First Impression Review: Hacienda Colorado & Chad’s Grill

Hacienda Colorado

Location: Denver, CO

Atmosphere: Calm and corporate

Other patrons: Saturday night, so a few were kind of louder/more energetic. Probably had a few drinks before dinner.

Staff: Friendly and helpful.

Drinks: Competitive for the area in pricing according to the menu

Food: Very tasty, a bit on the salty side.

Bathrooms: Didn’t see on this occasion, but if they were anything like the rest of the restaurant, they would have been spotless.

Would I go again? Yes. Looking forward to it.

Saturday night, my companion and I decided on Hacienda for a late dinner. It was a nice experience. We sat on the patio, which, while nice on a warm summer night, it was a little loud since our seats were near the entry door. Some people had definitely started their Saturday night out early.

Our server, Zach was very attentive, but not overly so and very helpful. He even went to the kitchen to find out what ingredients were in my black beans. There was a flavor that I wasn’t expecting and couldn’t identify. (I was told it was coriander, but that’s not the flavor. It was more like red wine.) I had the tamale plate combo with the chicken tamale paired with the spicy green chili sauce, and the Angus beef enchilada paired with the spicy queso sauce. It was delicious and very filling. The beans were good, though odd, but a little too salty for me. (I’ve cut back my salt over the years for health and comfort, so I am a bit more sensitive to the taste of it.)

I split a brownie dessert with my companion at the end of the meal. It was tiny but perfect for just a little sweet at the end of a large meal. It was a little more pudding texture than brownie texture, if you know what I mean. I would have preferred it to be a bit more chewy and dense, but the taste was rich and heavenly. I had a New Belgium 1554 beer with my meal. I enjoyed that as well. It was dark and a little sweet with a mild stout flavor.

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Chad’s Grill

Location: Lakewood, CO

Atmosphere: Weird. Like a corporate big name restaurant and sports bar combo

Other patrons: Nice quiet brunch crowd.

Staff: Friendly and competent.

Drinks: Didn’t try any alcohol, but the menu prices were reasonable-to- good.

Food: WOW

Bathrooms: Eh, maybe it was because of the brunch rush, but it could have used some attendance.

Would I go again? Maybe. I would like to try a couple things.

So I had never heard of this place before my companion and I decided to stop for an early lunch before she had to head back home. Besides the sports bar vibe (which I see now, after looking at the webpage,) the food was a complete blend of different cultures/tastes. I had a very difficult time deciding what to order. I ended up ordering the Black N Bleu burger with fries and split an order of the Jalapeno Deviled Eggs with my friend. She ordered the Garden Melt. Both sandwiches were fantastic. I found my fries too salty (as usual) but still quite good.

Our server, Jessica,  was very nice and attentive, but I would have appreciated more information on the brunch specials. (It turns out there is a free fruit and pastry bar with the order of any entrée.) I did find out about the fruit and the melon and pineapple were juicy and fresh. I’d like to go again sometime and try out the Bloody Mary bar or the bottomless Mimosa specials.

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Mini-Review: Green Island Asian Grill

Located near 6th and Kalamath in Denver, CO

My mom and I decided to order in the other day. She’d recently received a menu from this place in the mail so we thought, why not try somewhere new.

I can’t say I’d recommend this place. It took nearly an hour for our food to arrive and it was pretty much room temp at that point. They forgot part of our order at the restaurant.

The taste was just ok. Not good enough to justify the prices. My mother had the Teriyaki chicken lunch combo  and I had the chicken Pho. For an appetizer, we ordered the cream cheese fried wontons.

My mom ended up getting really sick. We’re not sure if it was the food, since I tasted hers, but I only had a taste.

I’ve had better.  Sorry, no pics.

Mini-Review: China Cafe

Located in Edgewater, CO.

Ok, so that’s not the most original of names. Stopping in on a break from running errands, it was quiet and peaceful inside. Located next to a sandwich shop and nail salon in a small strip mall, the location is perfect for that quick lunch.

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