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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.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Authentic Mexican Snickers bars

Mamacita’s goes beyond burritos

By Josh Gross
But a big part of that melting pot being in America is, of course, the need for there to be a giant, hideous television screen every single place you look.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Chicken a la antlers

Posting up at The Post Brewing Co.

By Josh Gross
The Sunday brunch menu has a few crossover items from the chicken-centric dinner menu, but focuses more on traditional breakfast items like roast beef hash ($11) and a delicious-sounding egg-battered slab of Texas toast dressed up in bourbon apples ($9).
Thursday, March 27,2014

Barbecue-topia at KT’s Hickory Pit

By Josh Gross
There are four KT’s locations. The East Boulder spot I visited is a converted house on 74th and Arapahoe, decorated with Elvis memorabilia, including a copy of the only cookbook this reporter owns hanging on the wall, Are You Hungry Tonight?: Elvis’s Favorite Recipes.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Pica’s Taqueria

By Josh Gross
Co-worker David Accomazzo was blunt in what to expect from Pica’s Taqueria: “hipster tacos,” he said.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Experience Mediterranean gigantism at its tastiest

By Josh Gross
Hummus and dolmas and shawarmas, oh my; there’s a reason the kids hit this place after hitting the bong.