With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (I’m already finding candy hearts and cards in City Market) it only seems fitting that our second Town Trappings will be for one of the most romantic restaurants in town: The Hearthstone.
My wife and I visited the Hearthstone on New Year’s Eve, after reading and hearing incredible reviews, and we were not disappointed. For 22 years, the historic, 125- year-old Kaiser House, has been a local’s favorite for hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood. On New Year’s we not only enjoyed the picturesque Victorian-era home with beautiful views, but also the wonderful Colorado food.
When trying to choose an appetizer, we couldn’t decide (With prosciutto wrapped scallops, baked brie, and beef wellington as options, who could make a single decision!?). So, we each chose one: the crispy lobster and the duck confit ravioli. Although the fried lobster with wasabi aioli was marvelous, it was far outshined (in our opinions) by the ravioli with foie gras sauce.
We struggled as much with our entree selection as with the starters, eventually settling on the Blackberry Elk and Filet Mignon. Let me start by saying that this was not just a meal, it was an experience. The sweet marion blackberry demi-glaze on the succulent elk was “literally to die for”. As the filet mignon melted in my mouth, the balsalmic shallots and garlic spinach popped, creating a symphony of mellow and savory in my mouth. We finished the night with the crème brulle– and it was the crème brulee of crème brulees.
In closing, I would recommend the Hearthstone to all of our guests. It is perfect for special occasions: New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday, or romantic night out. You can find the Hearthstone at 130 South Ridge Street, only 3 blocks away from Pine Ridge Condominiums. (I would recommend calling ahead for reservations, or visiting their website http://hearthstonerestaurant.biz )