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The Taco Report: T/aco has untamed flavors ready to scarf

A feast for a human…or any discerning animal.

Once upon a time there was a bear that loved tacos. The bear loved tacos so much that he pursued them regardless of danger. So one day the hungry bear wandered into Boulder, confused by traffic, bewildered by loud noises, but hungry and determined. Soon he had ambled to the northwest corner of Walnut and Broadway, which is not a great spot for a bear, but is perfect for a taco lover. Despite his tremendous bulk, his nose was highly refined and delicate, and it had led him from miles beyond the Flatirons to T/aco, where he sensed that he was in for a treat.

He didn’t know how to pronounce “T/aco” (but then again, who does?), however, perhaps due to his massive size and long pointy teeth, he got a table immediately. Now you might wonder if the friendly workers at T/aco might run for their lives, but no, they just strap it on and go about their business.

Busy hands are the sign of hungry mouths.

Take, for instance, Peter Waters, the owner of T/aco and a former tech executive. Not only did Peter open T/aco five years ago, he still doggedly pursues improvement daily, a necessity when competition (and rent) are ever increasing. So, you have a hungry bear knocking over tables and sitting wherever he pleases? No worries, Peter just brings him a platter of chips, queso and a trio of salsas, then engages the huge mammal in conversation, telling him no matter how hungry he is, T/aco can handle it; on Taco Tuesdays they serve more than three thousand tapas-style tacos, each one encased in a non-GMO tortilla made on the premises. Sensing a receptive audience, Peter goes on to share how T/aco supports aspiring student-interns like Alice Ingledew, who is learning about restaurant marketing from behind both sides of the counter, acquiring hospitality job acquisition skills and is even tasked with creating a habanero-infused powdered margarita drink mix. Cool!

The bar can really hop!

But even a 600 pound Grizzly has listening limits, so before he gets hangry and begins eviscerating passers-by, Peter orders up a half dozen tacos for Big Ben, then stands back at a safe distance. The taco platter arrives, a fragrant mountain range of braised pork belly, roasted poblano peppers, fresh cilantro, grilled cotija cheese and tequila shrimp. With a groaning huff that scoots hot sauce bottles across the table, the bear paws the bounty into his churning maw. Soon, he is done and sits back, table littered with sauce, shreds and bits like a trailer park after a tornado. Satisfied for the moment, he releases a window-rattling belch and lumbers away in search of fresh honey or perhaps a comfy cave while the crew at T/aco gears up for the next wave of wild hungry animals; after all, it’s Taco Tuesday and Boulder is famished.

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The Queen of Cuisine - Ella Brennan

CineCHEF – A Dining and Movie Experience

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF)  returns again this weekend with the creative and delicious CineCHEF competition on Friday, March 3rd @ 5pm. Since the festival started in 2005, BIFF co-founder, Kathy Beek, along with her sister Robin, have wanted to integrate the festival with Boulder chefs who have successfully put Boulder cuisine on the map. […]

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24 Carrot-A Gem Uncovered

There is life outside of the Boulder Bubble, and it shines in places like 24 Carrot. Located just 30 minutes away, in historic downtown Erie, 24 Carrot is a hidden gem. Named East County’s Best New Restaurant by the Boulder Weekly, 24 Carrot doesn’t disappoint. Shortly before six, on a blustery Monday night, the dining […]

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Roadhouse Boulder Depot – A Reason to Visit Boulder Junction

For many of us in Boulder, we have read much but had little reason to visit the area called Boulder Junction. We just discovered a delicious reason, provided you let your tastebuds take charge. According to the city’s website, “Boulder Junction (previously known as the Transit Village) is a 160-acre redevelopment area located in the geographic […]

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A New Standard, Still Wild

In the last year many a Pearl Street boulevardier may have peeked inquiringly into the doorway at Wild Standard, Bradford Heap’s high end seafood establishment, only to feel daunted by its exclusive seafood menu and a “dim sum style” table service that took some serious risks.  (See our previous post on Wild Standard’s changes.) The […]

