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Thursday, June 19,2014

Sun Rose Cafe does things Texas-sized

By Josh Gross
Though the ambiance was one of light disorientation caused by ambient sound, The Sun Rose Cafe delivered on the food end, making the experience a pleasant one on the whole.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Rain or shine

La Revolucin and its all-purpose patio

By Josh Gross
It’s hard to quantify something like “best patio.” But even without statistics wunderkind Nate Silverapproved objective data, it’s fair to say to that La Revolución Taqueria and Cantina in old town Louisville is in the running.
Thursday, June 5,2014

Straightedge

The Rowdy Mermaid is craft-brew for teetotalers

By Josh Gross
When I announced plans to review The Rowdy Mermaid, Boulder’s new kombucha taproom, a co-worker swiftly warned me reading on the Internet that kombucha, a sparkling fermented tea drink with live yeast and bacteria cultures, can cause “fatal...
Thursday, May 29,2014

A shrine to flavor

Korea House is full of sights and tastes

By Josh Gross
It’s hard not to think of that scene walking into Korea House in North Boulder. The unassuming stripmall storefront on the side of 28th gives no hint of what is contained within: numerous paintings, tchotchkes and shrines to beer and more.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Taking the temperature

Centro gets high marks in two signature and barometrical dishes

By Josh Gross
On visuals alone, it was easy to understand. It was easily the most visually appealing chili relleno I’ve ever seen, with a large pepper fried not in a sprawling, soggy blanket of egg, but a light, crisp looking batter, and perched atop roasted, cubed sweet potatoes and plantains and drizzled with a ranchero sauce.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Truth in advertising

Fresh Thymes Eatery really does taste so fresh it ought to be slapped

By Josh Gross
Aside from its distinctive flavor palettes, food has more abstract emotional appeals to the senses as well. Dessert tastes like joy. A giant chunk of meat roasted over an open flame tastes deeply, primally, invigorating, like surviving a plane crash or the thrill of the hunt itself.
Thursday, May 8,2014

The Protein Bar out-Boulders Boulder

By Josh Gross
The PR and marketing department for the newly-opened The Protein Bar has been lobbying BW for its approval, sending over a catered lunch and emailing this reporter offers to set up an official tasting, as if there existed some alternate universe in which the grizzled old cynics I report to would let gushing journalistic about a place that tossed me a freebee slide as a legitimate review.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Feel the chill of the Golden Sun

Anti-foodieism at its finest

By Josh Gross
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.
Thursday, April 24,2014

Aged in the old country

The Cheese Course knows its Basque

By Josh Gross
The first thing you need to know about The Cheese Course is that it’s almost absurdly pleasant. Outside, the sun roasts the asphalt of the parking lot as the traffic roars through the intersection of Folsom and Arapahoe, but inside you are hit with a blast of Tommy Dorsey on the stereo, a whiff of gouda in the noseholes and the clean, simple and naturally-lit design of a European country market.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Won’t you be my neighbor?

The Kitchen Next Door

By Josh Gross
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.
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