Saturday, June 1, 2013

Denver: Chow

My wife and I went to Denver a few weeks back and I've been a little busy and neglected to get the rest of my thoughts down about the trip until now.  This post will be covering the food we encountered while on our trip; I'll have one more post regarding our beverages.

McCormick's Fish House - I wasn't overly impressed with McCormick's Fish House, the restaurant attached to the Oxford, which was where we were staying.  The waitress was mediocre on the verge of terrible while the food was merely ok.  The best part about the meal was likely the Denver Pale Ale by Great Divide I had while eating.  The ale was most enjoyable after the flight to Denver.

Bistro Vendome - One of the tastiest meals on our trip was on the evening we arrived, which happened to be our wedding anniversary.  Bistro Vendome is in Denver's Larimer Square, since it when we made reservations we let them know it was our anniversary the started us out with a nice glass of champagne.  We started with mussels, and then moved to our main courses, me: duck leg confit and her: lamb leg.  We finished with the chocolate bread pudding, again it was very good and the service was great.  The next time we're in Denver, I foresee us stopping back in.

The Delectable Egg - We visited The Delectable Egg for breakfast one morning since it was close to the hotel.  They had a nice menu with a lot of good options; it reminded a lot of Le Peep, which is a good thing.

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - Again we stuck close to the hotel for dinner at Jax Fish House.  We got in at the end of happy hour to a packed house.  We ordered some tasty oysters to start and finished with up the special of the day, which was seared ahi tuna.  Unfortunately the ahi was dry, average, and not so special.

Old Major - A very hip spot with a lot of pork to partake of.  The service was pretty good, but nothing to write home about.  I picked a plate that probably sampled much more of a pig than I ever should have tried to wrangle.  The food was fine, but I definitely wasn't blown away by it.

Casa Bonita - This Denver area landmark was so awful, that it was awesome.  What other restaurant have you been to that has cliff divers and terrible stage shows?  The food was pretty meh, but the sopapillas were just fine.  One visit is probably all I will ever need to never forget that place.

Slotted Spoon - This meatball eatery was probably one of my favorites on the trip.  It was tasty, with all kinds of meatball options, from chicken, salmon, and more.  I personally had the Picnic sandwich and it was delicious.

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream - This one is real simple: delicious homemade ice cream.

Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs - One of the last spots we visited for food in Denver was Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs.  They have a real interesting menu with all kinds of meats from rattlesnake to reindeer.  I personally had the elk jalapeƱo cheddar dog and it was delicious.


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