Try this week: Cilantro, Flower Child, and more

Four courses to try in Boulder County this week


Madras Yellow Curry Bowl

Flower Child, 2580 Arapahoe Ave., Unit 110, Boulder,

Flower Child delivers a menu focused on freshness, which caters to vegans, vegetarians, Paleo dieters, non-gluteners and the otherwise dietary-restricted. Of course, dietary restrictions are not a requisite for enjoying Flower Child’s salads, bowls, wraps and more, as we experienced with the Madras Yellow Curry Bowl. Bright cilantro and jalapeno balance a creamy, thick, turmeric-forward yellow curry, with heirloom carrots, green beans, broccoli, brown rice and grilled chicken going along for the ride. $9.95.

La Famosa Torta Cubana

Cilantro Mexican Restaurant, 3980 Broadway, Unit 104, Boulder,

North Boulder’s newest restaurant is a small Mexican shop, Cilantro, that serves a classic menu of tacos, gorditas, tortas and more. We couldn’t resist trying La Famosa Torta Cubana after reading its ingredients — chorizo, thin and breaded pork, ham, hot dog, queso Oaxaca (like mozzarella), American cheese, onion, tomato, avocado, lettuce and chipotle salsa. It sounds like too much, but it’s not. It’s an indulgence, sure, but it all comes together in the way a muffuletta or Italian sub does. Kudos to the roll for keeping it all together. $9.99.

Lobster Roll

Maine Event food truck, Mobile, Boulder County,

The Maine Event food truck delivers lobster rolls, clam chowder and other delicacies along the Front Range. We caught them at Rayback Collective one recent evening and ordered up a lobster roll — succulent lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon and diced celery on the classic lobster roll bun. $18.

Basil Jalapeno Chicken

China Gourmet, 1345 Dry Creek Drive Unit A, Longmont, and 3970 N. Broadway, Boulder,

China Gourmet has a long menu of both classic and innovative Chinese dishes. Its list of “Shanghai Specials” includes delicious and unique options like cold salty duck, eggplant hot pot with pork, kung pao squid and basil jalapeno chicken. It’s that last dish we opted for on a recent visit — it’s a deeply umami and comforting mixture of flavor and texture, with crunchy onions and peppers combined with salty and savory chicken and bright, fresh jalapenos. $11.95.