<![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[Pica’s Taqueria]]> Co-worker David Accomazzo was blunt in what to expect from Pica’s Taqueria: “hipster tacos,” he said.]]> <![CDATA[Momo like mama makes]]> Less familiar Asian cuisines sometimes come off as lessthan-satisfactory knockoffs of their Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai or Indian counterparts. With this thought in mind, I wasn’t sure what to expect at Boulder’s Tibet Kitchen, and I feared the experience was going to consist of poorly interpreted Northern Indian fare. Fortunately, my phobia was unfounded, as this compact restaurant features unique Tibetan items such as momo dumplings and a full range of meatless dishes prepared in a manner that’s both tasty and healthy.]]> <![CDATA[Filling the belly at a Philly deli]]> Many times, when you set foot in a Boulder-area deli, you’ll experience a certain degree of geographic predictability. Often you’ll see images of New York landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, to help build Big Apple culinary cred.]]> <![CDATA[A taste of the East Coast]]> For many cities, pizza is a wellspring of civic pride. New York touts its thin crust pie, which some say receives a flavor boost from the mineral kick of the Big Apple's famed tap water.]]> <![CDATA[Leenie’s Southern Cafe is a bit more cafe than Southern]]> Leenie’s leans more toward being a Southern-influenced diner than it does a full-blown Southern cafe.]]> <![CDATA[Nice pupusas]]> While most people have bad dreams about missing final exams or involuntarily appearing naked in front of a crowd, the foodie%uFFFDs nightmare is different. A dedicated diner%uFFFDs disturbing visions revolve around discovering the perfect ethnic hole-in-the-wall, known but to a few.]]> <![CDATA[100% tasty and cheap]]> It%uFFFDs an unapologetically casual spot, with at-the-counter ordering and a selfservice condiment bar featuring fresh pico de gallo, red and green salsas, and slices of radish and lime. The menu encompasses such street food staples as tacos with freshly made corn tortillas, quesadillas, tamales with a multitude of stuffings, and torta sandwiches.]]> <![CDATA[Formidable pho]]> Pressed for time, colleague Carin and I weren't enthused to seek a blah lunch at a ho-hum sandwich shop or fast food joint during a recent journey to Broomfield. I also realized it had been some time since I had enjoyed a bowl of pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup.]]> <![CDATA[Tavern fare with a twist]]> Whenever I visit a place calling itself a tavern, I half expect it to be populated by a clientele consisting of Revolutionary War colonists plotting their next move against the monarchy. More realistically though, I anticipate that a self-proclaimed tavern is an unfussy spot where decent brews flow freely and bar food staples are abundant and reasonably priced.]]> <![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[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[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[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[The food next door]]> Three things distinguish The Kitchen [Next Door] from its namesake neighbor, namely a focus on swift service for time-constrained diners, menu offerings all less than $9, and a family-friendly emphasis. Open since June, this eatery succeeds on all these counts, although one suspects the current customer base consists more of hip foodies than literal small fry.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder lands Cuban sandwich outpost]]> Cuba Cuba has a new Boulder outpost, the affordably priced Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria. One suspects this quick-serve venture has franchising ambitions, as the first impression of the general setup is that it’s like Chipotle with a better color scheme. But this eatery also distinguishes itself with a lively Cuban soundtrack and surprisingly pleasant shaded outside tables.]]> <![CDATA[Off the beaten brunch]]> As friend Lisa and I drove on Hwy. 36 north of Boulder, we couldn’t help but notice the landscape’s arid harshness. Even though the sun was shining, we couldn’t shake a feeling of wintry desolation.]]> <![CDATA[Rolling with noodles in Lafayette]]> The decor is minimal in this narrow 40-seat eatery, which features several tables and a tiny sushi bar in the back. I noticed a fair number of Asian families dining here, always a good sign. Noodle offerings including thick udon, as well as more svelte ramen, are available in a variety of broths.]]> <![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[A homey brunch at Colterra]]> It was one of those chilly, grayish Saturdays that was a harbinger of upcoming winter. Too cold to go out on the bike and not enough snow on the ground to enjoy wintry sports, so why not go out for a leisurely breakfast? In this spirit, friend Justin joined me on an excursion to Niwot’s Colterra.]]>