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.
Though it's small in stature, Boulder Snowie's tiny, blue 8x5-foot mobile building hauls around an astounding array of shave ice syrups. After packing cups with ice, a kind staffer drizzles the snowy mounds with an eclectic variety of flavors including black cherry, passion fruit, and cream soda. The staffer can even combine multiple syrups to create mixed flavors such as mango tango and root beer float. Five sugar-free flavors are also available. Boulder Snowie's cart can also travel to special events, where it returns 20% of sales back to booster clubs or community charities.
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.
Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.39) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—a chocolate and Swiss chocolate blend, brimming with pieces of chocolate ganache cake and chocolate chunks. The ice alchemists at Baskin-Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($3.99–$5.99).
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.