June 11, 2012

Bogey’s Gluten-Free Options Confirmed to be Good

By Evan Sandsmark -  

Bogey’s, a restaurant near Boulder with a robust gluten-free selection, first came to our attention during an international adventure. We were thousands of miles away from Boulder when the owner emailed us about his gluten-free dishes, so we remotely wrote an article about Bogey’s gluten-free offerings, and then promised that we would visit the restaurant when we returned home to check it out in person. This in-person visit just occurred, and we are happy to report that Bogey’s is a fine restaurant overall, in addition to being a gluten-free friendly establishment. We knew the latter and have now confirmed the former.

We visited Bogey’s at about 11:30 AM, and this was not an accident. We wanted to have the maximum number of options available, and this occurs when the breakfast and lunch period overlap. The breakfast menu is available till 1:30 PM, yet lunch begins at 11:00 AM, so there is a two-and-a-half-hour period – the gluten-free sweet spot, if you will – when your options are especially extensive. There actually aren’t a ton of gluten-free options on the lunch menu (although there are definitely possibilities), so this a good time to visit. (Dinner is also good, however, as all seven entrees available are gluten-free.)

Bogey’s isn’t difficult to find, but it also isn’t in the heart of Boulder, so you should look up their address (listed below) online before venturing out this direction. (We can’t just instruct you, as we sometimes do, to wander around some intersection until you find the entrance.) Bogey’s technically isn’t in Boulder at all – rather, it is in the little-noticed “town” (or whatever it technically is) of Gunbarrel – but Gunbarrel is really close to Boulder. A few minutes on the Diagonal brings you to the edge of this development, so Gunbarrel is basically a part of North Boulder.

The interior of Bogey’s is fairly standard, which is of course not to say bad, with white walls, black tables, and tiled floor. The restaurant is shaped like an “L.” Off to the left of the entrance is the dining room, and straight ahead is the bar, which has stools along the bar itself and several high tables. In the back of the restaurant is a patio with several tables. For not being particularly large, Bogey’s has an admirable number of different types of places to sit. The menu of Bogey’s – covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner – is also quite diverse, so you might say the wealth of different seating options serves as a physical reflection of the multifariousness of the menu, or at least you might say this if you are desperate to make some kind connection that will serve as a transition to the next paragraph…

We exhaustively covered the menu in our last article about Bogey’s, and we see no reason to repeat the same information here. We should confirm, though, that the menu is very large, so it will take you a while to arrive at a dish if you are at all indecisive. Before looking over it, you should tell your server that you are eating gluten-free, as he or she should be able to give you a pretty thorough rundown of your options. (Our server did this for us.) You can largely infer what is gluten-free just by looking at the menu, and a couple of parts have notes that say an item can be made GF, but there is no gluten-free emblem (or something comparable) that clearly demarcates the gluten-free from the non-gluten-free.

The owner and editor of this site visited Bogey’s before we had a chance to stop by, and she tried (and very much enjoyed) the gluten-free pancakes. So, with those confirmed as good, we decided to try a breakfast item that is completely different: an omelet. Thanks largely to the fact that Bogey’s offers gluten-free waffles, pancakes, and granola, the vast majority of the breakfast menu is gluten-free, so our breakfast really could have taken any number of directions.

There are several different omelets to choose from, and you can create your own as well. We chose the latter option, in part because the toppings you can add to “your dream omelet,” as the menu puts it, are quite cheap. Almost all the vegetables cost only 30 cents to add, and the meats and cheeses cost only 70 cents. We added a few vegetables – mushrooms, spinach, and jalapenos – for 30 cents each and the pork green chili for 70 cents. This brought the omelet total to $9.30, which is just a shade more expensive than the cheapest specialty omelets, and certainly not a very substantial sum to pay to live out our wildest omelet dreams.

And a dream the omelet was. It was large, taking up fully half of a big plate, and it was bursting with the ingredients we selected. (We definitely got our 30 cents worth, to give you our two cents.) Since one of these ingredients was jalapenos, it was a spicy dish, but not overly so, particularly since the green chili wasn’t very spicy. The green chili was, however, delicious, featuring as it did extremely tender pork that fell apart in your mouth. Overall, we were quite pleased with our creation, and we suspect you would like any other omelet you could dream up. Pick ingredients you like and the kitchen will give you plenty, wrapping them up in three eggs that are cooked to a light shade of brown.

The other side of the plate was filled with hash browns. Bogey’s does not yet offer any sort of gluten-free bread, so we couldn’t get the toast that normally comes with an omelet. (The fact that there is no gluten-free bread, by the way, is why the lunch menu doesn’t have a ton of GF options; most of the items are sandwiches, and without gluten-free bread, these can’t be made gluten-free.) Since omelet lacked a side of toast, we’re pretty sure the cooks gave us some extra hash browns, which we were happy about because they were delicious. They were light and almost fluffy, making them soft for the most part, although the top layer was crispy, and this gave the side a nice texture.

We very much enjoyed our meal at Bogey’s, and we are glad to know that a place with good gluten-free options is also good in general. It’s also nice to know that the two or three residents of Gunbarrel have a place to go for gluten-free food. (Just kidding – the population of Gunbarrel, we were surprised to learn, is actually around 10,000.) If you are looking for lots of different kinds of gluten-free food for any meal of the day, Bogey’s is a great place to go.

You can find Bogey’s menu here:

Bogey’s Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Menu

The restaurant itself can be found here:

6525 Gunpark Dr. Suite 380
Boulder, CO 80301

Note: Many of the places we visit merely offer gluten-free options, and hence are not necessarily 100% gluten-free facilities, so if proximal cross-contamination is an issue, call ahead. If you would like us to review a particular restaurant with gluten-free options, send an email to info@glutenfreeinboulder.com. We’ll try our best to check it out!

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  1. Deven Boykin says:

    Thanks for visiting us. I hope you enjoyed the food!
    We also have 12 entree size salads on the lunch/dinner menu that can easily be made gluten free.

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