Ticas with a Twist is two Costa Rican girls, who are referred to as "Ticas,? with the twist being that they specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the menu is strictly Mediterranean with traditional dishes such as gyros and moussaka, and pasta dishes dressed with feta or cilantro. Other dishes include crispy empanadas, fragrant arroz con pollo, and sticky-sweet housemade flan.
The bean blazers at Boulder Coffee Company flame-roast their coffee before brewing signature coffees and espressos. Sink into a comfy couch or float lazily on the aromatic wafts of fresh coffee while sipping on the caramel macchiato, a vanilla latte topped with caramel sauce, or a spiced chai. An artful atmosphere beckons the caffeinated critic with walls lined with paintings and negative space for seeing what's going on outside. Boulder Coffee Company’s open-mic night allows anyone to sign up to deliver comedy or perform espresso spit takes; check the calendar for an idea of upcoming acts.
While you could just have a typical meal out at Taste of Ethiopia, you could also seize the opportunity to go for the full Ethiopian experience. Although there are restaurant-style tables, diners can also gather around one of several mesobs, or colorful wicket-basket-like platforms that are about 4 feet tall and hold serving trays. Communal dishes are placed atop these trays, and guests, who sit on cowhide-covered stools called berchumas, use their hands or pieces of injera?spongy sourdough flatbread?to pick up their food.
Owner Mesrak takes great care to reproduce this traditional Ethiopian style of dining. Her effort extends to the menu, whose starring entrees are wats, or thick stews prepared with a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices, and the tartare-like kifto. Stews and other dishes are ladled onto a tray lined with injera so the entire party can dig in. And diners who decide to sit at a mesob should also extend their culinary adventure to their after-dinner coffee. If you order it at the beginning of the meal, Mesrak will perform an elaborate Ethiopian coffee ceremony using a beautiful pottery coffee pot known as a jebena.
Pinch hunger in the sciatic nerve with the colorful menu at Open Face, boasting sandwiches of all shapes, sizes, and astrological signs. Try the Open Face sandwich ($9.95)—freshly roasted beef or turkey topped with the soup of the day, parmesan wafer, and French-fried onions over toasted wheat, sourdough, rye, or mixed greens for grain-haters—or quell cravings for cured cuisine with the Genoa salami sandwich ($8.25), with roasted red pepper and mixed greens, topped with a parmesan wafer and drizzles of olive oil on a baguette. Venn diagram–doters can opt for a sandwich tasting ($8.50), which provides two sandwich halves (additional $0.50 for Open Face sandwich half), offering selecting sandwichers the best of multiple breaded worlds. All sandwiches are served with ginger carrots, baguette chips, or a simple salad. For dry-mouthed diners and cotton-mouthed culinarians, Open Face offers a distinctive bottled beverage selection that includes the joy of a cool, bottled Moxie ($1.85). A selection of fresh-baked sweets and treats are prepared and priced daily.
On Valentine’s Day, 2012, Mattie’s Restaurant & Bakery first opened its doors to the public, supplying visitors with authentic international recipes and comforting soul food made by a team of five chefs. From its cozy, wood-paneled location in the historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, Mattie’s kitchen singles out a different world cuisine six nights a week: Tuesday night means Italian recipes, Wednesday night is Caribbean night, and Sunday is vegetarian night, honoring the cuisine of the legendary Vegetaria. Customers can also place catering orders, sustaining get-togethers of any type with platters of hearty entrees as well as assortments of cookies and desserts, such as chocolate-truffle cheesecake and bread pudding.
Diners in the mood for breakfast fare can stop in anytime at Ludwig's Center Stage Cafe, where the kitchen cooks up eggs, french toast, and fluffy pancakes all day. The menu also includes a lunch spread of veggie burgers and deli sandwiches, each served with a choice of side. During warmer months, customers can enjoy their meal on the flower-bordered outdoor patio.