Martini's Bistro offers innovative recipes, an extensive drink menu, and a relaxing respite from steamy home kitchens inside a charming 1890s Victorian house. The menu divides dishes between light fare and hearty meals to effectively quell modest munchies and colossal cravings alike. The Here's Dino assembles beef-shoulder tenderloin medallions alongside baby greens, roasted tomatoes, gorgonzola, and a roasted tomato aioli ($13), and the Nutty Chick crusts a baked chicken breast with macadamia and adorns it with a raspberry coulis ($15). To inaugurate ambrosial meals, the Pompeii prepares scallops identically to the conditions in which streets were left by the eponymous volcano—swathed in bacon and drenched in sweet chili lava ($9). Inventive martinis pair perfectly with the phenomenal flavors, and olive aficionados can order a single spirit or a pitcher of creative concoctions such as the berri fizz (with Absolut berri acai, lemon lime soda, and cranberry), which caters to entire casts of James Bond stunt doubles ($27). An array of wine plus domestic, imported, and microbrewed beer pleases parched palates as well.
The chefs at Ocean Sushi coil more than 35 specialty rolls and poise nearly 30 varieties of fresh-sliced sashimi atop tiny beds of rice. Simplistic arrangements highlighting quail eggs or surf clam join a long list of fancier rolls, such as the Louisville roll with crab, avocado, salmon, and tuna. The kitchen also fries vegetables in crispy tempura batter and sautés chicken in teriyaki sauce. Boba, commonly known as bubble tea, complements meals with flavors such green tea, honeydew, and green apple, dotted with tapioca pearls. In addition to its Japanese dishes, Ocean Sushi also prepares Vietnamese food such as pho and bun, or vermicelli noodles with marinated meats.
Ocean Sushi delivers meals within a five-mile radius of its Longmont location, just because that is as far as the chef can throw.
Favorite dishes from the south populate the menu at Leenie's Southern Cafe. Early in the morning, chefs tuck ham into omelets and decorate waffles with bananas, whipped cream, and pecans and before creating lunchtime eats such as chicken and shrimp gumbo. Their culinary endeavors don?t stop there; they display their love of anything sweet by baking cupcakes, muffins, pie, and bacon pineapple upside down cake.
At Morning Glory Farm Fresh Cafe, Chef Jules and her kitchen staff reach for local and organic ingredients as they assemble farm-to-table fare that changes with the seasons. When the windowed dining room is flooded with sunlight, the staff whips together gluten-free blueberry pancakes, cracks organic eggs for hearty omelets, and makes soysage from scratch. Later in the day, amid occasional live-music acts on the outdoor patio, they serve a mix of American favorites including meatloaf with mashed potatoes, as well as new takes on classic dishes such as the Sloppy Jules, a mix of tofu, tempeh, and cheese toast. Natural sweeteners pour into a rotating selection of desserts, and Solar Roast coffee fills cups, as do wine, beer, and bottomless mimosas at brunch.
Bistro 503 is the idea spot for when your dinner party can't even agree on which continent dinner should come from. Menus span the globe with prosciutto- and truffle oil-infused chicken marsala, pepper jack-stuffed squash risotto, and pad Thai. Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound?even the chicken marsala is free of gluten upon request. Breakfasts are just as unique, pairing eggs and bacon with caramelized plantains.
Baristas at Cafe de Paris brew Novo coffee fresh for each cup and steep more than 50 different kinds of organic loose-leaf tea from International Tea Importers, filling the café with rich aromas transported inside a soft haze of steam idly spiraling through the air. Sipping microbrewed masala chai tea with pressed ginger between bites of sweet and savory crepes, panini sandwiches, and regular or gluten-free bagels, patrons may browse the Internet inside the café or listen to live jazz music and indie rock performances during weekly events. Outside on the terrace, lined with umbrella-topped tables, diners clink glasses of French wine or craft beers during nightly happy hours while strains of music linger in the background.