Happy Hour: Flagstaff House

July 3 2012, 11:18 AM

With the Boulder wildfire knocking on the Flagstaff House’s backdoor, the restaurant’s new “Tastes on the Terrace” happy hour got off to a rough start. But now that the fire is mostly contained, business is back on track and things look much sunnier on the Flagstaff patio.

I stopped by for an early evening of small plates and cocktails made with ingredients from many of the area’s local farmers and distilleries. The view was spectacular, the cocktails divine, and the dishes were stunning.

Tops on the small plate menu is the “steak and egg” plate with a lightly breaded, crispy soft boiled egg atop toasted brioche and tender Avery Stout-braised short ribs. Other standouts include the Brandt Farms flank steak paired with fried artichokes and a swipe of white anchovy aïoli; the fried oysters served over banana polenta with a sprinkling of diced pineapple and sweet red peppers; and the red wine–braised Cure Organic Farm beets, mizuna, and Point Reyes blue cheese.

The evening isn’t complete, however, without one of the signature cocktails. Sip the mango-passion fruit Monette’s Mai Tai or the Rocky Mountain Elderberry with Leopold Silver Tree Vodka, Thatcher’s Organic Cucumber Liqueur, elderberry soda, and grapefruit bitters.

1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303-442-4640