SPUD BROS. 2010 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-444-1836 or www.spud-bros.com. If you like french fries, you should try Spud Bros. at least once. The eatery specializes in fries with creative toppings — nacho cheese, Thai chicken, and pizza sauce with pepperoni, to name a few. The restaurant offers fries baked, fried and in-between. On the baked versions, fries can become a little mushy underneath their sauces. But the topping combinations are tasty. Meat-eaters should try the Dixie dinner with chicken and barbecue sauce, while the vegan chili makes a good vegetarian choice. Ambience is cheerful, while food is cheap, fast and satisfying.
MAGNOLIA 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette. 303-665-3080 or www.magnolia-restaurant.com. Lafayette’s Magnolia serves upscale American cuisine in a luxurious atmosphere. New owners Chris and Emily Deutschman have overhauled the restaurant, which now offers seasonal menus that change four times a year. Standouts on the winter menu include the duck pté appetizer and the duck entrée with cranberry-walnut bread pudding. Wednesdays the restaurant gives you half off all bottles of wine that it also sells by the glass.
NAMASTE NEPAL RESTAURANT 4800 Baseline Road #108, Boulder. 303-499-2234 or www.namastenepalboulder.com. Namaste Nepal Restaurant offers Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan fare, with a special emphasis on vegetarian dishes. Some of Namaste’s more unusual offerings are among its best — try the carrot naan, the goat curry special, or, if the buffet has it on the day you visit, the deliciously creamy sweet potato masala. The restaurant offers both a lunchtime and dinner buffet. These are a good value, althoughla carte fare tends to be hotter and fresher. Service is gracious, ambience quiet and inviting.