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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.
Thursday, May 2,2013

Making the familiar seem new

By Clay Fong
At lunch, sandwich selections range from a grilled cheese featuring Swiss, cheddar and brie to a Bistro burger highlighting natural beef and blue cheese. There’s also a meatless sandwich adorned with mushroom, tomato and pesto goat cheese.
Thursday, April 25,2013

An outdoor lunch at a landmark corner

By Clay Fong
Unfortunately this led to a few service delays, although she gamely tried her best. Later, a few management-looking types picked up the slack, although our starters arrived after the entrees. However, there are likely far more pressing issues in the world to worry about.
Thursday, April 18,2013

The newest Sun shines

By Clay Fong
South Boulder’s Southern Sun, cousin to downtown’s Mountain Sun, has been a local’s destination for beers, burgers and other relaxed fare. Now, another related eatery, Under the Sun, has recently opened beneath this landmark getaway. This new venue creates more of a fully realized dining, rather than a pub, experience.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Getting lucky in north Boulder

By Clay Fong
Sometimes hunger can sneak up on you like a pouncing cat or a stealthy ninja, and this is precisely the dilemma colleague Carin found herself in one fair weekday morning.
Thursday, April 4,2013

No furry blue puppets, just good Korean

By Clay Fong
Exploring the basement food court on University Hill, I recently encountered an eatery with the unlikely moniker of Goody Monster. I was mildly disappointed to discover that the person behind the counter wasn’t a furry blue puppet with ping-pong ball eyes.
Thursday, March 28,2013

Harold’s is a cut above

By Clay Fong
Attached to Longmont’s Plaza Hotel, Harold’s Restaurant & Lounge ups the ante on this town’s fine dining with retro-styled cocktails and original farm-to-table preparations.
Thursday, March 21,2013

The resurgent cupcake, reconsidered

By Clay Fong
My reaction to the cupcake’s resurgence in popularity isn’t all that different to my response to REM’s popularity when I was in college. I get how others might like a red velvet cupcake and/or Michael Stipe, but personally, neither one’s my cup of tea.