Dinner at Rioja
Last night Jon took me to Rioja for dinner–it was delicious and a great birthday treat! We started off with peach flatbread that had almost all local ingredients–palisade peaches, Olathe corn, honey, and yummy cheese (last night was a good reason why we are only mostly vegan!). The flatbread was sweet and savory. Then we sampled gazpacho. Of course it included tomatoes, but also had strawberries and avocado mousse–wow! Jon told the waiter “I don’t like tomato soup or avocados, but I like this soup!”
After that we tried a deconstructed Greek salad, which was also amazing. It didn’t have any greens, but included delicious olives, tomatoes, cheese, and an amazing tasting orange thing that I’m still not sure what it was.
For entrees (no, we hadn’t had entrees yet!) I had artichoke tortelloni which was served in an incredible artichoke broth. Jon had a vegetarian four square that included cauliflower, a risotto cake, and salads. Both dishes continued the delicious trend. For dessert, we split fig and marscapone beignets, which were warm, crisp, and just the right amount of sweetness.
Fortunately, we walked off some of our dinner on the way home. I definitely recommend Rioja if you’re ever in Denver! Their food is definitely vegetarian (if not vegan) friendly, and their meat dishes sound incredible too.
What a great way to celebrate my birthday! 🙂
Greek salad – I was too cool to turn on the flash, and enjoying the rest of the meal too much to take other pictures. You’ll just have to try it out for yourself.