1442 Nelson Road, Longmont, 720-204-6634
Looking for an interesting way to start your day? We suggest heading over to City Café for their tamales and eggs breakfast. This plate full of Mexican morning nirvana can be had with either the restaurant’s homemade green or red sauce. Both are really good, but who can make such an impossible choice? We just get it Christmas style and smile all the way home. If you haven’t discovered City Café, this is your chance. The place has a great menu, and everything, including the friendly service, is wonderful.
Best Hot Dog North of the Border
MARCO’S HOT DOGS 1647 Kimbark St., Longmont, 720-288-3907
This place is amazing. It’s set up as an outside, drive-up, street-food location. The good news is it’s always in the same place so you know where to find it. If you can get within a few blocks, just follow your nose.
Hot dogs Marco’s style are a beautiful thing. First you take a great dog and wrap it in bacon. Then
you throw on cheese, pinto beans and roasted jalapeños. Don’t forget
the mustard, green sauce, red sauce and ketchup. That’s right, put ’em
all on. When you’re done, you’ve got the best hot dog north of the
border. Don’t even think about picking that bad boy up, this dog is fork
worthy. Grab a few dozen and a case Negra Modelo and you will go down
in history as a great party thrower.
Best Place to Get Gluten-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
WINOT COFFEE COMPANY
7960 Niwot Road, Niwot, 303-652-6464
Yeah, we know there are probably other places in East County where you can get Boulder-based Outrageous Baking’s gluten-free lemon poppy seed bread, but we like Winot Coffee. It just seems to taste better with a Winot mocha latte. In fact, there are a host of GF products to choose from at Winot, including additional varieties from Outrageous Baking. We also like that Winot is a local, independent, family-owned and community-minded coffee house that is eco-friendly and supports sustainable products.
Best Deviled Eggs
THE DICKENS TAVERN’S BLUE CRAB STUFFED DEVILED EGGS
300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384
These delectable orbs are served warm in small five-hole serving platter, and in addition to the crab, they feature a zesty jalapeño pesto and reggiano parmesan. They make an excellent starter while you’re perusing the menu and reading about the history of the Dickens Tavern and opera house, which are said to be haunted. Wander down the restaurant’s quiet basement hallways, if you dare, then run back upstairs and order another round of eggs.
Best Guacamole Made Tableside
ANTONIO’S — A TASTE OF MEXICO
246 Main St., Longmont 303-772-9923
This is pretty cool, if you’ve never experienced it. We’d seen it done at a restaurant north of Santa Fe called Gabriel’s. Your waiter brings over all of the fixings you could possibly want in your guacamole, then cuts open the avocados, dices the ingredients you choose and mixes it all up in a bowl right at your table. It doesn’t get much fresher than that, and it makes a huge difference in how the guac tastes. If you’re one of those people who buys guacamole in a sealed plastic bag, prepare to be amazed. Add this to the list of reasons to visit Antonio’s in downtown Longmont.
Best Non-Donut Item at Winchell’s
BACON AVOCADO EXTREME MELT
502 Main St., Longmont 303-772-4100
OK, so granted, their donuts are extremely good, but when you’re looking for a change of pace at Winchell’s in downtown Longmont, check out one of their Extreme Melts, especially the bacon and avocado variety. Choose your bagel (this bad boy is probably too much for a croissant) and they’ll serve up a delectable open-face sandwich cut into fourths featuring the aforementioned items covered in melted cheese on top of a smear of mayo. Not the healthiest decision you could make for breakfast, but a mouthwatering treat on special occasions. Like every Sunday.