[Foodie Friday- Saturday Edition] Denver Restaurant Week

One of the best local Denver events is coming up soon! For two weeks the best restaurants in Denver and surrounding areas will offer three course meals for the AMAZING price of $52.80 per couple. It is a once a year opportunity to sample restaurants that you may not usually be able to afford and just looking at the menus makes my mouth water. White there are many to choose from, I narrowed it down to the five I would most be willing to spend $26.40 on based on prior experience, reviews, and overall opinion of the offered menu.

1) For a unique, fresh, organic dinner with an AMAZING view, try ROOT DOWN-

First Course (choose one each):

  • Organic Curry & Thai Red Curry Soup / Apple-Pear Chutney & Cilantro
  • Organic Roasted Baby Beets / Arugula, Cana de Oveja, Toasted Hazelnuts, Beet-Sunflower Seed Pesto & Basil Vin
  • Organic Butternut-Ricotta Gnocchi / Mushrooms, Spinach, Black Currants, Shallots, Chile Fake, Brown Butter, Sage-Hazelnut Pesto & Pecorino

Second Course (choose one each):

  • Country Fried Tofu / Roasted Brussels, Cipollinis, Polenta Cake, Blood-Orange Chili Reduction
  • Roasted Petaluma 3 Chili Chicken / Habanero, Chipotle, Jalapeno, Lemon Creme Fraiche, Green Chili Grit Cake & Carrot-Cucumber-Spinach Salad
  • Pan Seared Barramundi / Smoked Prosciutto, Shallots. Roasted Brussels, Blood-Orange Chili Reduction, Miso-Vanilla Butter & Pumpkin Seed Crust

Third Course (choose one each):

  • Chocolate Chip Croissant Bread Pudding / Sour Cream Ice Cream & Bourbon Sauce
  • Chocolate Coconut Pie / Blueberry Gastrique, Coconut Caramel, Almond Ice Cream & Salted Chocolate Flakes
  • Lemon Budino Cake / Pomegranate Sherbet & Toasted Merengue

2) For a modern and inventive dinner with a relaxed atmosphere, try VENUE-

First Course (your choice of):

  • Soup du Jour
  • Spinach Salad- golden raisin, candied pepitas, goat cheese, stout vinaigrette
  • Shrimp & Grits- black tiger shrimp, white corn grits, Thai chile, cilantro
  • Mussels- chorizo, oven roasted tomatoes, red onion, tarragon
  • Kurobuta Pork Belly- Colorado apple butter, pickled red onion, arugula, cider vinaigrette

Second Course (your choice of):

  • Shrimp & Grits- black tiger shrimp, white corn grits, Thai chile, cilantro
  • Vegetarian Pot Pie- emmenthaler mornay, seasonal vegetables, rapini
  • Cranberry glazed Salmon- roasted cauliflower, walnut & sage risotto
  • Chicken- wild mushroom ragu, house cured bacon, barley, duck jus
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs- parsnip puree, red onion marmalade

Third Course (your choice of):

  • Hot Chocolate- toasted cinnamon hot chocolate, vanilla marshmallow, snickerdoodles
  • Maple Walnut Tart- spiced walnuts, brown sugar poached apples, spiced apple sorbet
  • Butterscotch Pudding- whipped vanilla creme fraiche, candied almonds, dried cherries
  • Pear Tarte Tatin- house made puff pastry, salted caramel ice cream, cranberry orange compote
  • Trio of Ice Cream & Sorbet

3. For a taste of the most widely known restaurant in Denver, try VESTA DIPPING GRILL

Chef’s Taste:

  • Udi’s Filone Bread and House Roasted Garlic
  • Coconut Curry Tomato Soup

Appetizer Options (choose one):

  • Smoked Paprika Shrimp Skewer with Roasted Onion and Olive Salad, Spanish Salsa Verde
  • Arugula Salad with Prosciutto, Pears, Pecorino Romano, Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Potato and Vegetable Samosas with Red Curry and Roasted Corn

Entrée Options (choose one):

  • Masala Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Rice, Pickled Onion and Cucumber Salad
  • Grilled Petite Tender Steak with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Green Beans, Roasted Tomato and Horseradish Crema
  • Chinese BBQ Grilled Mahi Mahi with Szechuan Udon Noodles, Pan-Roasted Mushrooms and Bok Choi
  • Jalapeno Grilled Tofu with Sweet Chili Carrot Puree and White Soy Kim Chi

Dessert Options (choose one):

  • Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Coulis and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cheese Plate with Brie, Manchego, Honey, Apples and Candied Walnuts
  • Lemon Cake with Cotton Candy Anglais and Blackberry Sorbet

4. For one of the best Italian dinners in Denver, try PAGLIACCIS

Soup:

  • Pagliacci’s “Famous” Minestrone ~ A family recipe since 1946

Salad:

  • Fresh Green Salad ~ Tossed with your choice of Italian vinaigrette or Gorgonzola dressing

Entrée (choose one):

  • Chef’s Special ~ To be announced
  • Italian Variety Dinner ~ Chicken parmigiana, manicotti, eggplant Parmigiana
  • Spaghetti al Pesto ~ Basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil
  • Salmon alla Griglia ~ Light tomato relish & fresh asparagus
  • Cozze all Possillipo ~ White wine, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, basil, and marinara
  • Chicken Marsala ~ Marsala wine, shallots, mushrooms, and butter
  • Gnocchi con Salsiccia e Funghi ~ Homemade gnocchi, Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato-cream sauce
  • Pappardelle Friuli ~ Homemade chestnut pasta, Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, chili, white wine, marinara
  • Lasagne ~ Choice of meatball or sausage
  • Eggplant Parmigiana ~ Lightly breaded, fried and then baked with Italian cheeses

Dessert (choose one):

  • Cannoli ~ Filled with our homemade sweetened ricotta
  • Chocolate Mousse ~ Homemade (light and flavorful)
  • Tiramisù ~ Homemade Zabaglione custard over Marsala dipped lady fingers and dusted with dark cocoa
  • Spumoni ~ Marbled ice cream of chocolate, pistachio, and cherry
  • Wine Sundae ~ Creamy vanilla ice cream with our homemade wine sauce

5.  For an authentic taste of the islands, try Cuba Cuba

Your choice of:

  • empanadas de manchego~ empanadas filled with spinach & manchego cheese
  • rock shrimp ceviche~ rock shrimp, avocado, peppers, onions & roasted tomato served with fresh plantains

Your choice of:

  • lechon asado & maduros ~ slow roasted pork served with white rice, black beans & sweet plantains
  • grouper al mojo~ pan seared grouper prepared with garlic mojo served with mashed potato & a cherry tomato salad topped with queso fresco.

Your choice of:

  • flan de queso ~ cream cheese flan served with creme caramel
  • key lime tart~ key west key lime tart served in a graham cracker crust topped with merengue

This is really just a sample of the amazing menus being offered for restaurant week and let me tell you they are all just as exciting…. For a full list you can go here.

Where would you go for Restaurant Week?

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