Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe in Boulder – 100% Gluten Free, Vegan, Organic and Delicious!By GFIB -
Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe is a very recent addition to Boulder’s food scene, but its owner, Julia Hellerman, is no stranger to Boulder’s foodies. Hellerman’s Adaba Bars are a staple at the Boulder Farmer’s Market, and she brings the gluten-free, vegan, organic and wholesome goodness for which her Adaba Bars are known to everything she touches at her new Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe.
Explains Hellerman, on one of her sites, “My baked products and mixes are made from amazing ingredients like sprouted buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, and teff; coconut and macadamia nut oils; unrefined sweeteners like dates, coconut sugar, and agave: and whatever is local and seasonal where I live in Boulder, Colorado. These ingredients all happen to be gluten free, by the way, but they are well-worth getting to know regardless of any dietary restrictions. My baked products are free of dairy and soy (except soy lecithin in chocolate chips) and almost all are vegan or can be made vegan.”
She adds that “My cooking style is simple and healthy; it takes very little to turn a few great ingredients into a fabulous meal. I love to make seasonal soups, sautés, dips, and salads using the freshest produce I can find as my inspiration.”
The newest incarnation of her dedication to this philosophy, Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe, is housed in the space formerly known as Zudaka, at 4457 North Broadway in Boulder, but other than the location, it looks completely different.
The first thing that you notice when walking into Julia’s Kitchen is the “grab and go” refrigerator case chock full of wonderful homemade soups (sold in canning jars), veggie pancakes, pre-sprouted grains, and various quick pick-me-ups. The point is to provide rushed and harried people with something nutritious and delicious that they can, well, grab and go on the run.
The next thing that you notice is the pastry case, with homemade scones, muffins, brownies, and cookies – all gluten-free and vegan. And we’re not talking the standard gluten-free fare. Oh no, these goodies are so flavorful and toothsome that you’d have no idea that they were gluten-free – they lack the lacking that so many other gluten-free offerings have.
Eventually, after looking up from your reverie at the pastry case, you realize that there is a menu board, and a friendly person or two standing waiting to, well, wait on you.
On the particular day that we visited, the special was hummus pizza, and the soups were minestrone and a curried lentil. We had it all.
The soups were, in a word, incredible. The curried lentil a thick, savoury blend of lentils, fresh vegetables, and just the right amount of curry. The minestrone was chock full of all sorts of vegetables, in a gorgeous broth, with gluten-free macaroni to boot. Both were served with a thick slice of bread so wonderful that nobody could believe that it was gluten-free.
We were offered ghee for our bread, one of the very few non-vegan things in the entire restaurant, but it didn’t need anything on it – it was so wonderful on its own.
The pizza was also amazing – an incredible, thick – and not raw – crust. We point this out because so many gluten-free and vegan pizzas come on either a standard gluten-free thin crust, or on something like a flax or sunflower seed crust. Not that there is anything wrong with this, mind you, but having a real, thick, baked bread crust was a treat. In the picture, by the way, one piece is missing from the pizza – because we couldn’t wait to eat it.
For dessert we had brownies and filled graham cracker cookie. We also sampled the famed Adaba Bar, and a raw cookie called a Lemon Drop. They were all delicious, and we can’t wait to go back.
So, how much for all of this? You would expect food this delicious, with portions this generous, all gluten-free, all vegan, and all organic, to cost a small fortune (and it would be worth it).
However, our entire meal – the pizza, two soups, the desserts and, oh yes, a cup of tea, came to just $27.00 and change – and we had enough leftovers for another meal. We could easily have fed three people with this.
Julia’s Kitchen is truly a gem. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., they are making sure that they are available to the breakfast, lunch, light dinner, and in-between snacks crowd.
Situated on Broadway just north of Violet, with plenty of parking, and with such great prices for such wonderful food, Julia’s Kitchen is sure to become one of your regular go-to places.
We say “Check ‘em out, soon!”
4457 North Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
Open 7:00am to 7:00pm
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