<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Restaurant Review]]> <![CDATA[Would you like some wine with that burger?]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[George's Food & Drink hauntingly delicious]]> George’s Food & Drink, adjoining the Boulder Theater, is named for the unfortunate George Paper who perished in the theater decades ago. Supposedly the victim of an accidental hanging, he’s a restless soul said to still roam the building, a wispy shape in a drape. Others hold him responsible for the mysterious disappearance of several light bulbs. Apparently George likes it dark. George’s Food & Drink 2028 14th St., Boulder 303-998-9350]]> <![CDATA[An ambitious take on Mexican at Agave Mexico Bistro]]> Usual suspects such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales are readily available. But there are also more distinctive offerings such as grilled seafood plates and vegetarian dishes featuring breaded cauliflower or chile-simmered cactus.]]> <![CDATA[100% tasty and cheap]]> It%uFFFDs an unapologetically casual spot, with at-the-counter ordering and a selfservice condiment bar featuring fresh pico de gallo, red and green salsas, and slices of radish and lime. The menu encompasses such street food staples as tacos with freshly made corn tortillas, quesadillas, tamales with a multitude of stuffings, and torta sandwiches.]]> <![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[Get in the zone]]> When I was in high school, I participated in a summertime drama workshop that met in a studio above a San Francisco deli. We met in the afternoons, and one day I had gone to class without eating anything. Partway through the session, I became ravenously hungry while our teacher was peppering us with questions about staging our production.]]> <![CDATA[A taste of Britain in Broomfield]]> Broomfield`s Wildflowers Restaurant is located off the beaten path in the Hilltop Inn, a guest house situated a stone’s throw from the airport. Inside, you’ll feel you’ve been transported to a homey British inn. Sure, the traditional antique furnishings and old school fare may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but for expats or home-cooked meal aficionados, this venue delivers. ]]> <![CDATA[Best of the rest]]> Blooming Beets is lifestyle eating if anything, no different in principle than the hip pizza joint or the restaurant that serves the same chow for twice the price as the corner diner just by adding a white table cloth.]]> <![CDATA[More than a coffee shop]]> The first impression of downtown Boulder’s Saxy’s Cafe is that of your typical college town coffee shop with a ramshackle, slightly lived-in feel. But a closer look reveals more luxurious trappings epitomized by comfortable sofas and low coffee tables that give the spot a cozy living room ambience. Low-key, if not folksy, music plays on the stereo, deepening the mellow coffeehouse vibe. ]]> <![CDATA[Doing happy hour in style at Jill’s in the St Julien]]> Hotels are not on the average diner’s radar. But Jill’s at the St Julien in Boulder ought to be. A boutique hotel in the style Colorado does best — casually elegant — the restaurant carries this same kind of elegance, and makes it even more pleasing with the value and wide range of offerings at one of the best happy.]]> <![CDATA[A one-man burrito trailer]]> A cash-only operation, La Choza serves breakfast burritos in the morning and an array of tacos, tortas, burritos, hamburgers and hot dogs until the 3 p.m. closing time. Available meats include chicken, carne asada, buche (pork stomach) and shredded beef.]]> <![CDATA[Home, sweet Zoe]]> Tucked among the big names and Americanized menus on West Pearl sits a rare find in downtown Boulder: authenticity.]]> <![CDATA[A Diva brunch at Jill's]]> Recently, Dessert Diva Danette Randall noted in her column that I ought to have her tag along on a review outing. Class act that I am, I thought it only right to invite her to a spot where a guy ought to wear a sports coat. So I asked her to join me for Sunday brunch at Jill%uFFFDs.]]> <![CDATA[Make a mess at Ras Kassa’s]]> Their motto is “Eat like you’ve never heard of silverware,” and they aren’t kidding. Everything from farmer’s cheese to lentil stew is served with spongy Ethiopian bread called injera to be used for scooping, and nothing else.]]> <![CDATA[Authentic Mexican Snickers bars]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Mainlining cured meats and cheeses]]> Back in the ’70s, Dad would often return from overseas business trips with his battered black briefcase freighted not with paperwork, but culinary treasures. Returning from Lisbon, Dad once brought back an enigmatic hunk of salted meat. “It’s Portuguese prosciutto,” he explained, “and it’s illegal in the United States.”]]> <![CDATA[Add Salt to your list]]> Our friendly server quickly produced copies of the lunch menu, although there was a noticeable lag before she took our orders. The addition of a server or two would prevent such delays, although we did find comfort in a plateful of rustic bread.]]> <![CDATA[Rib House still satisfies in its new digs]]> Tracy, the genial owner who cites Kansas City style ’cue as a significant influence, walked companion Keith and I through the menu, interspersing nostalgic tales of dining at K.C.’s Arthur Bryant’s.]]> <![CDATA[Making the familiar seem new]]> At lunch, sandwich selections range from a grilled cheese featuring Swiss, cheddar and brie to a Bistro burger highlighting natural beef and blue cheese. There’s also a meatless sandwich adorned with mushroom, tomato and pesto goat cheese.]]> <![CDATA[Truth in advertising]]> 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.]]>