You gained’t acknowledge the previous Cheesecake Manufacturing unit on Boulder’s Pearl Road.
5 years after Avanti opened in Denver’s Decrease Highland, the meals corridor has expanded with a second, sprawling location in central Boulder, opening Saturday. At first look, there’s no cheesecake on the menu.
However 5 stalls on the primary ground are turning out Taiwanese, Israeli, Venezuelan, delicatessen and farm-to-table meals. There’s a espresso store from Methodology Roasters and a full bar. (Take a look at Avanti’s personal canned vodka soda, if that’s your factor.)
(Don’t fear, Avanti proprietor Patrick O’Neill is critical about coronavirus precautions. He says the brand new location is lucky to have ample house for purchasers to unfold out.)
“That is going to be round for awhile; we’ve to determine a approach,” he stated of shifting ahead with the opening after almost two years of improvement and building. “We’ve gotta go for it.”
Right here’s what to anticipate whenever you go.
The story: Childhood buddies Chase Devitt and Charles Troup assume Colorado may use some extra fast-casual Center Japanese meals. Their restaurant’s title is a Yiddish time period of endearment (Troup’s nana referred to as him that as a child), and the menu is impressed by Israel’s road meals tradition. You may need tried Devitt’s cooking, too, at Denver’s Brider and Mr. Miner’s Meat and Cheese in Golden.
The meals: Actual shawarma, a near-perfect falafel and staples like tabbouleh, labneh and extra mix effectively for dipping and sharing. Attempt the fried cauliflower hummus bowl ($12) and wash it down with a vegan tahini date smoothie ($8).
The story: Longtime Boulder chef Steve Redzikowski (Oak at Fourteenth) will get again to his East Coast roots and his early kitchen profession working a pizza oven. His pie fashion right here pairs basic Neapolitan components with that foldable New York crust. For an thought of his labor of affection: Three sorts of flour and a three-day ferment go into the pizza dough.
The meals: You possibly can’t go flawed with the pies, however meat lovers ought to begin with the Annie, named after Redzikowski’s spouse, topped with purple sauce, mozzarella, spicy sausage, onion and oregano ($14). In case you simply want a snack, go for the fresh-baked gentle pretzel, with melted grana padano cheese, Calabrian chili and fennel ($6).
Pig and Tiger
The story: Buddies and cooks Darren Chang and Travis Masar moved from Los Angeles again to Colorado to open this primary iteration of their first Taiwanese restaurant idea. You may acknowledge Masar from his time as a contestant on “High Chef,” or because the opening chef of Denver’s Uncle ramen restaurant. Most just lately, the 2 labored facet by facet at Ms. Chi Cafe, Shirley Chung’s Culver Metropolis Chinese language meals spot.
The meals: Whereas Chang grew up with these dishes and Masar began cooking them later in life, the pair mix some critical expertise to create their very own variations of Sichuan sizzling hen bao buns ($3.50), hand-cut noodles ($11-$14) and addictive drinks and sweets. Attempt the brown sugar milk tea ($4.50) and seasonal popsicles in flavors like corn pop with miso caramel ($3).
The story: Igor and Beckie Panasewicz thought final 12 months was large. In April 2019, they lastly opened the primary brick-and-mortar location of their decade-old Venezuelan meals truck. Three days after opening, Igor turned a U.S. citizen. However 2020 had one thing else in retailer. The couple has been in a position to hold each their Avanti Denver stall and their Platt Park restaurant afloat with the assistance of a payroll safety mortgage and a James Beard Basis grant. Now they’re opening a 3rd location and prepared for “no matter occurs up right here,” Beckie stated.
The meals: After a decade in enterprise and dozens of variations, the arepas are dialed in for this Boulder debut. Masas are all gluten-free (they’re manufactured from corn) and fillings vary from vegetarian (strive the unique with black beans, avocado and plantains, $9.99) to very meaty (strive the stewed beef pabellon, $12.99). Arepas are sufficient on their very own, however for those who want a snack, order a facet of crispy-sweet plantains ($5.99) with guasacaca (avocado-cilantro sauce).
The story: Former Denver chef Nicholas Kayser left his longtime submit at Vesta (now closed) to start out Rooted Craft American Kitchen on his personal. His focus is “well-sourced American meals,” he says, from burgers to fried hen and extra. However the actual draw right here will probably be the seasonal vegetarian or vegan choices and the zero-proof cocktails, two topics Kayser’s captivated with.
The meals: Ask in regards to the each day farmers market meal (MP), with recent components sourced instantly from Boulder farms. Or go for the hearty English pea and asparagus toasted farro risotto (a favourite from his Vesta days, $10). Pair your dish with a housemade shrub, like strawberry black pepper or stone fruit, and soda to drink ($6).
The story: Jewish delis are laborious to come back by in Boulder anymore. More durable nonetheless are Jewish nachos, which Rye Society companions Jerrod Rosen and Ross Goldberg are serving alongside some extra conventional fare and some different oddball delights. Rosen acquired his delicatessen begin in Denver’s 5 Factors neighborhood, the place his household has an extended historical past within the service business. Lots of the recipes at Rye Society’s Denver and now Boulder areas have been handed down by means of generations.
The meals: About these nachos — they’re bagel chips loaded with pastrami, Swiss cheese, pickled onion, slaw and Russian dressing ($9). One thing extra conventional to nosh on, although, could be latkes with apple sauce and bitter cream ($6). The 18+1 is a high quality pastrami sandwich ($15.50) and Rosen’s aunt Cindy’s rugelach ($2.50) are the perfect on the town.
1401 Pearl St., 720-343-7757, grand opening Oct. 3, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, boulder.avantifandb.com