This weekend went by slowly, the girls had a sleepover on Friday and played with their friends until late afternoon on Saturday. Meanwhile James and I went to Home Depot to get lights for the house. We replaced the light fixtures in the upstairs hall, over the sink and in the downstairs hall with matching globes with silver trim (which matches the one we put in the kitchen.) Next on the list is the ugly entry light and the even uglier plastic florescent light in the kitchen. We dropped the girls off at a birthday party/sleepover Sat. night and began our quest for food.
I like food, food is good and good food is even better. We’re always trying new places and (thanks to Westword) we’ve eaten at lots of places that serve great food. Our pick for dinner tonight was not a Westword pick though, it was a Houston pick. Perry’s steakhouse opened a location in our mall and since we never ate at the one in Houston, off we went. Perry’s is in the outdoor area of the mall and occupies what was Cru wine bar, but we’re happy to get rid of Cru and get Perry’s. We started with some cherry pepper calamari and lobster bisque for an appetizer. The calamari was tender and a bit spicy but it needed something over it, maybe a cherry sauce or a chili sauce? The lobster bisque was amazing, creamy and with huge bits of lobster in the soup. Now, if you are going to Perry’s you don’t have to choose steak, they have a pork chop that is 7 fingers high that is smoked to caramel perfection and served with applesauce. It’s carved table side and I bet it would serve a whole table (it’s like a roast and 5 chops on there.) It was probably the best pork chop I had ever tasted (and it wasn’t even my dinner!) I had the Southwest filet mignon that was wrapped in bacon and served over a corn and fig relish. Oh, the bacon essence seeped into the meat and the fig relish went very well with the whole flavor. Like most steakhouses, Perry’s serves their meats a la carte’, so you can choose sides to share off that menu. James got the au gratin potatoes and I got the sweet sriracha brussel sprouts. The potatoes were creamy and cheesy, but the sprouts were fried and crispy with a hint of hot and a hint of sweet, I liked them. We took most of our food to go (so you can have lunch the next day, a lot of lunch) and got an ice cream flambe’ because, well, fire is cool. Perry’s is not cheap, but you get a lot of food for the money and really you could split every item on the menu and still have food left over (especially the pork chops.)
The next morning we had brunch at a Westword pick that I didn’t realize was right across the street from another Westword pick. We ate at Old Major (Jezebel’s was the restaurant across the street) in the Highlands. I don’t know why, but the Highlands in Denver produces some great eateries, within a few blocks you have Little mans, Lola, Linger, Root down, Forest room 5, Jezebel’s, Old Major and a ton of other eclectic, hip and good food places. But, back to brunch at Old Major. The restaurant is known for their pork (hence Old Major from Animal Farm…a pig) which they butcher, smoke, cure and chop in house…that said we will be coming back for dinner! James went with the pork breakfast burger – Duroc pork burger, DBC bacon, fried egg, American cheese, pork fat french fries, and pickles. I had a small bite and it was very tasty, the fries were very good dipped in my sriracha honey. I had to try the chicken and waffles, and like I’ve said before – there is no best version, just many different takes on the concept. OM chose to use a huge crispy Belgian waffle for the base. They slapped on a wing, thigh and breast of chicken fried with a thin coating to a crisp. The coating was flavorful without being all crusty. I poured the sriracha honey (nice addition instead of syrup) over the lot and chowed down. I gave James a bite, but not more than that. I had chicken pieces left over when I was done with the waffle, so I dipped those in the honey (and the fries too.) Well done fried chicken and waffles! For dessert (yes, you can have dessert for breakfast) we tried the maple bacon creme caramel (maple bacon custard, Denver Bacon Co. candied bacon, bourbon caramel corn.) It was a flan with caramel syrup over it, delicious candied bacon and some caramel corn which made a nice light crunch. The only thing better would have been two of them.
So that was our food weekend, two very good restaurants (sans kids.) For dinner on Sunday the kids got to pick out their own food from King soopers. Hannah chose sushi (because she’s been trying to get us to institute Sushi Sunday…to no avail.) Bethany had a fried chicken dinner that I will have to remember is there (2 pieces of chicken, 2 sides and a roll for $3.99) and Grace had a TV dinner and a peach. James and I had leftovers from Perry’s, but I had to eat cold brussel sprouts because the microwave broke (and they were still really good.)
Some things for the week – dance, tennis, p-club, park day, youth group, hike at the refuge, hike in Nederland, art walk night.