Morrison >The Fort
Poorly cooked tripe!. The reviews posted on 9/25 and 10/5/2006 are obviously written by someone that works at the Fort. What a bunch of nonsense! I have been to the fort several times (unfortunately) in the last 6 years. Don't get me wrong, it used to be very good, and the muffins are still decent. Generally speaking the preparation of the rest of the food has dramatically gone down with each new chef. The veggies are bland and quite often, served cold. On a good night, your entre will be prepared as you order it, but culinary skills do not appear to be required for the fort employees anymore. They always boast about the Summit of the Eight.....and that was an honor for them, but what is new? All the boasting only reminds me of what agreat restaurant The Fort was...... I hope that they get back to what made them great, but they are really on a down hill slide. Location and view is the only thing that the fort has going for it now.
FANTASTIC!!!!!. THE BEST MEAL WE HAVE EVER HAD!!! Read on if you want the details. How anyone could give this place anything below a 9 is beyone me. This place was suggested to us as a place to have a special honeymoon meal, and what a great suggestion it was. We each started with a drink, unique choices, quite pricey, but very good, and served in oldfashioned drinking jar. Their appetizer menu was very unique....mango peanut butter stuffed jalapenos, bone marrow, even a rattlesnake cake, locally caught, a special that night, but too pricey for an app. You get an option of adding smoked duck or shrimp to your predinner salad, I tried duck, the wife tried shrimp. This was probably THE BEST SALAD I have ever had, wonderful unique options such as jicama, ginger, some type of sweet pepper, roasted nuts, some kind of seed, and more, with homemade jalapeno buttermilk ranch dressing....and with the smoked duck, fantastic!!! Definetly try the pumpkin almond muffins, very good bread option, the sourdough was ok. I tried their customer favorite, the fort game plate for an entree, which came with a buffalo tenderloin, an elk steak and a quail (my wife also had the tenderloin). Maybe not the best steak, but it was the most tender steak I have ever had, one of those melt in your mouth steaks, and I had never had quail before, WOW, the best fowl I have ever had also, unbelievably tender and juicy. Even the sides were prepared perfectly, wonderful potatoes, perfectly cooked green beans with almonds and a wonderful huckleberry sauce to dip in. Dessert was also fantastic, a huckleberry creme brule, so tasty!!! The only complaint I could find was that my espresso was not as hot as I would like. Our service was great throughout, not complaints. One quick recommendation, there was outdoor seating with an amazing view, it wasn't offered to us, but request it if its a nice night, you won't regret it. We might not have lots of fine dining experience, but we know a top place, this is it!!!
A one-of-a-kind experience. Waugh!. Last Friday we went to The Fort with friends from out of town. Because the founder, builder and owner, Sam Arnold, died last June 2006, I was worried the restaurant's food quality and unique ambiance had suffered from his absence. All that worry for nothing. This is a one-of-a-kind, world class restaurant, a must-see-and-do place for anyone with an adventurous spirit. Dinner began with yummy made-from-scratch pumpkin muffins and square white biscuits along with soup or salad. Not just any soup, mind you. A soup like no other I've tasted. Absolutely delicious with the added bonus of nutritious. It was a meal all by itself. The serving portions were extra large. After the heavenly muffins and soup I was tempted to ask the attentive and friendly wait staff to box up the rest of my meal. Next came a massive helping of a half serving of smoked buffalo ribs, complimented with fresh string beans and lip-smacking baked beans chockfull of meat chunks and different kinds of beans in a mouth-watering sauce that Sam Arnold was famous for inventing. Whoooa! In fact, all the western-style recipes were meticulously researched and perfected by Sam. While stuffing our faces, Eric Herrera, dressed in his gorgeous western garb, wandered around playing his Native American flute, talking to anyone who would listen. He had some interesting stories to share. Two in our party of four were having birthdays and got to wear the 10-lb buffalo bonnet. They even took their pictures and posted them on the Internet for sharing with others near and far. On your way in or out of The Fort, treat yourself to a stop-and-browse session at the Trading Post in the restaurant's courtyard. Yes, the place is a bit expensive but well worth every penny, pound for pound. Don't miss this one even if you have to save up for it. It's that good. A few years back The Fort hosted dinner for the political bigwigs of the Summit of the Eight global meeting. The Fort's website is at thefort.
