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The beef culotte put chunks of beef — a tender cut of loin grilled a juicy and velvety medium rare — over what the menu playfully called "potato salad." But this was no mayo-heavy deli-case concoction. Crispy mashed-potato croutons, peppery arugula and smoky bacon strips sat atop a creamy rémoulade and underneath a poached egg, which spilled yolk into the mix. This may have been a play on steak and potato salad, but no picnic food was ever this delicious.

Our dinner ended with s'mores, a deconstructed take on the classic campfire dessert created by Bittersweet's pastry chef, Danielle St. John. She'd pooled chocolate and housemade marshmallow fluff on the plate, added a crumbly housemade chocolate graham cracker, and crowned the dish with strawberries, which added a nice, fruity balance and provided another vehicle for scooping up the decadent sauces. I was too stuffed to even think about ice cream, which was too bad; on an earlier visit, I'd been impressed by a scoop of St. John's strawberry-rhubarb, which sided her strawberry tart. Like the rest of the menu, the ice cream flavors change with the seasons.

And now here we were, in the heart of summer. We leaned back in our chairs and ordered another bottle of wine, watching the cars pass, hidden in our private garden. The only thing bittersweet about the moment was that it would have to end.

Olav Peterson adds microgreens grown at Bittersweet to a halibut dish. More photos: The Summer Menu at Bittersweet.
Mark Manger
Olav Peterson adds microgreens grown at Bittersweet to a halibut dish. More photos: The Summer Menu at Bittersweet.

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Bittersweet

500 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80209

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: South Denver

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Bittersweet Sweetbread Reuben $9 Gazpacho $12 Raviolo $14 Wild boar $26 Beef culotte $26
500 East Alameda Avenue
303-942-0320
Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

More photos: The Summer Menu at Bittersweet

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Grace Boyle
Grace Boyle

I really loved Bittersweet when I went there for the first time in late Spring. I was impressed with the creativity, the interior/ambiance and loved how they built an urban garden in their space. It is really one of the best restaurant experiences I've had in Denver :)

Mantonat
Mantonat

I'm sure this was an editorial choice that had nothing to do with the reviewer, but I find it a little frustrating that the main accompanying photo is not described or critiqued in the article, especially when something as unusual as avocado marble is mentioned in the caption. I'd love to know what avocado marble actually is and how it tasted along side the halibut.

readthesigns
readthesigns

At least they offer parking. You can park on the East side of the street, the West is for residents. Don't generalize, it's been like that well before Bittersweet opened. The parking is not all illegal for non residents. Read the signs and you'll avoid a parking ticket. Cross Alameda to the North and there aren't resident parking designations.

At least they have parking spaces, limited or not.

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

Agreed - a wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Absolutely first rate food and service. The only downside is that their parking lot is tiny and the neighborhood has gotten the city to make street parking illegal for non-residents. Never occurred to us that street parking would be banned so a $25 parking ticket awaited us. Not the best way to end the evening.

Jeff
Jeff

After a few of visits, I'm convinced that Bittersweet is right behind Fruition as the best restaurant in Denver. Consistently amazing flavor and presentation in every dish I've tried. Bravo to Mr. Peterson and his crew.

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

We try to tie the review as closely as possible to the art every time, but sometimes the best art option is not as close to the review as we'd like. it does happen. thanks for the feedback.

nick lucchesiweb editor.

Uncledave8
Uncledave8

Thanks for the lecture. Next time I'll be sure to walk up and down all the streets in area before dinner to see where parking Nazis have been busy.

Mantonat
Mantonat

No problem. Guess that just means I'll have to go try it myself!

Mantonat
Mantonat

Or you could just actually read the street signs as you drive down the street looking for a parking spot like everyone else. You must be from out of town; these types of parking restrictions in Denver urban neighborhoods have been around forever. Your sarcastic thanks for the advice aside, it's clear that you need someone to tell you how to find legal parking.

Since you compare the people who create/enforce parking regulations to Nazis, does that make you a victim of some kind of parking holocaust? Your $25 ticket certainly equates to persecution from white supremacists.

 
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