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Eureka Restaurant on Pearl Street is Now Open

The Eureka! restaurant in the new building at 1048 Pearl Street (the old Daily Camera site) is open as of Labor Day, 2016. It is sometimes easy to predict what restaurants in Boulder will fail before their first birthday. The Pearl Street Steak Room was selling $80 steaks, Lyfe Kitchen was a super interesting restaurant with […]

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New Element to Explore

Boiled down, an ideal dinner or cocktail out has three essential elements: location, product, and atmosphere. The new Element Bistro in Gunbarrel has hit fairly high marks on these goals in its first month. The location is unique– amid the trees and birds above the suburban traffic. The cocktail list is extensive and food menu […]

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Wild Standard restaurant in Boulder

The Best Restaurant in Boulder You Have Never Tried

“Best” is naturally relative to your own palate and some of our readers surely have been there but Wild Standard at 1043 Pearl Street is an amazing restaurant that we, at least, had not tried before this week. It is sort of amazing that Wild Standard has not become more popular, given its famous owner (Bradford […]

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The Organic Dish: Your Personal Sous Chef

People of Boulder love to keep busy. Sometimes, 24 hours doesn’t  feel like enough time to squeeze in cooking dinner. That is why the The Organic Dish wants to do the meal prep for you. All you have to do is thaw, cook and eat! “We want to be your sous chef,” says Dan Sorrells, […]

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Eureka! No Crap on Tap in Former Daily Camera Location

We have all been waiting to see what public spaces are upcoming in the new building on the former Daily Camera site on west Pearl Street. We recently received a press release about a new restaurant, Eureka!, that will be opening September 5th. It is not typical we rehash press releases here at Eat Drink […]

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Over the Moon for Under the Sun

Incoming bombs shriek by, exploding with terrifying cracks and booms. You dive for cover in the gritty trench, gasping and wondering if you will live through the night, much less kiss your lover, or even drink another beer. And in that scary moment, your brain actually slows down and considers the seemingly arbitrary notion: Your […]

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Quick Buzz: Boulder County Craft Beer Pours May – June

Welcome to QUICK BUZZ – where we highlight upcoming craft beer releases throughout Boulder County. Note: We will continue to update this page, so please check periodically to receive the most current info.   Now Pouring (May 23, 2016) Liquid Mechanics, Lafayette: New England Sucka Punch (NE Style American IPA), Merica (Session IPA, gluten reduced) […]

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Articles

The Med – Patio dining at its finest

With the return of sunny afternoons and warm spring temperatures, the restaurant patio is an increasingly inviting venue. Among the hidden gems of the Pearl Street merchant district is just such a perfect dining patio. The Mediterranean Restaurant (“the Med” as it’s locally known) offers an intimate tiered approach to patio dining, squeezed amid multi-story […]

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Boulder’s West End Tavern delivers big, bold flavors on BBQ & Bourbon

Spring is here and beer and bourbon are flowing at The West End Tavern, a great place to start if you’re looking for a stiff drink and a piece of meat in Boulder. With 25 taps and 75 whiskeys on the menu, ordering can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’re here to walk you […]

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Arugula Bar e Ristorante: A Harmonious Helping of Delicious in Boulder

Ask Boulderites what they care most about when choosing a restaurant and you’re sure to get a variety of responses and considerations. Is the food healthy? Are the ingredients local and organic? Is the food made with sustainability in mind? Will I be supporting local businesses and suppliers by eating here? Is the restaurant dynamic […]

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Vindaloo

Spicy goat and more on North 28th

North 28th Street at Valmont Road bustles with activity any Friday evening. Car dealer windows aglow offer cyclists a glimpse at another life. Gas stations bathe pedestrians in spheres of daylight cast beneath pure white LEDs. Pale pink hangs in the western sky, silhouetting our iconic local foothills. And goat is on the menu at Curry-N-Kebob, […]

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CineCHEF: An Upscale Take on Dinner and a Movie

