Review: Tupelo Honey Cafe

Simple and sweet Southern hospitality. 

Simple and sweet Southern hospitality. 

Last month my family and I gathered for our annual June celebration, as my brother and I have birthdays and my parents their wedding anniversary. This month we also celebrated the engagement of my brother and his lady, Abbey, who I'll be talking with later in an interview for a new segment: Industrious Women. Stay tuned for that soon. 

In celebrating our being together, Tom and Ab were dying to show us this awesome restaurant that opened up downtown.

The night before my birthday, we stopped in for dinner at Tupelo Honey.

Originating in the Carolina Mountains, their newest location thrives in Denver, Colorado, where Tupelo Honey delivers delicious Southern cooking in a delightful, vibrant, and welcoming environment. Ingredients are sourced from local farms, distilleries, breweries and bakeries; pecans, trout, honey, ham, and coffee, all responsibly grown and distributed. In our experience, the servers were well-versed and expedient; and the tables were spacious, decorated simply with a small cluster of roses. With ample room to accommodate a bustling rush, we enjoyed a quiet, low-key Tuesday evening at a table near the windows. Water was left for our refreshment as we deliberated our feast. 

Annual Gatherings with People I Love

Annual Gatherings with People I Love

We started with the Golden Beet Carpaccio- a mouth-watering combination of golden beets, goat cheese, beech mushrooms, sherry vinaigrette, shallots, and cracked black pepper. We had to try the Fried Green Tomatoes, which did not disappoint- nestled between goat cheese grits and roasted red pepper coulis topped with chopped basil- the texture and flavor combinations were stellar. 

Fried Green Tomatoes and Golden Beet Carpaccio

Fried Green Tomatoes and Golden Beet Carpaccio

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Our table ordered the Kale & Quinoa Salad with Grilled Shrimp (with watermelon radish, pickled watermelon rind, and yogurt dressing), the Roasted Rocky Mountain Trout (topped with herbed garlic butter cornbread stuffing and served with two sides: cast-iron Mac N Cheese and Louisiana Maque Choux), Beer City Double Stack Burger (slow roasted pork confit stacked atop one Creekstone Farms all-natural pasture raised beef patty, beer cheese sauce, served with fries), and two orders of Low Country Shrimp & Grits (with chorizo, peperonata, and adluh goat cheese grits). There were no survivors. Well, some got sent in a to-go box. 

Roasted Rocky Mountain Trout and Louisiana Maque Choux

Roasted Rocky Mountain Trout and Louisiana Maque Choux

Low Country Shrimp & Grits. What a sight to see between mountains and the city.

Low Country Shrimp & Grits. What a sight to see between mountains and the city.

With locations in Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, if you find yourself near a Tupelo Honey, do yourself a favor and eat.

If you can share it with people you love, celebrating momentous life events, chances are good you'll get that magic feeling where everything feels like completion and bliss. At least that's what happened to me.