<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[The resurgent cupcake, reconsidered]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Moby taco]]> While CyclHOPS vending tacos and bikes from one shop fronted with bike tools to aid commuters is an idea that deserves some sort of Nobel Prize, it also seemed slightly ironic that the location was on the sort of semi-rural drag strip of a street cyclists tend to avoid for fear of losing one of their three dimensions.]]> <![CDATA[Les bon temps]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Santa Fe in Longmont]]> I appreciate a business with a name that unambiguously identifies what it offers. Such is the case with Longmont’s to-the-point Santa Fe Coffee & Burrito Co. This welcoming breakfast and lunch spot features caffeine ranging from classic diner coffee to espresso drinks and hearty, New Mexico-influenced meals.]]> <![CDATA[Stopping in, stepping out]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Double vision]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Better than ever]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Shine on]]> When I first heard the name of Boulder’s new eatery Shine, I was hoping it would feature entertainment by a troubled pianist portrayed by actor Geoffrey Rush. Alas, Shine appears more to refer to notions of maximized self-actualization than David Helfgott, although music is on the menu. The latest venture from the Emich triplets, this gathering space, bar and restaurant is just a few doors down from their former establishment, Trilogy.]]> <![CDATA[Brunch without the wait]]> Aji is blessedly free of a line around 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday, likely because Latin restaurants aren’t commonly thought of for brunch opportunities, especially when surrounded by more breakfast-centric bistros and diners.]]> <![CDATA[The secret]]> Not because the food isn’t fantastic, but because while most Boulder restaurants are clustered in one of the city’s two walking neighborhoods, or in major-roadway stripmalls you could easily wander into, Dagabi Cucina is tucked away in the back spot...]]> <![CDATA[The food is the thing]]> In the clown car kitchen of China Gourmet in Boulder, a dozen cooks are calmly doing two dozen things. Composed but busy, the kitchen is preparing Chinese-American standards like cashew chicken, mu shu pork and Szechwan beef alongside “Shanghai specials” like cold salty duck, kung pao squid, salt-andpepper soft shell crab and “Ants Climbing a Tree.]]> <![CDATA[Parting shot: My favorite restaurants]]> As I began writing this final piece for Boulder Weekly, I considered a number of potential opening sentences.]]> <![CDATA[Doing happy hour in style at Jill’s in the St Julien]]> Hotels are not on the average diner’s radar. But Jill’s at the St Julien in Boulder ought to be. A boutique hotel in the style Colorado does best — casually elegant — the restaurant carries this same kind of elegance, and makes it even more pleasing with the value and wide range of offerings at one of the best happy.]]> <![CDATA[Aloy succeeds Chy for Thai]]> Arriving at Boulder’s Aloy Thai Cuisine, I wondered if this restaurant is the Ken to its predecessor restaurant, Chy Thai, aka the Mark of this labored analogy. The location is the same, and an exterior banner touts that the food and ownership are the same, although the name has changed. Inside, the most noticeable difference is disappearance of the counter apparatus which gave the former incarnation a down-market, cafeteria vibe.]]> <![CDATA[Huckleberry lives up to the hype]]> While Louisville’s Huckleberry serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea, arguably its most popular meal is weekend brunch. At least that was my impression after waiting 45 minutes for a table on a recent late Sunday morning. Friend Tertia and I used the time to catch up before being ushered to a sunny window-side two-top in a room that’s a more contemporary take on the country kitchen. Think a little less Holly Hobbie and a little more David Hockney, and you’ll get the picture.]]> <![CDATA[An authentic taste of old Europe in Boulder]]> It’s not often that one draws upon the terms evocative or cinematic to describe a local dining establishment’s ambience, but in the case of Boulder’s freshly brewed Bohemian Biergarten, it’s entirely warranted.]]> <![CDATA[Le Peep's: Something for everyone]]> A few years back, I went to a Le Peep’s location in Englewood and had a singularly horrible breakfast, which ran counter to my experience at the Boulder location. I eventually learned the reason for the disparity in quality. The Boulder venue operates independently from the chain locations (although there is some relationship to the Longmont venue), except perhaps for some long-ago deals involving naming rights too arcane even for the Obscurity Corner.]]> <![CDATA[The newest Sun shines]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Going off campus]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[More than a brewpub]]> The Boulder Draft House, which occupies the former Redfish location, lives up to its name, as it features numerous craft beers from the Colorado Brewing Company. This cavernous but inviting space also serves up several enticing food specials, such as Monday’s $7 burger-and-a-beer deal, and Happy Hour runs all day Tuesday.]]>