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Moe’s Original Bar B Que
675 30th St., Boulder 303-440-4BBQ
Located a stone’s throw from Williams Village, Moe’s Original Bar B Que is the Boulder outpost of a ‘cue operation that originated in Alabama. It spotlights sandwiches and platters featuring such classic choices as brisket, pulled pork, hot links and fried catfish.
One of the top choices is a platter of fallingoff-the-bone ribs sided with bright fried green tomatoes and creamy banana pudding to finish. Royal Clay Oven
5290 Arapahoe Road, Unit B, Boulder 303-444-1626
Located in East Boulder on Arapahoe, the Royal Clay Oven dishes out a reasonably priced lunch buffet with an emphasis on freshness and service. The lime-marinated tandoori chicken has a lively citrus undertone, and vindi masala, spiced okra, has a pleasant crisp-tender consistency. The staff constantly replenishes such items as the hearty potato-filled samosa, ensuring that diners enjoy fare fresh from the oven.
218 Coffman St., Longmont 303-772-6954
a hospitable, homey, Key West feel with a menu of fresh seafood
prepared in the manner of the Caribbean, Mexico and New Orleans,
Longmont’s Tortugas is an easy
Noteworthy dishes include the Creole BBQ shrimp appetizer wrapped in
bacon, and the bright-tasting shrimp Mojo, with a Cuban citrus, garlic
and olive oil sauce. Chocolate bourbon bread pudding is an exquisite
dessert, among the best endings available locally.
1047 Pearl St., Boulder 303-444-SALT
Boulder’s SALT Bistro, one of the newest entrants in the affordable
midday meal sweepstakes, now serves a “farm-to-table” lunch for $9.
Favored choices include the Reuben, made with pork belly instead of
corned beef. The meatless eater will likely favor the quinoa and
chickpea fritters. Preferred sides include the tomato soup garnished
with a tiny grilled cheese wedge and the beet or apple salads, available
for $2 more.
Jai Ho Indian Kitchen, Bar and Lounge
1915 28th St., Boulder 303-444-5151
Ho, the Boulder spinoff of a popular Aurora restaurant, offers an
intriguing blend of Northern and Southern Indian food, ranging from
street-style eats to the ubiquitous lunchtime buffet. The buffet offers a
fine opportunity to appreciate the skilled spicing of such dishes as
the creamy chicken Tikka Masala and its fiery chile-based relation,
Vindaloo. The dosa, a crisp, cylindrical crepe, is also a winner,
featuring hefty veggie stuffing and subtle sourdough tang.
Zucca Italian Ristorante 808 Main St., Louisville 303-666-6499
Located smack dab in the
middle of downtown Louisville, Zucca Italian Ristorante boasts an
inviting ambience balancing the rustic with a subtle but unmistakable
European flair. The same can also be said of the menu, which ranges from
old standbys like comforting spaghetti and meatballs to more elevated
selections like seafood cannelloni and rack of lamb. Can’t-miss items
include the fried calamari starter, garnished with piquant pickled
peppers and fresh tomato, and the arugula salad, a winning combination
of greens, gorgonzola and apple.
Fan’s Chinese Cuisine
7960 Niwot Road, #C9, Niwot 303-652-6249
Chinese Cuisine, situated in a Niwot strip mall near a sheriff’s office
substation, serves up dishes free of MSG, as well as gluten-free
choices. Outside of that, the reasonably priced lunch bill of fare is a
Chinese- American hall of fame, spotlighting such chestnuts as chow
mein, Szechuan beef and vegetarian Buddha’s Delight. Top choices include
flavorful Mongolian beef garnished with expertly stir-fried pepper and
onion, as well as the fresh-tasting Grand Marnier shrimp.
Santa Fe Coffee & Burrito Co.
33 S. Main St., Longmont 303-996-1010
Santa Fe Coffee & Burrito Co. certainly lives up to its name. This
welcoming breakfast and lunch spot features caffeine ranging from
classic diner coffee to espresso drinks and hearty, New
Mexico-influenced meals. Morning highlights include anything with the
green chile; piping hot skillets such as the Santa Fe, featuring bacon,
chorizo, potato, bell pepper and onion; and the compelling enchiladas
1710 29th St., Suite 1076, Boulder 303-442-1300
Laudisio is best known for its Italian-influenced lunches and dinners,
it certainly satisfies with its solidly constructed brunch menu on the
weekends. Offerings include egg-based dishes such as a Hazel Dell
choices like a perfectly balanced lemon ricotta pancake, and breakfast
pizzas topped with prosciutto. Other noteworthy items include the hearty
steak and eggs sided with homefries, and the piping hot Italian-style
Whole Foods Market
2905 Pearl St., Boulder 303-545-6611
expanded food court at the Pearl Street Whole Foods quite literally has
everything from soup to nuts. Available items range from a crisp,
anisescented fennel salad to a surprisingly flavorful interpretation of
Chinese barbecued pork. Made-to-order fare includes taqueria-style
Mexican street food and Asian noodles, highlighted by the
Vietnamese-influenced pho ga, a chicken and rice noodle soup.
Oak at Fourteenth
1400 Pearl St., Boulder 303-444-3622
at Fourteenth is back with a vengeance, serving up winning gourmet fare
inspired in part by American regional cuisine. A sleek interior coupled
with denim-clad waitstaff give it a subtle cowboy-meets-foodie feel,
accented by attentive service. Dinners include a porterhouse steak for
two and house-made pastas. At lunch, the shrimp grits are sublime, and
the winning $11 burger lunch special includes two grass-fed patties, Old
Bay seasoning-scented tater tots and house-made root beer.
Pearl Street Steak Room
1035 Pearl St., Boulder 303-938-9604
steak is a pricey delicacy, and the Pearl Street Steak Room is a coolly
retro venue where people can indulge their taste for this artisan beef.
Richly marbled, sweet and tender, the Wagyu filet’s a good way to go,
especially after one of their smooth martinis. The adventurous can start
their meal with chicken-fried sweetbreads, but more sedate choices like
duck confit also tempt.
The Bitter Bar
835 Walnut St., Boulder 303-442-3050
Big Red F Restaurant Group’s foray into the world of artisan cocktails,
The Bitter Bar, has taken over the former Happy Noodle venue. Drinks
here range from original award-winning concoctions such as the Gone
Fishin’, featuring naval-strength rum and ginger liqueur, to Irish
coffee. But the focus on libations doesn’t detract from the food, which
includes a fresh-tasting lobster risotto and the unique gingerbread cake
garnished with bacon caramel popcorn.