Best New Restaurant in Boulder? Café Aion.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 12, 2010
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Café Aion: from farm to incredibly elegant, hip table.

Okay, this has to count as a pre-view, not a re-view—I missed both soft opening parties, but made the Grand Opening, and wound up popping by for their first brunch the next night—so I haven’t yet had a proper meal at the place.

But one thing’s for sure—I know enough to be able to say—I’m giddy.

Founded by four young restaurateurs, Café Aion not only successfully takes the baton pass from Burnt Toast, the green-minded foodie and charmingly, thoroughly relaxed establishment that filled 1235 Pennsylvania Avenue before it, but…well, Café Aion simplifies everything.

The founders seemed to have taken down every wall they could and a few they couldn’t, opened everything up, supplied some minimal but brashly elegant decor (the tables look like the sides of gorgeous old school sailing yachts, the bars are reclaimed, the naked brick is exposed, and candle-lit, and one big wall is painted Mediterranean blue (they call it Aion Blue, I think).

Most importantly, the place feels simultaneously timeless—farm-to-table, green-minded—and yet young, hip, happening.

The dry cappuccino at brunch was incredible, as was the pastry—and in Boulder, with few sources for decent hand-rolled pastries, that’s no small thing. The founders are all charming, fun, strong, focused. The seating outside is, as it was with Burnt Toast, sunny and fun. There’s a couch for lounging, which I did with friends, there’s great beers on tap (mine was 11 bucks with a good tip, but as it was 10% alcohol, seems worth it). There’s hooks beneath the bar, and a gorgeous bike parked in front of one of the fireplaces.

Whether you want an elegant, a romantic date; a fun dinner party; a hungover brunch with the best-looking Bloody Marys this side of paradise…Café Aion seems to have nailed it. It’s a great new asset to the Boulder community: as a crazy eco-responsibility-minded boy, I’m grateful.

Go—and tell us what you think, below.


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1235 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder, Colorado. Hours: 4 to 11 p.m Wednesday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, I think.

All photos via Jessica Lisi via their Facebook Page:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “Best New Restaurant in Boulder? Café Aion.”

  1. Andrew Armiger says:

    Unfortunately little veggie/vegan fare. Foie gras is gross.

  2. Did seem like a big emphasis on meat, but most of it at least is local, humanely raised methinks.

  3. cynthia moku says:

    Cafe Aion IS FANTASTIC. I took a close friend -international storyteller

  4. guest says:

    yeah, force fed goose sounds uber humane.

  5. penelope says:

    perhaps ele would be so kind as to enquire about fois gras. many many omnivores avoid it on principle, but i have heard that there is some that is not force fed, the birds typically gorge themselves on fruit in the fall… it would be sad for somewhere that cynthia m. loved to be scarred at the beginning by serving something so abhorrent… and more vegan/vege would also be welcome from the start.

  6. Troy says:

    Just had my first meal at Aion. It was great and I highly recommend it. The staff and the vibe hit just the right note. It will be going into my regular dinning rotation. If vegan/vege is your thing then go to a vegetarian restaurant.

  7. moonsprig says:

    Incredible food and coffee, sweet service. Want to go as much as possible!

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