location: as mentioned by others this is not a restaurant that is right there for all to see on the main street of the cute town of Longmont. it is, however, well worth looking for! we had no trouble locating it using Google Maps on my phone and our companions had no trouble using the iPhone maps application. don't let the industrial/blue collar surroundings keep you from enjoying a meal here!
ambience: outside is grey block with glass block insets making it work well with the industrial surroundings of the area. inside is (evening) low lit and cozy. you enter to the bar and host stand with a small section of restaurant to the left and a larger section to the right.
service: we arrived on a Saturday evening on a holiday weekend without reservations. we were greeted promptly and enthusiastically. the hostess advised that she would locate and get a table set up for us but that it may take 5 minutes or so. this worked perfectly for us as the couple joining us had not yet arrived. we were seated at a comfortable table for 4 and the hostess was kind enough to point our companions our way when they arrived. our server was an absolute joy. she was attentive without hovering. she provided great information on the specials and answered questions about the menu with good details.
food: not sure where some of these other folks ate but all 4 of us were very pleased with our meals. we travel extensively and eat in lots of types of restaurants of varied prices, cuisines, settings. Sugarbeet did not disappoint. our companions are local, living in North Boulder, and were so pleased that they have committed to come back and bring others - even going so far as to say the food was as good as any on the mall at Pearl but with larger portions and no hassle parking.
we shared 2 portions of the Crispy Pork Belly appetizer - an amazing combination of crisped pork belly served on a campari/tart cherry sauce (with some additional whole cherries) and accompanied by a bacon wrapped and bleu cheese stuffed leek. the plate was a taste treat with the combinations of tart, savory, salty and the textures provided by the crisped pork belly, crunchy bacon, smooth creamy bleu cheese and liquid heaven of campari/cherry to tie it together. i personally would go back simply for this dish alone!
salads then varied. husband got the field greens which was a delightful mix including some hazelnuts for extra crunch, our companions shared the daily special salad which was very large and plenty for them to share, while i had the brussels sprouts special. the brussels sprouts special included cripsy roasted brussels halves, shaved parma, and crisped proscuitto-large portion and if i were to have it again i would want to share with someone or take 1/2 with me.
entrees were also varied: husband had the pork loin special-fabulous with a caper laden sauce and accompanied by an al dente fusseli and the most amazing red cabbage ginger slaw. i enjoyed the potato gnocchi which, in addition to the normal boiling prep, had been grilled to create crisp little bites hidden within the fresh garlic and basil tomato sauce which accompanied it. our companions had the mahi-mahi (which i can't comment on as he refused to let any of us try a bite and he all but licked the plate clean so i assume it was good) and the crab cakes - again i was surprised by the side of the portions on both of these items as well. the crabcakes were full of crab and came with a tasty slaw and an amazing arugula cream dipping sauce.
wine selection: while not a ton of choices for each type, there is enough of a by-the-glass offering that each of us was pleased to find a decent choice to meet our tastes. by-the-bottle offers more options but since we were a malbec, a cabernet, a merlot and a pinot drinker each in the group that didn't work for us.
desserts: there were a good 8 or more offerings this evening. hubby and i had the blackberry cobbler which had a nice nutty sweetness added in the cobbler 'crust'. i would have liked to see more berries but there were enough to satisfy. came with vanilla ice cream. our companions enjoyed one of the evening specials - a brulee'd pineapple slice topped with coconut ice cream, a sauce i cannot remember and chopped macadamias.
cost: $225 for the four of us including wine and tax. not cheap but 3 of us left with enough food for a second meal and none of us was disappointed with our meal in any way.
we'd visit again.
note: they do also offer outdoor seating - not an option on the cold rainy evening we were there but nice to know.
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