I was recently in Denver for a business meeting. One of my co-workers and I plotted to convince the rest of our group to eat at Buckhorn Exchange. We had both seen it on Man vs. Food as well as a few other travel shows. It looked excitingso we talked it up to our peers until we got them to go along.
On the ride over I explained some of the more exotic menu items. I promised the group they would eat something they haven’t before. This caused half the group to get excited and the other a little cautious.
We arrived at 5pm and our large group was immediately seated. I was a little worried about this because of some of the reviews I’ve read referring to superlong waits. Thankfully this was not our case.
We decided, as a group, to order their famous rocky mountain oysters and alligator tails. When they brought them out most of our group turned up their noses, but I was ready to dig in. The alligator tail was good. Tasted like…….chicken. The rocky mountain oysters were very tender and very good. I do recommend dipping in the cocktail sauce though.
We then placed our orders for our entrees. We pretty much ordered across the board with orders including elk medallions, buffalo sirloin, buffalo prime rib, and quail. While we waited for our food to arrive we all walked around and took pictures of the um….. decor. They definitely have plenty of taxidermy and memorabilia to keep you busy.
After not so long a wait, our food arrived and we made our way back to our seats. We all looked around each other’s plates before we started eating. For the most part everyone enjoyed their food. I was a little nervous because of the initial skepticism and nose turning. I ordered the buffalo sirloin. It was suggested that they cook it medium since it’s such a lean cut of meat. They did a good job cooking it, but…….the grill master obviously didn’t clean the grate before he put the meat on. There were charred “bits” on my steak. After I took the trouble to scrape them off it was pretty decent.
My biggest piece of criticism is the price of the food. They total dining experience is great, and the different selections of game are great until you get the check. If you eat here just be prepared to pay $50-$75 per entree. If you are ever in Denver, and you don’t mind the price, I would 100% recommend you eat here.