Dining

Reviews

By
December 2004

1. Flower Power
By Elizabeth Ellis
Bloom
(out of 4 stars)
1 W. FlatIron Circle No. 224, Broomfield 720-887-2800
The Draw
Approachable upscale fare and outstanding service in convenient proximity to FlatIron Crossing mall.
The Drawback
Inconsistent quality on more ambitious menu items; weak seasoning on Asian-inspired dishes.
Don't Miss
Baby spinach salad, crispy balsamic chicken, pan-roasted pork chops, spiced apple-pear tart.
Vegetarian Options
Several salads and appetizers, garden vegetables with herbed goat-cheese couscous, ravioli of the day (sometimes meat-free).

2. Diamonds in the Rough
By Carol W. Maybach
Il Pastaio
(out of 4 stars)
3075 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder 303-447-9572
The Draw
Fresh, homemade pasta and simple sauces, warm service, and rock-bottom prices.
The Drawback
Side dishes under the hot lights wilt in the heat and don’t measure up in terms of flavor or texture.
Don't Miss
The gnocchi with pesto and cream sauce, any of the homemade pastas with basilico or Alfredo sauce.
Vegetarian Options
Insalata mista, caprese salad, pasta and gnocchi with a variety of vegetarian sauces, eggplant parmigiana.

3. Not Quite There
By Elisabeth True
The Minturn Saloon
(out of 4 stars)
846 Broadway 303-831-4034
The Draw
A multitude of margaritas.
The Drawback
Chilly atmosphere, often empty.
Don't Miss
Quail appetizer, duck entrée, margaritas.
Vegetarian Options
Portobello burger, nachos, quesadilla, ensalada, burritos, chiles rellenos, cheese enchilada, guac.