Foolish Craig’s Fine Breakfast

Pearl Street standby still puts out good morning fare

                                                  Two high-profile breakfast restaurants — born-in-Denver Snooze and born-in-Boulder Tangerine, a sister eatery to Arugula — have opened in Boulder to considerable acclaim in the past few months. But Foolish Craig’s, which opened in 1998, holds its own from fairly early breakfast to evening drinks and munchies. It doesn’t display the mid-century style of the two newcomers, but rather clutter instead of clean lines to convey a funky hominess.

Exposed brick walls, wooden tables, pendant lights, a mish-mash of art on the walls (including some psychedelic paintings) and a signed, framed poster of Guy Fieri, host of “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives,” who visited there and chowed down on a BLT with guacamole, a fact noted on the menu. A room divider splits the dining area front to back, and a small bar occupies the back wall and a small mezzanine is suspended above the front area. Recent errands on a mild day took my husband an me to East Pearl, so — hungry as usual — we stopped in near the tail end of breakfast/brunch service. 

Cluttered and comfortable is Foolish Craig’s decorative style.
Guy Fieri smiles from a poster, testifying to Foolish Craig’s segment of “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.”
Beneditc. Benedict. Wherefor art thou, Benedict.? On my breakfast plate — at least this crabcake Benedict was.
Hefty burger on a seeded bun, because breakfast rolls right into mid-day and beyond fare.

Price Check: From the breakfast and lunch menu, eggs,  omelets and crepes, $8.50-$10.50; $7.95-$11.00; soups and salads, $3.95-$11.50.

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