Archive for the ‘Boulder Restaurants’ Category

If you’ve never paid them a visit, I highly recommend spending an upcoming après at Aji.  I can’t vouch for their dinner menu, but I can tell you that their fresh & fruity drinks are a happy hour hit (not to mention their guacamole, ceviches, and empanadas!). Located at 1601 Pearl Street, they also benefit from convenient parking and easy access to downtown.

Already been to Aji? Check out their other restaurants Leaf, The Dushanbe Teahouse, or The Huckleberry.


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The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is in full swing and the getting is good! While the market has been open since April 4th, the full gamut of produce is finally available, which includes amazing cherries, peaches, and veggies galore. Combine the shopping and people watching with the yummy food court picks (Amaizing Corn Tamales and Pupusas are tied for my current favorites) and you have the perfect Saturday morning excursion.

Whether Saturday mornings from 8-2 or Wednesday evenings from 4-8, there’s no better time to get out there and love, love, love the local.

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Last weekend, I threw a party on the rooftop at Bácaro Venetian Taverna (at 921 Pearl Street) and I can’t say enough about the experience. It was an absolutely spectacular time and everything went off without even one hitch–thanks entirely to the staff at Bácaro.

Inese, their party-planner extraordinaire, helped me nail down all of the details, including all of the hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the event. (Their bruschetta, wood-fired pizzas, calamari, and grilled veggies were a huge hit!) And on party day, Corrado (the GM) helped ensure that everything stayed smooth.

Even when Mother Nature threw us a curve ball (by way of some brief thunderstorms), they gave us the entire rooftop (3/4 of which is covered) and called it a private party. Overall, the staff was amazingly well-organized and accommodating, the food was delicious, and the pricing was surprisingly reasonable.

Thanks to Bácaro (and 30 of my closest friends) for making this one of my best birthdays ever!

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Hit the Spot
Them Belly Full
A Perfect Ten

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Enter Full Belly, Radek Cerney’s delightful new bistro-style “Crazy Kitchen”  located at the NW corner of 28th and Iris. Most famous in Boulder for L’Atelier, a delectible and upscale French restaurant on Pearl Street (and worthy of a separate blog post), Cerney is now offering a more casual and cost effective option with Full Belly. This new location will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who is looking for healthy, local ingredients, delicious flavors, and less crowding (i.e. everyone I know!).

At brunch, I highly recommend the Crab Cake Benedict or the Louisiana Shrimp.

For my next visit, which I’m hoping will include dinner/happy hour, the Moules Rustica are on the top of my “to try” list.  (Update: I tried this dish on 5/30 and it was fabulous!) Speaking of lists, Full Belly is right next door to Arugula Restaurant, also new and due for a visit—stay tuned!

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I’ve visited the Bimbamboo* Asian kitchen at 1710 Pearl Street twice in the last few weeks, and have had two very fine experiences. They’re the perfect stop for a healthy and delicious lunch or afternoon snack, and the warm decor emulates sunshine on even the snowiest days.

For now, their Sweet Potato Fries and Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup reign supreme in my book.

*Please beware: their website plays music (sigh).

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Noodle Around
A Perfect Ten

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I’m very sad to report that the Orchid Pavilion, which I’ve previously mentioned was my favorite Chinese food restaurant in town, recently closed after 20 years on Walnut Street. I never ever even liked Chinese food before encountering chef/owner Kenneth Leong’s cuisine, so I’m officially up a creek.

Paddle please…

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I recently mentioned the new Happy Noodle House here in Boulder and I’m happy to report that they’re now open.

The quality of atmosphere is certainly reminiscent of the Big Red F Restaurant Group, but this location encourages a more casual, interactive experience by featuring seating at only community tables or the bar. We opted for the bar on this particular occasion, so I have yet to engage with the group table experience.

Of the dishes we tried, I’m amazed to say that the Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves were my favorite (along with the passion fruit vanilla ice cream, of course). While Happy Noodle may not be the best choice for picky palates, the rest of you (normal people) should consider paying them a visit.

A Plus–They’re 100% wind power (a la Big Red F).
A Minus–Not open for lunch, which is unusual considering their location and cuisine.
(Update: As of 5/26, they’re now open for lunch!)

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