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.
Having evolved through more than 1,000 frozen flavors since 1953, Baskin Robbins engages sub-zero palates with a rotating selection of classic cones, seasonal scoops, and cool cakes and pies. Customers can nuzzle old favorites such as pralines 'n’ cream or smash faces into the most recent flavor of the month, winter chocolate marshmallow ($2.29+), a hot-chocolate-flavored ice cream that snackers must blow on for one minute before delving into its whipped-cream ribbons and speckles of marshmallow dough. Ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute ice cream into shakes and smoothies ($3.99+), or caffeinated cappuccino blasts blended with ice cream, coffee, and electrified caramel syrup. A line-up of freeze-baked ice-cream cakes and pies includes crowd-pleasers such as the Grasshopper pie, a frosty disk of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, fudge, and whipped cream, held together by an Oreo-cookie crust. Visitors may also pick up hand-packed pints ($3.99+) from the grab ‘n‘ go cooler, to be enjoyed at home or impulsively consumed in the parking lot.
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.
Big Daddy Bagels' friendly staff mixes, boils, and bakes more than 15 New York–style bagels ($0.85 each) and concocts 17 cream cheese varietals ($2.35–$3.25) daily. The New Yorker piles on plain cream cheese, lox, capers, red onion, and tomato ($6.99), and the Boulderite Wrap houses black bean hummus, avocado, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and sprouts ($6.50) in a culinary inn. Freshly baked muffins ($1.75), cinnamon rolls ($2.25), and jumbo cookies ($1.75) support a cast of custom smoothies ($2.99), packed with a choice of two fruits, a juice, and optional protein powder ($.99). The chronically fatigued can boost brain waves or steam open envelopes at Big Daddy's full espresso bar, which serves an Americano ($1 for 12 oz.), cappuccino, ($2.25 for 12 oz.), and iced mocha ($3.25).