The combo of “dinner and a movie” will never go out of style. However, the “same old” can get boring. In its second year, as part of the Boulder International Film Festival, CineCHEF is a creative iteration of “dinner and a movie.” A gourmet culinary experience, CineCHEF showcases chefs from some of Boulder’s most recognized restaurants. […]

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Man v. Mollusk meet again at Jax Boulder’s High West Oyster Fest

The festival, presented by Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, returns next Wednesday, March 2 at Boulder Theater. There is sure to be a whole lotta Shuckin’ goin’ on during the biggest oyster celebration in Boulder County. The fourth annual High West Oyster Fest (#HWOF2016) is said to bring forth “an Intergalactic Shucking & Eating […]

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The Ghost BBQ & Spirits – Worth Trying Even When Not At The Boulder Theater

The Ghost BBQ & Spirits has taken over the space previously occupied by George’s, immediately adjacent and connected to the Boulder Theater. As we previously wrote about George’s over four years ago, it is not easy in this space to create a restaurant that becomes anything other than a Boulder Theater afterthought for both locals and […]

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Riverside Renaissance: Per La Gente Fuses Fine Dining with a Folk Ethic

We reported a few weeks ago on the talented characters behind the Riverside Building’s newest culinary destination, Per La Gente. On that occasion, Executive Chef /co-founder Lewis Guarasci and his General Manager/co-founder Charese Borgerson shared their backgrounds and aspirations for the new establishment, while plying us with samplings off their dinner menu. The vision of […]

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Next Stop: Roadhouse Boulder Depot

Roadhouse Boulder Depot recently opened, and last weekend I stopped in to have some lunch and check it out. I was very excited to visit the restaurant for multiple reasons. First, the historical aspect of it–the building itself used to serve as the Boulder Train Depot, from 1890-1957. Secondly, there were several items on the […]

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Per La Gente: New Restaurant in Creekside Building to Serve Fine Dining for the Masses

Boulder has a strong contender to reverse the seeming jinx of the Riverside Building that hovers over Boulder Creek on Broadway. Per La Gente is an amazing new restaurant that is an awesome combination of fine dining and Boulder casual and has everything it needs to be successful. The restaurant was started by a team […]

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GoodBird Kitchen serves “Supreme Casual” at Longmont location

Restaurateur Dave Query has another victory to add to his ever-growing quest to dominate the restaurant – and the fried chicken – scene in Boulder County. The newest feat for the Big Red F founder includes trademarking the concept “Supreme Casual” – which is being executed at the first standalone location of GoodBird Kitchen outside […]

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Articles

Freshii–Fast casual on The Hill

Freshii, a fast casual restaurant opened on the Hill last August. It offers a diverse menu of soups, salads, wraps, bowls and sandwiches along with a wide array of fresh pressed juices. The happy news is that Freshii manages to live up to its promise to deliver a healthy meal that pops with flavor. All the dishes have been designed to […]

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BRU Boulder Beer Dinner pushes all boundaries with ‘Brewed Food’ meal

Chefs Ian Clark of BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats and Jensen Cummings, an experimental chef who founded “Brewed Food”, performed a balancing act of epic proportions as the pair collaborated on a six-course paired menu exhibiting “fermentation at its finest”, where beer meets food at the most recent Beer Dinner at BRU Boulder. Beer Chef Clark, who oversees […]

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Film & culinary buffs together for 3rd Flatirons Food Film Festival in Boulder

Unite your passion of all things slow food through the lens of documentary and short films at this year’s Flatirons Food Film Festival happening Monday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25 in Boulder. The film festival is the initiative of film and culinary buff Julia Joun, whose passion for the International Film Series at UC-Boulder […]

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Fresh Thymes: Eating With Power!

