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Thursday, September 17,2015

A simple question

Is Alpine Modern Café alarmingly simple or simply alarming?

By Matt Cortina
On the far western edge of the Hill’s business district sits a building that used to be the Second Kitchen Food Co-op but has since been remodeled and made the home of Alpine Modern Café. It’s the restaurant of a company that publishes the Alpine Modern.
Thursday, September 10,2015

Good as it gets

Your Butcher Frank in Longmont is still a superb meat and deli shop

By Matt Cortina
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. This is how a proper deli sandwich looks and tastes. Yes. Let’s back up. To me, and perhaps to some of you, Your Butcher Frank was always the old school butcher with a funny name that you didn’t think to go to because, you know, Whole Foods, Lucky’s and King Soopers sell pretty good meat and a whole lot more. The same reason I wasn’t willing to make the extra drive to Your Butcher Frank and give it a shot is the same reason why Wal-Mart and Target have been let off the leash and sicced on the American consumer, and why the natural grocer chains mentioned above have acquired the perception of a monopoly on quality meat and produce.
Thursday, September 3,2015

Worlds collide

Moxie Bread Co. brings Old World pastries and breads to Boulder County

By Matt Cortina
Worlds collide in layers at the new Moxie Bread Company in Louisville. Cut out all but the top display shelf at the entrance of the store and you’re in a patisserie somewhere in northwest France. There are fig and chocolate croissants, egg pastries and bubbling-over muffin crumbles. Each piece looks so ornate with so many variable ingredients that it’s a marvel to look at each one and wonder how. These are serious pastries, but the reproduction of each many times over on the stack of trays behind the counter make them look effortless.
Thursday, August 27,2015

From one home to another

Flower Pepper offers authentic Chinese home cooking in Boulder

By Matt Cortina
To be honest, Flower Pepper’s reputation preceded my visit. In just a few short months of business, Flower Pepper has already amassed dozens of emphatic reviews online.
Thursday, August 20,2015

A good bite

Murphy’s Tap House brings its menu and dozens of local taps to Louisville

By Matt Cortina
Out of the disemboweled corpse of a failed Chili’s emerged the shiny new Murphy’s Tap House in Louisville earlier this month. And though there are definite similarities in the skeletal structure of the two restaurants, Murphy’s Tap House has done enough in its remodel to differentiate itself from the fast casual chain both in the quality and diversity of the menu, as well as the slightly more authentic vibe within the walls of the building.
Thursday, August 13,2015

Experience it

This is not a review of Gold Hill Inn

By Matt Cortina
I cringe when the third course arrives at Gold Hill Inn. I cringe because I realize there’s no way to describe this unique experience without feeling gross and unqualified. You can’t review Gold Hill Inn in the same way you can’t review, say, a whale. You can’t review it because it is unique, earnest and wonderful in a way that cannot be put into words but can only be experienced.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Creation Story

Flatiron Coffee serves up quality, inspired drinks

By Matt Cortina
Creativity is paramount in the coffee game. Hell, creativity is the coffee game. Now, the folks at Folger’s would have you believe it’s about ease, and the hipsters downtown would have you believe it’s all about Bunsen burners and science bottles. But at its core, all good coffee comes down to creativity.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Out there

Vern’s Place in Laporte is worth a stop on your next trip

By Matt Cortina
There is no better conversation about stuffed mountain lions than the conversation about stuffed mountain lions you have at Vern’s. If you’re headed north, it might be your first of many dining conversations about taxidermy; if you’re headed back to Boulder County, it might just be your last for a while.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Here’s the twist

The French Twist food truck brings high cuisine to the street

By Matt Cortina
There’s a surprising amount of room onboard Louise. Chef Michael DeBoer and his wife Lori bought the old and deteriorating truck, which had lived a life as the famed Cheese Louise mobile restaurant. It died of having a hole in the floor underneath the driver’s seat, and truck-grade osteoporosis, which caused its support beams to rust to dust.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Rain or shine

Boulder’s Hungry Toad is an everyday, and everybody, type of bar

By Matt Cortina
The Hungry Toad was built for rainy days. It makes for a cozy pint when you can sit in the corner and watch the wind beat rain into the windows with wooden jambs. The fixtures are natural, from the exposed brick wall to the leather bar chairs to the wooden tabletops. The Hungry Toad is a warm blanket, a leather couch and a Saturday with Netflix.