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I'm going to be in Broomfield CO this weekend and wanted to know if there is any eatable food in the area. It will be hard to get to Denver. Anything that resembles real food and not a chain or a fake "country-style" restaurant???? Please save me

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  1. My co-workers and I had a lovely Italian meal at Via Toscana in Louisville earlier this summer. I'm a recent Jersey transplant, so I have some definite ideas about what constitutes good Italian food, and they hit all the right notes. I seem to recall the focaccia bread they gave you before the meal was a bit sweet, but otherwise I thought the meal was wonderful.

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    Via Toscana
    356 S McCaslin Blvd, Louisville, CO 80027

    1. As low as your expectations are, which are borderline insulting to the City and County of Broomfield, you are closer to Boulder than Denver. Have you considered Frasca or L'Atelier?

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      1. re: Veggo

        Empire Bar & Restaurant in historic downtown Louisville is very good too, and as Veggo noted Boulder is REALLY close. Do a search and you'll find lots of recommendations. If you happen to be staying at the Omni Interlocken, the Meritage Restaurant merits a visit.

        1. re: ClaireWalter

          Louisville really does have a number of good places. In addition to Empire Lounge I'd suggest Zucca for Italian and Lucky Pie for pizza. And Sweet Cow for fabulous ice cream. Spice China is good chinese although I don't eat much Chinese so I may not be a good judge. We have a new bbq place but I've not yet been and haven't heard any reviews yet. I would say that if you want decent service avoid Cactus Grill.

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          Spice China
          269 McCaslin Blvd, Louisville, CO 80027

          Empire Lounge & Restaurant
          816 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

      2. Broomfield is large, so it may depend on where you are. Nevertheless, some very good dim sum and some very good pho in Broomfield. I know that much, but I'll let people more versed than I chime in with specific recommendations or you could search here.

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        1. re: LurkerDan

          There is also a Brazilian store (Little Brazil) in a strip mall on Federal, just north of 36 which serves excellent Brazilian fare on Saturdays. Get the Feijoada and a Guarana.

          1. re: MyNameIsTerry

            LurkerDan has a point about Broomfield's sprawling size. The Hideaway Steakhouse on has outstanding steaks and fine contemporary fare. The patio is really terrific in summer as well. It's on 112th Ave in Northglenn (or is it Westminster?), not far from Broomfield's eastern border. (See http://hideawaysteakhouse.com/).

        2. Pho Duy in the Pacific Ocean Marketplace area near 120th and Main is not only good Pho for Broomfield but arguably some of the best Vietnamese in Colorado. I would also recommend their Bun Dhach Biet - incredible. Great folks as well.

          The same shopping area has a Dim Sum place that has changed hands a few times so I can't comment on their current quality but it has been good in the past.

          Beyond that, the pickings are kinda slim. I would head 10 miles up the road to Boulder if you're looking for more interesting options.

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          Pho Duy Restaurant
          945 S Federal Blvd Ste G, Denver, CO 80219

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          1. re: Strangewine

            I second this rec. Their Bun bo Hue is heavenly. Be sure to visit the Pacific Market next door who
            offer Bahn mi sandwiches freshly made among other things.
            Pablito el gordito

            1. re: Strangewine

              "The dum sum place" is now called New Port (or Newport, depending on which sign you read). When I was there last, I didn't see or taste an appreciable difference from previous visits.

            2. I'll ignore the Broomfield snub as I am a Broomfielder. There are good Pho options like Pho Duy as previously mentioned and Pho 79, both quite good and a fun field trip to Pacific Ocean Market right there. Some of the best sandwiches I have ever had (seriously good!) are at Big Dog Deli, a funky, unpretentious sort of joint with a killer prime rib sandwich on really crusty fresh bread but don't be offended by the tattoos and various piercings of the staff. They are only open for lunch and closed on Sundays, however. Also La Casita De Durango about a block away from there puts out some great Mexican cuisine with grandmas making fresh corn tortillas in the back and good tongue, al pastor and pork stomach (buche) tacos, and ceviche tostadas on weekends. Again, not a fancy place but damn good.

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              Big Dog Deli
              300 Nickel St Ste 14, Broomfield, CO 80020

              1. Sorry for the snub and yes I am a snob. But I do love food and living in NY and LA I am spoiled. In addition to several trips to this area before that left me with little hope..

                Thank you all for the replies and please forgive by snobbery'snubbery.

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                1. re: murray26

                  FWIW, I live around here and I could definitely understand your low expectations. If you didn't have a local guide and didn't do research, you could easily think that Broomfield only had the chain restaurants that line the highways and major roads. There isn't a downtown strip where a bunch of high-end local restaurants are concentrated; instead, you have to know which strip malls have the good stuff. But it's there, especially the Vietnamese and Mexican, and a benefit is that it tends to be cheap as well as delicious when you find the right place. (I'd nominate pho as the best dollar-to-pleasure ratio among all foods!)

                2. I was surprisingly taken with a place called OOKA, which serves a melange of decent dishes from various Asian strains: sushi and other Japanese dishes, Chinese, Thai curries, etc. Everything we've had has been quite good -- not best in show but considering everything, good and well worth the price. Also, extremely accommodating service. 6485 West 120th Ave., Broomfield. See www.ookadenver.com