<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[Zolo withstands the test of time]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[A pleasant surprise for Thai]]> Thai Avenue Rice and Noodles presents a textbook case of truth in advertising. First of all, it serves Thai food, notably rice and noodles. Secondly, it’s located on Boulder’s College Avenue. This straightforward naming scheme carries over to the no-frills experience that conceals a top-notch Southeast Asian experience.]]> <![CDATA[Classic Italian in Lafayette]]> As someone with too much time on my hands, I've recently been preoccupied with seeking out classic, if not downright iconic, meals. These repasts don't necessarily have to be pricey or complex, and can be as simple as a grilled cheese accompanied by tomato soup.]]> <![CDATA[Experiencing Boulder Baked]]> Open from four in the afternoon until midnight, Boulder Baked is a no-frills joint, with at-the-counter ordering and a slightly funky feel. It's also centrally located on Broadway in the heart of downtown.]]> <![CDATA[Parking your butt]]> The Mexican street corn on the appetizer menu is worth a trip to Verde all by itself.]]> <![CDATA[Vegan food for meat eaters]]> Meeting up with old friends Michael and Allison, a dining dilemma posed itself. Michael describes himself as the antithesis of a vegan, while Allison is a self-proclaimed picky eater straddling the line between vegetarianism and full-tilt veganism. While there’s more than a few spots that can accommodate vegan dining, some are more compromised than others. In some cases, meatless offerings are nothing more than a thoughtlessly thrown together veggie plate.]]> <![CDATA[Wokking the wok]]> It’s kind of an uphill battle for Wok Eat. It’s located across the street from a similar restaurant (the slightly cheaper Boulder favorite Zoe Ma Ma), and has a touch of the sterile look of a generic chain, despite it being the eatery’s only location..]]> <![CDATA[Al fresco at Zucca]]> Located smack dab in the middle of downtown Louisville, Zucca Italian Ristorante boasts an inviting ambience balancing the rustic with a subtle but unmistakable European flair. The same can also be said of the menu, which ranges from old standbys like comforting spaghetti and meatballs to more elevated selections like seafood cannelloni and rack of lamb.]]> <![CDATA[A Canadian guilty pleasure on the Hill]]> Despite its Francophone pedigree and deserved reputation as one of the most European of North American cities, Montreal claims surprisingly few culinary specialties as its own.]]> <![CDATA[Rincon Del Sol can become a vice]]> "I’ m guessing you were a big Miami Vice fan,” said colleague Carin over lunch at Boulder’s Rincon Del Sol. “You’re absolutely right,” I replied, recalling that series’ mix of dynamic visuals, dramatic spice, and a bit of cheese, courtesy of Don Johnson’s formidable thespian talents. A certain degree of predictability also contributed to my enjoyment of this show; you could always count on the shoot-out before the percussive title credits, the obligatory rock star cameo, and a Ferrari chase thrown in for good measure. ]]> <![CDATA[Why do they even give you chopsticks?]]> The rapid-service sushi joint offers 12 different rolls, or the choice to design your own. All are available as bowls, but are intended to be served as burrito-sized hand rolls, wrapped in foil and halved. It’s the perfect example of what Steve Jobs meant when he said the job of entrepreneurs was to provide what consumers didn’t yet know they wanted.]]> <![CDATA[Truth in advertising]]> Aside from its distinctive flavor palettes, food has more abstract emotional appeals to the senses as well. Dessert tastes like joy. A giant chunk of meat roasted over an open flame tastes deeply, primally, invigorating, like surviving a plane crash or the thrill of the hunt itself.]]> <![CDATA[An oldie but a goodie]]> For folks that have been in Colorado awhile, Beau Jo’s Pizza is a familiar quantity where nostalgia is as much a part of the experience as its signature pizza. Many fondly recall chowing down on Beau Jo’s “mountain” pies at its Idaho Springs location on the way back from skiing. For me, my first experience with its offerings was during the carefree days of grad school at its old Crossroads Mall spot, which was roughly where Home Depot is now.]]> <![CDATA[Café makes Eggcredible pierogi dumplings]]> Nestled inside the Days Hotel (formerly Inn) off South Boulder Road, Boulder’s Eggcredible Café, which serves only breakfast and lunch, features a cozy log cabin interior suggesting wide open Western spaces.]]> <![CDATA[A taste of the South]]> As a longtime High Country denizen, I must admit a vague understanding of what constitutes the Low Country, although Pat Conroy seems to have something to do with it. However, a handy glossary on the back of Boulder’s new Shug’s Low Country Cuisine menu and a spot of research sheds light on the subject. ]]> <![CDATA[A kitchen that deserves the hype]]> The clean setting is set off by high ceilings and an airy feel that evokes a sunny European bistro. If you were a location scout picking a Boulder filming venue for a rom-com starring Julia Roberts (as opposed to Seth Rogen), this would be the spot.]]> <![CDATA[The Protein Bar out-Boulders Boulder]]> The PR and marketing department for the newly-opened The Protein Bar has been lobbying BW for its approval, sending over a catered lunch and emailing this reporter offers to set up an official tasting, as if there existed some alternate universe in which the grizzled old cynics I report to would let gushing journalistic about a place that tossed me a freebee slide as a legitimate review.]]> <![CDATA[Thai a noodle on]]> Prices here are quite reasonable, as lunch or dinner should be well below 10 dollars a person. At-the-counter ordering and service help keep things inexpensive, as does the simple but colorful d%u98EFr, reminiscent of a high-end nursery school.]]> <![CDATA[Classic breakfast, without the rush]]> Jeff, an East Coast native, immediately sensed a comforting familiarity about the cafes we stepped inside, noting it possessed the homey ambiance of a Vermont or New Hampshire roadside eatery. Indeed, the sunny yellow walls, farmhouse furniture, and brightly colored original artwork seemed a universe away from his neon-illuminated world of $12.]]> <![CDATA[Make a mess at Ras Kassa’s]]> Their motto is “Eat like you’ve never heard of silverware,” and they aren’t kidding. Everything from farmer’s cheese to lentil stew is served with spongy Ethiopian bread called injera to be used for scooping, and nothing else.]]>