The table was brimming with luscious smells and delicious laughter. The chosen delights for the evening ranged from a thick slab of prime rib, to a sizzling piece of steak, to lighter fares of chicken, shrimp and fresh wraps, but whatever was on the plate added a bit of tantalizing flair to the air.
A night out to celebrate a family birthday is always cause to heap on the flavors and the fun, and there was no shortage of either during a recent outing to an old favorite, The Colorado Grill.
As it was a Lenten Friday, I was favoring the fish and found plenty to share with my heaping order of popcorn shrimp. Crisp, delicious and just the right size for eating as many as you want, dining on fish is never that much of a “sacrifice” for me, except when I’m seated between a couple of beef-eaters dining on what looked to be some of the Midwest’s finest, cooked to perfection.
While I switch from meat to fish for Lent, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the wonderful bread sticks coated with butter, or the hot baked potatoes, smothered in butter and sour cream. (Heaven help me if it’s ever suggested to give up butter for Lent.)
The prime rib was delectable, or so I was told. The cut was thick and generous, with just the right amount of marbling to make it melt in your mouth. Next to me, the rich aroma of a sizzling sirloin steak was nearly unbeatable.
Across the table, there were chicken strips and a Monte Cristo wrap that is often one of my favorites. Generous portions of turkey and ham, along with cheese, come wrapped in a flour tortilla, deep fried and then served with an incredible raspberry cream sauce. It has to be tried to be believed.
The little one at the table feasted on chicken strips and those incredible “Smiley Fries.” We won’t talk about the grownup caught swiping a few Smiley Fries, but who says you’re ever too old for a Smiley Fry?
We even enjoyed a visit from the Balloon Man. A pretty, pink pony balloon is a great way to top off an evening of fun and delicious food. And, by the way, a girl is never too old for a pink pony balloon, either.
The Colorado Grill
1514 South Marshall St.
Mon. – Thur.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.