Welcome to the Greatest DINING guide in Boulder County.
In this section you will find the best of the best. Try one, try them all!
331 Main St. | Longmont | 720-340-4636 | www.aimeslove.com
This inviting French-style café with a Hawaiian flair is super kid-friendly and gluten-free. While the kids play one of the many games or scribble on the chalkboard, parents can lounge on a sofa and sip drinks from the espresso and smoothie bar and nibble on éclairs, cupcakes, brownies, pies, cakes, cookies and other pastry selections. Not up for dessert? No problem! Aime’s Love offers a deluxe breakfast sandwich with your choice of egg, sausage or bacon, Cheddar cheese, tomato, spinach and pesto on homemade sandwich bread. Ready for lunch? Choose from a variety of sandwiches, including the Southern Love—a turkey, bacon, avocado and pepper jack panini on focaccia bread. If you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch, the Williams Broccoli Salad features raw broccoli with raisins, peanuts and bacon in a curry sauce. Wedding and specialty cakes made to order. Open Tues-Fri 8am-4pm; Sat-Sun 8am-3pm; closed Mon. Major credit cards accepted.
AMERICAN AND ITALIAN
THE ALPINE RESTAURANT & BAR
1106 Rose St. | Georgetown | 303-569-0200
Conveniently located just off I-70, the Alpine Restaurant and Bar in Georgetown is a great place to stop and refuel after a day spent up in the mountains. Nearly everything is homemade, from the bread and pizza dough to the hummus, bruschetta and juicy meatballs. Try one of the meatball sliders as an appetizer, or opt for the Tabasco-rubbed wings. Then dig into hand-tossed pizza (with your choice of 25 toppings) made in the brick oven, or invent your own stromboli or calzone. Grilled paninis are served on homemade rosemary potato focaccia bread; the Pavilion Panini includes sausage, feta, artichoke, onion, spinach, pesto and mozzarella. Free live music Thurs-Sat; Wednesday is Trivia Night. Open every day 11am-9pm; closed Tuesdays. Major credit cards accepted.
BOULDER BEER COMPANY | BOULDER BEER ON WALNUT
2880 Wilderness Place | 303-444-8448
1123 Walnut St. | 303-447-1345
Colorado’s first craft brewery now has two locations. The pub on Wilderness Place is in the main production brewery, and offers an up-close look at brewing operations happening all around. In addition to brewery-fresh beers on tap, the original pub also offers a full-service restaurant with food, wine and spirits that you can enjoy indoors or out on the large mountain-facing patio (dogs welcome). Enjoy a bite to eat before or after the free brewery tour at 2pm daily. The elevated pub menu includes fresh-off-the-smoker BBQ, plus favorites such as beer-battered fish and chips, Bavarian-style pretzels served with warm queso, or a variety of fresh vegetarian and gluten-free options. Boulder Beer’s new downtown location—Boulder Beer on Walnut—shares much of the same menu, with additional small plates and dinner entrées in the evenings. Guests wandering the Pearl Street Mall can pop in for a wide selection of 20 rotating small-batch brews on tap coming out of the seven-barrel pilot system. Kitchens at both locations open daily 11am–10pm, with brunch available Sat-Sun from 11am-2pm, including bottomless mimosas and beermosas. All major credit cards accepted.
THE BOULDER DUSHANBE TEAHOUSE
1770 13th St. | 303-442-4993 | www.boulderteahouse.com
Handcrafted in Tajikistan and reassembled in Boulder, the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse is the only authentic Persian teahouse in the Western Hemisphere. Vibrantly painted ceilings, carved cedar columns and a sculpture fountain provide an airy ambience during the day and casual elegance at night. Begin with an appetizer such as Indian samosas, a fried pastry of spiced potato, onion and peas, with cucumber yogurt and mango chutney. Entrées include Persian chickpea kufteh—vegetarian chickpea balls with a Persian tomato sauce, sautéed spinach and soft-cooked egg; Peruvian chicken—marinated airline-cut chicken breast, jalapeño and cilantro sour cream, yucca fries and roasted carrot; and Tajikistan Plov—a traditional dish of rice with carrots, onions, chickpeas, spices and grilled beef, served with a tomato cucumber salad, dried fruit, and housemade naan bread. Finish with the hibiscus tea-infused Flourless Orange Cake Napoleon. Enjoy a selection of more than 100 premium loose-leaf teas, gourmet coffees, chai, beer, wine and cocktails. Reservations required for traditional afternoon tea. In-house and off-site catering available. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 8am-9pm. Serving brunch on weekends. MC, VISA, AMEX, DISC and local checks accepted.
