It came as a recommendation from our Burlington RV Park host just 5 minutes away. Everything was nearby there in Burlington. “Well, since you are a Chef, and a food blogger CritDick guy, you gotta try The Dish Room; please tell us what you think”. I asked if they owned The Dish Room. She said “no, it’s really good beyond the pizza making food truck outside”. My son said the pizza was just ok, so we captured an inside booth during this COVID mask-wearing service thing we got goin’.
We were seated in basically an ‘every other table’ arrangement. We were told that ‘everything’ service-wise was allowed to about 30 percent of capacity, and that servers were required to wear the, uncomfortable to most, masks. I thought to myself of how ‘sub-serviant’ they must feel. Then I thought of my stays in the Persian Gulf region. I also noticed that every table was exclusively engaged in conversation amongst themselves after my son pointed out there were no televisions on. How interesting this COVID thing is; as our server showed back up in her mask and I thought about what I was going to order.
Our server was top notch, very informative of their presumably somewhat seasonal menu. She had tasted each of the evening’s special menu. My son ordered a (I think) tri-tip quesadilla that was quite good from her recommendations. I ordered calimari . . . from a plain-state town in the middle of nowhere. “Of the best calamari ever, here in Burlington, CO”, I texted to my family; cause they know about our antics and about calimari.
The calamari rings and tentacles were crisp and rather tender to start. They came with a garlic-butter and olive oil dipping sauce that too was good, and another red sauce that I didn’t reach across to try. The calamari finishes with a lower layer in the bowl that has begun to absorb a fresh cherry tomato, caper, garlic Mediterranean-style sauce from underneath. When you get to the end, you realize you just ate the entire delicious and large portion. I have never had calamari served like that, and perfectly seasoned.
Other items that were ordered included wings, one of their burgers and very good and interesting pasta plate called “The Dirty South” that my son picked out (he was getting the leftovers and I was heading home the next morning). Each of the entree’s were delicious, unique and seasoned to perfection. The burger was very good, but BBQ sauce on a burger is just not my thing. The fries were fresh-cut, just crispy and served as tasty treats throughout our sit down. You can see by the amount of food on the table, that we tried allot and my son was set for the week. All that food and two local IPA’s and it was only $100 for two, including tip, and some damn fine food for four. I don’t normally take a picture of my food; my son was texting his mother. She wanted to see what we were eating and she was missing. We were fortunate to have this opportunity of dining out at such a terrific restaurant in the middle of restoring sanity back to our COVID nation. To enjoy this moment with my son in Burlington, Colorado was an evening worth every penny.