North of Boulder as the crow flies, on the western outskirts of Longmont, lies the small farming/ranching town of Hygiene (the name referring to a time when it housed a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients.) The town itself hovers around a three way stop sign with a handful of businesses nested together for quick access. It is unquestionably rural in the way urbanites crave to visit. An authentic burg riding the wave of changing times, staying true to its roots and those of the generations who have lived, farmed and ranched there.
We were seated in the main dining area of wooden tables, mismatched chairs, miniature Mason jar salt and pepper shakers and dainty bouquets of flowers on every table. Art from the local art gallery next door adorned the wall with Western themes, oil paintings of fruit and kitchen aprons in vintage western prints made for a cozy, relaxed feel. There was a large community table with small groups coming and going during our long stay. Some who seemed to know each other, some politely chatting for the first time. It definitely had the feel of a local hangout but welcoming to newcomers and those just passing through such as the masses of cyclists on the weekends. It’s a place for everyone.
· Dinner To Go: Tuesday and Thursday 4:00-7:00