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Thursday, August 22,2013

Would you like some wine with that burger?

By Clay Fong
A full bar, inviting deck and unique menu choices, including portobello, chicken and falafel sandwiches, as well as sausage skewers and caprese salads, differentiate this modernist venue from other burger joints. Besides beer and cocktails, espresso drinks and milkshakes are also on tap.
Thursday, August 15,2013

Empire's main dishes deliver

By Clay Fong
Over the past few years, downtown Louisville’s dining options have grown impressively, and the Empire Restaurant and Lounge is one of this burg’s top spots for fine dining in a relaxed setting. While this space can accommodate many diners, it feels smaller and more intimate than it is, enhanced by woods and an earthy color scheme.
Thursday, August 8,2013

A culinary effort to infuse with brews

By Clay Fong
Located near 30th Street, Twisted Pine features a menu of comforting tavern fare that pairs well with the brewery’s signature ales. Appetizers here include grilled cheese bites, spinach dip and nachos. There are also pizza rolls accompanied by sauces like homemade ranch and pesto, soups and chicken chili, salads, sandwiches and pizza.
Thursday, August 1,2013

Thai that won’t break the bank

By Clay Fong
Allowing for very few exceptions, one of the chief tenets of my culinary belief system is that Asian food should be reasonably priced.
Thursday, July 25,2013

A Niwot breakfast without pretense

By Clay Fong
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.
Thursday, July 18,2013

Top-notch sushi in an unassuming spot

By Clay Fong
Given the sushi expertise present, I chose to ignore such offerings as the Saturday shoyu or miso broth ramen lunch special and various bento boxes. Instead I focused on sushi specials, and my opening gambit was a $12 white fish lovers’ special.
Thursday, July 11,2013

Revisiting a revamped classic

By Clay Fong
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.
Wednesday, July 3,2013

Snoopin' out the Dogg House

By Clay Fong
Given the name, it’s not surprising Geisty’s serves up a variety of sausages, but it also offers tavern staples like burgers, fries and wings. I suspect this isn’t a first for this kind of place, as Geisty’s also has a full bar, complete with cocktails and pitchers of beer.
Thursday, June 27,2013

The tastes of Provence and beyond

By Clay Fong
Inside Mateo, tastefully refined earth tones and bright whites make for an elegant-yet-welcoming setting such as one might find in a gallery staffed by friendly, unpretentious folks.
Thursday, June 20,2013

Solid, simple sushi in Superior

By Clay Fong
It recently dawned on me that location doesn’t seem to be a predictor of the quality of Boulder County Japanese restaurants. Sure, I’ve had fine Asian meals at the high-end downtown Boulder stalwarts. But I’ve also enjoyed equally satisfying repasts in strip mall joints and haunts tucked away in the corners of grocery stores.