BOULDER BAKED 1911 Broadway, Boulder. 303-444-4999 or www.boulderbaked.com. Boulder Baked, located just south of Pearl Street and Broadway, offers soups, sandwiches, cakes, pies, and vegan and regular cupcakes. Fare is classic comfort food, and the slightly greasy tuna melts and grilled cheese sandwiches taste better and better the later it gets. Some of the desserts can be overpoweringly sweet, but the bakery has a great idea with its made-to-order cookies. You choose from among 24 different flavors, and they’re baked on the spot. Even single-cookie orders ($1.10) are accepted.
DA VINCI’S ITALIAN BISTRO 526 Main St., Longmont. 303-772-8669. Longmont’s Tony Rigatoni’s has become DaVinci’s Italian Bistro. The new restaurant has a cozier interior and an overhauled menu. It now serves lighter fare, although thankfully the chefs haven’t banished cream sauces altogether, as is evident by dishes like the white lasagna and the wild mushroom ravioli with gorgonzola sauce. The place manages to be both kid-friendly and somewhat elegant; it’s equally suited for a first date or a night out with the family.
MURPHY’S GRILL 2731 Iris Ave., Boulder. 303-449-4473 or www.murphysgrillboulder.com. Murphy’s Grill offers pub fare like burgers and nachos as well as more upscale dishes like the Murphy’s pasta, which features a delicious roasted red pepper cream sauce. Another menu standout is the “Smallest Dessert in Town,” which gives you a small brownie and ice cream for just 99 cents. Ambience is cheerful and friendly. Murphy’s is named after Murphy’s Law, the edict that anything that can go wrong will, and the restaurant is decorated with signs capitalizing on this theme.