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Thursday, May 28,2015

Simply satisfying

Tibet’s Restaurant & Bar effects satisfaction in food and atmosphere

By Matt Cortina
Perhaps nowhere else in Boulder County is food tied to a place as much as Tibet’s Restaurant & Bar in Louisville is to the country and perspective of its namesake. The interior is designed with care and intention. The owners Mark Herman, and Kami and Pasang Sherpa, the latter two of whom are from Nepal, have carefully placed artifacts throughout the restaurant to effect calm and pleasure. “Each decoration,” the owners write, “serves as a reminder of Buddhist philosophy. … Tibet’s has been decorated with strategically placed items to create the best energy for the space.”
Thursday, May 21,2015

Authentic import

Chez Thuy continues to bring big, interesting flavor to Boulder

By Matt Cortina
Chez Thuy rewards the brave. The menu is large and varied, representing Vietnamese cuisine that blends French, Chinese, Thai and Indonesian elements. There are myriad noodle dishes, many familiar. There are appetizers, soups, meats and curries that are no doubt delicious, but that are available at about the same quality just about everywhere.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Tracking down perfection

Wayne’s Smoke Shack is bold, confident barbecue

By Matt Cortina
You have to appreciate the moxie of a restaurant that is open until it sells out. Especially when you set up shop at the end of an empty parking lot, triangulated by Buffalo Wild Wings, PetSmart and Super Target, in the perpetually under construction, unglamorous superdevelopment of Superior.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Taste in colors

Busaba in Louisville is vibrant Thai

By Matt Cortina
Each new plate arrived to the table as a twist of a kaleidoscope. When we drained the color from one, another arrived, swirling colors into a different combination and pattern. We remembered the food by its color, not by each dish, when we left Busaba in Louisville.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Summer hang

Wapos should be packed as weather gets warmer

By Matt Cortina
I like Wapos. They serve excellent, sloppy-style Mexican food. They have an outdoor covered patio where a quick afternoon drink can quickly become a full-blown night out when the temperature plays nice. They have a dozen types of margaritas and a bunch of Mexican beers.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Hiding in plain sight

Boulder Chophouse fills a surprising void

By Matt Cortina
Whether you like it or not, there is a perception outside of Colorado that steakhouses abound in this state. The assumption is that cattle farms abound out here, and that meat from top Angus and Kobe beef farms throughout the West is shipped to a bevy of hungry consumers at any number of steakhouses along the Front Range.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Crazy flavor

Sweet Cow Ice Cream brings unique, robust treats to Boulder

By Matt Cortina
There is no shame in the occasional indulgence. As long as your actions don’t hurt anybody and you don’t cross the invisible line of no return, joy becomes you during the indulgence of booze, pizza, burritos, fried food and ice cream. Especially ice cream. And especially the ice cream at Sweet Cow.
Thursday, April 9,2015

That’ll work

Good bar grub, better with beer, at Pumphouse

By Matt Cortina
This food was made for beer. So it’s a good thing the beer at Pumphouse Brewery in Longmont is both tasty and plentiful. Otherwise who knows if this bustling restaurant, with an attached bar called Red Zone, would be so bustling. That is to say, most diners in touch with reality and their own pretention, give a pass to fast casual bar and grills on the quality of the meals that accompany the beer, so long as the food is fresh and filling.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Master of one

Breadworks is a fine producer of… bread

By Matt Cortina
One business is the phenomenal bakery. Every morning, fresh dough is raised in the oven in a large industrial baker’s kitchen. The loaves — batard, olive and sage, focaccia, ciabatta — are arranged on a glass-covered shelf near the entryway. To the right are piles of croissants, popovers, muffins and more.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Stopping in, stepping out

Caspian Deli & Grocery is great casual food with a story

By Matt Cortina
You’ll have to be OK with picnic casual: good food made simply by friendly people. If you like that, you’ll like Caspian Deli & Grocery — an unassuming Middle Eastern market on Pearl and 26th Street that does nothing but charm as soon as you walk in the door.