BRASSERIE TEN TEN
1011 Walnut St. | 303-998-1010 | www.brasserietenten.com
Experience inspired cuisine from all regions of France. Start with some delicious hors d’oeuvres such as beef tartare, roasted bone marrow or a bowl of steaming mussels. Lunch features sandwiches from your classic French dip to the delectable croque madame sandwich. Signature salads include a traditional Niçoise with ahi tuna, and the Simple Salad with a caper-miso vinaigrette. Entrées include steak frites and classic Brique Poulet, both featuring delectable Kennebec frites. The traditional bouillabaisse fills the room with aromas of saffron and fennel. The weekend brunch includes eggs Benedict, fresh waffles and croque madame. Happy-hour treats range from $2-$6 and feature two types of crêpes; mussels with tomatoes, housemade merguez and olive oil; and tempura haricots verts. Enjoy a Kir Royale for happy hour, or perhaps one of the bar’s tap beers. Desserts fresh from the Mediterranean bakery include warm sticky date cake, classic pot de crème and an assortment of French macarons. Open for dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-11pm and Sun 4-9pm; lunch Mon-Fri 11am-4pm. Happy hour daily 3-6:30pm; brunch Sat-Sun 9am-3pm. MC, VISA, DC, DISC and local checks accepted.
CENTRO MEXICAN KITCHEN
950 Pearl St. | 303-442-7771 | www.centromexican.com
Centro, in the heart of downtown Boulder, is the home of soulful, imaginative and authentic Mexican cuisine. Chef Johnny Curiel takes guests on a coast-to-coast culinary tour across Mexico, showcasing specialties from his home state of Jalisco, as well as Baja, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Yucatán and Oaxaca. Every dish is built from the ground up with the Front Range’s finest ingredients, giving diners a true sense of Boulder County’s local bounty. There is always something new and exciting on the menu, from old-school Cochinita Pibil and Poc Chuc to classic mole and Tijuana-style street tacos. Breakfast at Centro features Boulder’s baddest, most boss breakfast burritos, refreshing agua frescas, and piping hot coffee. Lunch runs Monday through Friday and is perfect for a quick, business-style sit-down or a leisurely afternoon of tasty food and drinks. Weekend brunch offers seasonal favorites and Mexican classics served alongside refreshing cocktails. Sundays are for family, and Centro celebrates every week with live music, salsa dancing, and free dinner for kids. Enjoy the year-round patio, and remember, Monday is happy hour all night long! Open Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 9:30am-11pm and Sun 9:30am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted
CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL
900 Baseline Road | 303-440-3776 | www.chautauqua.com
Located within the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Park, the Chautauqua Dining Hall has been a Boulder tradition since 1898. Enjoy Boulder’s most scenic outdoor dining experience on the Dining Hall’s expansive wraparound porch with its timeless mountain and park views. Begin your meal with a charcuterie board of house-made elk sausage, cured meats, artisan cheese, pickled vegetables and grilled sourdough. Or try the very popular crispy Brussels sprouts with Peppadew chile and preserved lemon tossed in an agrodolce sauce. For an entrée, choose from menu items such as the Big Country Salad with romaine heart, fried chicken, cornbread croutons, tomato, bacon and blue cheese with buttermilk ranch; red trout with spinach and gold potato lyonnaise in a lemon brown butter; or the delicious Bison Bistro Burger with creamy Brie, caramelized onions, arugula and fig jam atop a brioche bun. Finish the meal with a seasonal cobbler from the Huckleberry bakery, served à la mode with housemade vanilla ice cream. Full espresso bar along with loose-leaf teas from the Boulder Tea Company are available. Full-service bar with local beer, wine and spirits. Open year-round Mon-Sun 8am-close. Brunch served daily 8am-3pm. Midday/happy hour 3pm-6pm. Dinner 5pm-close. For reservations call the Dining Hall at 303-440-3776 or email email@example.com.
