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Report on Red Rocks Canyon in Centreville


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Report on Red Rocks Canyon in Centreville

Winnie | Jun 16, 2004 01:26 PM

My husband and I went last night on their opening night. Always a danger, I know, but we had some things to celebrate and figured why not :o)

The staff is very friendly, perhaps a little too friendly and overaccommodating, but not so much that you felt overwhelmed. The restaurant itself is very pretty, all leather booths, dark walls, good atmosphere, and old big band/jazz music playing in the background. We liked it a lot. The outdoor seating area looked really nice and we would have sat outside if it wasn't thunderstorming all night.

Their menu isn't very big, just about one page of a 2-page tall fold-out menu. We didn't try any appetizers, and they only had 3 or 4 on the menu. The waitress tried to push their homemade queso and chips and their skillet cornbread which apparantly they're famous for. I ordered the 8 oz. mahi mahi special topped with guacamole and shrimp, and my husband ordered something called the "Cluck and Oink" which was a sampling of their ribs and their also apparantly world-famous roast chicken. The waitress asked me if I wanted a house salad with my meal and I should have known better, but said yes assuming it came with the meal. It certainly didn't, and a house salad starter is $5, so learn your lesson from my mistake. The salad was very good, though, and had some kind of chile dressing, candied pecans, gorgonzola cheese, mixed greens, etc. Very tasty. We also ordered a small skillet of the cornbread just to see what it was like. It was very good, although not the best I've ever had. It had a sweet, slightly crunchy top which is my favorite part of cornbread.

My mahi entree was very good, the guac topping very fresh and 2 large shrimp on top. The fish was very mild and lightly seasoned. All their entrees come with their mashed red bliss potatoes and mixed vegetables. I would have enjoyed the potatoes quite a bit more if the whole peppercorns spread throughout didn't keep getting in the way. At first I thought it was just a few sprinkled on top, but there were whole peppercorns mixed all through the potatoes which got very annoying, especially if you accidently bite directly into one of them. YIKES! The mixed vegetables were tasty and crisp and not drowned in oil or sauce.

My husband's chicken and ribs were very good, the ribs fell off the bone and the chicken was well-seasoned, moist, and juicy. He's got a true man's appetite and couldn't finish the whole thing.

The desserts really looked good, but we were far too stuffed to consider it. They looked enormous, so that might be an option to come back one night for coffee and dessert only on the patio.

We did enjoy it, although it's a little pricey for a typical mid-week evening out (mahi was $20 and the chicken/ribs was like $18, with most other entrees around $20 and higher). Specialty mixed drinks like some of the fancier cosmopolitans and martinis were around $8.50/$9. We'll likely go back sometime, especially after hearing that desription of the key lime pie.

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