Winers WelcomeWouldn't you know the start of Denver Restaurant Week was welcomed by the largest snow storm so far this winter. After a foot of snow was deposited on the Front Range, we ventured out to our first restaurant week dinner when most folks where sitting cozy in their homes.
Why Denver Restaurant Week? Because it is an excellent opportunity to try higher end, local restaurants, not to mention several chain restaurants, at a reasonable price. However, The Meritage is not as pricey as some other restaurants and is well worth the trip even when restaurant week is over.
Meritage is located at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield. It can be a little confusing to find for those who do not know the way around the Flatiron Crossing area so be sure to use your GPS. Since the restaurant is located in the hotel, the parking is ample and free.
We started our meal with a warm slice of sourdough bread accompanied by fresh butter with a hint of salt and herbs. We appreciated the fact that they served the bread by the slice and not by the whole loaf. This was an excellent way to keep us from filling up before we even got started.
We also tried the Garlic Potato Bisque. A bowl of crispy potato skins, bacon, and blue cheese were placed in front of us and then the creamy soup was poured over the bowl's contents. This was a hearty, flavorful soup but was not overly garlicky. We always enjoy recipes that are made tableside. Aside from adding an element of fun, it also ensures the dish to be fresh and flavorful.
The chicken was served sous-vide style (the chicken is placed in a plastic bag, vacuum sealed, and then submerged in temperature controlled water that is circulated over a 36 hour period). The meat fell off the bone and was juicy and flavorful. This dish had no special sauce and just a small amount of seasoning but it was incredible. It was served with heirloom carrots that had a subtle, sweet glaze and pristinely prepared mashed potatoes.
Dessert included two selections from the menu. The Warm Chocolate cake and Panna Cotta.
The Panna Cotta was served with fresh mint, candied grapes, crisp brittle-like almond cookies, and wafer thin crunchy orange slices. Panna Cotta is a creamy, gelatin dessert. It had a delicate orange taste and when tried by itself tasted exactly like a creamsicle. The fresh mint mixed with the grapes was an interesting and flavorful mixture.
Fun Facts"Meritage" is a wine term that refers to Bordeaux-style red and white wines made in the United States. Wine is a important element of The Meritage. In fact, they have over 400 bottles of wine on hand at a time. They offer a Wine and Cheese Happy Hour every day from 5pm to 6pm. This includes a wine flight with chef selected cheeses.
A wine pairing was offered as an extra option to the Denver Restaurant Week menu and was a great way to sample their vast selection of wines.
They offer an "Art of Breakfast" buffet every morning. Fresh fruit and an omelet bar are only a few of the highlights of their breakfasts.
Another cute and quirky thing we loved were their "ergonomic" salt and pepper shakers It's always fun to find unusual things on a table.
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The Officially Unofficial Voting Legend
Take it with a grain of salt, we're not professionals.
Awesome place, we’ll shovel more food in our face!
It was okay. Not our favorite, but we’ll take another stab at it.
Didn’t make the cut.