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 vibe. Husband and wife owners Seth and Justine Witherspoon have created a diamond in the rough in Longmont’s relative void of casual, yet fine dining options.
Historically, the soil in Longmont has been very rich. As a result, large-scale agricultural industries rooted here in the early 1900’s, including the Great Western Sugar Company’s sugar beet factory, which shut down in the 70’s. The Witherspoon’s, appreciating the historical significance, desiring to provide uniqueness, generate a fine dining momentum and support their residential roots in Longmont created “The Sugarbeet Restaurant”.
Chef Seth, a seasoned graduate of the Culinary Institute of Johnson and Wales in North Carolina, with an impressive culinary resume including Executive Chef at Lucille’s, wields an uncanny mastery of complimentary flavors in colorful, sizable portions rivaling anything foodie-driven in Boulder County. A palette of fresh seafood and meats complemented by seasonal accoutrements with elegant and flavorful sauces provide the foundational culinary canvas on which this fine establishment is grounded. Freshness is key, and is never compromised in everything from starters, salads and smaller plates to the pleasantly generous main dishes and house-made desserts. Take for example the Cashew Crusted Corvina with Baby Heirloom Carrots and Saffron-Parsley Potatoes, beautifully presented and perfectly executed, and the Key Lime Pie, expressive of Seth’s southeast coastal roots.
Justine’s exquisite taste in décor and penchant for hiring the most competent, accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable staff, create a comfortably casual yet elegant atmosphere. Warm colors and stone surfaces compliment the haute food and drink. Justine has crafted a well-rounded wine list, including a pleasant rotating by-the-glass offering, a craft cocktail menu sourcing high quality brand name and local liquors, in addition to draft beer and a selective and varied craft bottled beer offering. The beverage program at Sugarbeet works in orchestrated concert with its menu allowing for the perfect pairing experience. Dining room seating is complemented by a comfortable bar area, both with great service. Reservations are recommended as this not-so-secret foodie destination fills up fast.
Sugarbeet is also cultivating its own vegetable supply, with an in-progress light farm, located quite literally in the restaurant’s backyard – talk about farm-to-table! Keeping with their consistent design of seasonal freshness, late this season and next season’s crops will find their way into the elegant and tasteful experience that is this fine establishment.
As is with Longmont’s rich soil, the richness of the experience at Sugarbeet is one not to be missed. Wherever you reside in Boulder County, navigate your way to this classy destination and experience this off-the-beaten-path gem for yourself.
101 Pratt Street | Longmont, Colorado | (303) 651-3330