Dining

Reviews

By
April 2005

1. Hungary for this Bistro
By Carol W. Maybach
Budapest Bistro
(out of 4 stars)
1585 S. Pearl St. 303-744-2520
The Draw
Hungarian cuisine that’s beautifully prepared and lovingly presented.
The Drawback
Call ahead—the owner occasionally closes early.
Don't Miss
Hungarian wines, Gundel palacsinta dessert, langos (puffy garlic bread), chicken paprikas, and the chance to chat with owner Anna Hellvig.
Vegetarian Options
Mushroom paprikas, breaded cauliflower, mushroom soup, fried mushroom caps, cucumber or beet salad.

2. An Italian Dream
By Elisabeth True
Panzano
(out of 4 stars)
909 17th St. 303-296-3525
The Draw
Timeless Northern Italian cuisine, excellent service, $11 wine flights.
The Drawback
Metered parking or the hotel’s pricey valet.
Don't Miss
The antipasti, fettucine con funghi, date-bread pudding
Vegetarian Options
Fettucine con funghi, cheese platters, spinach salad (sans the bacon), pear, Gorgonzola, walnut, and rosemary honey pizza, margherita pizza, trio di crostini, and robiola tartufo; many other dishes can be requested vegetarian.

3. Dear John
By Elizabeth Ellis
John’s Restaurant
(out of 4 stars)
2328 Pearl St., Boulder 303-444-5232
The Draw
Excellent service and lovely food presentation in a romantic, cozy-cottage atmosphere.
The Drawback
Flavor balance could be improved in many dishes.
Don't Miss
Stellar cheesecake, mushrooms with chèvre and fresh rosemary, filet mignon bordelaise, festive classic cocktails such as the French 75 (gin, sweet lemon, and champagne on ice).
Vegetarian Options
A handful of salads and starters, pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, butternut squash risotto.