Monday, October 15, 2007

Restaurant Review: Garlic Mikes

Garlic MikesI had the opportunity to travel this last weekend out to Gunnison, Colorado to see my daughter who is currently attending Western State College. This was the college's annual Parent's Weekend and we made the 4.5 hour drive from Greeley to the quiet mountain town nestled in at 7700 feet elevation.

Normally when I travel I like to hit up the local brewery's whenever I can, but this time around I was not able to visit the Gunnison Brewery as I would have liked. I had my youngest son along this time around and my wife had other ideas about where she wanted to go for dinner while we were in town. So after much debate, we settled on one of the best restaurant's in Gunnison - Garlic Mike's.

Garlic Mike's is located a couple miles north of Gunnison along the banks of the Gunnison River. This restaurant is a small but popular Italian restaurant that has more than just your common Italian cuisine. I was after a nice steak and the NY Strip Steak Carbonara was just the thing I was looking for. And of course, what better drink to have with a steak dinner than a nice microbrew. Sadly, they didn't have any of the Gunnison Brewery beers featured on the menu, so I settled on an Odell's 90 Shilling as my 1st choice. They also offer Fat Tire and Samuel Adams beers as well as a few seasonal brews.

Word of warning, come hungry and bring a few extra bucks. While the food is great, so is the price of their meals. I believe between the four of us in our family, I spent about $100 including tip. My steak was about $25. I normally order all of my steaks cooked medium well. I'm not a fan of meat served red. I like mine cooked and with just a hint of pink in the middle. When they served my steak, it was black. I mean it looked like it had been way overcooked, but as the waiter reminded me, this was not burnt, but it was black due to the type of secret marinade they use that gives it that dark color. I carved into and found no char'ed crust but a very tender piece of meat what was just a bit pink on the inside. The taste was superb! My beer complimented the steak just perfectly too.

I was in the mood for a second beer and asked the waitress what other microbrews they had and if they had any IPA's available. She told me that had a local IPA called something like Red Car or Box Car IPA, I forget the name exactly. It was supposedly local, but I couldn't find that beer in RateBeer.com. The beer was a bit more hoppy than other beers and had a deep red color to it. The bouquet was not too strong but you could taste the extra hops that a regular IPA would offer. The beer was decent but was not one of the best I have had in recent memory. I'm generally not an IPA fan, but I was willing to try one again just to expand my repertoire.

As for the food, it was yummy. The steak came with green beans and a garlic mashed potato side that went well with it. I also just loved the sliced bread that came with the meal. I found myself eating about 3 of those and wanted some more. The rest of my family enjoyed their meals. My wife and daughter had some pasta dishes and my son had one of the individual pizzas.

So, if you're ever in Gunnison, Colorado and looking for a nice meal, I'd recommend Garlic Mikes. I'd suggest either going early or getting a reservation because they are quite popular and filled up their tables quickly.

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