Labored days


Open & Shuttered



Doughnut enter

Traditionally, after long and successful lives elsewhere in the U.S., doughnut shop chains come to Boulder County to die. Deep-fried dough — filled and topped...

Will Boulder’s culinary diversity go as strip malls go?

Ras Kassa’s was the coolest culinary anomaly I’d ever encountered in my food writing life. It was an Ethiopian roadhouse set in a Twilight...

Laf’ it up

I live in Lafayette, Boulder County’s hot new food, drink and dining destination. Right. If you are laughing to yourself, don’t feel bad: You have a...

The butterfly sausage effect

Conventional wisdom says there are two things you never want to watch being made: sausages and laws. If you knew what went into creating...

Goodbye and hello

I am the keeper of Boulder’s eatery history. It’s ended up as my job by default because I’ve written about Boulder food since the late-1970s. I’m...

Colorado’s greatest sandwiches

Colorado is famous for a lot of great things. Sandwiches are just not one of them. In fact, our most famous sandwiches are somewhat...

Open, closed, and revived

One year ago, December 2020, the restaurants of Boulder County and the region were doing their best to survive the unprecedented impact of the...

The Old Man and the Pizza

It’s hard to miss Antonio Laudisio at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market where generations of customers have lined up for his smoky pizzas and Polenta...

Corn do’s and don’ts

For true believers, corn comes slathered with anxiety and an expiration date.  On the way back from swimming at the pond with us kids, my...

Once upon a Snarf

Snarf’s was a different kind of Boulder sandwich place from the moment it opened in 1995. The odd restaurant shack on quiet east Pearl...

Shaking up Salt

When a space has been a restaurant almost continuously for nearly 75 years, it retains echoes of all the people who’ve eaten and worked...

20 food experiences for 2020

Face it: If you are what you eat (and you cook and you order from Grubhub), then you are a yawn. Your menu is...