Boulder certainly isn’t lacking anything when it comes to great places to get great food. Truth is, if I were considering opening a restaurant here, I’d be a little scared. The competition is fierce!
Fortunately for us, when Lyfe Kitchen looked toward Boulder as a next location, they were confident that they would find their place right alongside the top contenders here. After all, their motto is “Eat Good, Feel Good, Do Good” and they are committed to the highest level of socially responsible practices – sounds very Boulder to me. They’ve even incorporated sustainable and recycled materials into their building design and furniture. But what really puts them on top is their menu – oh, my goodness, that menu!
Lyfe Kitchen has the kind of menu that health conscious folks salivate just dreaming about. It’s created by award winning chefs, Jeremy Bringardner (former winner of The Food Network’s hit show Chopped), Art Smith (featured on Top Chef Masters and former personal chef to Oprah) and Tal Ronnen (renowned L.A. Based vegan chef and author of The Conscious Cook). It includes only high quality food which is locally sourced whenever possible, it tastes amazing and it’s reasonably priced. There are plenty of offerings for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and paleo eaters and they even have separate menus for each to make it easy to choose without being tempted by the things you’re trying to avoid.
On grand opening day, I got to sit down and break some delicious flatbread with executive chef, Jeremy Bringardner to find out a little more about Lyfe Kitchen’s values, their food, the passion and the drive behind him as one of the executive chefs. The conversation was as delightful and inspiring as the food was delicious!
What impressed me most in that conversation was how much passion Jeremy has for his work. He takes great pride in the food he prepares. It’s that same level of love and care my grandma put in everything she cooked and while what came out of her kitchen always tasted delectable, it wasn’t always the healthiest. For Jeremy, there is simply no compromise, what he serves has to be healthy and taste great. His passion got its first spark when he was still a child and discovered the connection between what he ate and how he felt. He was able to clearly see that if he wanted to feel good, he had to eat good food and of course, he preferred that it taste good too. Fast forward to today and not much has changed – he still wants to create great tasting, good for you food but he now wants it accessible to everyone.
Jeremy generously shared many of their menu items with me so I’d get a good idea of just what they offer. I tried a few of the Lyfe waters, which are beyond-spa-worthy waters infused with good things like beet, mint, chia, ginger, cucumber. The hibiscus beet one was my favorite and is now a ‘must have when on Pearl Street’ item for me. One thing I had my eye on and couldn’t wait to try was Art’s Unfried Chicken with roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash. I wasn’t disappointed – it was divine! Don’t tell me you don’t like brussels sprouts until you’ve tried these. I went on to try their Sweet Corn Chowder which was the best ever – it’s vegan but you’d never suspect it as it tastes and feels like the heavy cream-laden delicacy we know and love. The flatbreads were all dreamy – crisp and delicious like pizza but without the stomach bloat. I reluctantly tried the Thai Curry Bowl – I say “reluctantly” because it was the tofu version and frankly, I just don’t love the stuff but even with the tofu, it was a winner (and yes, I’d order it again with the tofu). Of course, I couldn’t finish the meal without trying their Budinos, the chocolate one was a very rich and decadent dark chocolate but my favorite was the seasonal pumpkin budino with a creamy, just-sweet-enough vanilla base covered with perfectly spiced pumpkin and toasted almonds on top. I would have eaten another if my stomach could have expanded enough to fit it in.
Now, I’ll say I’m not easily wowed with any restaurant and since I knew I’d be writing this review, I had to go back to make sure it wasn’t a fluke that they were so good. It wasn’t a fluke, I’ve since tried the fish tacos, sweet potato fries (both the plain and the garlic parmesan versions), the unfriend buffalo strips and the quinoa crunch wrap. Everything I’ve tried has left me equally impressed.
The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter what style of eating you’re into, I don’t believe that you’ll go into Lyfe Kitchen and order anything off the menu that you don’t just love. You’ll taste the passion and high quality and enjoy the reasonable price. Learn more here and then go let your tastebuds delight!