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Savory Café always good — Nederland

Conveniently located on the upper level of the Caribou Shopping Center, the Savory Cafe has been a favorite of locals and non-locals alike since opening its doors in early 2010. Owner Josh Taillon and girlfriend Kelly Simonton keep the menu fresh by featuring different appetizers and entrees according to what is available locally and in-season. The menu is most aptly described as New American and Fusion cuisine — and delicious.
Upon entering I noticed the collection of artwork by locals that adorns the walls of the Savory Cafe, giving it the kind of community feel that is so special in a town like Nederland. The food options were plenty, and everything coming out of the kitchen looked so delicious that it was difficult to decide on a meal.
I finally went with the carrot and ginger soup, followed by the heirloom tomato and avocado sandwich, while my partner had the hangar steak sandwich. The soup was fantastic, with the opposing flavors in perfect balance. The smooth and delicate carrot base paired well with the warming ginger finish and partnered perfectly with the chilly autumn day. The tomatoes and avocados on my sandwich were both fresh and abundant, and the citrus aioli was absolutely to die for, and, like usual, the Savory Cafe didn’t skimp on the bread, which was a robust 9-grain baked locally by Rudi’s Bakery in Boulder.
I tasted my partner’s hangar steak sandwich, and then went back for more. It was tender and came pink, as requested, and was finished with a bleu cheese sauce that was eventually mopped off the plate entirely.
The Savory Cafe is currently working on its dessert menu, and alas no dessert was available at the time — my only disappointment for I am sure, that given the immense talent of Josh and Kelly, it would have been the sweetest part. That’s the one thing you can count on with the Savory Café. It’s always good here.

 

The Food Trekker visits the Mercantile — Jamestown

It was a warm fall evening — the full moon washing in through the front windows, barely noticeable behind the band and lights glowing inside. Tonight the crowd filled the room, not only to listen to the Swamp Koolers, but because guest LuLu Sheldon was cranking in the kitchen cooking up some downright delicious comfort food for pre-Halloween patrons.
The menu for the evening: Rigaboney with Devilish Marinara, Homemade Meatballs and Hot Italian Sausages complemented by the house red wine, a Malbec. Portion sizes were perfect – two meatballs and two sausages filled our plates which overflowed with carefully crafted spicy marinara covering a generous portion of ‘rigaboney’. The marinara had a delicate bite, just a little heat to give it a kick which then blended into an overall complex flavor found in mature Italian sauces.  The food cost $9.75 per plate and the wine $4.50 per glass. Totally worth it.
With food being served at 6:30 p.m. and music taking the stage at 8 p.m., we had plenty of time to relax, eat dinner and talk, and then sit back and enjoy the music. You’d want to sit towards the back tables if you’re not a dancer as front tables disappear to transform into a dance floor. Parking is plentiful across the street next to the park, and the atmosphere inside is very cozy and casual. There is a single bathroom at the very back, which can be a great way to meet other patrons as you mingle your way there.
For being the only restaurant in town, the Jamestown Mercantile offers a regular menu with some evenings where there is just ‘dinner’ and no menu offered.  Tonight was one of those ‘dinner’ nights. I was at the Jamestown Mercantile in Jamestown on Saturday night. The telephone number is 303-442-5847 and the restaurant hours are Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 8a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8pm, Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to10 p.m. and Sunday from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. Music is offered
Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

The Deli remains authentic — Nederland

One of my favorite places to eat in Nederland is still The Deli at 8236 First Street. Since opening many years ago as “Bella’s Deli,” it remains an authentic New York City Deli experience, modestly tucked away in the beautiful Colorado mountain hamlet that is Nederland.
The Deli is where you shouldn’t just focus on the sandwich, but should get one of the “sides”. My personal favorite is the Macaroni salad, but today’s potato salad was recommended by Ross. Ross knows his food. He has a talent for making things taste extra special. Some
examples: he gets his bread from Udi’s Bakery in Boulder, one of the best bread makers in the state. He bakes his own pork for the Cuban Pork sandwich, and makes his own tomato sauce. These are just tips of the iceberg of why this little sandwich shop will be exceptionally memorable to you, and you should go.
Today’s lunch was an order of potato salad, and a “Meatball Parm” sandwich on a Baguette. The Baguette comes as a long and thin craft loaf, kind of crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside, but it’s the kind of extra high-end bread quality that makes the sandwich extra great. The tomato sauce was young and still fruity. The meatballs were large medium, tender, and yummy. Mozzarella cheese melted on top with other gentle cheeses and herbs.
I usually don’t order a soda, partly to keep dental problems down, partly because I don’t like the effect that sugar has on me, but their Lemon Italian soda is my one exception. It’s a little spendy, but it’s a boat load healthier than a cola, and the flavor is a durably memorable complement to the delicious food.

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