COOPER’S ON THE CREEK
1500 Argentine St. | Georgetown | 303-569-5088
Cooper’s on the Creek offers fine dining in a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, whether you’re inside next to the cozy fireplace or on the enclosed back deck overlooking Clear Creek. Begin your meal with grilled baby octopus salad featuring orange-yuzu-marinated baby octopus and beets three ways; or duck pot pie with fingerling potatoes, pearl onions, rainbow carrots and peas in puff pastry. The entrée menu offers a variety of options including a grilled Angus ribeye accompanied by duck-fat-roasted potatoes; shrimp gnocchi with grilled shrimp, blistered baby heirloom tomatoes, wild mushrooms, sautéed spinach, gorgonzola cream and toasted pine nuts; and a proprietary Cooper Burger on a brioche bun. For dessert, try the vanilla bean crème brûlée with fresh berries or the milk chocolate stout cake with strawberry coulis. Happy hour Tues-Sun 3-6pm. Open 11am-8pm every day but Monday; until 9pm Fri-Sat. All major credit cards accepted.
1100 13th St. | 720-398-8331 | www.thecornerboulder.com
At, well, the corner of 13th Street and College Avenue on Boulder’s historic University Hill, The Corner is the best place to grab morning coffee and a health-conscious breakfast, lunch or dinner near campus. All food is naturally made—no high-fructose corn syrup, no MSG and no preservatives. Try the chorizo breakfast burrito, packed with scrambled eggs, savory seasoned potatoes, chorizo, gooey Cheddar cheese and roasted chile salsa. For lunch, the paleo bowl is sure to please your inner athlete, packed with fresh spring greens, protein-packed quinoa, choice of grilled chicken or flank steak, and veggies, avocado and zesty Argentinean chimichurri sauce. The fish tacos are a favorite, and the flavorful roasted beet and goat cheese salad, sprinkled with candied pecans and topped with juicy red pears and tangy balsamic vinaigrette, is sure to please vegetarians and carnivores alike. In fact, the Colorado Daily voted The Corner “best vegetarian” in 2017, and the Boulder Daily Camera voted it “best vegetarian,” “best gluten free” and “best natural ingredients.” Happy hour daily from 3-6pm includes pints, bottles or cans for $4 and $5 handmade cocktails. Open from 7:30am-10pm Mon-Fri and 8:30am-10pm Sat-Sun. All major credit cards and Diner’s Club accepted.
THE CORNER BAR
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4560 | www.cornerbarboulderado.com
The Corner Bar is the perfect spot to grab lunch, relax at happy hour, or enjoy a casual dinner. Boulder’s favorite watering hole, located on the corner of 13th and Spruce streets, is one block off Pearl Street. It boasts an expansive patio with umbrellas to shade you cool at lunch and brand-new ambient lighting for the evening. Try the crispy Brussels sprouts with sweet soy chile glaze, or the famous truffle fries, voted Best in Denver by Westword. Open daily 11am-midnight. All major credit cards accepted.
6315 Lookout Road | 303-530-5400 | www.elementbistroboulder.com
With its exquisitely rustic dining room and unparalleled rooftop mountain views, Element Bistro is the perfect place to enjoy elegantly creative American fare. Diners can choose from fine Western-style appetizers, like the Wild Game Sausage Trio consisting of rabbit and rattlesnake with apple chutney; elk with sweet pepper and mushroom ragout; and pheasant with sweet potato purée. For the main course, the gluten-free fish and chips with remoulade and pineapple cole slaw or BBQ elk tacos with chipotle slaw are sure to please, as is the very popular lobster mac and cheese. On Saturday evenings, diners can enjoy a variety of musical acts and dancing on the rooftop (seasonal—late spring, summer and early fall), which boasts majestic mountain views and cozy fire pits, from 7-10pm. Performances range from jazz to blues, Brazilian samba to nineties throwbacks. “Work is love made visible!” is this bistro’s credo, and it shows in the staff’s friendly approach, passionately crafted meals, and exquisite food preparation. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun for brunch from 10am-3pm and dinner 3-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.
