Have you tried the Boulder ChopHouse and Tavern, yet? It’s only a block away from Pearl St., across from the St. Julien Hotel, at 921 Walnut and you’ll never guess what they do best over there…
Petite Steak and Frites
This entrée is our go-to (yeah, we’ve been there more than once) and you can find it on their happy hour menu for $11 bucks. The French fries are sprinkled with parmesan cheese and truffle and come with spicy aioli and ketchup on the side. The petite steak (we go medium rare!) comes small, but it’s just right in our opinion. There’s a dab of gorgonzola butter on top of the steak, which reminds us of a sharp blue cheese flavor.
What else is at steak?
You could order the Chef’s Cut, which has local, organic, grass-fed and free-range cuts at market prices or maybe you’d like the Slow Roasted Prime Rib at 12 ounce or 16 ounce with rosemary au jus and horseradish cream or try the Prime Rib Eye at 16 Ounces.
Also on the menu there’s Filet Mignon, Top Sirloin, New York Strip, Porterhouse, Bone-In Rib Eye, Short Rib, and New Zealand Lamb. You could add a special sauce to your selection for just $2 bucks like Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce, Cabernet Thyme Jus, Worcestershire Butter Cream, Bearnaise, Cognac Cream, Rosemary Au Jus or Port Rosemary Demi-Glace.
You’ll love the Caprese and Risotto Pesto Tots, but they’re not like your regular ol’ tot. They come in six and each one is big, like the diameter of a Kennedy half dollar, sitting in a row, and flavored with green pesto and balsamic reduction.
“Balsalmic what?” you ask.
Balsamic reduction is a syrupy sauce made by simmering balsamic vinegar on a stove and you can often find it on caprese. We found some easy recipes online by Googling it.
White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
We asked some folks eating at the Chop House what they thought of one of the more popular sides on the menu. Shannon and Erika are both engineers and we talked to them about their order, the white cheddar mashed potatoes, which they were sharing.
“(The) white cheddar mashed potatoes were absolutely delicious!” Shannon told YourBoulder.com. “They go great with white wine (Laughter).”
“I thought they were also very delicious,” Erika commented on the dish. “Yeah, very surprised by how good they were.”
If meat and potatoes aren’t what you’re after then try their French Onion soup, which customers rave about or get their Spinach & Artichoke Dip. This dip comes with breadcrumbs on top along with flatbread, peppers, carrots, and zucchini. It seems less fatty and just a little less creamy than what you might be used to at other eateries.
There are also salads like the Chop Chop salad, which comes with house-roasted turkey, avocado, garbanzo bean, pumpkin seed, tomato, gouda, blueberries, and herb vinaigrette. Then there is also the Wedge with peppered bacon, carrot, green onion, grape tomatoes, bleu cheese dressing and crumbles.
The Dessert Menu
For dessert our go-to is the B-52 Budino, a desert with alcohol! It’s a chocolatey pudding cake with Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier and house bourbon stout fudge paired with Liks vanilla bean ice cream.
Also on the dessert menu; Classic Bread Pudding a La Mode, Tropical Keylime Pie, Turtle Cheesecake,
Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée and Seasonal Sorbet.
The bar room at the Chop House has plenty of charm with an outside patio and even a long ice bar (think a long thin sheet of ice in front of you when you sit down to sit your beer on it to keep it cold). Brick wall and wood paneling make the room dark, cozy and even romantic with Frank Sinatra songs crooning off the speakers at any given moment.
The Liquor Room
There’s a carpeted stair leading upward with an iron railing one floor above the bar, which is their wine closet and liquor room. There’s even a glass wall facing out so you can look up from your table and peer into it to see where your wine is coming from.
One Sunday we were there and our waitress told us coach Mel Tucker, the new football coach at CU, The University of Colorado Boulder, had been in the night before after CU’s win over Nebraska.
Apparently, he rented out one of the back rooms, but when we asked, our waitress did not know what steak entrée he ordered that night! Ha!
At Boulder ChopHouse and Tavern, they have several private rooms and if you want to rent one you can call direct at 303.443.1188 or 720.626.0775 to make reservations for their Awning, Flatirons or Walnut banquet rooms and spaces.
Discounts and Specials
The Boulder Chop House and Tavern has a happy hour special every day. They “chop” prices in half on Sundays with 50% off their wine bottles. Then on Monday they take 20% off all happy hour food, while Tuesday is Slow-Roasted Prime Rib Dinner for $12, Wednesday is Chicken Picatta for $9, Thursday is Tenderloin Tips for $9, Friday is Salmon and glass of wine for $11, and Saturday is Specialty Burger and a beer for $11.
Key points to remember about the Boulder ChopHouse and Tavern when you go…
- Steak and Frites is our go-to for $11 during happy hour!
- Sunday is 50% off wine bottles.
- Monday is 20% off Happy Hour food.
- 12 or 16 oz steak selections are organic, free range and local.
- They brew their own beer and it’s $3 during happy hour.
- If you’re a fan of Frank Sinatra you’ll enjoy the ambiance.
- We like our steak medium rare.
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