Word of Mouth

Jax Fish House Boulder rolls out a new menu under new chef de cuisine Adam Watts

We've long been fans of happy hour at the Boulder outpost of Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl Street, where we can put down dozens of cold, briny oysters at just a dollar a pop. But if it's seafood you're after, the kitchen once run by Top Chef Season 5 winner Hosea Rosenberg is probably your best bet in town for dinner, too. It's just landed a new chef de cuisine -- and a tasty looking fall menu as a result.

That chef is Adam Watts, who's collaborating with executive chef Sheila Lucero and made his name in Boulder as a sous chef across the street at The Kitchen. While cooking there, he also worked with the Growe Foundation, helping to integrate wholesome, healthy food into the Boulder school system and educate elementary school kids on farm-to-table eating. He left to work as chef de cuisine at a restaurant in Michigan for a year, but returned to Boulder this summer.

The fall menu includes duck fat roasted striped bass, a beef tenderloin oscar paired with crab legs and pumpkin bisque graced with smoked trout, crème fraiche, and sunflower sprouts.

Meanwhile, Rosenberg is still doing monthly dinners at Jax. The next one is this Wednesday and features southern barbecue.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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