelized miso butter. ($26)
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Wild Alaskan salmon at Mister Tuna. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Wrap it up to go because you will probably explode trying to finish it all.
Luv u 2. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)
Luv u 2. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

You did it! Now get yourself home before the food coma pulls you under like a receding tide.

Mister Tuna is located at 3033 Brighton Blvd. and you can call them at 303-831-8862.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.