It is powerful to be able to have whatever you want when ordering at a restaurant. Unfortunately, people with dietary allergies and intolerances do not always have that luxury. After being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006, Christine Ruch found that the best solution to conquering the fear of eating out was opening a restaurant […]

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Upslope announces plans for S’PARK brewery and restaurant in Boulder

Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company announced today that the brewery plans to open an all-new experimental facility in east Boulder in conjunction with central Boulder’s S’PARK development. The 11,000 square foot brewpub at 34th Street and Valmont is scheduled for completion Fall 2017. The new facility will be home to all of Upslope’s experimental brewing and […]

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PizzaRev The newest restaurant at the 29th Street Mall

PizzaRev   is the new pizza place in town. Located in the 29th Street Mall,  it is a fast casual, build your own pizza and salad restaurant. Started in Southern California in 2012, this is the first outlet in Colorado. It is a simple concept of a build your own with multiple choices (similar to […]

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5 Reasons You Gotta Have “FATE”

Boulder’s FATE Brewing Company hits all the high notes The story behind the name FATE is essentially the same story told across many cultures. According to Wikipedia, Moirai is a name of the 3 sisters – or fates – who in Greek Mythology were said to have the power used to control the destiny of […]

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Sustainable Farm-to-Fork Guide

In June, New York-based GRACE Communications Foundation launched the EAT WELL GUIDE, an online directory of over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, farmers’ markets, food co-ops and other purveyors of local, sustainably produced food. The goal of the Guide is to help conscientious food enthusiasts find new options close to home, or lead the way to […]

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Sancho’s Gives Reason to Eat Steak

People often ask me why I don’t eat beef. I simply don’t like the texture and taste. However, the Plato de Carne Asada at Sancho’s is the exception to my beef avoidance. Sancho’s is a small, Mexican restaurant hidden in the shopping center on Iris and 28th by the DMV. It used to be called […]

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Sugarbeet Restaurant – Eclectic New American Cuisine

Neatly tucked in just shy of southwest Old Town Longmont, The Sugarbeet Restaurant is an eclectic blend of chef-prepared New American Cuisine, cocktails and fine wines in a destination which will entice and attract even the most selective foodie away from Boulder. Downtown parking issues and congestion are replaced with a high quality, small town […]

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Music in the Yard: Friends, food, brews at The Post

“Sarah-bbean Queen, now we’re sharing the same dream…and our hearts they beat as one.” No, this isn’t Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen,” it’s a parody that’s been stuck in my head ever since I heard it sung from the ever-so-entertaining group, Jethro Codeine & The Stool Pigeons, who put on a spectacular show last Sunday at […]

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PMG: Broadening Boulder’s Horizons

There is a stigma that wine can only be enjoyed if the drinker has a broad knowledge and understanding of wine. Emily Gold would like to break that stereotype, which is why PMG is about comfort, fun and approachability to wine and food. On a quiet Monday evening, I walk into PMG and am instantly […]

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Ella Recaptures Her Audience

  There is a rebirth happening in (almost) North Boulder.  Modest; yet noteworthy.  If you live or work or spend an extended amount of time in downtown Boulder (let’s say the 4 square miles surrounding the pedestrian mall) the pace of interaction in North Boulder may feel foreign.  To my taste it’s a bit calmer, […]

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Fast Casual Faves – Half Fast Subs

Fast Casual Faves – Half Fast Subs

Half Fast Subs is that rare restaurant concept, a fast casual joint that is highly successful with years of experience (19) and yet that only has one location – right here on The Hill in Boulder. The most amazing thing about Half Fast Subs is its menu, which has exactly 100 options on its menu […]

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Fast Casual Faves – Larkburger

At Eat Drink Boulder, several of the writers got together to talk about our Larkburger experiences and to taste some of their offerings. Larkburger touts giving its customers “the flavors you appreciate most, with the care you expect.”  Overall, those who frequent Larkburger agreed that it lives up to this claim.  The restaurant menu offers […]

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Fast Casual Faves – Moe’s Better

Our town is an unusual one, sporting more-than-its-share of contradictions and oddball behavior— that is widely known. And one such quirk is that, while on the one hand we support a colossal percentage of vegetarian, non-dairy, all-organic glutards, we simultaneously have a relenteless appetite for things that (arguably) aren’t so…ummm…health conscious. Beer. Ice cream. Meat. […]

