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Thursday, July 11,2013

Revisiting a revamped classic

By Clay Fong
In some ways the Chautauqua Dining Hall might be to Boulderites what the Statue of Liberty might be to New Yorkers. Sure, you know it’s there, but you may not venture out there that much unless you have out-of-town visitors or are obligated to attend a special event.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Snoopin' out the Dogg House

By Clay Fong
Given the name, it’s not surprising Geisty’s serves up a variety of sausages, but it also offers tavern staples like burgers, fries and wings. I suspect this isn’t a first for this kind of place, as Geisty’s also has a full bar, complete with cocktails and pitchers of beer.
Thursday, June 27,2013

The tastes of Provence and beyond

By Clay Fong
Inside Mateo, tastefully refined earth tones and bright whites make for an elegant-yet-welcoming setting such as one might find in a gallery staffed by friendly, unpretentious folks.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Solid, simple sushi in Superior

By Clay Fong
It recently dawned on me that location doesn’t seem to be a predictor of the quality of Boulder County Japanese restaurants. Sure, I’ve had fine Asian meals at the high-end downtown Boulder stalwarts. But I’ve also enjoyed equally satisfying repasts in strip mall joints and haunts tucked away in the corners of grocery stores.
Thursday, June 13,2013

Mary’s is not just for cyclists

By Clay Fong
Mary’s has the welcoming feel of the archetypical country store, with a warm wood interior and retro retail fixtures such as a nut display that seems strangely familiar. It’s also remarkably cyclist-friendly — Keith was able to make use of a communal floor pump to fill his tire — and there’s plenty of bicycle parking.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Breakfast with a side of country charm

By Clay Fong
The breakfast menu here spotlights classic fare like oatmeal, pancakes, waffles and egg dishes ranging from the basic to more sophisticated preparations such as omelets and Benedicts. There are also skillets combining eggs, potatoes and ingredients like peppers and bacon.
Thursday, May 30,2013

An authentic taste of old Europe in Boulder

By Clay Fong
It’s not often that one draws upon the terms evocative or cinematic to describe a local dining establishment’s ambience, but in the case of Boulder’s freshly brewed Bohemian Biergarten, it’s entirely warranted.
Thursday, May 23,2013

A fresh spin on the taste of Mexico

By Clay Fong
Antonio’s, subtitled A Taste of Mexico, is a new addition to Longmont’s Main Street dining scene. Ambience here is upscale, with contemporary Southwestern art and dark woods, creating a sense of elegant intimacy. Yet Antonio’s is still the kind of welcoming spot that features a children’s menu and prices more reasonable than the trappings would indicate.
Thursday, May 16,2013

Zolo withstands the test of time

By Clay Fong
Nowadays Zolo’s lunch menu doesn’t stray too far from the basics of Southwestern cuisine and would still be accessible to the ’90s diner. There’s a certain comforting culinary classicism inherent in a menu showcasing such items as tortilla soup, blue corn fried oysters, rellenos and chicken enchiladas.
Thursday, May 9,2013

A promising FATE for tavern food

By Clay Fong
"Smoke gets in your food," declared John, considered by many to be the dean of local food scribes. Indeed, our lunch courses at the recently opened FATE Brewing Company were adhering to a certain fire-seasoned theme. A rich aroma of smoke wafted off our chicken wing starter, and John’s soon-to-arrive pastrami Rueben promised to continue the smoky motif.