I spent a few days in Boulder, and here's what I sampled. I rate the food on a scale of 1-5: 1 = bad, 2 = poor, 3 = OK, 4 = good, 4.5 = very good, and then it asymptotically approaches 5.0, which is a life-ending experience.
The Kitchen: Duck confit: 4, Pheasant: 3, Bread pudding: 3.
The duck confit could have had crispier skin. The Pheasant special was OK, but lacking somewhat in flavor. The Bread pudding was something between a flan and a bread pudding, with somewhat a gritty texture - an experiment that didn't quite work out.
L'Atelier: Menu le Degustation: Big fish Carpaccio: 3, Snails on nails: 4, egg cappuccino: 3, butter lettuce with vinaigrette: 3, moules with oven dries tomatoes and garlic: 4.5, crispy sweetbread: 4.5, boeuf Hennessey: 3, dessert: braised cherries: 3 cheese plate: 3
I was *not* impressed with the 10 course tasting menu. I recommend ordering from the regular menu instead. The egg cappuccino is a soft-boiled egg with crème frâche. The Snails on nails is snails escargot: I'm not sure what nails have to do with it. The crispy sweetbread was very good: sort of an intensely flavored, Chinese stir-fry version of sweetbread. The sauce that came with the moules (muscles) was very good.
Lucile's: Blackened salmon: 4.5, Praline waffle: 4, beignets: 4.5
The only bummer was that the praline waffle was a big soggy. It wasn't quite bad enough for me to send it back, but next time I will ask for it "well done."
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