Adding gourmet ingredients to a meal makes a commonplace activity feel special, much like brushing your teeth with a sparkler or withdrawing money from an ATM while holding it at gunpoint. Enjoy nonviolent specialties with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of gourmet fare at Inglenook Restaurant in Loveland.
Suffused with light and hunger-inducing colors, Inglenook's aesthetic complements its multifarious menu, which comes peppered with a mix of classic courses and innovative creations. Savory journeys can begin with a pair of classic crab cakes dressed in roasted-garlic aioli and red-pepper coulis (two for $24). Plucky poultry flies south for zestier climes in the duck mole, donning a sombrero of goat cheese, tomatoes, corn, and mole sauce ($18). Sea creatures don an edible jeweled mantle in emulation of the pecan encrusted salmon, glazed with dijon orange, cushioned by polenta cake, and partnered with "ratatouille" buerre blanc ($20). Lighter fare and vegetarian varietals are also offered in dishes like the penne tuscany, scattered with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pine nuts, and pesto ($14). Most menu items are available in lactose- and gluten-free forms, allowing them to see the world without milky or sugary coatings.
Inglenook's executive chef Rod Brubacher frequently emerges from the kitchen, parleying with patrons and making sure mischievous meals aren't spreading spiteful gossip about the flatware. An extensive wine list perfectly pairs with the delightful dishes and complements the décor, which brims with potted plant-life, striking wall art, and more good vibes than can be contained in a plus-sized alchemical apparatus.
- The Inglenook is always a nice place to have a great meal and a bottle of wine. The service is always great and it is good for 2, 4, or 6 people. – Bill Neufeld and Shirley Brown, OpenTable diner on 1/26/11
- The menu is modest but a with good selections of items, and some very interesting offerings. The food was great, not over seasoned, delicious flavors, well presented. I really enjoyed the evening. – gatherexp, Trip Advisor
Warmth emanates from both the decor and the staff at Inglenook Restaurant. Owner Rod Brubacher and his wife Pam designed the newly remodeled restaurant interior, with multiple dining nooks painted in warm, inviting colors that are complemented by contemporary art and mellow background music. They also added a cozy bar and an event room that seats 30 diners. Rod himself is often on hand to greet guests and welcome regulars back by their name and probably their favorite wine or entree.
As guests take in the traditional, tranquil vibe, they choose from a creative menu that merges classic and modern tastes. Shifting weekend specials and adjustments for dietary qualms, including gluten allergies, enable diners to experiment around the meal mainstays. Rod and his wait team amble past tables to suggest wine pairings for various entrees, which include meat and seafood plates such as pecan-encrusted salmon and rack of elk.
530 Cleveland Ave.
Loveland, Colorado 80537