FATE ALE HOUSE | FATE BREWING COMPANY
400 W. South Boulder Road | Lafayette
1600 38th St. | Boulder
303-449-3283 | www.fatebrewingcompany.com
FATE Brewing Company, a family-owned brew pub located in Boulder, offers a full bar, scratch-style kitchen and house-brewed beer as well as specialty rotating drafts. Their second location, FATE Ale House, located off U.S. 287 and South Boulder Road, opens just in time for summer with two new, fully renovated patios, one of which features a fire pit. The casual, cozy atmosphere is great for any occasion, and with a full bar featuring thirty drafts, there’s a drink to suit all tastes. At the original Boulder location, try the caramelized sweet potatoes served with smoked goat cheese feta and red onion compote or the house-smoked hot wings drizzled in spiced honey and served with FATE hot sauce. For the main course, the grilled steelhead comes with warm potato salad, spiced honey-glazed bacon and pickled jalapeños. Guests looking for gluten-free dessert options will enjoy the fudgy quinoa brownie served with dulce de leche and spiced honey bacon. FATE Ale House hours and menu are to be determined as of press time. FATE Brewing Company offers weekend brunch Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10am and Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3-5:30pm which features $3 pints, $4 well cocktails and $4 house wines. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm and Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.
THE GREENBRIAR INN
8735 N. Foothills Highway (U.S. Highway 36) at Lefthand Canyon Drive | 303-440-7979 | www.greenbriarinn.com
Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, The Greenbriar Inn is an elegant restaurant, tavern and private event space located in the north Boulder countryside. The surrounding 20 acres features two ponds, striking woodland, and thriving produce, herb and flower gardens. The cuisine focuses on seasonal American classics and is complemented by a 900-label, award-winning wine cellar. Menu items include bigeye tuna crudo, baby beet and heart of palm salad, steak tartare for two, chilled oysters on the half shell, Caesar salad prepared tableside, beef Wellington, Day Boat halibut, lightly smoked duck breast, Colorado lamb sirloin, grilled Colorado filet of beef, and truffled artichoke agnolotti. Decadent desserts include Valrhona chocolate peanut-butter tower, white velvet coconut cake, apple and date crisp, crème brûlee and bananas Foster prepared tableside. Open for dinner Tues-Sun 5:30-9:30pm; patio and bar menu Tues-Sun 5pm to close; happy hour 5-7pm; Champagne brunch Sunday 10am-1pm. Closed Mondays. MC, VISA, AMEX, DC.
JAPANGO SUSHI RESTAURANT
1136 Pearl St. | on Pearl Street Mall | 303-938-0330 | www.boulderjapango.com
Japango, located in a historic landmark building in the heart of downtown Boulder, has been the go-to destination for exceptional sushi and globally influenced Japanese food for more than 16 years. The popular restaurant and sushi bar have been remodeled and expanded to include an inviting new bar and lounge area (with a jellyfish tank), community table and outdoor patio seating right on the Pearl Street Mall. A back patio bar with a fireplace welcomes the outdoor happy-hour crowd year-round. The new décor is all about sophisticated woods, lush bamboo plants and welcoming, warm lighting that makes everyone look great. In addition to a thoughtfully curated menu of cocktails, mocktails and wine, Japango now offers the largest selection of sake in Boulder and over 40 craft beers. Japango’s knowledgeable and always friendly staff is happy to share what they know and all their personal favorites, but this is the perfect place to explore and try something new. With Master Chef Iwasa Yukiji at the helm, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious to eat. Japango is Boulder’s choice for a quick lunch, a relaxing dinner for two, a night out with family or friends, some late-night fun or all of the above. Open for lunch, afternoon happy hour and dinner from 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 11am-midnight Fri-Sat. Late-night happy hour (with DJ) on Fri-Sat nights until 12am. MC, VISA, AMEX, DC, DISC.
