<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![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[A memorable culinary trip to Morocco]]> Stepping out of a nondescript 28th Street parking lot into Tangier Moroccan Cuisine is a transformative experience. Once inside, one removes one’s shoes and absorbs the warm ambiance of a dining room packed with richly colored rugs and comfy cushions.]]> <![CDATA[Baked on a budget]]> The bratwurst special ($9.95) this reporter ordered had a strong, smoky flavor and a pleasantly firm texture for a brat. My server said that the sausages are currently made by friends of the owner, but that it is their ultimate goal to make them in-house.]]> <![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[The Boulder Cork has aged well]]> Settings into a venerable locale such as the Boulder Cork restaurant, one can’t but help wonder if the dapper sports coat-clad gentleman at the next table might be a regular who’s come here for decades. Perhaps a younger version of him showed up here in the ’70s, decked out in a turtleneck, bell-bottoms and a sweet Mark Spitz-style ’stache. He’s aged reasonably well, but what about his favored restaurant?]]> <![CDATA[Basta’s brunch among the best]]> Once known as Pizzeria Basta, the Boulder eatery now simply known as Basta still serves savory wood oven pies. But this name change more accurately reflects a menu offering much more than just pizza, which is a smart move.]]> <![CDATA[Fettuccine a la ESPN]]> It was a line of thought that was hard to ignore at Carelli’s, a generally pleasant sit-down on the corner of 30th and Baseline in Boulder, where the ambiance included a jazz band playing in the corner, soft lights rotating colors above the bar and a faceful of the Little League World Series making error after error after error.]]> <![CDATA[Cheese Importers warehouse expands to offer more than cheese]]> Themed shops and restaurants — whether French, Mexican, Southwestern or others — can either go very right, as in tasteful, or very wrong, as in tacky. Bistrot des Artistes has been done tastefully.]]> <![CDATA[Can’t complain]]> As applied to restaurants no less than to novels or films, the adjective “critic-proof ” is usually a backhanded compliment, acknowledging the consumer savvy rather than the craftsmanship of the producer in question.]]> <![CDATA[Bru is unoccupied and unexpected]]> The menu reads like a contemporary, Southern-inspired restaurant that happens to have a handcrafted ale business on the side.]]> <![CDATA[Rincon Del Sol can become a vice]]> "I’ m guessing you were a big Miami Vice fan,” said colleague Carin over lunch at Boulder’s Rincon Del Sol. “You’re absolutely right,” I replied, recalling that series’ mix of dynamic visuals, dramatic spice, and a bit of cheese, courtesy of Don Johnson’s formidable thespian talents. A certain degree of predictability also contributed to my enjoyment of this show; you could always count on the shoot-out before the percussive title credits, the obligatory rock star cameo, and a Ferrari chase thrown in for good measure. ]]> <![CDATA[Middle Eastern eats and sweets]]> There’s something inherently enigmatic about a restaurant calling itself Pickled Lemon, as this moniker raises more questions than answers. Is this a venue for citrus-based cocktails? Does the menu focus on fruit? Is this a cryptic reference to a Tina Fey character? Dessert Diva Danette Randall and I decided to investigate by checking out this newly opened fast-casual establishment on The Hill.]]> <![CDATA[At your service]]> The food is important, but no matter how great it is, the environment is equally vital to the experience. Happily, they’ve gotten all of it right at Sugarbeet in Longmont.]]> <![CDATA[A slice of Italy]]> Some local Italian restaurants trace their culinary lineage back to the venerable Americanized red sauce haunts of San Francisco or the East Coast. Alternatively, they may possess a more direct link to the old country without the hindrance of flavors compromised to suit New World palates.]]> <![CDATA[Cheaper than a plane ticket to Japan]]> From the owner of Sushi Zanmai comes an interpretation of upscale Japanese cuisine. Don’t expect to get away with your American version of Japanese dining: There are no California rolls or edamame — and you have to take your shoes off. It’s only polite.]]> <![CDATA[Carelli's strikes right balance]]> At one end of the Italian restaurant spectrum, you've got your family run spaghetti joints, like the old line joints you'll find in Louisville and North Denver. At the other, you've got your high-end spots, defined by pricey dishes like squid ink pasta and house-cured salumi, laboriously prepared meat not to be confused with salami.]]> <![CDATA[Classic breakfast, without the rush]]> Jeff, an East Coast native, immediately sensed a comforting familiarity about the cafes we stepped inside, noting it possessed the homey ambiance of a Vermont or New Hampshire roadside eatery. Indeed, the sunny yellow walls, farmhouse furniture, and brightly colored original artwork seemed a universe away from his neon-illuminated world of $12.]]> <![CDATA[Old reliable May Wah]]> Outside of Chinatowns and Asian communities, there%uFFFDs a reassuring predictability to what%uFFFDs on the menu at what one can categorize as Chinese-American restaurants. These aren%uFFFDt places to get jellyfish appetizers, preserved duck egg congee or black bean oysters.]]> <![CDATA[Big Daddy (not Burl Ives) serves up quick, inexpensive meals]]> It`s been difficult for me to disassociate Boulder’s Big Daddy Bagels from the 1958 film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In this adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Burl Ives’ Big Daddy was a menacing sort, the dying patriarch of a fading Southern family. Setting foot in this strip-mall bagel eatery for a late lunch with friends Kerry and Kurt, I half expected a decaying ambiance humid with dark family secrets and repression.]]> <![CDATA[Follow your nose]]> The new location is certainly larger, with plenty of natural light and an airy feel set off by brightly painted walls and graphics of such luminaries as JFK and Marilyn Monroe not together, though. These were among the decorative touches friend Kuvy and I first noticed on a recent Sunday morning.]]>