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June 7, 2010

A Moment of Time at Mateo

Deep in the heart of Boulder sits a foodie's dream: Mateo. The quaint dining spot features a seasonal menu of Mediterranean influenced selections that will please even the most discerning palette.

Among the spring 2010 menu is a to-die-for Tartine ($10), a puree of artichoke and garbanzo beans atop grilled bread and topped with grilled asparagus, parmesan, lemon oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This refreshing goodie is bursting with rich flavors and contrasting textures. Another first course that caught an eye as it passed by was Moules, steamed mussels in a tomato and white wine broth.

Up next are the entrees. Two proved more than worthy: Poulet Frites ($18), roasted chicken, beurre fondue sprinkled with tarragon, coupled with watercress; and Steak Frites ($19), entrecôte of Colorado beef with a béarnaise sauce; both served with house-cut frites. While it may feel passé to settle on a burger at a gourmet restaurant, seriously consider the Mateo Burger ($12) served with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese if you choose, and paired with frites.

The Mateo servers are incredibly knowledgeable and use endless adjectives to describe each dish which was truly unbelievable. If there's an aspect to watch, it's your drink. It will be swiped before you have a chance to take your last few sips. Also if you are under a time crunch, you may want to wait until you have a good block of time to devote to dining. You'll be here awhile.

Mateo's chef also owns Radda... another spot on the "must try" list that is generating quite a bit of buzz. It just may be the reason to get to Boulder again soon! (QPSTGGK8A39E)

Cost: $60 for two (first course, two entrees and a couple drinks)
Time: 2 hours
Simplicity Scale (1=Effortless to 5=Elaborate): 2

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1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite places in/around Denver. Good for you keeping it under 60 bucks :)