Fun, innovative, delicious and fresh
Posted on 08 / 02 / 2011
My husband and I were traveling in Denver, he on business and me as a tag-along. While he was at the office, I hit up Happy Cow to find a place for dinner and found Root Down.
What a delight this place was. First thing we noticed was how busy it was on a week night. We had a short wait and then we were seated outside on the front patio. We had a beautiful view overlooking the whole of downtown Denver.
We shared both the gazpacho and the sweet potato falafel for appetizers. The gazpacho was fresh and slightly spicy, but when you dug into the bottom of the bowl and got the fresh relish that was sitting on the bottom, it sweetened and brightened up the entire dish. The sweet potato falafel was a great twist on the ubiquitous Mediterranean dish. I think the lemon-tahini sauce really hit some fresh and sour notes which kept the dish from becoming too heavy. For my main course, I had the veggie burger sliders. These were also so good. It's nice to have a fresh-made veggie burger that doesn't crumble with the first bite. The tomato jam was a great compliment to the burger. The sweet potato fries, while good, have become standard even at the greasiest of spoons. I would have liked to see something done to elevate them...a sprinkling of chili powder, a dusting of crushed rosemary, something to make it feel as if they weren't just plate filler.
All in all, it was a wonderful night. We enjoyed our meal tremendously...and my husband has even made it a place to take his coworkers when he returned to Denver.
Fresh ingredients, Inventive preparation, Delicious and good value