900 Walnut St. | 720-406-7399 | www.stjulien.com/dining
Located inside Boulder’s four-star, four-diamond St Julien Hotel & Spa, Jill’s Restaurant features an award-winning wine list complemented by a variety of unique dining experiences, including seasonal tasting menus, tableside service, an extensive Sunday brunch and a weekday French “Ooh Là Là” lunch buffet. Every Friday the lunch is entirely vegan. Jill’s Restaurant is home to a full bar, an outdoor patio and one of the most beautiful private dining rooms in the city, the Honey Onyx room. The adjacent T-Zero Lounge, one of Boulder’s more upscale night spots, makes for a convenient after-dinner stop. Both locations also offer one of Boulder’s top happy hours, with many cocktails that feature liquors from local distillers and herbs from the hotel’s onsite garden. Saturdays at St Julien are marked with a contemporary afternoon tea service, featuring Flatirons views, teas from Tea Forté and a selection of seasonally inspired delicacies, all complemented by the sounds of a piano player. Open daily, 6:30am-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.
LICENSE NO. 1
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-443-0486 | www.license1boulderado.com
With the casual ambience of a 1920s speakeasy, License No. 1 is the perfect location to enjoy post-work happy hour or late-night libations. License No. 1, aptly named for acquiring Boulder’s first liquor license after local “prohibition” ended in 1967, offers tantalizing cocktails made from an array of top-shelf liquors, along with wines and local craft beers. Celebrate happy hour daily with cocktail and food specials from 5-7pm. Accompany cocktails with an appetizer like the bar’s famous truffle fries, shredded duck confit tacos, oysters on the half shell, or a mouthwatering L1 Burger that is seared to perfection. Amp up your evening with live music from local bands on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Billiards, skee ball and a photo booth are available for added entertainment. Open daily at 5pm. All major credit cards accepted.
701-B Main St. | Louisville | 720-583-1789 | www.lulus-bbq.com
Lulu’s is relaxed, casual and family-friendly, and if the weather is nice, open-air seating adds to the experience. Start with dry-rubbed smoked wings, fried pickle spears or sweet potato cheese tots with dipping sauce. Then get your smoked BBQ meat of choice on a platter with two of the 12 available sides (like beans, coleslaw, corn bread or fried okra) or in a sandwich on a homemade bun. Meats include chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage and—while available daily—burnt ends. Finish your meal on a sweet note with peach cobbler, a corn bread sundae with raspberry sauce, or a fudge brownie, all topped with Sweet Cow ice cream. Full bar, eight TVs, patio games, catering. Happy hour 3-6pm daily with food and drink specials. Open daily at 11am; open until 9pm Sun-Wed, 9:30pm Thurs, 10pm Fri-Sat. Major credit cards accepted.
1002 Walnut St. | 303-444-5335 | www.themedboulder.com
Feast your way through the Mediterranean region with the Mediterranean Restaurant’s cuisine, adopted from France, Spain, Italy and more. To start, pick from an eclectic selection of tapas like the Morrocan-inspired pastilla—chicken, pine nuts, golden raisins, cilantro and Ras el Hanout wrapped in phyllo; ratatouille—roasted vegetables garnished with Grana Padano; and classic hummus with paprika-spiced pita. Enjoy classic Italian pizzas from the woodburning oven imported from Modena, Italy. Try the traditional margherita with the delicious addition of prosciutto or the spicy speziata. For lunch, try a fresh salad, sandwich or pasta dish. Dinner entrées range from the traditional, like paella Valenciana and chicken piccata, to the more exotic Middle Eastern eggplant fattah—stewed eggplant, tomatoes and chickpeas over basmati rice topped with tahini and crisp pita. The in-house bakery provides fresh baked bread daily as well as sweet options like mascarpone panna cotta. Happy hour—daily from 3-6:30pm, and late night starting an hour before closing time, or two hours before closing Fri-Sat—features discounted tapas and $1 off draft beers, $5 wines and well drinks, $5 Sangria and house margaritas and well martinis for $6.50. The extensive wine list has more than 25 wines by the glass. Downtown parking validated. Open for lunch Mon-Sun 11am-4pm, and for dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-11pm and Sun 4-9pm. MC, VISA, AMEX, DISC.