Food Quality and service...apparently not needed!. I have recently relocated to Denver from a city with many fine restaurants.The Fort was suggested to me by one of my employees(I will not hold it against her). Price does not bother me when I get something good. I went to the restaurant with three friends from Colorado who also raved about the Fort(none of them had been there in that last couple of years),and they were excited to go. I was anticipating somethin special! What we actually received was an old west version of the Rainforest Cafe. The restaurant is a novelty.That being said I will address the service and that quality of the food. Food & Dis-Service: We were seated promptly, but it took more that 20 minutes to get a drink or order an appetizer. We did order 3 different appetizers to share and they were OK - A different waiter brought the appetizers to our table and we advised him that we were ready to order our meal. It took another 15 minutes for "our" waiter to return to take our order - we were finished with our appetizer before we ordered our entre. The restaurant was not even half full. We also ordered 4 different entres so that we could try different things. I love Bison when it is properly prepared. I ordered a Buffalo Tenderloin Filet rare (the only way to cook buffalo). It was brought to the table with no pink in the middle, at all! It was served with cold potatoes and what appeared to be canned vegetables. I cut into the steak and asked the waiter to bering me one that is prepared properly. He suggested that I try a couple bites first because "it was cooked to order"-I complied and advised the waiter that it had the texture of a tennis ball. Before he took it back to the kitchen he took the opportunity to whine a little more and to advise me that there "chef" knows how to cook. The food that my friends had was decent but nothing special by their standards. We all wondered about the cold potatoes and canned vegies-None of us will return! out of space
Going down Hill.
It has been over 3 years since I went to The Fort. At the time I said that I would never return. I wish that I had done what I said, but I decided to give them another chance. The food quality went down and the prices went way up. It is almost like they are under new management. The location and ambience is the same but the customer service and atmosphere have changed for the worse. I hope that they can get back to the quality and service that they had 6 to 9 years ago. I know that I will not return until I hear that they have gotten there act back together. Until then, there are several good steak houses and some that serve buffalo. Funny thing is, is that almost all of the better places are less expensive.
Dan - Highlands Ranch, CO
Old West grub reemerges at Bent Fort, rebuilt in the 1960s by eminent Denverite Sam Arnold..
Guests enter this adobe fort through the dusty courtyard, passing a trading post full of Native American art. The restaurant sprawls through rustic rooms that make the distant downtown lights seem surreal. The historic recipes are based on painstaking research; they include deep-fried Rocky Mountain oysters with a spicy dipping sauce or tender rattlesnake cake--like crab cakes, but better. The entree standout is buffalo steak--a tender, juicy delight, and more healthful than beef.
Nicely flavored by the American West!. This was my first experience at the Fort. The setting was rustic, scenic and warmly inviting. About 12-15 miles outside of Denver and nestled at the foot of the mountian range overlooking downtown. We made reservations but arrived early in the evening just to "check things out". We were pleasently greeted and quickly seated. As a group, we sampled several appeitizers and ordered a variety of entrees. Our waiter was attentive, experienced, informative and entertaining. The food was exceptionally well prepared and presented. A sampling included, quail, elk and bison. This was most definately a unique western dining experience appropriately flavored by days gone bye! I would consider it a "must do" in places to visit while in the Denver area.
Great Service. My first time being there and I would definately go back. This place was both romantic and fun. It over looks Denver, which makes the dining experience even better. The service, and food were very acceptable. Not to meantion the Steak. It was definately the best steak that I have had in my life.
Still The Best!. Isn't it nice that you can count on a great restaruant to stay great! There is not many around like The Fort and it food is outstanding and they have a wine list that is even better! It is just a hop, skip and a jump outside the over populated down town Denver seen. My hats off to all at The Fort! As they say it WAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
User review by susannaspear. The food is definately unique and the atmosphere and amience is unforgettable. It is quite expensive, but is great for special events.
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