Oskar Blues (Lyons/Longmont)

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Russian Imperial Stout

Oskar Blues Ten FIDY – chocolate, caramel, coffee, and hops. Pair with rum balls!

Oskar Blues IPA Sampler

Oskar Blues IPA Sampler: Ska Modus Hoperandi, DFH 90 Minute, Avery Dugana, Firestone Walker Double Jack & Port Brewing 7th Anniversary DIPA

And yes – in addition to laying claim to one of the finest tap selections in Colorado, Oskar Blues also serves the best mashed potatoes in Longmont. No contest.

Oskar Blues mashed potatoes

The Albuquerque Turkey at Oskar Blues in Longmont – House smoked turkey, cranberry chipotle sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans

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Riffs Urban Fare

Riffs Brussels sprouts appetizer

Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, brown butter + shallots at Riffs in Boulder

Riffs is giving The Med a solid run for Boulder’s best tapas. Try the macadamia Brussels sprouts and wash them down with the Firestone-Walker Union Jack IPA or the Unibroue Maudite. Look for Riffs right next to the Boulder Bookstore.

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Linger Denver

Full review coming soon!

I haven’t been to Linger yet, but everyone’s raving about it. Rumor has it that you should be prepared to wait in line if you go…

And apparently, they have one of the best restaurant views of downtown Denver. Actually, there’s a nice photo of their view on the Linger website.

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Vesta Dipping Grill

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Vesta is certainly hip, but not so hip that you don’t feel comfortable eating there. I’m planning a warm Spring evening of dining at Vesta soon, so stay tuned!

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Sushi Hai – Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

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Jill’s Restaurant and Bistro

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The Sink

the unchained eatery

Stop in for one of the best gluten-free pizza crusts in Boulder… you may even run into President Obama.

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Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

Bacon Peanut Brittle appetizer at Lucky Pie in Louisville

Bacon Peanut Brittle appetizer / dessert / snack / teeth puller at Lucky Pie

Pizza margherita from Lucky Pie

Lucky Pie’s version of the pizza margherita with fresh basil

Lucky Pie IPA sampler

Lucky Pie IPA sampler – single, black, and imperial (Local two on the right: Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA and Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s)

Lucky Pie Colorado Stout sampler

Lucky Pie Colorado Stout sampler, L-R (Lefthand Nitro Milk Stout, Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide, and Avery Czar)

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Zolo Southwestern Grill

The perfect lunch: duck confit tacos at Zolo Grill in Boulder

The perfect lunch: duck confit tacos at Zolo Grill in Boulder

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Agave Mexican Bistro

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The Empire Lounge and Restaurant

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AJI Latin American Restaurant

Full review coming soon, but here’s what you need to know for the moment:

– Aji has all-day happy hour every Sunday, which means $2 taquitos, cheap empanadas, and discounted ceviche (scallop, shrimp, or lobster) in addition to specials on beer, wine, cocktails, and five different kinds of mojitos. Go get it!

Also, the bartender’s name is Norm (although he looks like a more youthful, less-tanned George Hamilton). You now have zero reasons *not* to go there.

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Brasserie Ten Ten

Years ago, my friend Steve and I would visit the Brasserie pretty much every Friday for happy hour. It was (and is) simply one of the best spots in Boulder in terms of quality, value, service, and atmosphere. In fact, the Unchained Eatery may not be around today if it weren’t for Brasserie Ten Ten. It left an impression!

In 2007 – on a somewhat less sophisticated food blog (before I figured out that pairing actual *photos* with food blogging was a good idea) – I wrote my first restaurant review, which just happened to be about the Brasserie. Read it here.

For my money, there’s no better brunch in Boulder, but the Brass is also stellar for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and particularly dessert. Definitely check out the Parisienne Macarons, served four-per-plate for $3. Couple those with a glass of 20-year Taylor-Fladgate Port to end your night on a near-perfect note.

Parisienne Macarons at Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder

Boulder’s Best-Kept Dessert Secret: Parisienne Macarons paired with Taylor-Fladgate 20-year Port at Brasserie Ten Ten

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Japango

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