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Thursday, March 17,2011

Latin health food

By Clay Fong
Most dishes here are South American, with a particular focus on Venezuela and Colombia. Arepa, a cornmeal cake stuffed with a variety of fillings, is a signature offering here. There's also bean and rice bowls served with salsa and smooth Venezuelan guacamole, as well as fried yucca root appetizers.
Thursday, March 10,2011

Cafe meets bistro in Longmont

By Clay Fong
A friend recently analogized that Boulder is to Longmont as Manhattan is to Brooklyn. From a dining standpoint, there's more than a grain of truth in this analogy. Boulder, like Manhattan, has more than its fair share of press-worthy, high-buck eateries whose prices are driven in no small part by premium real estate values.
Thursday, March 3,2011

Frasca's new sister pizzeria shines

By Clay Fong
If I've learned anything from the recent proliferation of high-end pizza eateries in Boulder, it's that these aren't the cheesy parlors of my childhood. No straw hat-doffing servers or coin-operated mechanical pony rides here. You won't find either at the new Pizzeria Locale,.
Thursday, February 24,2011

Formidable pho

By Clay Fong
Pressed for time, colleague Carin and I weren't enthused to seek a blah lunch at a ho-hum sandwich shop or fast food joint during a recent journey to Broomfield. I also realized it had been some time since I had enjoyed a bowl of pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup.
Thursday, February 17,2011

Savor the Savory

By Clay Fong
During a recent brunch with friends Tertia, Eric and Addie, we were all struck by the diversity of the weekend menu. The most ambitious brunch item is the $15 Southern Gentleman, perhaps more accurately termed the Portly Indulger, consisting of eggs, cheddar grits, ham steak with chicory gravy, greens, scallion biscuit and a whiskey shot.
Thursday, February 10,2011

Old favorites at the new Pinyon

By Clay Fong
Even when split, this intriguing blend of taste and texture divided into decently sized portions for each of us. A study in contrasts, this salad juxtaposed the veggies' earthiness with a bright tarragon and mint-scented vinaigrette. But it was the farmer's cheese that stole the show in this dish.
Thursday, February 3,2011

Getting into the Gindi

By Clay Fong
Gindi offers up a lunchtime slate of such light meal standbys as soup, salads and sandwiches. Dinner is available from Thursday to Saturday night with a reasonably priced menu in the $9.50-and-up range featuring burgers, stuffed squash and ahi tuna.
Thursday, January 27,2011

An old-school specialty shop

By Clay Fong
I´m just old enough to remember that when my parents went shopping for groceries, their outings weren't just limited to supermarkets. We'd go to locally owned specialty bakeries, produce shops and butchers, many of which are long gone, although two of them, Saag's and Just Desserts, have become noteworthy retail brands.
Thursday, January 20,2011

A slice of the upper crust

By Clay Fong
The menu is relatively simple, with a spotlight on antipasti, sandwiches, salads, daily specials ranging from roast chicken to salt cod, and pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. After taking our seats, we noticed a staffer hauling a cart loaded with firewood for the pies.
Thursday, January 13,2011

Simply satisfying

By Clay Fong
While the menu here consists of straightforward Italian fare, this isn't just another spaghetti and meatballs joint. The most expensive entry is the Steak Florentine, a $25 number consisting of a half-pound filet mignon melded with mushrooms and Alaskan crab.