Monday evening marked the grand opening of chef, owner and restaurateur Kevin Morrison’s latest culinary endeavor, Fish N Beer. Known widely for Pinche Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Morrison certainly built the buzz around this highly anticipated take on a landlocked oysterette.
Alongside managing partner and executive chef Aniedra Nichols — known for her most recent stint at Elways Cherry Creek — Morrison created a short, sweet and approachable menu for the casual dinner clientele. Fish is shipped in fresh from both coasts, while the push for only serving what’s in season and and freshest at the time dictates a vast majority of their offerings.
The menu itself dives into the depths of seafood classics with dishes like the northeast favorite PEI mussels ($15) swimming in a white wine ‘nduja broth and served with crusty grilled bread meant for soaking in the warm and savory liquid. The quinoa crab cakes ($16) are served with a roasted red pepper remoulade and a crunchy celery-heart salad that compliments the soft, rich texture of the crab meat. The oysters on the grill (three for $10, six for $18) steal the spotlight with the option of “house” served with garlic butter, parsley and parmesean cheese or the “devil butter” served with grilled tomato, chile de árbol and butter.
Although the highlights are certainly focused on the freshest catch, the menu also has something for those less than enticed by what the sea has to offer. The roasted beet “tartare” ($10) was an unexpected hit with smoked burrata, parsley pesto, house-pickled onion and served with warm grilled bread — even those with an aversion to beets may find themselves diving into this unique take on a tartare. A Novo coffe-rubbed NY strip ($32) makes an appearance on the brief “Not Fish” category alongside the mushroom “steak” commercial ($16).
This cozy take on an oysterette combines the modern industrial decor with the warm and rustic hearth of a fire. The wood fire grill and open sight line into the shared kitchen/bar creates an approachable dining experience made for its audience. Fish N Beer seats 50 people comfortably, serves only the dinner crowd and is a no reservation restaurant.
Fish N Beer 3510 Larimer Street, 303-248-3497
All photography by Lucy Beaugard.