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Mini Report: Kitchen & Frasca in Boulder and Palettes at Denver Art Museum downtown

nwdchound | May 28, 200808:42 PM

Kitchen (Boulder)

There's already a lot of good info on this place on this board but, since I went there twice in 3 days during a recent visit, I wanted to weigh in. In short, really good food heavy on local organic and, especially appreciated: flexible accommodating service. Went first for lunch and had the wonderfully semi-smooth tomato soup with a fresh, tasty and tangy trout salad. Very nice iced tea with just a hint of fruit/sweetener that complemented, rather than drowned out, the fresh brewed tea. Second visit was for breakfast at the bar. A side of poached eggs were done nicely without any taste of vinegar and to order. Also had the french toast with pecan syrup (very sweet but good) and real maple which they brought on request.

Frasca (Boulder)

Another much written about place and I know there are many different points of view given all the coverage. Thought it very good with some real standouts but, on balance, probably not worth visiting regularly given the prices and inconsistency (I know this will cause some to scratch their heads in amazement). A molecular-gastronomy inspired spinach appetizer fell short. A $30+ cows-milk, Italian mozzarella appetizer has to stand as one of the most outrageously priced menu items I've seen anywhere (very much including the northeast and SF/northwest). Gnocchi, halibut and pork belly were all very good. Tuna tartare was good but not at the level of the top restaurants in the 3 or 4 biggest US cities.

Palettes at the Denver Art Museum

Very disappointing all around. We were positively jerked around from the beginning. We were told it'd be 15 minutes and 30 minutes by a comically dismissive hostess before actually waiting nearly an hour for our table. The service was slow. They wouldn't do a half or appetizer salad of any kind. A macaroni and cheese main was heavy and bland.

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