South Mouth Memphis Hot Wings
1650 Broadway, Suite A, Boulder 303-449-9464
Boulder’s new South Mouth Memphis Hot Wings offers up its namesake poultry appendages with a choice of 10 specific sauce varieties. Prices range from $6.95 for five party wings to $72.95 for 16 pounds of Memphis wings, which are trimmed differently from the party variety. Besides the classic hot wings, other endearingly fiery choices include the Asianinfluenced sriracha and the fruit-and-fire combination of the mango habanero.
721 Confidence Dr., Longmont 720-204-6455
Longmont’s Comida Cantina, the bricksand-mortar spinoff of its namesake Mexican food truck, is a vibrant and appealing destination for South of the Border street food. Diners can choose from a number of gorditas, tostadas and tacos that are both griddled and served up in the traditional street style. Top choices include the pork, slow-cooked in Stella Artois beer; toothsome arrachera, a take on carne asada; and the hefty chorizo gordita.
The Louisville Rex
817 Main St., Louisville 303-666-6224
of the main attractions of The Louisville Rex is its expansive yet
comfortable rooftop deck. This spot is reminiscent of a warm-weather
resort spot and makes for either a fine staycation venue or just a place
to knock back a few with friends after work. The bar food classics are
another strong suit, and these include Buffalo chicken wings and a
decidedly guilty pleasure, fried pickles.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que
675 30th St., Boulder 303-440-4BBQ
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 falling-off-the-bone ribs with bright fried
green tomatoes and creamy banana pudding to finish.
Royal Clay Oven
5290 Arapahoe Road, Unit B, Boulder 303-444-1626
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
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
Combining Caribbean, Mexico and New
Orleans, Longmont’s Tortugas is an easy winner. 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 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, 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 smack dab in the middle of downtown Louisville, Zucca Italian Ristorante boasts an inviting
Located 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 pickled peppers and fresh tomato, and the
arugula salad, a 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 classic, time-tested
chestnuts like chow mein, Szechuan beef and vegetarian Buddha’s Delight.
Top menu choices include flavorful Mongolian beef garnished with
expertly stir-fried pepper and onion, as well as the fresh-tasting Grand
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 Italianinfluenced 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
mushroom frittata, sweet 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
hot Italian-style donut holes.
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,
anise-scented 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.