Here are the places I sampled in Boulder:
Lucile's for breakfast http://www.luciles.com
- The Beignets are as good as the ones I had in New Orleans at Cafe Du Monde. Someone previously mentioned that they were "leadened", but they seemed sufficiently fluffy to me. I also liked the huge biscuits, the Blackened salmon with eggs, and the chicory coffee. Highly recommended.
Blue Fine Pastries http://www.rhumbarestaurant.com/blue_...
- I largely judge a bakery by how well they can do a plain croissant. It must be flavorful, light and fluffy inside, with just enough buttery silkiness, and have a crispy but ultra-thin exterior. Blue Fine passed. They also have great tarts. Their cookies have a thicker mound in the center, which contains uncooked dough. But I think the thinner edges are better. Highly recommended.
Erhard's European Bakery:
- They failed the croissant test. The croissants have no flavor and are too much like a dinner roll in texture.
Walnut St Brewery http://www.walnutbrewery.com
- Good Nut Brown Ale.
Rhumba Caribbean http://www.rhumbarestaurant.com/rhumba
- I recommend the pulled pork. The intense, smokey BBQ sauce makes it a winner.
- I don't recommend the fried bananas: not as crispy and carmelized on the outside as I hoped.
- The pork dumpling appetizer was perfectly al dente.
Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse http://www.redfishbrewhouse.com/
- They were out of the "Angry Monk" Belgium amber, which made me quite angry. However, I recommend the honey wheat - Light and sweet, without the metallic backbone you get with some Hefeweizen.
- I don't recommend the Pan seared Ruby Red Trout with brown butter sauce. The brown butter sauce was not brown enough.