Rincon Argentino is a restaurant based on love...and empanadas

It was the mountains that first lured Christian Saber, chef-owner of Boulder's Rincon Argentino, to Colorado from his home in Buenos Aires. But after two seasons working on the slopes and in restaurants in Breckenridge, he realized that he'd fallen in love with more than Colorado powder. His future wife, a native of northern Colorado and a student at the University of Colorado, "was on a weekend in Breckenridge with friends, and I was with my friends in the bar," and the rest, as they say, is history. See also: Five best spots for empanadas in Denver

The couple lived in Argentina for a while, and then Saber and his wife moved to Boulder, where he noticed a dearth of Argentinian food. That was the driving force behind Rincon Argentino, which he opened last year.

And although the fast-casual spot offers sandwiches, salads and sweets, along with other traditional Argentinean dishes, the focus is on empanadas. "I came up with the empanadas because they're simple to take out and carry around, to go hiking with," Saber explains.

"I believe in my business and the concept," he adds, "but honestly I didn't think Boulder was going to love it so much."

Find out if you should love it just as much when my review is posted on westword.com tomorrow.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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