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Fast Causal Faves – Modmarket for the Calorie Conscious

Modmarket was started by two people who wanted tasty, fresh, simple, quick but well-priced and healthy food. This resulted in the nine currently open Colorado locations as well as three restaurants in Texas. The menu offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, pizzas, soups and home-style plates. The menu accommodates gluten-free eaters like myself, and all […]

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Boulder Fast Casual Faves

One of the pleasures of publishing Eat Drink Boulder is the chance to get together regularly with our writers and hear their informed, sensitive, always opinionated and often hilarious takes on the Boulder food and drink scene. The feature articles they write are masterful condensations of their views, but at our gatherings, the opinions come […]

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Walnut Brewery – Worth Another Visit

Most Boulderites have been to the Walnut Brewery at least once. After all, it was established 25 years ago in 1990 and considers itself “Boulder’s Original Brewpub”.  (Boulder Beer Company was founded in 1979 as Boulder’s – and Colorado’s – first microbrewery.) However, I find many of my Boulder friends don’t often want to go […]

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Boulder’s Quest for the Best – Indian Food

  Indian food is one of the most iconic cultural cuisines officially embraced by American taste buds across all 50 states. There is nothing quite like the powerful combination of spices, meats and vegetables that Indian fare delivers, especially when fresh out of a tandoori oven. Indian food is not only delicious but is healthy. […]

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Tequila 101: Slow Down and Smell the Agave

As we walked into the swirly snow outside, a hint of tequila on our tongues, my friend proclaimed that she was going to the liquor store to buy a bottle of añejo.  I’d say her proclamation was testament to a good “tasting.” Zolo Grill has offered Tequila 101 a few times over the years, and […]

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Pairings from a Pro

2020 – not just an address (2020 Ionosphere Street, Longmont), not just the name of a great new establishment … but the gold standard for vinous acuity in wine pairing.  So lets dive in with some imagery: Owner, chef, buyer, GM, and generally gregarious and sweet individual Matthew Koury is electric. 2020 volts of culinary energy […]

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Mindful slurping: Pho for one at Chez Thuy

I was paying for my ginger and daikon radishes, lamenting the fact that Maria Nguyen didn’t sell any home-cooking at her Asian Seafood Market.  “Where should I go for good Vietnamese?” I asked her.  “You go to Chez Thuy!” she barked at me (read this for context).  So, to Chez Thuy I went. Wondering if […]

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Lyfe Kitchen an Excellent Addition to Boulder’s East Pearl Street

The most unique thing about the new Lyfe Kitchen at 16th and Pearl Street in Boulder is situated right as you walk in the door. Diners are greeted by four separate menus: vegetarian/vegan, gluten free, wine & beer, and one that has everything the chefs prepare. As a vegetarian, it is pretty nice to not […]

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Break Your Fast at ModMarket (29th Street mall)

The email came into my inbox as I was brainstorming ideas for my next food write-up; naturally, I took note of the words “Breakfast is on us.” The email was from ModMarket—purveyor of “fast casual” salads, sandwiches, soup, pizza, and now, breakfast—and offered a 2-for-1 breakfast and an introduction to Chef Nate’s magic. So I rounded […]

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Ella, a New and Decidedly American Style Eatery Looks to Transform North Boulder

This June, Ella, a refined and devotedly American diner, will open in the heart of North Boulder. The spot currently occupied by Radda Trattoria will soon be home to the new eatery. Edwin Zoe, the restauranteur and mastermind behind the beloved Zoe Ma Ma on Pearl Street channels his “love of rooted, regional dishes” into […]

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Downtown Boulder Rocks the Annual Taste of Pearl

On a snowy, 27-degree April day last week, my fellow EDB blogger Allan Parr and I took part in the annual Taste of Pearl event produced by Downtown Boulder (this year’s presenting sponsor was Audi of Boulder). The Taste of Pearl sells out nearly every year, and offers attendees the chance to meander to 15+ […]

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