Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Kitchen

While visiting Denver my parents and I weren't content to stay exclusively in Denver.  We decided to explore Boulder after hearing so many great things about the city/suburb.  It's only a short drive away from Denver but has plenty to offer and is definitely a great idea for a day trip.  Before heading into the city we took a drive through Estes Park.  It was truly beautiful and really surprising that it was only one hour from Denver.

As my parents and I headed into Boulder we scrutinized our list of restaurants in the area.  My mother had done extensive research into the options we had for lunch.  Ultimately, we chose The Kitchen.  The Kitchen is a nice place on Pearl Street in Boulder, just down from the outdoor, pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall.  The Kitchen is a casual place with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

For my appetizer I did something I've never done before: ordered soup in a restaurant.  I know, I know, it's crazy, but it just never appealed to me as something I would order in a restaurant.  I took the plunge at The Kitchen and am glad I did -- the soup was delicious!  It was a very plain tomato soup but it was great on a chilly day in Boulder.

Even better than the soup was the restaurant's offer to make any sandwich gluten free!  The Kitchen is stocked with Udi's gluten free bread and will serve up any of its sandwiches using Udi's gluten free bread.  While I didn't opt for a sandwich (just wasn't in that kind of mood), it is great to know that the option exists.

For my entrée I chose the Hazel Dell Mushrooms served with polenta, cherry tomatoes, and parsley.  This dish was another incredible success.  The cherry tomatoes added a great flavor to the polenta and mushrooms; I definitely think without them the dish would have been lacking.  While I enjoyed the polenta, the consistency of it would not have been enough on its own.  The cherry tomatoes burst with flavor when mixed with the polenta and made a great, gluten free lunch option.

 I don't know what it is, but I had a lot of great luck in Colorado with gluten free eating!  People were friendly and knowledgeable about what was and was not gluten free friendly.  Overall, The Kitchen is a place that I would love to visit again soon.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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The Kitchen
1039 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302 (Map)


Kelly mccallister said...

I have lived in Boulder since I was diagnosed 7 years ago. Boulder's restaurants are very savvy when it comes to GF. You can find GF menus/options in pretty much every restaurant. If you come to Colorado, you should really put Boulder on your agenda. Other great restaurants include: Radda, Mateo, The Original Nick n Willy's, and more.

Anonymous said...

I just had breakfast at The Buff in Boulder and they had Udi's Gluten-Free bread too. Someone shared this link with me: - download a coupon!