An Homage (Dining and Otherwise) to Le Tour de France

July 27 2009, 7:18 AM
As the 2009 Tour de France comes to a close on Sunday, July 26, the fervor over the punishing bike race is at an all-time high. Join in the excitement with a ride of your own--with a few stops along the way for some Francophile-inspired eats. We suggest hitting Highway 36 north of Boulder (home base for team Garmin-Slipstream) before pedaling back to Amante Coffee for robust French-press coffee and a Tour recap. Watch the live feed on two flat screens with replays all day long. (There are even speakers in the bathroom so you won't miss a beat.) Trade your road bike for your cruiser, and extend your homage with lunch at Brasserie Ten Ten. Order the oh-so-French vichyssoise or satisfying comme a la maison (a grilled cheese made with fresh burrata, fig jam, and tomato cream). For dinner, park your wheels at L'Atelier for chef-owner Radek Cerny's lobster ravioli with beurre blanc. Then, zip over to Mateo, where the Provencal-style restaurant bakes up seasonal, rustic tarts. Magnifique! Amante Coffee, 4580 Broadway, Boulder, 303-448-9999 Brasserie Ten Ten, 1011 Walnut, Boulder, 303-998-1010 L'Atelier, 1739 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-442-7233 Mateo, 1837 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-7766