Since moving back to Parker, I was a anxious to visit one of the new restaurants on Main Street. This restaurant is called the Parker garage, and took over the old building where at the War Horse Inn had been, which was a Parker staple for many years. My family love the War Horse Inn, in years past we would go on special occasions, so I suggested for my birthday lunch that we would go check out the Parker Garage. Located on Main Street in a historic building which was built in 1916, silver Parker garage has 100 year history behind it. Driven by head chef Duy Pham, the Parker garage is committed to a farm to table model of restaurant and has developed their menu with a set 1000 acre Lonestar ranch and Elizabeth Colorado. At this location Parker Garage is growing their own fresh produce and raising their own free range cattle chicken and honey bees. Their website states there will be future plans to add duck, quail and pheasant to the menu.
The interior of the Parker Garage is a much cleaner look than the War Horse Inn was, with brighter light paint and a very visible wine rack located between the sections of the restaurant. One of the other things I thought was really innovative about the Parker Garage was that it features a in-restaurant farmer’s market that had all sorts of different offerings, from salsas to honey to locally grown onions potatoes and other winter crops. I believe there is a larger farmers market that occurs within the restaurant once a week.
Because we are in a bit of a rush for lunch and the Super Bowl was impending, we decided to make do with a couple cheeseburgers and a turkey club sandwich. My burger was cooked medium with pepper jack and while the meat didn’t appear very pink, it was obviously a very high quality hamburger meat and my lunch was delicious. My mom also enjoyed her turkey club very much.
Another nice surprise about our visit to the Parker Garage was a musical act that was playing. While I watch the musicians set up I was surprised to see one of my old friends from college, Wilson Harwood. Wilson is working on creating his own bluegrass and folk local bands up in Boulder – I will link to his videos so you can get an idea of his music. It was great to see an old college friend and to listen to how far he has come in his musical career all while getting a bite to eat.
I plan on also visiting the Parkers garage for a dinner meal and giving a try to some of their more unique appetizers for an idea of their dinner menu, I will lift off a couple of their items..
Starters include smoked Brussels sprouts, Chef’s Choice sashimi plate, roasted shoshito peppers (which if you haven’t tried – do, they are delectable) Salad options including roasted beet salad with shaved fennel, beet puree, goat cheese creme fraiche, baby spinach and snap peas, or a Colorado potato salad made of hard boiled fresh farm eggs mixed greens whole grain mustard vinaigrette. Entrees on the dinner menu include some yummy items like Scottish salmon, fennel dusted Opah, or truffle potato Gnocchi.
Overall, I had an excellent lunch experience at the Parker garage and I look forward to making a new post concerning their dinner menu.
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