With nine restaurants across the U.S., including Dallas, Texas; Florida; Chicago; and California, the chain just opened its ninth location in downtown Denver, Colorado. Specializing in prime meat, III Forks fine dining experience is sure to satisfy steak lovers.
Located just four blocks from the convention center and theater district, III Forks is a familiar name among carnivores who crave the finest beef money can buy. Known for serving up USDA Prime steaks, Wagyu beef as well as seafood, this eatery is easily accessible to the after-theater crowd and the popular 16th Street Mall.
The warm and inviting sounds of soft jazz and Frank Sinatra, modern décor with a gray and black color palette, and white linens on the tables create the ambiance here. Great service is one thing you can count on, and the waitstaff are outfitted with crisp, white and black attire. Using what is known as the swarm manner of service, each server will be lined up with your selections so that you never have to wait long for your next offering.
Start with one of the classic cocktails such as a Manhattan
made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, and — wait for it— pig candy, a slice of sweetly coated cooked bacon ($12). III Forks also has an extensive list of reasonably priced wines and a knowledgeable sommelier to help guide you through the various vintages.
Next, move on to your appetizers, which include seared scallops with homemade bacon jam ($19) or the most requested Wagyu beef cheek with roasted bone marrow
and toasted brioche ($24). Enough for two, this one comes with a beautiful presentation on a large butcher block with a bountiful amount of bones, bread and tasty beef. Add to that a couple of mustard seed dips, and you probably have enough to fill you up before you get to the main course.
But wait, there’s more. You will want to select some sides to go with your meal including six cheese potatoes ($10), fried brussels sprouts ($10), lobster mac and cheese ($20), and off-the-cob creamed corn ($10). They will also bring you complimentary beefsteak tomatoes with green onions, for which they are well known at their other locations.
For entrees, choose between seafood or what they are best known for—steaks. Selections include a 6-12 oz. filet mignon, USDA Prime New York strip or the most popular entrée—a 32 oz. tomahawk ribeye
($90). This is the granddaddy of them all and comes to your table with all the fanfare of a visiting dignitary. The large bone resembles a tomahawk, and there is even a little flame running the edge of the platter just to denote the occasion. After admiring your selection, the staff will take it back to the kitchen where it will be sliced up for you to enjoy.
If you are visiting the theater, there is a menu just for you. The 2016 pre-theater menu includes a III Fork salad or French onion soup; filet mignon, salmon, or pork chop; and dessert, all for just $35 per person. There is also a guarantee of one hour, in and out the door, especially nice if you are trying to make a show. In case you still have room for dessert, choose from chocolate ganache six layer cake, bread pudding, or crème brûlée (around $10).
The service here is what you would expect for an upscale dining establishment. Each of the waitstaff wears a pin that says Happy to do it, which is more than just a fancy slogan here as III Forks prides itself in providing each customer with an outstanding dining experience.
III Forks is located at 1040 15th Street in Denver, Colorado. It is open 6 days a week: Mon.-Th. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Happy hour is 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.For more Denver dining and travel news, click here.
FTC Disclosure: This was a sponsored visit; however, all opinions herein are the authors.