On Elway’s

We’re in the midst of Denver Restaurant Week right now (ends Sunday! … I think …) and we once again participated. We’ve been doing our best to try new places and we FINALLY made it to Elway’s.

As steakhouses are stupid expensive, DRW is a great way to try them (like we did Shanahan’s two years ago and Eddie Merlot (though I didn’t blog about it) last year).

Elway’s is a place we’ve been talking about trying for years, but we haven’t either because the menu didn’t look that great or … whatever. But this year … we went.

The actual menu at the restaurant was a bit different than what was shown online, so beware if you choose restaurants this way.

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Internet had fries as a side. And different salad options.

We each had a drink – B had their version of an Old-Fashioned and I had the special Cabernet listed at the bottom of the menu (wasn’t bad).

We also each basically chose the same thing – house salad, the 6 oz filet, broccoli – with differing desserts. We also added on a baked potato for carbs … and because restaurant mashed potatoes never come close to what I can do at home.

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The house salad. Standard, basic. Dressing was possibly a bit too acidic, but still good. Whatever, it’s a salad.

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I had already chopped into my filet when I remembered crap, photo. Filet was DELICIOUS. We’ve definitely been to steakhouses where the steak is not great quality (I’m looking at you, Prime Bellagio), but this? This was tasty. The peppers that came with it were a bit weird, but eh. The broccoli with cheese sauce was good, but nothing special; the broccoli was just plain steamed broccoli with no seasoning, so it needed the cheese sauce. The baked potato with all the various toppings was pretty dang tasty. I was a fan.

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Dessert. B had the key lime pie (which I don’t like) and said it was okay – not good, not bad, just there. As for me … the vanilla bean ice cream was good. The cookies weren’t warm (fail), but the chips were still kinda gooey, so they get a pass. Not the best cookie dessert I’ve had in Denver, but it was honestly kinda up there.

Will we go back (not for DRW)? The steak was good, but I don’t know if it was THAT good. So maybe? But knowing us, honestly probably not.

(Also of note: we went to the Cherry Creek location, since there are a few around town.)

On Shanahan’s

Denver Restaurant Week has come and gone once again, and B and I were able to sneak in on the tail end of it, trying out Shanahan’s. Shanahan’s is a place we’ve been meaning to go to for DRW for ages, but it’s never worked out. Thankfully, it finally did (and also became March date night; we went this past Sunday).

On the surface, Shanahan’s is essentially your basic, super expensive steakhouse. Same general food, same exorbitant prices, etc. However, the experience is different in a few ways:
– natural light. A lot of steakhouses are dark holes with very few windows. Shanahan’s, in contrast, has a complete wall of windows which, while we had the light, made the atmosphere a lot less stuffy.
– the music. Our favorite Pandora station is called “Beach Bar Lounge Radio,” which is essentially smooth trance. We were joking that Shanahan’s was playing that station with the request for no songs with lyrics, as we heard several of the same songs at dinner that we’ve heard on Beach Bar.
– the decor. Smooth, modern, clean. Again, not stuffy like steakhouses tend to be. Essentially, Shanahan’s is a steakhouse for the modern era which is probably why it has survived (and thrived) while others have fallen by the wayside in Denver.

To make things a touch more affordable (obviously), we both ate off the restaurant week menu, only adding to it with our drinks (a glass of Pinot Noir for me and a Ketel and tonic for B).

I didn’t get a picture, but we both got the Shanahan’s Salad: iceberg, spinach, and romaine lettuces, English cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, crisp bacon, Champagne herb vinaigrette. It wasn’t bad. The croutons were a bit odd, so I didn’t eat those.

The main course options were a salmon or a filet; we both got the filet. It came with grilled asparagus and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.

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(phone pic; sorry)

The filet was cooked perfectly. The sauce was okay – I didn’t really eat the bleu cheese crumbles. The grilled asparagus was delicious and while the mashed potatoes weren’t mine (that is, the best ever), they were better than those at Prime Bellagio.

Dessert was an espresso chocolate mousse with homemade whipped cream, a raspberry, and raspberry sauce in an edible chocolate cup.

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It was rich, but tasty. We both thought the espresso either needed to be taken out or amped up, as it was barely noticeable. I ate most of my chocolate cup, but it ultimately proved to be too much for me.

All in all, a delicious meal and we’re glad we finally were able to make it to Shanahan’s. The big question obviously becomes, will we go again? The answer: possibly. If we feel like a super fancy schmancy dinner and don’t feel like trying a new place, we would consider going back. Especially because their patio is apparently awesome.