We arrived in Boulder after an early morning flight from New York to Denver and a drive across the high plains to Boulder. Although the clock read 12:30, our eastern bodies told us that it was well past lunch time. Fortunately The Boulderado Hotel was just a short walk to Pearl Street, which is restaurant row well populated by many options smack dab in our Yelp Sweet Spot, two $$ and four ****. After considering several excellent alternatives, and visiting their front doors to assess both smells and vibe, we selected Riff's Urban Fare.
As usual, the selected fare was the result of purposeful negotiation over the menu. Our long established approach is to select two dishes that we would both like to eat. A core Flâneur tenet: why have just one lunch when you can have two?
We chose the salmon sandwich with horseradish aioli and onion marmalade and the grilled chicken sandwich with goat cheese and arugula. Like all good menu negotiations, we asked our waiter for his recommendation around several options. The staff always know best especially when you probe to discuss personal favorites as well as which dishes are most popular with their audience.
Next up for the day? A quick nap back at the hotel. The early flight meant we were up at 5 AM and, as all true Flâneurs know, a good nap is the bedrock of a great evening. In addition to the nap, a visit with the hotel wifi and our laptop gave us a chance to review the real estate listings provided by our local agent.
Having filled our heads with facts and photos about the houses we would see on the morrow, it was time to seek out happy hour Boulder style. Yelp pointed us to a couple of places starting with Bohemian Biergarten, where we noshed on pirogis and pilsners and discussed potential dinner locations. From there we wandered off to Rio Grande, which has an excellent rooftop view of The Front Range and downtown Boulder.
Our day one dinner considered two alternatives, The Mediterranean Restaurant and Brasserie Ten Ten. After much deliberation, we chose The Mediterranean because it had been far too long since we'd tasted a good Valencian Paella. As Spencer our waiter suggested, while we may be thousands of miles from the sea, our chef has access to the best seafood. We also shared a couple of excellent meza and a fantastic bottle of rose. On day two, we found our way back to Brasserie Ten Ten, where we dined on Colorado Trout and Steak Frite both amazing dishes.