<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[Revisiting a revamped classic]]> In some ways the Chautauqua Dining Hall might be to Boulderites what the Statue of Liberty might be to New Yorkers. Sure, you know it’s there, but you may not venture out there that much unless you have out-of-town visitors or are obligated to attend a special event.]]> <![CDATA[The water’s fine]]> One thing every diner needs in their toolkit is good, simple Asian food. Not simple in the sense that it’s of poor quality, but simple in the sense that it isn’t decorated to death, to the point of terminal tackiness. Just something approachably tasteful, and tasty.]]> <![CDATA[At your service]]> The food is important, but no matter how great it is, the environment is equally vital to the experience. Happily, they’ve gotten all of it right at Sugarbeet in Longmont.]]> <![CDATA[Old-school home cooking]]> Feeling a chill in the morning air, I decided to take advantage of the remaining warm weather days by venturing up to Rocky Mountain National Park for some wildlife photography. Anticipating the taxing nature of this adventure, I sought ample morning sustenance with friend Tertia and her family at Andrea%uFFFDs Homestead Caf%u9B80]]> <![CDATA[More than a coffee shop]]> The first impression of downtown Boulder’s Saxy’s Cafe is that of your typical college town coffee shop with a ramshackle, slightly lived-in feel. But a closer look reveals more luxurious trappings epitomized by comfortable sofas and low coffee tables that give the spot a cozy living room ambience. Low-key, if not folksy, music plays on the stereo, deepening the mellow coffeehouse vibe. ]]> <![CDATA[Latin health food]]> Most dishes here are South American, with a particular focus on Venezuela and Colombia. Arepa, a cornmeal cake stuffed with a variety of fillings, is a signature offering here. There's also bean and rice bowls served with salsa and smooth Venezuelan guacamole, as well as fried yucca root appetizers.]]> <![CDATA[The Boulder Cork has aged well]]> Settings into a venerable locale such as the Boulder Cork restaurant, one can’t but help wonder if the dapper sports coat-clad gentleman at the next table might be a regular who’s come here for decades. Perhaps a younger version of him showed up here in the ’70s, decked out in a turtleneck, bell-bottoms and a sweet Mark Spitz-style ’stache. He’s aged reasonably well, but what about his favored restaurant?]]> <![CDATA[On-the-go bagels and Moe]]> For the most part, previous forays to the three Moe’s locations scattered across town (there’s a Denver branch too) were of the grab-and-go variety.]]> <![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[An ambitious take on Mexican at Agave Mexico Bistro]]> Usual suspects such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales are readily available. But there are also more distinctive offerings such as grilled seafood plates and vegetarian dishes featuring breaded cauliflower or chile-simmered cactus.]]> <![CDATA[Alice's retro diner charm]]> It's too cold for a fair-weather cyclist to ride, and there's not enough snow to go skiing. So what to do? In the run-up to the hectic holidays, a leisurely weekend breakfast sounded like just the ticket. So I decided to explore Longmont's Aunt Alice's Kitchen.]]> <![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[Farm to fast food]]> The Colorado chain has been slinging spinach since 2004, steadily growing from a single saladteria in Denver to a dozen locations statewide, with company owners saying they are looking to open as many as 50 more outlets in the next five years. MAD Greens may not be winning friends by The Simpsons’.]]> <![CDATA[Getting dizzy on Boulder’s newest donuts]]> I fed Mara donuts until she wept. Well, not really, although we certainly did a fine job of indulging ourselves at Dizzy’s Donuts, Boulder’s newest venue serving fresh takes on old-school baked goods.]]> <![CDATA[Won’t you be my neighbor?]]> It’s comfort food that breaks neither the bank nor the belt, and that proves a point I’ve long argued for as a food writer: fine food doesn’t require fine dining. You should be able to get a great meal at a decent price in jeans. The Kitchen Next Door shows there’s no reason you can’t afford — or be let in the door — for a good meal.]]> <![CDATA[Feel the chill of the Golden Sun]]> I expected Golden Sun to be a bit divey. It’s a big part of what made me seek out the Chinese restaurant tucked into an awkward corner space on a 28th Street strip mall. Chinese food is best served sketchy, and without a set of tracks to cross to the wrong side of, you have to try your luck in strip malls.]]> <![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[A one-man burrito trailer]]> A cash-only operation, La Choza serves breakfast burritos in the morning and an array of tacos, tortas, burritos, hamburgers and hot dogs until the 3 p.m. closing time. Available meats include chicken, carne asada, buche (pork stomach) and shredded beef.]]> <![CDATA[House cure for the common appetite]]> On a recent chilly Saturday morning, I found this setting even more hospitable as I happily took a seat next to the warming fireplace. While I studied the menu, I decided to give a $4 house chai a shot. While I'm partial to more spicy versions such as Bhakti's ginger-infused nectar, I appreciated the mellower qualities of Aion's take.]]> <![CDATA[Beers, burgers and Belgium]]> West Flanders is a Belgian province known for significant events in both World Wars, notably the bloody fighting around Ypres and the Dunkirk evacuation. It also has a reputation for the peculiar practice of cat flinging. Lastly, and perhaps most relevantly, it has a longstanding tradition of brewing high-quality beers.]]>