Last Saturday Todd and I stopped by Encore, which is just around the corner from the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Encore was one of the restaurants participating in Tasty Colfax, but we didn’t get there that night.
Its patio, which faces Elizabeth Street on one side and East High School across Colfax on another, is a shady, pleasant place to meet with friends on a warm afternoon.
The food was beautiful. The BLT came on thick, crusty, slightly greasy bread, and the avocado aioli made that standby a little more interesting. I ate half of it plus the greens and saved the other half for later.
Todd’s fries looked hand-cut and were accented with a sauce that tasted like Chinese mustard. I didn’t taste the tacos, but he said the smell reminded him of the food at Buena Vida, a restaurant on Half Moon Bay in North Akumal, Mexico. We ate there several times in 2004 and 2007, and their ceviche was particularly good. He found the chipotle mayo on the tacos to be a bit weird and unnecessary.
Our waiter seemed to have had a late night, judging from his red eyes, but the service was fine, if not wildly speedy.
While we were finishing our meal, we noticed several women wearing pink turning the corner at Elizabeth. Since it was the weekend Todd’s mother was doing the Relay for Life, we asked them if they were participating. They told us they were training for a 3-day walk from Colorado Mills Mall to Denver and that they had walked 18 miles today.
This just in: Literary Death Match tonight! Somebody go and tell me whether it was fun.