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Thursday, August 16,2012

Tidbites | Viva la Revolucion!

A new fast-casual restaurant promising a Mexolution in Boulder eating recently opened on University Hill. Zanitas Mexican Restaurant touts fresh creations, a full-service bar and impeccable location as reasons to spice up one’s dining experience.

“We are eager to earn our place as Boulder’s favorite Mexican place,” co-owner Nick Hayes says in a recent press release. He and Chef Ed Janos are hoping diners like their mix of fresh ingredients and made-from-scratch offerings.

High-quality meats are wood-roasted and smoked to impart flavor. Homemade chips and guac, grilled burritos and dessert churros can be washed down with fresh lime juice margaritas. Low-fat queso and vegetarian options appeal to those with alternative dietary needs.

Located at 1352 College Ave., Zanitas Mexican is open daily for lunch and dinner. Public parking is available next to the restaurant.

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OPEN YOUR EYES TO MORE COFFEE

Nederland has a new coffee shop that is quickly integrating into the small community through savory drinks, eclectic food choices and an embrace of outdoor values.

Salto Coffee Works is a specialty coffee bar that serves food and drinks, and not just the popular caffeinated beverage. Daily specials incorporate local harvests, such as homemade strawberry jam or Palisade peaches sautéed in butter and brown sugar. On Tuesdays, “The Crust. Rustic Wood Fired Pizza” wagon complements the evening with its pies.

Located at 112 E. Second St. in Nederland, Salto Coffee Works is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 303-258-3537 or find them on Facebook for more information.

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RIDE THE ROAD OF CHAMPIONS, EAT LIKE ONE TOO

A USA Pro Cycling Challenge viewing party and benefit for the Davis Phinney Foundation will be held at the Flagstaff House during the Boulder stage of the bike race on Aug. 25.

A reception and lunch kicks off at 11 a.m., with the race shown on televisions inside the restaurant until the peloton passes by the restaurant as it reaches the Flagstaff Mountain finish later that afternoon. Lunch selections include honeydew melon soup, Alaskan king salmon, high country peaches and goat cheese ice cream.

Since Flagstaff Road will be closed during the day on Aug. 25, visitors must walk or cycle to Flagstaff House for lunch. Specialists from Pro Peloton will be on hand to offer complimentary bike checks and tune-ups during lunch.

More than half of the $185 entry fee will be donated to the Phinney Foundation, which provides information and tools to people living with Parkinson’s. Tour de France stage winner and Olympic bronze medalist Davis Phinney’s son, Taylor Phinney, is competing in the Pro Cycling Challenge. Contact Flagstaff House at 303-442-4640 for reservations and information.

YOU MAY SKIP THE HAM, BUT ENJOY THE GREEN EGGS

The eighth annual Colorado Eggfest will be held Aug. 18 at Mountain High Appliance in Louisville. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., activities, food and games will keep patrons busy for this celebration of the Big Green Egg, the popular stocky home grill.

For $25, Eggfest visitors can check out the Green Egg, take in cooking demonstrations, enter to win prizes and enjoy a BBQ feast. “Eggheads,” the nickname given to aficionados of the grill, will be cooking up gourmet pizzas, bratwurst and vegetables.

Bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Sister Carmen Community Center and receive an extra raffle ticket. Mountain High Appliance is located at 1130 Pine St. in Louisville. Call 303-665-6850 for more details.

Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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