The White Buffalo Grille/
The Lodge Casino
240 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422
The White Buffalo Grille is a white-tablecloth, fine-dining establishment on the second floor of the Lodge Casino Hotel in the gambling town of Black Hawk, Colorado. Quit snickering, this is a quality restaurant serving gourmet entrees and fine wines.
Starting with appetizers such as Brie En Croute “Creamy French brie wrapped in puff pastry and baked to perfection, served on a mirror of warm raspberry coulis ($9.00.”) or Buffalo Wings with Bar-B-Q and Blue Cheese dipping sauces ($11.00) – see menu for more appetizers… Then moving on to entrees including their signature, Bison Burger – “A half pound buffalo patty, charbroiled, topped with creamy French brie and caramelized red onion on a grilled brioche roll. Served with our thick cut house fries and bistro dipping sauce” ($15,) also Lamb Chops or Pork Chops, or Chicken Piccata ($19 – $30,) then stepping up to steaks ($19 – $36,) Prime Rib ($23 and $29,) and Atlantic Lobster Tail or King Crab Legs ($40) – all entrees served with a house salad or soup du jour, and rolls. Also (other) salads, desserts and more. View the White Buffalo Grille’s Menu here
WINES by the glass (starting at $5 – $6,) and by the bottle ($19 – $325) View the White Buffalo Grille’s Wine List here
Our first experience was very good. On our trip up last week we had the Shrimp Scampi “Five (more like eight) large prawns sautéed with garlic, a splash of white wine, finished with whole butter and fresh squeezed lemon juice, tossed with linguine ($22.”) The prawns were huge and perfectly cooked, so was the linguine – the sauce was garlicky but not entirely over the top, maybe at the top. The portions were large. The salad was fine; very tasty rolls were served with plain and seasoned butter – very good. And as an appetizer, we tried the Buffalo Wings. The Buffalo Wings (at least eight) were better than average – very crispy on the outside, very moist and tender inside. Again, perfectly cooked. Kudos to the chefs.
The only downside was that our server didn’t seem to want us to be there. Someone suggested that “she didn’t want to be there.”
I suspect that even the Central City Opera Snobs – who scoff at the idea of casino gaming in “their” *opera town – might even venture into this gambling-den for a dining experience such as this.
White Buffalo Grille
“Located atop the “bridge” at The Lodge, the spectacular mountain views from the dining room of the White Buffalo Grille will ensure an experience to remember. Come and try our fabulous menu. Sample delectable dishes like our Tournedos Oscar, Colorado Rack of Lamb or our Atlantic Lobster Tail. Join us soon!’
*Before 1991, when Central City (and the adjoining town of Black Hawk) legalized limited-stakes gambling, Central City was an Opera town, offering classical Opera during the summer months. Read more about it here and here Official Central City Opera Website