THE MELTING POT
732 Main St. | Louisville | 303-666-7777 | www.meltingpot.com
Few things in life bring more joy than warm, melted cheese. At the Melting Pot, the bliss of fine fondue is center-stage. The experience begins with a pot of the liquid gold; options range from tomato basil cheddar melted with gluten-free Redbridge beer to bacon and gorgonzola melted with white wine to a classic Wisconsin cheddar melted with your choice of New Belgium Pale Ale, Avery Brown Ale or Sam Adams. Dip a selection of veggies, fruit and bread to begin the evening, before being served a crisp and flavorful salad. Choose from a variety of proteins, all cooked tableside, for the main course. Try the smoked Andouille sausage, wild mushroom sacchetti, premium filet mignon or sesame-crusted Ahi tuna. It would truly be a sin to skip over the molten pot of chocolate fondue for dessert, served with a selection of succulent fruits and baked treats. The expansive wine list with over 150 bottles, plus the full craft cocktail bar, are sure to please all palates. Open Mon-Thurs and Sun 5-10pm, Fri–Sat 4-11pm and Sat-Sun 12-3pm. All major credit cards accepted.
MORNING GLORY CAFÉ
1377 Forest Park Circle | Lafayette | 303-604-6351
Locally owned Morning Glory Café is an east Boulder County jewel. The casual mom-and-pop atmosphere will make any diner feel at home, and the democratic, internationally inspired menu is sure to please all palates (and diets). Everything is handmade–from the rich and savory latke and eggs breakfast, served with peach salsa and greens, to the signature veggie-friendly Buddha bowl (smothered with cashew gravy), to the pesto-crusted salmon with gluten-free rigatoni in a Parmesan cream sauce. Carnivores will devour Morning Glory’s boneless barbecue short ribs dripping with peach barbecue sauce, while wine lovers will lose it for bottomless wine Wednesdays. Dessert options change often and generally include scrumptious cheesecakes, cobblers, and warm, moist carrot ginger cake. Every item can be made gluten free. Full breakfast is served daily from 7:30am-4pm, limited breakfast available all day, lunch is served daily from 11am-4pm, dinner is served daily from 4-9pm. Full bar. All major credit cards accepted.
NORTH END AT 4580
4580 Broadway, Unit #D-1 | 303-448-1500 | www.northendboulder.com
North End at 4580, with views of the foothills, is a contemporary American bistro focusing on the freshest ingredients, with simple preparations executed flawlessly. From burgers to grilled calamari to grilled lamb chops, North End at 4580 has added tantalizing new dishes while retaining old favorites like the bacon-wrapped dates. A rotating selection of original handcrafted cocktails complements a notable wine list and local craft beers, all at affordable prices. Known for providing exceptional food and service while accommodating diners with food sensitivities (especially gluten and dairy), North End is perfect for special occasions or for everyday dinners with family and friends. The new lunch menu is ideal for a casual business lunch, and if you need a place for a private party, it can accommodate from 9 to 90 people. The staff will work with any budget. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, dinner daily starting at 5pm. Bar opens at 4pm on weeknights and 5pm on weekends. All-night happy hour on Sundays.
ORGANIC SANDWICH COMPANY
1500 Pearl St., Suite F | 720-639-3986
459 S. McCaslin Blvd. | Louisville
Organic Sandwich Company’s two beautiful locations are both open for guests in need of a quick bite for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Ninety-five percent of the fare is organic and (seasonally) locally sourced. Feel good about treating yourself to a hearty Turkey and Bacon Jam decked out with house-made bacon jam, roasted turkey, tomatoes, romaine and avocado aioli on a perfectly baked and salted pretzel loaf—because every last morsel is made from good, whole food. Vegetarians will find creative menu options like the Spicy Veggie, a perfect balance of house-made spicy giardiniera, aged white Cheddar, caramelized onions, tomatoes, avocado and freshly cut pea shoots. Vegans and the gluten-averse will find plenty to tickle their fancy; try the Beetnik with roasted red and golden beets and house-made almond feta on a gluten-free demi baguette. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and an early dinner. Delivery and catering are available.
