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Thursday, August 27,2015

From one home to another

Flower Pepper offers authentic Chinese home cooking in Boulder

By Matt Cortina
To be honest, Flower Pepper’s reputation preceded my visit. In just a few short months of business, Flower Pepper has already amassed dozens of emphatic reviews online.
Thursday, August 20,2015

A good bite

Murphy’s Tap House brings its menu and dozens of local taps to Louisville

By Matt Cortina
Out of the disemboweled corpse of a failed Chili’s emerged the shiny new Murphy’s Tap House in Louisville earlier this month. And though there are definite similarities in the skeletal structure of the two restaurants, Murphy’s Tap House has done enough in its remodel to differentiate itself from the fast casual chain both in the quality and diversity of the menu, as well as the slightly more authentic vibe within the walls of the building.
Thursday, August 13,2015

Experience it

This is not a review of Gold Hill Inn

By Matt Cortina
I cringe when the third course arrives at Gold Hill Inn. I cringe because I realize there’s no way to describe this unique experience without feeling gross and unqualified. You can’t review Gold Hill Inn in the same way you can’t review, say, a whale. You can’t review it because it is unique, earnest and wonderful in a way that cannot be put into words but can only be experienced.
Thursday, August 6,2015

Creation Story

Flatiron Coffee serves up quality, inspired drinks

By Matt Cortina
Creativity is paramount in the coffee game. Hell, creativity is the coffee game. Now, the folks at Folger’s would have you believe it’s about ease, and the hipsters downtown would have you believe it’s all about Bunsen burners and science bottles. But at its core, all good coffee comes down to creativity.
Thursday, July 30,2015

Out there

Vern’s Place in Laporte is worth a stop on your next trip

By Matt Cortina
There is no better conversation about stuffed mountain lions than the conversation about stuffed mountain lions you have at Vern’s. If you’re headed north, it might be your first of many dining conversations about taxidermy; if you’re headed back to Boulder County, it might just be your last for a while.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Here’s the twist

The French Twist food truck brings high cuisine to the street

By Matt Cortina
There’s a surprising amount of room onboard Louise. Chef Michael DeBoer and his wife Lori bought the old and deteriorating truck, which had lived a life as the famed Cheese Louise mobile restaurant. It died of having a hole in the floor underneath the driver’s seat, and truck-grade osteoporosis, which caused its support beams to rust to dust.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Rain or shine

Boulder’s Hungry Toad is an everyday, and everybody, type of bar

By Matt Cortina
The Hungry Toad was built for rainy days. It makes for a cozy pint when you can sit in the corner and watch the wind beat rain into the windows with wooden jambs. The fixtures are natural, from the exposed brick wall to the leather bar chairs to the wooden tabletops. The Hungry Toad is a warm blanket, a leather couch and a Saturday with Netflix.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Eating local

Kathmandu II joins Boulder’s unique Himalayan food scene

By Matt Cortina
When you travel, one of the first things you tell folks about your trip is how the food was. It’s just a simple way to engage your conversation partners in a talk about your trip, which we care about but don’t really want to hear about, and give them something to latch onto.
Thursday, July 2,2015

A special place

Prime rib night at the Niwot Tavern

By Matt Cortina
It’s prime rib night at the tavern. There’s a happy murmur in the dining room, likely because it’s the kind of place where you can get a fat prime rib and baked potato for ten bucks on a Monday night. The prime rib special is about community. I have driven into the night on some interstate countless times, headed for some easy weekend retreat, and popped into an Al’s or a Roadside or a Moonlight, finding a cheerful community, switching booths, chatting up neighbors and laughing at playful waitress sass.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Surprising seafood

Caf Blue boasts an extensive seafood menu in Gunbarrel

By Matt Cortina
It took a while to find Café Blue in Gunbarrel. It’s hidden in a strip mall, which is in the shadow of another, bigger strip mall, which is in the shadow of a King Soopers… part of a larger strip mall. But inside those doors is a quaint, friendly cafe that serves a variety of lunch and dinner options and has a homey bar set right in the middle of the dining room.