The Fort is nestled in the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains with the lights of Downtown Denver a half-hour drive away. Constructed of adobe brick, the restaurant is a replica of an 18th-century fort and includes a tent, stone-based campfire, and trading post that doubles as a souvenir shop. The only thing that outdoes The Fort’s tasteful Southwestern decor is the meal itself.
Each meal starts with a breadbasket that includes moist mini-pumpkin muffins and ciabatta rolls dusted with Southwestern spices. For appetizers, consider an order of peanut butter-stuffed jalapenos. The creamy texture of the peanut butter coupled with the spicy pickled jalapenos bring out the tantalizing sensations of both pleasure and pain, making you crave even more. If pickled jalapenos aren’t your thing, consider buffalo empanadas. These are served with two types of salsa (described as “spicy and spicier”) with a citrus finish.
Think game and steak for the main course. The Washtunkala Cast Iron Kettle is buffalo stew served in a mini-cast iron kettle. It is loaded with buffalo tips and served in a rich demi-glace with just enough green chiles to generate underlying bite. For something more conventional, the 14-ounce buffalo strip steak is also exceptional.
Although The Fort is more expensive than a typical Roadfood restaurant, it’s well worth it for a taste of the Old West.