First post from the good old Colorado Springs! For my first night back, my dad, friend and I went to one of my favorite restaurants in the Springs, Four By Borhter Luck. I have been here before and had a wonderful time, so I was excited to try out the new menu! To start, we shared the Cactus Fries (Ancho Chile Bearnaise, Cilantro, Prickly Pear) and the Bone Marrow (Herb Salad, Cabernet Vinegar, Crostini). Both where good, although we all enjoyed the Cactus Fries more. We also shared the Gumbo Soup Dumpling (Andouille, Prawns, Pickled Okra). I thought that this was going to be actual soup, however the dumplings had a delicious filling, and where perfect as they where. My dad loved his Juniper Crusted Venison (Mulled Wine, Roasted Beets, Butternut Squash), and my friend said his Bison Short Rib (Root Vegetable Puree, Molasses Glaze, Cashew) was incredibly soft and full of flavor. I had the Oxtail + Phyllo (Kale, Demi-Glace, Crème Fraiche), which was amazing, as the layers of Phyllo Dough with the oxtail created a sin full f flavor and contrasting textures. My main course, the Rabbit Pot Pie (Chanterelle Gravy, Root Vegetables, Puff Pastry), had a similar mix of textures and flavors, yet I enjoyed it just as much. For dessert, we had a Chestnut Tart (Nutella Fudge, Chestnut Custard, Hazelnut Brittle), which was good, although I wish the Nutella flavor was more pronounced. The Milk & Cookies (Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Malted Milk Ice Cream) dessert however, was outstanding. I really could not have asked for a better first dinner. Stay tuned for more!
Now that I am back in Wheaton, I was able to go out for one of my favorite meals of the day, breakfast! My friends and I went to a restaurant I have never been to called the Lucky Penny Diner. We decided to share the Buttermilk Glazed Donuts (Mini Donuts cooked to Order. Drizzled with our Vanilla Glaze and Dusted with Powdered Sugar) and the Morning Glory, which was a carrot cake-like bread with raisins and coconut. Both of these dishes where delicious, especially the warm, freshly baked donuts. My friends had the Biscuits N’ Gravy Breakfast (A fluffy, fresh baked Biscuit and 2 Eggs your way served with Hash Browns or Fresh Fruit) and the Meat Head Breakfast Pizza (Eggs scrambled with Bacon, Sausage, Ham, and caramelized Onions on a 7″ Pizza Crust topped with blended White Cheeses and fresh diced Tomato. Served with Fresh Fruit), which they both enjoyed. I loved my Carnitas Waffle (Topped with slow roasted seasoned Pork, Chipotle Crema, Salsa, and fresh Cilantro). I thought this was a clever twist on the classic Chicken and Waffles, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Glazed Pecan Pancakes (Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Brown Sugar roasted Pecans nestled between our fluffy Cakes. Topped with homemade Vanilla Glaze) I had as a side where also delicious, and reminded me of a pecan pie. Overall, a great breakfast. I will be going to back to Colorado soon, so stay tuned for more!
A few days ago, I met up with a friend of mine in Chicago and we went to a restaurant called the Publican. This restaurant serves everything family style, so we shared all three of our dishes. We had the Cotechino Sausage (Grilled Squid, Lentil, Spicy Tomato, Breadcrumb & Parmesan), Ham Chop ‘In Hag’ (Grits, Baby Turnip, Apple, Honey, Mustard & Hazelnut) and the Porchetta (Sourdough, Spigarello, Buttermilk, Dill & Parmesan). All three dishes where very good. The Breadcrumb and Parmesan coating on the sausage added lots of flavor in addition to a nice crunch. I also enjoyed the Hazelnuts that came with the Han Chop, as I found the rich nutty flavor was a nice complement to the meat. The Porchetta dish was also wonderful, as the the juices from the meat soaked the sourdough bread and added another level of taste. For dessert, we shared a delicious Frozen Hot Chocolate (Toasted Marshmallow, Maple, Sesame, Espresso) and an even better Round Pecan Pie Eclair (Pecan Mousseline, Candied Orange, Spiced Cookie). Another great time and great food!
I was having German food withdrawals, so my family, friends and I went to a nearby German restaurant called the Bavarian Lodge. To start, we shared the Scotch Egg (Egg, Homemade Sausage, Rustic Breading, German Mustard) and the Breaded White Cheddar Curds (Fresh Curds, Panko, Red Pepper Garlic). All where tasty, however the Breaded White Cheddar Curds where the best. For my main course, I had the Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Stuffed Bratwurst Sandwich (Grilled Onion, Mustard, Pretzel Roll), which was very tasty. It did not have as much bacon as I hoped, but I could see the cheddar in the sausage and the Jalapeños added a nice kick of heat. My dad enjoyed his Braumeister's Platter (Three Sausages, Smoked Pork Chop, Roast Pork). For dessert, we had the Triple Chocolate Brûlée Cheesecake, Fruit Kolachky with Strawberry, and the Almond and Poppyseed Strudel. All where very good, however my favorite had to be the cheesecake followed closely by the Strudel. Overall, a great meal that took me back to my time in Germany!