After living in Boulder, CO for 20+ years, finally made it to Fawn Brook Inn. As we walked in to the cozy log cottage, a fire flickering in the grate, I felt like I'd entered some vintage spot in the mountains of Bavaria. The classic continental menu, too, harks back a half-century. And while the overall experience was delightful - particularly the gracious service we received from sous chef Will (we were the only customers on a winter Monday night) - everything is in need of updating to remotely warrant the prices. From a glass of wine starting at $9 to entrees averaging $40 + (though all do come with an appetizer and light dinner salad) and desserts over $10, I felt like I should have been enjoying some truly impressive and/or creative cuisine. Yet though the food was good, it wasn't great. All the way around, flavors were too understated. I had the seafood pasta, which was nice but not memorable. My husband felt the same way about his duck. When the tab for our party of four, with a nice tip for attentive Will, came to $275 for dinner, a drink or two a piece and one shared dessert, I concluded that we probably wouldn't be back to the Fawn Brook for quite a while. That said, the setting is so special and romantic that if the menu were updated, a bit of bric-a-brac removed from the interior, and the prices scaled back at least 10-15%, I'd be excited to return for my next special occasion.
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