Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open-flame grill and serving its diners with a luscious, meaty mélange of multiple steak selections. The full dinner for one ($42.99) parades a continuous flow of flavorful proteins, including brazilian sausage, filet mignon, flank steak, and bacon-wrapped chicken breast. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Diners can also feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99 for one), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
At the foot of the towering Front Range, Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club at Fossil Trace welcomes hungry wanderers to a comfortable dining room filled with the smell of sizzling chophouse fare. Chefs prepare a selection of seasonal dishes, spotlighting slices of Certified Angus beef alongside chicken, seafood, and vegetarian plates. The steaks come artfully grilled or pan seared in a variety of cuts, from tenderloins to new york strips, and derive bold flavor from sauces such as brandy cream and roasted-garlic chipotle.
The restaurant's meeting and banquet facilities stand ready to host events ranging from business meetings and luncheons to anniversaries and birthday parties. Attentive staffers take each event from standard to unforgettable, with specialists able to customize menus, fill rooms with flowers and decorations, and provide day-of event assistance.
Of all the events hosted at Three Tomatoes Steakhouse & Club at Fossil Trace, none come with as much pomp as weddings. Although matrimony typically requires a pair of witnesses, the steakhouse kindly provides hundreds, some of whom reach more than 1,000 feet in height. Although they can’t sign their names or raise a toast, the Rocky Mountains have stoically observed several vows exchanged in the verdant ceremonial gardens, and have even kept an eye on the well-staffed parties that followed. This combination of picturesque scenery and attentive service has earned Three Tomatoes a steady five-star rating from Wedding Wire, as well as a spot on The Knot's list of 2010's best wedding venues.
The bank on Canyon Avenue keeps its vault door open round-the-clock, but bandits would be remiss to attempt a break-in. That’s because the bank is no longer a bank—it’s now The Canyon Chop House. The steakhouse’s menu fills the space with a new kind of richness: prime cuts of steak, fresh seafood, and house-made pasta that’s considered valid currency in some parts of Utah. To enhance this delectable spread, bartenders pour a vast selection of wines and more than 60 kinds of brews from from Germany, Belgium, Holland, and England, as well as craft beers from local Colorado breweries.
Proclaiming itself to be the Cheers of Lakewood, Chad's Grill has dedicated nearly 30 years to the quelling of rumbling bellies with a savory menu of classic, scratch-made comfort dishes crafted with ingredients sourced from Colorado farms. Diners can anchor incisors into a juicy, fresh, fire-roasted rotisserie chicken ($9.99/quarter, $12.99/half). A savory selection of steaks includes the thinly sliced london broil served with buttermilk chive mashers ($12.99), while a half-pound burger furnishes protein patties with a pair of bread-mittens ($8.79). A heaping helping of grown up mac ‘n’ cheese ($9.99) foils ravenous fork-wielding toddlers by sealing smoked gouda, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, and penne pasta beneath a formidable parmesan crust. Stock up on greens with a Santa Fe barbecue chicken salad drizzled in a chipotle ranch dressing ($9.99/full, $7.99/half), or browse Chad's gluten-free menu for a wide selection of breadless options.
Fried and specially seasoned, hand-breaded and tossed in Frank's sauce, or doused in made-from-scratch cream gravy—if there's a way to make chicken, The Mason Jar's chefs have mastered it. That mastery extends to other staples of American comfort food, including catfish fried in a crispy cornmeal coating, corned beef and sauerkraut sandwiched between slices of pumpernickel rye, and buttermilk-crusted fruit cobblers for dessert. Modeled after a Colorado lodge, The Mason Jar's dining room complements its dishes with wood paneling and exposed brick, a cozy fireplace, and chandeliers made with deer antlers donated by Bambi.
Pubs earned their reputation as after-work watering holes filled with comforting drinks and food, but at Pappy's Corner Pub, this welcoming atmosphere isn’t limited to the hours after the whistle blows. Beginning at 7 a.m. every day, its chefs start cooking up breakfast items such as the Lucky 13, an epic feast of potatoes, three pancakes, three sausage patties, three strips of bacon, and three eggs any style.
At 1 p.m. the pub switches over to its regular menu, which includes a chili cheeseburger served open-faced and 1 pound of tater tots served on an equally delicious doctor's scale. As diners eat their fill, they can also take in entertainments such as trivia and live music, depending on the evening. No matter the day, daily drink specials and a generous assortment of bottled and draft beers fill pints until 2 a.m. each night.
Set within a century-old Tudor-style edifice that once played host to Bing Crosby and Cary Grant, Craftwood Inn graces modern-day diners with gourmet interpretations of wild game meats and stunning views of nearby Pikes Peak. Executive chef Brother Luck relies on a staff of woodsy huntsman to track down the choicest cuts of Colorado elk, venison, and buffalo, which he then daubs with French-inspired sauces that vary in accordance with a rotating seasonal menu. Wines culled from the inn’s expansive cellar fill clinking glasses with reds and whites that shimmer in the glow of chandeliers, fireplaces, and lingering rays of sunlight that filter in through stained-glass windows. Craftwood Inn's large and small dining rooms welcome special-occasion banquets, weddings, and hacky-sack cotillions for up to 150 guests.