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This is the first place I ate when I moved to Boulder in 1974. It is exactly the same today as it was then, except the food is better.
The charm of Village Coffee Shop is that it is a mix of a lot of good Boulderites, CU students, sports people, lawyers, biz owners, workers, …regular Boulder people.
It is not filled with the “latest - wave crazed” be seen here today gone tomorrow, types. Also, you wouldn’t dare come here , open your computer, sit for three hours and order coffee….nope…no wifi…
You’d probably order Ham and eggs and then - go to work…like to your job…or to football practice at Dal Ward.
This is the kind of place where you get a huge fat burger made any way you want it with fries. It is not a chain and is downtown at B-way and Walnut so it is in the heart of Restaurant row. They also serve Mac and cheese anyway you want it so kids love this place. And let’s face it with a lot of downtown upscale restaurants aimed at singles and not families, Reuben’s is definitely a place where you’ll feel comfortable with the kids , yet feel like you have not fallen into a cultural abyss by being forced to endure Red Robin…which is fine…it is just not upscale and downtown.
They have a big bar too and a wide selection of Belgium beers. We did notice few Martinis being served, but all and all this place was Rockin at 7:00 pm At night they have bands on weekends plus a bunch of TV’s which might as well been off cause people were into each other while we were there.
The decor of the Restaurant is worth noting. It was originally designed as a Mediterranean French restaurant so it’s nice. There is outdoor seating comfy booths and lounges inside. They even have new grass outside some kids and dads were playing on. So Rueben’s is the most wholesome downtown restaurant where you can get a drink, not have to deal with attitude from customers or staff nor see drunk moms trying to get kids to be quiet. You can go to the Kitchen, Med or Brasserie 1010 for that. Rueben himself is a good guy, friendly and has been in the Boulder restaurant biz for 15 years so he knows what he’s doing.
Yesterday, Thursday was “free pie day” with any meal over 8.95. $8.95 happens to be the highest average price on the menu so you already know this place is not over priced. Johnson’s Corner pies are baked in their kitchen every morning and there is a selection of approximately 12 pies. Now the pies are not as good as Sally’s home made pies at Great Harvest Bread Company in Boulder, but they are pretty darn good. Back in the day when Mrs Johnson made all of the pies they were to die for. But still these pies are top notch.
Our favorite is Millionaire Pie. The apple pie is very good as is the seasonal peach and strawberry pies. Lemon Meringue is excellent and the Chocolate cream is good too. The Custard and pumpkin pies are also very good.The blueberry and cherry pies are good. The banana cream pie has real bananas in it. Then there is the mince pie and rhubarb ..well the list goes on.
But where can you go in Boulder to order this magnitude of fresh baked pies. Nowhere. In fact most restaurants don’t serve pie.
You might want rent the 2007 Sun Dance award winning movie “Waitress” if you are into pies and incredible cinema color.
You’ll have the munches afterwards . Then head out to Johnson’s corner.
Even though this review is about pies, we have to mention what we ate for dinner. Sliced Turkey breast, stuffing and mashed potatoes, peas and coffee. Total bill $12.00. Also, there is a boatload of kitsch in the truck stop store so you can buy a bumper sticker that reads: “Would you mind not driving so close, while I’m on the phone”
This place is “so not Boulder”, that it fits perfectly.
All of the staff are like that at Foolish Craigs, so that in itself negates any good quality of the food. So we won’t talk about it. Â Not that we are overly pristine. On the contrary we appreciate casual. but we hate, absolutely hate dirty floors, dirty tables, dirty kitchen and t0 the extreme, dirty wait staff. Â We talked to Craig and he just didn’t seem to care what we thought. WTF. That’s it on them.
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So our number One choice is Tammy’s Vietnamese stand with lot of great fairly priced cuisines. Service is fast plus you get plenty to eat.. The ice cream stand is number one for desserts. You get a nice big bowl for $3 and a huge bowl for $4. The ice cream is extremely good too.
The outdoor deck was a pit and the inside needs to be painted. We know it is a favorite of many locals and certainly when you’re drunk on your ass who the hell cares. But we are in search of great Boulder lunches.