Dining

Reviews

By
June 2004

1. Fusion, Confusion, or Confucian
By Carol W. Maybach
Mao Asian Bistro and Sushi Lounge
(out of 4 stars)
201 Columbine St. 303-377-5350
The Draw
Gorgeous desserts, dazzling in flavor and design.
The Drawback
Questionable theme and menu and uneven consistency in the food.
Don't Miss
Rock shrimp tempura, hibachi salmon, hibachi beef, five-spice pork.
Vegetarian Options
Sautéed edamame, marinated ocean salad, veggie roll, tofu and eggplant tower.

2. Just My Cup
By Elizabeth Ellis
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
(out of 4 stars)
1770 13th St., Boulder 303-442-4993
The Draw
Eclectic fare in gorgeous surroundings, plus enough fancy tea to flood Boulder Creek.
The Drawback
Long waits (reservations are only for parties of six or more), inconsistent service.
Don't Miss
Thai curried prawns, Indonesian peanut noodles.
Vegetarian Options
Southwestern black bean hummus wrap, eggplant polenta Parmesan, and Persian vegetarian kooftah balls, among others. Many dishes can be prepared with tofu instead of meat.

3. Pie in the Sky
By Elisabeth True
Angelo’s Pizza Parlor
(out of 4 stars)
620 E. Sixth Ave. 303-744-3366
The Draw
Delicious pizza, accommodating waitstaff, good value, outdoor patio.
The Drawback
Mediocre pasta dishes.
Don't Miss
Excellent pizza, chocolate suicide cake.
Vegetarian Options
Many pizza and pasta combinations, homemade minestrone, and gazpacho.

4. Frugal French Fare
By Carol W. Maybach
Le Central
(out of 4 stars)
112 E. Eighth Ave. 303-863-8094
The Draw
Affordable cuisine, lovely French ambience.
The Drawback
Soups and fish entrées particularly need a boost in the flavor department.
Don't Miss
Large buckets of mussels served in a variety of flavored broths, with all the French fries you can eat.
Vegetarian Options
Menu changes daily, but often several choices of soups and salads.