Well let me start by saying that Fruition should not waste its time listening to Dave. Dave, although the long list of your fave restaurants had a few I would agree with, they just don't compare to Fruition. Time and time again Fruition has proven to me that there is at least one dependable restaurant in Denver. You never have to worry that there won't be something on the menu that sounds (and tastes) amazing, or that the service just won't be good enough. Well, it always is. As for the menu only changing a few times a year - Fruition isn't a place you go to once a week. This is a restaurant to enjoy sparingly in order to really appreciate what they are bringing to the table. On a Colorado winter night, there is no place better.
Best New American Restaurant - 2009
Well, yes Chris, I do happen to have something good to say about all of the following: Frasca, Atelier, Lucile's, Raddo Trattoria, Flagstaff House, Duo, Z Cuisine, Jax, Venice, Morton's of Chicago, Trinity Grill, The Palace Arms, Mizuna, Osteria Marco, Rioja, Barolo, GB Fish and Chips, Lechugas (Pizza and little devils only please), Locanda del Borgo, Marco's Coal Fired Pizza, The Berkshire, Parallel 17, Il Posto, Imperial Chinese, New Saigon, Taste of Thailand, Sushi Den (and Izakaya), Chinook Tavern, Cherry Creek Grill, Capitol Grill, Los Carboncitos, El Taco de Mexico, Tacos Jaliscos, Jack-n-Grill, and Las Tortas. So, I'm not just a nattering naybob of negativism.
I have gone from being a huge fan to a somewhat ambivalent fan. Some of Alex's food is sublime but lately much of it too salty for our taste. The menu is very limited (I know it's a small kitchen)and only changes seasonally (read maybe four times a year). The room(s) are very tight and you really are going to have dinner with people around you whether you want to or not - sometimes that's ok - sometimes it's really annoying to have your neighbors offer unsolicited opinions. Finally, Paul has brought some of the staff that he and Alex used to work with at Mizuna over to Fruition. That, in a couple of cases, was a mistake.