Need an excuse to dine out this week? You’re in luck. Friday kicks off First Bite, Boulder’s Restaurant Week, which means that you’ve got plenty of options to choose from for a special, multi-course meal at a low price. Read on to get the details on some cold-weather gluttony, plus find out where to score a gourmet beer dinner and what new menu items are popping up around town.
Where: Over 40 participating Boulder restaurants, CLICK HERE for the full list
When: Friday, November 14 – Saturday, November 22
Cost: Three courses for $27/person
The Low Down: Celebrate Boulder’s dining scene at this week-long event which features over 40 of the city’s best restaurants offering three-course prix fixe menus. Get ready for unique flavors and a chance to taste the bounty of fall at favorites like Zeal which features Pumpkin Dhal Dip as an appetizer choice, or Volta for a taste of Greece with entrees like their Lamb Moussaka. The toughest part of this event is deciding where to dine with so many top notch choices.
Where: 2191 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO
When: Saturday, November 15, 6-9pm
The Low Down: Denver’s popular Bacon and Beer Festival is this weekend, but if you can’t make it to the main event, reserve your spot for the pre-party, aka this Chef and Brewer dinner filled with porky delights and plenty of hops. Five of Denver’s top chefs will be there preparing courses paired with craft beers. Indulge in dishes like the Coriander and Coffee Dusted Pork Loin with Renegade Coffee Beer Sauce and Sautéed Pumpkin Gnocchi and Wild Mushrooms from Vincent Vigil of Panzano paired with Renegade’s Hiatus Coffee-Infused Oatmeal Ale. Creative and delicious, this dinner is one not to be missed.
Where: 215 S. Holly St. Denver, CO
When: Available now
The Low Down: We all scream for ice cream, and now local chefs are getting into the action too with High Point Creamery’s Guest Chef Series. Making ice cream sounds like a dream job, and High Point knows that the only thing that could make it better is creating new flavors with friends. That’s why they’re teaming up with other culinary creatives in town, starting with the team at Root Down who helped them add Banana Crème Brulee Pie and Cherry Miso Chocolate Chip their lineup of new fall flavors. Head into High Point Creamery or Root Down for a taste, and keep a look out for more unique ice cream innovations as this series continues.
Where: 1605 Wynkoop St. Denver, CO
When: Available now through early December
The Low Down: This gastropub, which opened in the newly revamped Union Station in April, is all set for the cooler weather with the debut of their new fall menu items. Head in during November for a taste of dishes like their Beer Steamed Peel & Eat Shrimp which are simmered in Blue Moon and served over parmesan crusted ciabatta. For cocktails try a seasonal pairing like the Pear Pomegranate Cooler which combines the flavors of the season for a fruity and refreshing libation. The fall menu is only around for another month, so get a taste before these items are snowed out.
Where: Inside the Four Seasons, 1111 14th St. Denver, CO
When: Available now
The Low Down: If you’re looking for a swanky spot to grab a drink, EDGE Restaurant & Bar is a classic Denver choice. Right now you can also expect to see some new seasonal additions to the cocktail selections, which means you’ve got another great reason to stop in and warm up. Catch a taste of the season with concoctions like the Autumn Mule with Grey Goose Le Melon Vodka, lime, Fever Tree ginger beer, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and cantaloupe and the gorgeous Bombay Blossom with Bombay Sapphire Gin, lemon juice, chamomile tea syrup, Prosecco for some bubbles, and edible carnation petals.