With help from their sons, friends, and colleagues, lifelong restaurateurs Rob and Kelly Kukura opened 95a Bistro & Sushi in 2011, winning nearly instant acclaim from Boulder Magazine. The menu draws inspiration from Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines, showcasing hot and cold tapas such as bacon-wrapped dates and beef carpaccio along with entrees of brie-covered vegetable gnocchi and scottish salmon flavored with smoked-paprika brown butter. Their wide selection of sashimi and nigiri-style sushi includes the Firecracker specialty roll, whose fillings of citrus-aioli-topped crunchy tuna can be heard all the way down the street. The restaurant serves its brunches, lunches, and dinners both inside and on a seasonal outdoor patio overlooking a sprawling lawn.
As its name suggests, Zo Sushi and Thai specializes in both Japanese and Thai cuisine. With 30 specialty rolls on the menu, however, sushi truly earns its top billing. Chefs prepare all manner of unique and delicious options, from Zo's black and white roll with eel, cream cheese, and wasabi cream sauce to baked pizza rolls featuring a medley of crab, cucumber, and masago. They don't forget about vegetarians, either?they've put together a separate sushi selection that includes a veggie tempura option chockfull of cucumber, avocado, and asparagus tempura. The focus on sushi doesn't mean Thai cuisine gets short shrift at Zo, though. Cooks toss chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp into myriad Thai classics, from mild yellow curry to stir-fries of broccoli and oyster sauce.
Kira Sushi chefs bring years of experience to crafting specialty maki and handrolls, and insist on using only the freshest ingredients to complete each roll. The menu encompasses more than 30 types of sushis and more than 60 types of rolls. Lobster salad and spicy tuna pair with seaweed salad and crab meat to make the Disney, one of the restaurant's trademark specialty rolls. Fresh sashimi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes complete the eatery's offerings of tasty Japanese dishes.
At Ooka Sushi, the chefs satisfy practically any Asian-cuisine craving, not just those for artfully prepared and presented sushi and sashimi. They also slow cook broccoli and bell peppers in a thick Thai peanut curry, marinate duck meat in Chinese fire spices and fry it to a golden crisp, and deep fry shrimp in tempura batter.
In the tradition of authentic Thai cooking, the chefs at Sri Thai blend sweet, spicy, and sour flavors in careful proportions to bring out the essence of each dish—efforts not overlooked by food reviewer Kristin Mastre of Feasting Fort Collins, who awarded it four out of four stars. Both the lunch and dinner menus wax lengthy, listing curries with coconut milk and peanuts as well as fried rice and noodle dishes. A vast selection of dishes is also available gluten-free or vegetarian, and the entire menu is MSG-free, a particular boon to vowel appreciators.
Upon walking through the doors of the softly lit eatery, guests are faced with a classic frenchman’s dilemma. Turn left, and they’ll find themselves in the Canton Palace half of the restaurant; turn right, and they’ll enter Osaka Hibachi territory. The former specializes in authentic dishes from across Asia—Vietnamese rice bowls with tender shrimp and chicken, nutty Thai noodles, and sizzling Sichuan hot pots. It is staffed by a team of attentive servers, who bustle about the bright space, refilling wine glasses and taking note of special dietary concerns, such as a sensitivity to spicy chilies or bread that was baked using lightning.
The Osaka Hibachi section of the restaurant features an entirely different menu from its pan-Asian sister, with a focus on Japanese hibachi-style dinners. Here, chefs sizzle up fine steaks and fresh seafood on fiery tableside grills as diners watch, entranced by roaring flames and flipping spatulas.