<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[Snap judgment]]> At first glance, Casa Alvarez might as well be decorated exclusively in red flags. It occupies the back corner location of a 30th Street strip mall and has an interior that looks like every Mexican restaurant in every town, with light pastel coloring and tile, overly harsh lighting and awkward attempts to recreate a jungle atmosphere inside.]]> <![CDATA[An overdone riff]]> The word “riff” implies improvisation and excitement. It instantly brings to mind a memorable guitar solo, and applied to food, the expectation for something inspiring. Unfortunately, in the case of Riffs Urban Fare, there is such a thing as too much riffing.]]> <![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[SALT’s chocolate tart: a recipe for forgiveness]]> Over my three visits to SALT, the service has been somewhat erratic. But what SALT lacks in consistent courtesy they make up for with desserts that will make you forget your woes, much less any minor offense received at the door.]]> <![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[Georgia boys BBQ may be best on the Front Range]]> One of the required American barbecue trail pilgrimages is Dallas%uFFFDs Sonny Bryan%uFFFDs, a joint renowned for its meltingly tender beef brisket. There are several locations scattered throughout the city, but the cognoscenti know that the food is best at the original shack on Inwood Road.]]> <![CDATA[A promising FATE for tavern food]]> "Smoke gets in your food," declared John, considered by many to be the dean of local food scribes. Indeed, our lunch courses at the recently opened FATE Brewing Company were adhering to a certain fire-seasoned theme. A rich aroma of smoke wafted off our chicken wing starter, and John’s soon-to-arrive pastrami Rueben promised to continue the smoky motif.]]> <![CDATA[Making the familiar seem new]]> At lunch, sandwich selections range from a grilled cheese featuring Swiss, cheddar and brie to a Bistro burger highlighting natural beef and blue cheese. There’s also a meatless sandwich adorned with mushroom, tomato and pesto goat cheese.]]> <![CDATA[An outdoor lunch at a landmark corner]]> Unfortunately this led to a few service delays, although she gamely tried her best. Later, a few management-looking types picked up the slack, although our starters arrived after the entrees. However, there are likely far more pressing issues in the world to worry about.]]> <![CDATA[A diner that Jack Reacher would like]]> If Jack Reacher were to ever return to Colorado and wind up in Boulder, I suspect he’d make a beeline for the Parkway Cafe.]]> <![CDATA[Yellowbelly is for Boulder´s culinary chickens]]> The breast meat contained within Yellowbelly´s fried white strips comes from chickens as free-range, vegetarian and local as a CU sociology major. Fried white indeed.]]> <![CDATA[A reasonably priced lunch at a high-end place]]> My first job out of college was working for the U.S. Forest Service in Rutland, Vt. Unfortunately, lunch choices in this town were limited, and I ate most meals at the family-run Sandwich Shoppe. Pricing was in line with my entry-level salary — today, you can still get a big meatball sub there for $6.]]> <![CDATA[Pizzeria Locale gives Bay-area pizza a whirl]]> Boulder’s Pizzeria Locale has been in business almost two years, and has solidified its position as a go-to spot for wood-fired, Naples-style pie.]]> <![CDATA[Eastern authenticity at Ting's in East County]]> I’m often forced to compromise at Chinese restaurants by eating less authentic fare like sesame chicken and cream cheese wontons — not exactly the stuff of childhood Chinatown dinners.]]> <![CDATA[A refreshing take on a tequila bistro]]> Sweet and spicy mole sauce, crunchy peanuts and tangy pickled red onions — the chicken mole taco at Tahona Tequila Bistro says everything you need to know about this downtown Pearl locale: It’s well-executed, vibrant and unique, and it’s best experienced with a margarita in hand.]]> <![CDATA[Tossa Pizza strikes a balance]]> For some odd reason, when I first heard of Boulder’s new eatery, Tossa Pizza, my mind swiftly visualized Luigi Risotto reciting this restaurant’s name in a comical Italian accent.]]> <![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[Shamane’s make sha-magic in your sha-mouth]]> Though the shop’s tagline is “making your sweet dreams come true,” they are clearly making a run at satisfying savory dreams as well. ]]> <![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[Don’t give this grocery sushi short shrift]]> While some may be rightfully skeptical of a sushi spot nestled in a grocery, Sachi handily distinguishes itself from chain supermarket operations that truck in fare from afar.]]>