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It’s tough out there. You know what would fix you right up? An elixir. Or maybe a potion. Good thing Shine in Boulder offers both. (They also have alcoholic drinks, if elixirs and potions made with roots/herbs aren’t your thing.)
I ordered a firewater potion shooter. It came in a tiny cup and was extremely gingery. No watering down of potent ingredients here:
A dining area, a bar, a lounge, and a performance space fill Shine’s cavernous space. There was lots going on the night I visited. The space is dominated by a huge graphic of a tree – modern hippie chic.
The menu comes in a binder complete with dividers. If you need more than elixirs/potions/wine/cocktails, there’s food. While not vegetarian, Shine has many vegetarian and vegan plates, including beet hummus, coconut kitchari (an Indian lentil/rice dish), and jack fruit soft tacos with quinoa and black beans. The dishes are nutrient-rich, which I appreciate. There are also gluten-free options.
First up for me, the probiotic slaw sampler, made by a local company:
The sampler had kim chi, sauerkraut with caraway seed, and beet and citrus ginger slaws. All were delicious. The garlicky kim chi was easily the most complex.
Next, the Colorado Winter Squash soup:
The soup was sweet with coconut milk, and the kale chips on top added a slight bitter note and some crunch. It was a tasty, hearty winter dish.
In the menu, Shine’s owners state that their goal is to offer good food at an affordable price. The entrees range from $11-17 a plate, and the salads and starters are of course less. This is a chill spot.