<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[A Niwot breakfast without pretense]]> Many hold the Niwot Market’s Friday evening summer dinners in high esteem. However, it’s also worth noting that this hospitable family-run grocery also dishes out reasonably priced breakfasts and lunches throughout the week.]]> <![CDATA[More than a cold remedy]]> Back in the ’90s, I’d hightail it down to Pearl Street’s New York Deli at the first sign of a cold. Reflexively, I’d order a big bowl of chicken matzo ball soup, sided with bagel chips, as a form of self-medication.]]> <![CDATA[The Peloton%uFFFDs pizzeria]]> high-end residential developers strive to install an onpremises destination restaurant as an inducement for buyers. Case in point is San Francisco%uFFFDs Millennium Tower, a pricey residential highrise that features the RN74 eatery, operated by Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina.]]> <![CDATA[Best of the rest]]> Blooming Beets is lifestyle eating if anything, no different in principle than the hip pizza joint or the restaurant that serves the same chow for twice the price as the corner diner just by adding a white table cloth.]]> <![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[No exotic cow parts here]]> Pica%uFFFDs Mexican Taqueria is the latest local entry in the midpriced, fast-casual taco and burrito arena. Not a large chain or a strictly one-location operation, it nevertheless manages to dish out satisfying and surprisingly tastyfor-the-price Mexican specialties.]]> <![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[Getting into the Gindi]]> Gindi offers up a lunchtime slate of such light meal standbys as soup, salads and sandwiches. Dinner is available from Thursday to Saturday night with a reasonably priced menu in the $9.50-and-up range featuring burgers, stuffed squash and ahi tuna.]]> <![CDATA[Fettuccine a la ESPN]]> It was a line of thought that was hard to ignore at Carelli’s, a generally pleasant sit-down on the corner of 30th and Baseline in Boulder, where the ambiance included a jazz band playing in the corner, soft lights rotating colors above the bar and a faceful of the Little League World Series making error after error after error.]]> <![CDATA[Simply satisfying]]> While the menu here consists of straightforward Italian fare, this isn't just another spaghetti and meatballs joint. The most expensive entry is the Steak Florentine, a $25 number consisting of a half-pound filet mignon melded with mushrooms and Alaskan crab.]]> <![CDATA[Nothing bitter about this bar]]> The Bitter Bar occupies the Walnut Street space previously inhabited by the Happy Noodle House, which, like its successor, was operated by the Big Red F Restaurant Group. Given the new enterprise’s heavy focus on libations, it’s unsurprising that this spot retains a hip, lounge-like vibe that lends itself well to casual cocktails or an informal dinner.]]> <![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[Barbecue-topia at KT’s Hickory Pit]]> There are four KT’s locations. The East Boulder spot I visited is a converted house on 74th and Arapahoe, decorated with Elvis memorabilia, including a copy of the only cookbook this reporter owns hanging on the wall, Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’s Favorite Recipes.]]> <![CDATA[Open mouth, insert wing]]> REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity, the first season of Miami Vice and the John Madden-era Oakland Raiders are among my myriad of guilty pleasures. Chicken wings come close to making this list. However, many versions, either prepared indifferently or adhering too faithfully to the vinegary tones of the original Buffalo version, inevitably disappoint. For this reason, they have yet to reach the exalted status of a guilty pleasure.]]> <![CDATA[Cheaper than a plane ticket to Japan]]> From the owner of Sushi Zanmai comes an interpretation of upscale Japanese cuisine. Don’t expect to get away with your American version of Japanese dining: There are no California rolls or edamame — and you have to take your shoes off. It’s only polite.]]> <![CDATA[Peep this]]> It would be a lie to call Le Peep “Boulder’s best kept secret.” For one, the diner is a chain with dozens of locations, and it’s been in Boulder for 30 years or so. The chain has been around even longer. Then there’s the fact that it’s got a reasonable level of bustle in a central location.]]> <![CDATA[Bite-sized]]> Though downtown Boulder has its share of classy joints, when discerning Boulderites are looking for somewhere to wear their dress North Face jacket, or that little black dress that perfectly matches their nice Chacos, they head downtown to The Bitter Bar — this year’s Best of Boulder winner for “Best Bar” — and soak up the swank.]]> <![CDATA[Not half bad]]> A recent experience at a national chain sandwich shop in Lusk, Wyo., made me realize why sandwiches arenít often my first meal choice. My sandwich wasnít terrible, itís just that this comestible was strictly functional, with little artistry or care involved in its creation.]]> <![CDATA[Boiling point]]> Just one thing I want to know: how come I have to be Mr. Pink?” my co-worker Caitlin Rockett asked on our way to The Huckleberry in old town Louisville. But we weren’t headed there to pull a Reservoir Dogs; we were going to have a tea party.]]> <![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.]]>