Celebrated at Turley’s with me & the Boulder Chop House with friends
When it comes to food, my husband and I are like Jack Sprat and his wife. with tastes as different as night and day. I like interesting ethnic foods, exquisite creations from classic French to modern American, street food and artisanal breads, cheeses and such — in fact, I like ABC (anything but chains).
He is a meat-and-potatoes guy with a limited range of veggies that he will eat, and his ethnic cuisine of choice is Mexican. And there are chains that he doesn’t mind, but tends to eat there when I’m not around. I love him anyway, and yet when I asked him where he wanted to go for his recent birthday, he was ambivalent.
I thought about The Pearl Street Steak Room, Boulder’s new steak boutique. But his birthday fell on a Sunday when it is closed. We rued the fact that The Pinyon recently closed, because he was looking forward to trying their famous fried chicken. We were vaguely heading toward The Cork, where we’d gone for one of his birthdays a few years back, but as Turley’s came into sight, he suggested that because he likes their meatloaf. A few days later, friends wanted to take him/us out for a belated birthday dinner, and the two men said they were in the mood for the $10 prime rib happy hour special. And that’s how he had one birthday but two dinners.
The irony about going to Turley’s that evening was that this venerable Boulder restaurant — just about the first I can think of to commit to fresh, natural and foods — now makes its meatloaf with bison rather than beef. The picky birthday boy says he doesn’t care for bison — though I’ll wager he couldn’t tell the difference when it was mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf. But he ordered a chile relleno, one of his faves instead. It is one of several Mexican-ish/Southwest-ish dishes on the large, eclectic menu that includes breakfast items at any time of day or evening.
Boulder Chop House
We headed for the Boulder Chophouse & Tavern in plenty of time to catch happy hour pricing (that is, until 6:00 p.m.) when a portion of prime rib is $10 instead of the $24.95 they get for a 12-ouncer after 6 p.m. It was a beautiful, balmy Friday evening, the busiest nioght of the week in downtown Boulder. We hoped to snag one of the outdoor tables, but they were all taken. Still, the dark, wood-paneled bar area does have that men’s club, steakhouse ambiance that seems to enhance beef eating. Both of us women opted for a salad — dining on the patio fare, you might say.