The Place: Limon, 1618 East Seventeenth Avenue, 303-322-0898
The Hours: Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.; all night on Wednesday
The Deal: Draft beers are $3; margaritas and mojitos are $4; house red and white wines by the glass are $5; small plates are also $5
The Digs: Limon is a cozy joint neighboring some of our favorite eateries along Seventeenth Avenue. Darkly painted walls contrast with bright lamps and fixtures, and the decor is classy and sophisticated, although it can feel a bit cold when there isn't a crowd. On the upside, Limon boasts a patio, which is always a bonus in our book. Unfortunately, that's about the only redeeming feature of the place.
The tuna tartare leaves much to be desired.
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The Verdict: Happy hour at Limon is like a bad acid trip or boring sex -- we really couldn't wait for it to be over so we could move on from the experience. The best thing about Limon's happy hour? The Deschutes Green Lakes Ale on draft. The tuna tartare was the most pleasing thing we ate, and it was dismal at best, while the Andean grain salad was nothing more than red quinoa, and the avocado mousse was not the least bit mousse-y. The causa lagustino, a traditional South American potato cake with shrimp salad, was completely overpowered by a chipotle spiced crema that our server described as a "tomato-based hollandaise." The bass ceviche, a bowl of lime juice and yellowing fish topped with far too many pickled red onions and far too few plantain chips, was scary and tasted...old. The bartender was inattentive, unprofessional and loudly bitching about personal issues to other customers.
It would take an awful lot for us to consider going back again. Ever.
Overall Grade: F