The Rogue Tomato

I’ve driven past this place many times and always wondered what it was, and after I noticed that it was on the Hilton Honors Dining Program, I thought I would give it a try.

As I walked in, I was impressed by the modern contemporary feel. There was chalk art on the left, exposed brick and abstract art on the right, and a centrally located bar.

As I saddled up for a brewski, I was able to take in more of the restaurant. They had 10 booths, 7 high tops, 7 low tops, and a few tables on the patio. The bar was U-shaped and sat 15. The oddly placed liquor cabinet blocked the TV from most of the seats, but it’s not a big deal when they put Turner Classic Movies on.

The drink selection is mediocre at best, nothing that special or high-end. A week ago, some Google reviwer said the beer selection was “outstanding”, and either he caught a really good day, or had a few too many, because the selection on my visit was sub-par. They had 3 beers from Uncle Bear’s, which is an average local brewery, stone IPA, Sierra Nevada pale, Rogue dead guy and golden age, and la cumbre malpais stout. Bottle selection was also weak, with only Founders Dirty Bastard and Breckenridge Avalanche Ale being noteworthy (at least there was one CO beer) The tap lineup was so cliche that I’m surprised fat tire wasn’t on there.

Due to the high prices, the happy hour here is a must, even though it’s not that good. 3pm-6pm everyday and 3-close Sunday and Monday. $1 off bottled beer, $2 off wine and beer, $2 off signature cocktails. Nice variety of small food items are also available.

The dinner menu offers a variety of dishes, but at a price. The one burger option is $14.50, flatbreads run $12.50, salads start at $9.50, and entrees start at $16.95.

I don’t like to focus on service because turnover is so high in the industry, but I was pleased with it. The servers seemed professional and the bartender was pleasant. She was attentive and I never had an empty glass, which is really all I ask for.

I ordered the Sonoran Quesadilla, and it was very tasty. A unique spin on a normal quesadilla, it was light but filling. Great portion for $8.

Overall, this place is nice, but far overpriced. Craft pours are $6.50 a pop, and I’m pretty sure they are 14 oz glasses, but they might be pints. It makes for a nice special occasion place, but not something that would attract a large regular crowd. The contemporary atmosphere and dim lighting makes it inviting, relaxing, and slightly upclass, but the bar atmosphere itself lacks character. As a restaurant I would approve, but as a bar, I would pass, and considering I was the only customer at the bar from 430-630 as the restaurant filled up, the general population would agree.

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