A fairly new addition to Pearl Street, this seafood restaurant is making it's mark on Boulder. This is Chef Bradford Heap's third restaurant in Boulder, and it is already a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Opened in 2015, Wild Standard is a sustainably oriented restaurant that uses local and organic resources. They partner with local organic farmers and fishermen who practice sustainable fishing. Just because our parents own this restaurant doesn't mean we have to mindlessly compliment everything. Our goal with this blog is to help kids find new and exciting cuisine. We chose to "kritique" this restaurant because it's a SEAFOOD restaurant! This is typically a YUCK! for kids. Seafood restaurants are not a go-to choice for most young people. We will prove them wrong as we dive in to the delicious, unexpectedly kid-friendly menu.
1043 PEARL ST. BOULDER, CO 80302 tel: (720) 638-4800
OUR DINING EXPERIENCE
The first thing I noticed was this gi-normous, metal cut-out fish above the front doors. Upon entering, the beautiful and soft lighting made me feel so fancy. I saw these really cool shattered glass panels by the front door. There were also these really cool wooden beams across the ceiling that I discovered came from a old Wisconsin dairy farm. To the right of me there was a huge beautiful chandler hanging over a corner booth by the window. We were promptly seated at a window booth and given menus. I ordered the blackberry soda and Colter ordered the lemon-lime soda. They were sweet and cleansed my pallet before trying a new dish. We also had a Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha that was strong and sweet.
The Beet Salad was a perfect way to start my meal. Despite what most kids,(and maybe some adults) might think, beets are extremely sweet and delicious! The beets where chilled and had this earthy, natural taste. I definitely recommend this salad!
The next thing we had was the Kaya Toast. Kaya Toast is kind of like a grilled cheese but with coconut jam instead of cheese. The Kaya Toast had perfectly toasted bread with the most amazing custard-y coconut jam filling. I don't usually like coconuts but this was amazing! The jam was sweet with a creamy texture and the combination of the side salad with the toast was delicious! The Kaya Toast was my favorite thing at Wild Standard. Two thumbs up!
For my entrée I had Veggie Risotto. The Veggie Risotto is an off-the-menu special for vegetarians only. This dish is a basil and fennel risotto topped with brussels sprouts, pickled onions, pickled cucumbers, peas and asparagus. The brussels sprouts were mildly sweet and crunchy, and the asparagus added a nice savory taste to the dish. The pickled onions and cucumbers were my favorite thing! They had this sour yet addicting zing. The onions had a stronger more acidic flavor while the cucumbers had a milder flavor. The peas added an a delightful crunch and combined perfectly with the risotto. The risotto had a licorice taste that complemented the vegetables fantastically. I loved this and dish and want more!
By this time we were so full we could barley move! But we had to go on.... For dessert we had the Southern Delight. There were three main components to this dish: a sweet potato-white chocolate mousse, a toasted vanilla marshmallow, and a ginger snap cookie crumble. The vanilla marshmallow was sweet and balanced out the spicy crumble. I definitely recommend this dessert.
I had a really fun and delicious dinner at Wild Standard and would come back again to try more!
OK. I know what you're thinking. I said I wasn't going to try oysters at the beginning of our blog and here I am trying them. My job is to take it for the team and try all the unnerving, possibly horrible things. I thought maybe oysters might have changed and were not so bad. But.... I was wrong. It was the worst mistake of my life.