having a little mini one-night acation with my husband... escaping the suburban boundaries of littleton for a little holiday in our backyard (aka denver). we've lived here three years, but have two kids under the age of four.. so we don't get out much. this is also the first time we've gone overnight (together) without the kids... so somewhat of an occasion. so we're looking for a really nice place for dinner especially. trying to stick to downtown/cherry creek... as we'll be cabbing it from our hotel for the most part.
so here is where I've eaten (and enjoyed)... parallel 17 (duck-fat fried rice, need i say more? not to mention their infused vodkas). table six (the only thing I don't get there is the tater tots, delicious, yes... but what can you eat after having that for an app), and Vesta dipping grill (good, but not great.. tho fun for a group).
I've also eaten at beatrice & woodsley... and well, it was slightly off the mark for me.. like this dish was too sweet, that one not hot or cold enough... good concept, but not quite right execution. tho even if food were spot on, it would be a bit too precious for my husband.
would prefer no italian (so osteria marco is off the table.. husband's family is Italian, its against his religion to go out for italian food) or french (as in hard-core french... influenced is ok). no sushi, I love it, but my husband not so much. he's adventurous, but doesn't do raw stuff.
my first thought was fruition... I've nearly shorted out my keyboard drooling over their spring/summer menu... but fall just seems heavy and not overly exciting. we both love spicy food, bright flavors... and a good wine list!
also would love any suggestions for a nice place to get a drink before or after dinner... someplace we can linger and enjoy our child-less-ness. we're definitely going to hit d-bar for dessert... I had a few tastes of their desserts at a tasting/fundraiser... can't wait to try a full-sized treat. we're hitting snooze for breakfast in the a.m. I know its gotten mixed review on this board, but all I can say is sweet potato pancakes with ginger butter... *drools*
thanks in advance!