At least at Rubicon we were treated as if the staff wanted us to come back. The service was flawless and the food mostly wonderful. This conservatively decorated spot--describing it as understated would be an understatement--is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, but, of course, they don't eat there. We paid double the money we'd spent everywhere else but were treated to such exquisite dishes as foie gras in a caramelized rhubarb sauce and duck with pears in cognac sauce. The desserts didn't match the complexity of the appetizers and main courses, but the wine prices didn't require loan applications, and we were lucky enough to be seated so that we could see into the kitchen to watch chef Traci Des Jardins do her stuff. I'd fly back to San Francisco for her foie gras alone, but it's still good to be home.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: If there's anything I like as much as duck liver, it's truffles, and anyone who feels the same should stop by Aubergine Cafe this week. Through the end of October, chef Sean Kelly is offering a daily menu of specials (with appropriate prices) using black and white truffles in forms ranging from grated to oil essences...Another of my favorite Colorado restaurants, Mel's Bar and Grill, has distinguished itself by being the first Denver restaurant to make the Esquire list of the Top 25 Best New Restaurants in America. It's about time somebody besides Sam Arnold and Zenith's Kevin Taylor got some national ink, and since Westword gave Mel's its Best New Restaurant award this past summer, obviously I couldn't agree more with the magazine's choice.

Many good area restaurants, unfortunately too many to list here, will participate in the Angels for Samaritan House fundraiser on Friday, November 3. More than fifty establishments will donate a percentage of the day's receipts for breakfast, lunch and dinner to the shelter. Check with your favorite eatery, and if they're not on the list, ask them why. And a tip of the toque to another good Samaritan, Hospitality Consultants' Tito Christensen, who was honored this month with a "special friend award" from the Volunteers of America for her good work.

Location Info


Mel's Bar and Grill

5970 S. Holly St.
Englewood, CO 80111

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Southeast Denver Suburbs

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