I've been eating out a lot lately, including at places that don't get mentioned on this board very often. I've blogged about all of them (including photos and drinks), but here's a quick rundown of the food I and my companions ate:
Anniversary dinner at Jill's in the St. Julien Hotel, Boulder: 900 Walnut salad (my favorite). Chiagga beet ravoili w/ poppyseed butter and Gorgonzola (rich and wonderful). Tender prime rib (the 14- not the 29-ounce version; diner gets the choice of starch and veggie sides at no extra cost, in contrast to most steakhouses). New York-style cheesecake. See http://www.jillsdining.com/.
Dinner with out-of-state visitors at FoodHedz, Frsico: Smoked chicken and Olathe corn chowder, and New England clam chowder, looked similar but tasted deliciously different. House salad, crisp and fresh. Thick-cut pan-seared pork fillets with roast green chile, goat cheese polenta, red chile pork natural jus and mango salsa. Grilled diver scallops tarragon-roasted tomato, saffron orzo and chardonnay lemon butter. Ice cream/gelato desserts. http://www.foodhedz.com/
Pre-theater dinner at Mici, Denver: Insalata caprese, regulation ingredients arranged like a flour. Panini Verdura, loaded with veggies and cheese. Insalata della Casa, good salad with disappointing dressing. Individual pizza, from their list or assembled to order. Gelato. http://www.miciitalian.com/
Dinner with out-of-town friends at Grappa Mediterranean Bistro, Golden: Fine fresh salads. Wild mushroom risotto, rich and creamy, with sauteed mushrooms beside the rice. Chicken marsala, generous portion, well prepared. Fettucini a la primavera in a pesto cream sauce. Too full for dessert. http://www.grappabistro.com/
Happy hour at Bacaro Venetian Taverna, Boulder: Small, thick cheeseburgers made with Fontina melted over mushrooms and topped with crisp-fried onions. Undistinguished parmesam fries. Good house-made pizzas of different flavors. http://www.bacaro.com/
Lunch at Elway's: Steakhouse named after Broncos icon John Elway does more than just beef. Private event with limited choices off the lunch menu. Everyone got a fine house salad, then a choice six main courses (a steak wrap, a couple of salads, fish, a couple of sandwiches and vegetarian pasta) and a choice of three desserts (a pair of warm chocolate chip cookies, "lollipops"or strawberry cheesecake). http://www.elways.com/Home.asp
Diiner 'a Deux' at John's Restaurant, Boulder: Brilliant salads, baby spinach salad with applewood-smoked bacon, brie, cranberries, avocado and tomatoes; and an inspired combination of field greens topped with chunks of English Stilton, slivered Granny Smith apples, red onion and toasted pecans with a simple vinaigrette. Corn/leek soup and palate-cleansing passionfruit sorbet, both compliments of the kitchen. Filet mignon, perfectly grilled 8-ounce filet of Colorado beef with Bordelaise, a classic French sauce. diver-caught sea scallops Huge pan-seared diver scallops with timbale-shaped ovals of white bean purée, green beans and greens with truffle oil. FAbulous peach tart with house-made ice cream. http://www.johnsrestaurantboulder.com/