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By Becky Creighton

When I think Easter I think lamb and of course chocolate bunnies, the latter always results in my children biting the ears off first as they work their way down to the tail to fuel their sugar enhanced day – one of the few days where it is “acceptable” to have chocolate, and as much as you want, for breakfast.  But, we’re not talking about chocolate, if we were, we’d be talking about Piece, Love and Chocolate or Happy Cakes.  No, today we’re talking about lamb and on this Easter weekend where can you go get a spring menu? Well, not many places because the fact is we live in Colorado (mild winter and all) and our spring produce hasn’t really hit yet.

You can still get a delicious (and large) lamb shank at Second Home Kitchen + Bar in Cherry Creek.  The Colorado lamb shank is braised and is served with goat cheese smashed potatoes and Dale’s Pale Ale braised greens.  Now we’re talking! Lamb, goat cheese and beer, I’m not sure the flavor combination could get any better.  Try the hummus or any of their pizzas because they are both tasty.  And, even on an early April day, you could probably sit on their expansive patio given the weather this weekend is supposed to be stellar.

Executive chef Jeff Bolton always puts together a great menu both seasonally and a few mainstays.  He draws on his culinary education from the famed Culinary Institute of America as well as his stints around the country.  At Second Home Kitchen + Bar he has forged many relationships with local farmers, producers and dairies to bring a Colorado focused and local menu to his guests.

This restaurant is housed in the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek but don’t let the stigma of hotel restaurants sway you away from this inventive restaurant, your stomach and taste buds will be glad you stopped in for the great menu.

You can catch Second Home Kitchen + Bar on a Top Restaurant Tour. They are located at 150 Clayton Street Denver, CO 80206 303-253-3000.