Every time I go to Boulder, I fall a little more in love. This trip, my affection was concentrated around OAK at 14th.
My family gathered there last Friday night to celebrate my brother’s college graduation. I walked in with high expectations, and lofty as they were, OAK blew them away. The six of us were seated the moment we walked in, and promptly greeted by our friendly server. After ordering a round of cocktails, we all started to pore over the menu.
The fun thing about eating out with family (aside from having fantastic company) is that you can sneak bites from everyone else’s plates. We ordered some small plates to share and a variety of entrees.
The first small plate out was my favorite of them all. These tomato braised meatballs were simply divine. Unfortunately, my photo doesn’t do them justice.
The himachi collar was also phenomenal. It basically melted in my mouth. My brother practically licked the bones clean.
Then came the eggplant, served with a lovely tapenade and savory goat cheese. This is one I might try to replicate at home.
Each small plate was empty within minutes of hitting the table. It’s a good thing we all get along so well, or somebody could have lost a finger!
When my entree arrived, I was blown away again. It’s was simultaneously one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever eaten, and one of the most delicious. The halibut was flaky and perfectly cooked. The mustard seeds on top nicely contrasted against the buttery fish and earthy vegetables. I could eat it every day!
Can I get a close-up of that?
Mom and Dad shared a lobster gnocchi, and my brother ordered a large porterhouse to share with his wife. We all passed around tastes, overjoyed with our own choices.
But it’s not a complete meal without a little something sweet. We ordered salted caramel budino and a wild root beer float to share.
The root beer dish didn’t float my boat, but the budino was to die for. It’s not something I would normally order it, but I’m glad mom did because I enjoyed every bite. That mom. She always knows best.
With the fantastic food, great service, and amazing company, it was the best meal I’ve had in ages. I wish my brothers graduated more often!