Jess and I have lived in Capitol Hill for almost 3 years now- and I've been to most of the great restaurants within a narrow radius. Many have never ceased to impress me, and will continue to each time I return. But what I've noticed is that this website has become a little oblong towards the downtown dining scene, and very few of the Capitol Hill gems have made it on here. Until now.
Now maybe I'm using the term Capitol Hill a little loosely because it's technically uptown- but for a birthday celebration my wife and I decided to venture a few blocks to one of the longest standing restaurants in Denver: Strings. A few things were apparent as we walked in- Strings is quintessential, and has definitely found its niche in Denver. And they have 25 notches in the belt to prove it.
|This sign was cool in the 80's- proof that Strings has been here FOREVER.|
The black and white decor was simplistically rustic- but in a sense once the food hit the table is stuck out that much more. The spotlight didn't hurt either.
|The Stringtini- cranberry, lemonade, vodka and Chambord. My wife's first course- and it was gone before the food showed up. She had 3.|
|Before and After: a tableside presentation of beef carpaccio with capers, dijon, parmesan and red onion.|
|Felipe's Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque- deep flavor with some natural sweetness and a well-balanced viscosity.|
|Cola Braised Short Rib with winter vegetable medley and herbed risotto. A tender piece of meat perfectly braised and balanced with its accompaniments. Strings got this one right.|
|A nice wrapup to an enjoyable meal- and kudos to the chef for a perfectly thin brulee shell.|
Average Entree: $26
Happy Hour daily 4-7, half price apps (and a great patio)
Sat/Sun Brunch 10-3
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Ambience: Casual, white linen, modern design and lighting
Service: Somewhat rushed but well-timed, classical attention to detail (i.e. flatware, crumbing)
Rating: Very Good (3 dishes out of 4)