<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[It’s in the name]]> There’s no better name for Precision Pours in Louisville than what they chose. Like many in the craft coffee world, there is a focus on acquiring the best beans from around the world, and there is a second focus on using the best methods available to extract flavor, aroma and texture from the coffee beans they source.]]> <![CDATA[The secret]]> Not because the food isn’t fantastic, but because while most Boulder restaurants are clustered in one of the city’s two walking neighborhoods, or in major-roadway stripmalls you could easily wander into, Dagabi Cucina is tucked away in the back spot...]]> <![CDATA[Latin health food]]> Most dishes here are South American, with a particular focus on Venezuela and Colombia. Arepa, a cornmeal cake stuffed with a variety of fillings, is a signature offering here. There's also bean and rice bowls served with salsa and smooth Venezuelan guacamole, as well as fried yucca root appetizers.]]> <![CDATA[Simple, organic Italian on Pearl]]> Gone is the dark, cavernous bar setting where Charles Bukowski would have felt at home. In its place is a contemporary interior that lunch companion Patrick described as very “New York,” with its exposed brick, airy ambience and sculpted light fixtures. The Mexican-American dive known as Juanita’s is long gone, and in its place is the new Pastavino, billing itself as “simple, organic, Italian.”]]> <![CDATA[Upscale Mexican street food]]> One of my pet peeves is the eatery that appropriates inexpensive ethnic food and gussies it up beyond recognition with little resulting benefit. Adding insult to injury is the establishment that jacks up the prices on affordable chow to something approximating the cost of a taco truck rather than the taco itself.]]> <![CDATA[A refreshing take on a tequila bistro]]> Sweet and spicy mole sauce, crunchy peanuts and tangy pickled red onions — the chicken mole taco at Tahona Tequila Bistro says everything you need to know about this downtown Pearl locale: It’s well-executed, vibrant and unique, and it’s best experienced with a margarita in hand.]]> <![CDATA[Just in time]]> Finding a place at the Boulder breakfast table is often troublesome. Though it’s not necessarily a Boulder-specific problem — the truth is that, proportionately, there aren’t a lot of breakfast joints, and people like eating breakfast out. It’s cheap, it’s delicious and it’s just to easier to order a fried egg than to make one.]]> <![CDATA[Out of this world]]> When you order at El Fogon in Longmont, you’re supposed to look up at the old Spanish-only menu with pictures and relay your choice to the cashier. But in practice it’s hard not to look at the giant rotisserie of bright red meat behind the counter and point and say, “That.]]> <![CDATA[Leenie’s Southern Cafe is a bit more cafe than Southern]]> Leenie’s leans more toward being a Southern-influenced diner than it does a full-blown Southern cafe.]]> <![CDATA[No furry blue puppets, just good Korean]]> Exploring the basement food court on University Hill, I recently encountered an eatery with the unlikely moniker of Goody Monster. I was mildly disappointed to discover that the person behind the counter wasn’t a furry blue puppet with ping-pong ball eyes.]]> <![CDATA[Chicken a la antlers]]> 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).]]> <![CDATA[Making culinary connections]]> The Culinary Connectors concept is simple — up to 10 diners pay $99 to tour three restaurants in an afternoon, with each stop lasting approximately one hour. Each visit affords an opportunity to sample menu and wine highlights, as well as converse with chefs.]]> <![CDATA[Bento heaven on Pearl Street]]> One of the enduring institutions of Japanese working life is the bento. Bento means "meal in a box" and can refer to anything from a homemade aggregation of fish, rice and preserved plum to ekiben, the pre-made meals encountered in train stations. In the U.]]> <![CDATA[Comfort food]]> It’s located in an old building on the far west end of Walnut. To the west of Sherpa’s is a woodsy, over-priced parking lot (you don’t have to park there to go to Sherpa’s) and then a foliage-filled view into the foothills. You’re far enough from the bustle of Broadway and the foot traffic of Pearl so it’s quiet and feels more secluded than it is.]]> <![CDATA[Top-notch sushi in an unassuming spot]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[An authentic taste of old Europe in Boulder]]> It’s not often that one draws upon the terms evocative or cinematic to describe a local dining establishment’s ambience, but in the case of Boulder’s freshly brewed Bohemian Biergarten, it’s entirely warranted.]]> <![CDATA[Les bon temps]]> great Boulder restaurants. It strikes a chord in the community. When we talk about the Boulder location, we talk about the Victorian home just off Pearl Street in which diners cram in to every corner every morning. We talk about the worn fabric rags the silverware comes in, the chicory coffee and the Creole art on the walls.]]> <![CDATA[Cup at Conor’s]]> Unfortunately, pretty much everything I know about World Cup soccer comes from the mid-’90s pinball machine of the same name. I know that teams from around the world are involved and someone enthusiastically yells out “goal” in an elongated manner whenever points are scored.]]> <![CDATA[Simply satisfying]]> Perhaps nowhere else in Boulder County is food tied to a place as much as Tibet’s Restaurant & Bar in Louisville is to the country and perspective of its namesake. The interior is designed with care and intention. The owners Mark Herman, and Kami and Pasang Sherpa, the latter two of whom are from Nepal, have carefully placed artifacts throughout the restaurant to effect calm and pleasure. “Each decoration,” the owners write, “serves as a reminder of Buddhist philosophy. … Tibet’s has been decorated with strategically placed items to create the best energy for the space.”]]> <![CDATA[Power lunching on Pearl for $10]]> "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” famously wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perhaps a modern corollary to this pearl of wisdom is “A foolish inconsistency is the hobgoblin of short-lived restaurateurs.”]]>