Making the most of Frasca? [Boulder]
We are visiting family in Denver in mid-May and since for once in our lives we will have babysitters on tap, I'm hoping to snag a dinner reservation for two at Frasca (insert implicit Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! of excitement here).
Are there any tips you can share for making the most of our experience in terms of:
--Should we request a specific seating area?
--Am assuming second dinner seating is more enjoyable/leisurely - correct?
--Not-to-miss dishes (I know the menu changes regularly, but if there are a few standards or "themes" of successful dishes, it would be lovely to know)
--Wines - the wine list has me drooling, but I really tend to enjoy trying several pairings per course, which makes the by-the-glass the only even remotely sensible option. That said, would we be missing out on one of the best parts of the dinner by doing so? (I'm not familiar with the vintners on the current by-the-glass list, so don't know whether they're sublime or pedestrian...)
Many thanks in advance. Also looking forward to a traditional lunch at Rioja, cocktails at Green Russell, tacos at Tacos y Salsas and/or Tacos de Mexico, happy hour at ChoLon and perhaps the duck confit banh mi at Row 14. And Chick-fil-A. Can't forget Chick-fil-A.
1431 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202
My only advice on maximizing your experience at Frasca is the same advice I'd give for any highly publicized and anticipated restaurant: keep your expectations in check. If you go in expecting the best experience you've ever had in your entire life, there's a 99% chance you'll be disappointed. Frasca is amazing, a fabulous restaurant, but it's not everything to everyone. The first time I went I was expecting the moon, and while it was very very good, I was disappointed. Subsequent visits I've been much happier and come to appreciate what they do well - great service, great wines, very subtle and perfectly balanced food. I now agree that they're one of the best restaurants in the country, but not in a knock-your-socks off kind of way (for me, at least); it's more of an understated perfection.
As far as specifics, I haven't eaten there since they renovated so I don't know about preferable seating. I don't think it makes much difference whether you come early or later. As far as wine, put yourself in the hands of the sommalier. You won't be disappointed.
A good reminder to keep expectations firmly in check -- I actually tend toward abject pessimism in things gastronomical, so I'm surprised at my own eagerness.
Here's an off the wall question - can one make any comparison in terms of quality between Frasca and Fruition? Or is that completely apples and oranges? The latter's been on my list to try for ages, as well.