My mother in law is in town visiting for the week. Last night she took us out to dinner and I got to choose our destination. I decided to pick someplace that I had never been to before, Steuben’s. In the years that we have lived in Denver I have heard many great things about Steuben’s, but somehow we had never checked it out for our own. We arrived to find the restaurant fairly crowded, much more than I thought it would be on a Tuesday night. We were told the wait would be about a half hour. Perhaps it’s all the recent exposure on Food Network (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) that is bringing the large crowds, or maybe it is always this popular.
We all started with cocktails from their lengthy list. I chose the house favorite, Moscow Mule, with Sobieski Vodka, fresh squeezed lime, and ginger beer, served in a copper mug. My wife went with Steuben’s Rock & Rye (Wild Turkey 101 rye infused with orange zest, lemon zest, clove, cassia bark, horehound and rock candy) while her mother decided on the Ward Eight (Buffalo Trace bourbon, orange and lemon juice, and grenadine). All of the drinks were tasty, though the Ward Eight was a little strong for my companions’ tastes. I especially liked the Moscow Mule and would definitely order one again.
I considered convincing the group to start with gravy fries, after reading good reviews of them, but instead we went from something completely different with the Habanero honey fried corn. Upon ordering I was picturing that somehow they were breading corn, frying it, and serving it with a dipping sauce. However, when the dish arrived I realized I was completely wrong. The plate had four pieces of corn on the cob, which had apparently been deep-fried. It was also covered in cheese (possibly feta) and served with lime slices dusted with spicy seasoning and a honey butter. Despite it being much different from what I had expected, it was actually really good, especially when hit with all the flavors of the accompaniments.
For entrees I decided again to order the house favorite, fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, biscuit, and gravy. My wife decided to order the Cubano sandwich with a side of crispy brussels sprouts after reading reviews of this sandwich. And my mother in law went with the maine lobster roll & fries, which was one of the featured dishes on the previously mentioned TV show. The fried chicken plate was massive, consisting of one piece each of breast, thigh, leg, and wing. Each piece was very delicious and different from the next. The mashed potatoes were also good, as was the gravy, but the real standout was the biscuit. It had a hint of sweetness to it that really balanced out the meal.
Both my wife and her mother really enjoyed their meals as well. I did not sample any of the lobster roll, so I’ll have to let the picture do it justice. I did have a little bit of the Cubano sandwich, which was served on a wonderful bread with a side of a really tasty sauce. I’m not sure what the sauce was, but it was a nice addition to the ham, pork, and cheese sandwich. The crispy brussels sprouts were disappointing, as they tasted little more than fried flakes, and perhaps were overdone. The accompanying sauce was good, but really hid the flavor of the vegetable. I did also manage to sneak a couple of fries from my mother in law, and I could understand how the gravy fries could be so popular, as I tried to scoop any remaining gravy from my plate onto the fries. It was a great meal and I hope we return soon.