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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.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Double vision

Clever combinations and exceeded expectations at Bao Asian Fusion

By Matt Cortina
Unsurprisingly, the Asian fusion restaurant was all about combinations. But not in the way one might expect. Indeed, expectations for Bao Asian Fusion in Louisville were sort of blurry. The building is a big beige block on a busy intersection, flanked by a closed-down Chili’s and an Outback Steakhouse, that you have to drive through a McDonald’s parking lot to get to.
Thursday, March 12,2015

Better than ever

A long overdue return to Georgia boys BBQ — even if it hasn’t been that long

By Matt Cortina
We first covered Georgia boys BBQ when they opened in Longmont back in 2011. In two stories over two weeks, Boulder Weekly profiled the two unemployed friends who had recently moved in from Georgia, Matt Alexander and Nick Reckinger, and built a side project of slinging smoked meat in paper bags into one of the most popular barbecue joints in the state seemingly overnight. So I wasn’t going to Georgia boys to highlight the hidden gem. I was going because I got tired of hearing how good it was and, well, seeing is believing.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Going off campus

Finding fresh food in an unlikely setting

By Matt Cortina
The location seems a bit out there, but Off Campus Cafe was there when we needed it. It was breakfast time on a recent Saturday morning. In Boulder, Lucky’s Café was four parties deep on the clipboard; Walnut Café was so flooded we got back in the car as soon as we got out; and the Village Coffee Shop had a line so long we just scoffed and drove right past it.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Everyone is happy

It must be something in the chicken

By Matt Cortina
Everyone is happy at The Post. On a Friday afternoon, three cooks are laughing behind the bakery counter. When I return a week later, three new cooks — or who knows — are laughing again. The waiters, too, are all happy. Not the giddy, storemandated affability that drives you nuts. Just the calm joy of a person who’s happy to be at work. Happiness inhabits the place, an old VFW that was chicly remodeled and restored into a post-industrial lodge. It keeps smiles on the faces of the folks who have to wait tables and the folks who have to wait for tables.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Looking good

Pr Wine House has created a fashionable menu and atmosphere

By Matt Cortina
It was the store that launched a thousand fashion blogs. Seemed that way, at least. Anthropologie. A women’s clothing store that taps into the area between fashion school and art school, selling unique clothing and lifestyle doo-dads.
Thursday, February 12,2015

The re-creation of fun

House of Q delivers something; just not sure what

By Matt Cortina
The coleslaw was good. No, the coleslaw was great. The cabbage was crispy and fresh, lathered in sweet, creamy dressing that tasted like watermelon. They’d added some juice or vinegar into the coleslaw, and it was refreshing in the unseasonable warmth we’ve been getting.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Les bon temps

The food and vibe of Lucile’s in Boulder

By Matt Cortina
great Boulder restaurants. It strikes a chord in the community. When we talk about the Boulder location, we talk about the Victorian home just off Pearl Street in which diners cram in to every corner every morning. We talk about the worn fabric rags the silverware comes in, the chicory coffee and the Creole art on the walls.