Jay’s Bistro and Jazz Lounge – A Culinary Treasure in Fort Collins

Exotic Mixed Grill

Exotic Mixed Grill

A recent birthday begged for a weekend adventure.  That adventure began in Fort Collins, Colorado – at Jay’s Bistro and Jazz Lounge – with my mother and four fellow travel writing women from around the country.  We quickly settled in to toast the occasion with Jay’s “Sex in the City” Cosmopolitans and a round of appetizers including a decadent Macaroni & Cheese with Maine Lobster, Salmon Cheesecake, and delicate Bison Carpaccio.  The flowers, music, and artwork throughout the dining room evoke a chic and sophisticated sensibility without feeling pretentious.

It only gets better!  Dinner is comprised of a tantalizing exotic mixed grill of New Zealand Red Deer Loin served with a Blackberry Chocolate Demi Sauce, Colorado Ostrich Filet atop Pomegranate Black Pepper Sauce and a Colorado Lamb Rib Chop dusted with Moroccan Garam Masala on Red Wine Jus with a Potato Croquette.  The beginning of my weekend adventure had surpassed my expectations.  Before we can even whisper “dessert,” a platter of chocolate-filled raviolis swimming in a pool of chocolate ganache is delivered to our table.

Chocolate Raviolis with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Raviolis with Chocolate Ganache

Chef Jay Witlen and his wife, Jacki, started Jay’s Bistro and Jazz Lounge in 1980 and have perfected the art of fine cuisine and an award-winning wine list – not to mention their famous martinis! – to create a true dining experience.

For more information, contact owners Jay and Jacki Witlen at (970) 482-1876. Jay’s Bistro and Jazz Lounge is located in historic, old town Fort Collins at 135 West Oak Street. www.jaysbistro.net

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