Farewell Tom's Tavern - Boulder
Had my final lunch at Tom's Tavern last week. The are closing for good tomorrow. It was nice to see a line out the door for people waiting for a table, just like in the old days and I've been going to Tom's since I moved to Boulder in 1968. Tom's is a no-frills, basic burger joint. Did they serve the world's best, most creative burger? Nope. But it was fresh, cooked perfectly and the fries were excellent. So was the "dip" of salad. The unpretentious decor was truly refreshing and the servers were efficient and didn't feel the need to tell you their name. My favorite was the Valerie Perrine look-alike from the early '80s. I'm going to miss this Boulder icon.
Just so ex-Boulderites know, Tom's Tavern was not the victim of yuppification. Tom Eldridge died earlier this year, and his family neither wanted to run it nor did they want to employ anyone to do so. As Islay Man noted, the Dark Horse is still around. So is The Sink. So is the Trident. So are Dot's Diner and the Gondolier and Laudisio's -- tho' all of them have moved from their previous locations.
That is indeed sad. Another Boulder icon/tradition bites the dust. I lived there for about fifteen years, and Tom's was a place you could go to and know exactly what to expect.
I hope the Dark Horse is still there.
I also used to be a cook at the now dissapeared New York Deli.