Weekends always seem to go by in a blink of an eye, don’t they?
I guess that is only magnified when you have your adorable parents to keep you company for the weekend :).
We spent the afternoon yesterday enjoying the fresh air with windows open watching olympics with the furballs. Because of our early-ish brunch meal, around 530 or so people started to get hungry so we decided to walk down to Larimer Square (a really cute, albeit a tad expensive, area of downtown Denver) for our early bird special dinner.
Little did I know it is restaurant week here in Denver. . . upps. Basically everywhere we went had a wait, but we ended up getting extremely lucky and getting a lounge seat at the fancy little corner spot,Ocean Prime.
Review: Ocean Prime
There were no tables available until 1045 (yes and it was before 6 PM). . . but the lounge worked out perfectly for us, granted we did get lucky and score an isolated corner table in the lounge.
The table started with some simple, but delicious bread and wine.
For my meal, I went with the lobster bisque and caesar salad.
apologies for the awful, dark lit photos.
The salad was a surprisingly large bed of greens with simple parmesan cheese and croutons. The star were the parmesan chips really . . . yum.
The soup was brought out with 2 little corn fritters and lobster in a huge bowl, to which the waiter poured the bisque. Unfortunately, I could only have a few bites of the soup (and the fritters, hello) because it was just so rich. Not saying it wasn’t good, but it was basically just heavy cream. Not exactly what my stomach needs ever, let alone currently.
My parents ordered entrees and specialties, and they both were amazing. My mom had scallops and exchanged risotto for wild rice, and let me tell you. The best rice any of us had ever had. YUM. My dad ordered a chicken dish and brussel sprouts which ended up being added to my salad to make it a chicken caesar. Let’s just say I wasn’t complaining.
Overall, the food was great, especially the entrees and dishes that were recommended. They know what they do well, and they DO it well.
Honestly, one of the highlights of the night was above and beyond the food. It was the service. We had the most adorable waitress who took such great care of us, and ending up giving us a free creme brule because she heard us going back and forth between the carrot cake and it.
My parents ate the creme brule and said it was to dye for (and their faces made that obvious). We all tried the carrot cake while we were there, but packaged most of it up for me to enjoy later :). I’m almost embarrassed to say that I basically polished that baby off while I waited for Zach’s plane to land (about midnight Denver time). Yup — I felt a little gross. . . but it was totally worth it.
Again, overall our experience at Ocean Prime was excellent. Sure, it’s pricy, but you know that going in and you absolutely get what you paid for. A perfect spot to take the parents 🙂
I have so much more to chat about from this weekend but this post is already getting long! I’ll check back with you all later today for more from the weekend with my parents :).
Question of the Afternoon: What make a good waiter for you?
For me, it’s the balance between being friendly, attentive, and not overwhelming.