Restaurant Picks In Morrison, Boulder, Other Locales

Take a drive up to Morrison and a restaurant synonymous with Denver. It is an old Fort and a very popular destination spot. You can even rent a helicopter for a different entrance!

The Fort

19192 Hwy. 8 303-697-4771 Morrison Hwy. 285 & Hwy. 8

Price Range: $$$-$$$$ Reservations: Yes Cuisine: American, foods of the Old West

Rising from the ashes of Old Bent's Fort, this restaurant summons the taste and feel of the Old West. Enter through the broad archway into a courtyard, where a fire burns in a nearby pit, and a trading post features Native American crafts. The host guides you through the maze of rooms to your table. Owner Holly Arnold periodically graces the floor with her irresistible charm.

This is a landmark where locals take visitors. The chef brings great excitement to the menu with modern renditions of old favorites, along with totally new additions. The menu is based on years of painstaking research into the food of the West from black powder oyster shooters to the roasted-marrow of bison bones.

Start with rock shrimp ceviche, rattlesnake cakes or the infamous Rocky Mountain oysters with horseradish dipping sauce. Meat reigns on the entrée list, from elk medallions and a wild boar chop to broiled teriyaki quail and slow-roasted barbecue buffalo ribs. The spices and flavors of each dish reflect those of interior Mexico, where the chef has spent time researching the cuisine.

An extensive wine list that has won the Wine Spectator Award, enhances the feast. If it's your birthday, let them know--you'll get a different type of birthday wish. In the words of the late Sam Arnold, "Waugh."

Don't miss: buffalo entrees; lamb riblets.

If you drive up to Boulder, be sure to check out L'Atelier (1739 Pearl, 303-422-7233) French and Divine, and Frasca Food and Wine (1738 Pearl-303-442-6966) Fruili Italian. Both are amazing, award winning, delightful, and upscale.

Down the same block, for a casual night out, stop into the great new Bimbamboo (1710 Pearl-303-442-4575) Asian/American food and fun at very reasonable prices.

And of course, the old standbys shine, but they are found in other cities as well: Downtown you'll love Capital Grille (Larimer Square) and Oceanaire (14th & Arapahoe).

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse (Orchard & I-25) wows crowds in Greenwood Village. All these are $$$$ and take reservations.

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