North American eateries

Ratings are on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale used to be 0 to 10, so restaurants written about before 2012 may have only had their ratings adjusted by formula and not by hand (hence all the 2s, 5s, 8s, etc.) The scale works as follows:

PRO
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pro
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mixed
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con
3 2 1
CON
0

An asymmetrical 0 to 24 scale may not be intuitive, I realize. But as a rule of thumb: a double-digit score means I liked it, while a single-digit score... less so. Also, as you might expect, scores from many years ago may not be very reliable, so do check the dates.

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Where all the chefs have to follow the high-altitude directions.

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Name Cuisine Address Last update Score
626 on RoodAmericanRood btw 6th/7th, Grand Junction, CO2011-08-1414
This place was great! I had a crusted piece of homemade mozzarella in a red coconut curry, and for dessert, a from-scratch peach napoleon. The little bread plate was very nice as well. Expensive but a real find nonetheless.
CosmoAmericanMain btw 9th/10th, Durango, CO2011-08-138
Very nice to find a place with two worthy vegetarian entrees in southwestern Colorado: Lizzie got a crispy eggplant sandwich while I had a plate of tofu potstickers with vegetables (some tempura, some not). If this place were nearby I doubt I'd return, but given that it's in frickin' Durango, I feel like I should applaud. Call it a 3+.
Narayan'sHimalayanBaseline & Meadows, Boulder, CO2004-06-238
This place is billed as a Nepalese restaurant, but the menu is primarily Indian and Tibetan. I don't know enough about Tibetan food to say how Narayan's stacks up — perhaps noodles blandly mixed with unpleasant mixtures of vegetable bits are par for the course — but the Indian side of things is definitely subpar. It's not terrible, but I've had better saag paneer and samosas in most Indian restaurants I've visited (and some grocery stores). I will give Narayan's this: the service was terrific. The proprietor was helpful and enthusiastic, and made special dishes for people with allergies without even being asked.
Oasis CafeVegetarian (mostly)151 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT2005-10-1514
Considering that Salt Lake is pretty much the only locus of civilization along I-80 between Sacramento and Omaha (or possibly Chicago), "Oasis" is definitely the right word. Hours earlier I had been in redneck country where the options were Subway, Pizza Hut or starvation. Then I reached Salt Lake and found myself at a pleasant bookstore cafe eating a roasted vegetable sandwich with basil aioli on homemade focaccia and a side salad of spinach, avocado and Mandarin oranges, while sipping a lime Torani soda with lime wedges. I tell you, if the continent ended at Reno, I might well have made like Brigham Young and stayed here.
Pyramid BistroMostly vegetarianMain btw Aspen/Monarch, Aspen, CO2011-08-152
Elizabeth liked this place on top of a local bookstore, particularly the space itself, while I found the expensive piles of tiny chopped vegetables and grains not to my taste. I was very glad that I didn't choose the non-lasagna "lasagna" (really a heap of sweet potato with a repulsive herb mix) that Elizabeth ordered, while my own barley "risotto" was just good enough that I was able to eat it out of duty.
RiojaEclecticLarimer btw 14th/15th, Denver, CO2011-08-1611
I loved the flatbread that Lizzie and I shared as an appetizer (asparagus, fava beans, heirloom tomato, big wedges of fresh mozzarella... awesome), but my "vegetarian four squares" didn't meet that standard: the corn fritters and wax beans came with tasty sauces, but the spinach crepe had so much goat cheese that I gave it to the girl, while the fregola was kind of enh.
the KennebecAmericanCounty Road 124 & U.S. 160, Hesperus, CO2011-08-145
Here I had an okay sweet ricotta crepe with a stewed cherry topping while Lizzie had a Mexican egg dish with overly firm black beans. Disappointing given the online hype.
the White House GrillTurkishSpokane & Seltice, Post Falls, ID2010-06-1711
Apparently I liked this place more than Elizabeth did. I will concede that the hummus was terrible, but the white bean salad and garlic-walnut-parmesan spread were pretty darn good, at least for Idaho. I think the only thing Lizzie liked was the basket of little fried potato chunks with gremolata. (Though we both liked the squadron of twenty or so cute waitresses that were dashing around the huge crowded dining rooms.)
Watercourse FoodsVegetarian17th & Emerson, Denver, CO2011-08-1714
Here I had some tasty eggs with green chile, smashed potatoes, and a biscuit; I could have done with a smaller mound of thick refried beans, though. Elizabeth got a fried artichoke sandwich with lemon caper aioli and coleslaw on a potato roll and justifiably raved about it for some time afterwards. The menu made me wish we could go every day for a week. This place seems like a winner.
Zolo GrillSouthwesternArapahoe & Folsom, Boulder, CO2011-08-1614
I really liked this place when I came here in 2004, and it remained excellent in 2011. The tortilla soup wasn't as good as I remembered (while still poured on a nest of tortilla strips tableside, the soup is thicker now and not as good), but my spinach tamales with asparagus were great, and Lizzie's black bean empanadas were sensational.


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