PICK AXE PIZZA
1637 Miner St. | Idaho Springs | 303-567-2148
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At Pick Axe Pizza, traditional wood-fired pizza is crafted using hand-tossed dough, homemade sauce, real mozzarella and always-fresh toppings, then cooked in the wood-fired oven while you watch. Create your own pizza concoction with dozens of topping choices, or try one of the specialty pies like pesto chicken or Palermo, with spicy arrabbiata sauce, pepperoni and cheese. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s homemade lasagna “like Grandma used to make”; Italian-style hoagies like the Philly cheesesteak with sliced ribeye, onions, mushrooms, green pepper and provolone; and burgers with fresh-cut fries. The homemade cheesecake has been called “a rich, thick slice of heaven,” or try the dessert pizza with a cheesecake base and fruit compote. Full bar, delivery, outdoor seating. Open 11am-11pm daily; until 8pm on Sundays. Closing times may be earlier in the off-season. All major credit cards accepted.
PRAHA RESTAURANT & BAR
7521 Ute Highway | Longmont | 303-702-1180 | www.praharestaurant.com
Praha is the Euro-American gathering place for casual get-togethers and special occasions. Praha specializes in transforming traditional European dishes into lighter interpretations, adding a contemporary spin, using local ingredients and practicing in the spirit of “joie de vivre.” The wine list is delightful and reasonably priced. Enjoy happy hour Tuesday–Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm; glass of wine $4, Czech beer on tap $5 and finger foods starting at $5. The new bistro menu offers small portions and a variety of items. The Praha, formerly the Old Prague Inn, lovingly started by the Smetanas, is still in the family. Monica is the Executive Chef and Jitka (Babi) still makes the apple strudel. Located on Highway 66 halfway between Longmont and Lyons. Open for dinner Tues-Sat 5pm-close. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations recommended. Takeout available.
Sherpa’s Adventurers Restaurant & Bar
825 Walnut St. | 303-440-7151 | www.sherpasrestaurant.com
Just one block south of Pearl Street Mall, Sherpa’s offers fantastic Himalayan dishes in an intriguing atmosphere that includes climbing memorabilia, a library of adventure and travel books, and one of Boulder’s best patios with Flatirons views. Voted “Best Nepali/Tibetan/Indian Restaurant” by Boulder’s top two newspapers from 2004-2015, Sherpa’s has become a local favorite. The varied menu features a selection of Indian curries cooked to order, breads and meats from the tandoor oven, momos (handmade vegetable or meat-filled Tibetan dumplings), saag and other regional favorites. All dishes are made fresh to order. For the less adventurous, Sherpa’s offers more traditional items, such as a tandoori chicken sandwich. Kids’ menu available. Open daily for lunch 11am-3pm; dinner 5-9:30pm Mon-Thurs and until 10pm Fri-Sat. Checks and all major credit cards accepted.
CAFÉ & BAKERY/ICE CREAM
SNACK soda fountain
400 Main St. | Lyons | 720-893-0075
Step back in time for this tasty retro-revival of a 1920 Grauman Soda Fountain, a must-visit on your way to Rocky Mountain National Park. This casual, family-friendly soda fountain serves breakfast, lunch and delectable desserts with the all-natural, wholesome goodness of yesteryear. Try a hearty and healthy breakfast bowl of piping hot potatoes sautéed with onion and smothered in mushroom gravy, topped with crumbled bacon, farm fresh scrambled eggs and shredded cheese. For lunch, have a fresh and toasty turkey panini with all natural turkey breast, pesto, provolone cheese and sourdough bread, paired with the housemade tomato basil bisque—a savory coconut milk base puréed with onions, diced tomatoes, fresh basil and peppers. You’ll be hard-pressed to skip dessert with classic ice cream floats and ice cream sodas on the menu, or enjoy your ice cream in one of SNACK’s housemade waffle cones. Bring some friends around and order The Lyons Roar—10 scoops of ice cream with all the toppings, including three bananas, nuts, sprinkles and housemade whipped cream. Enjoy this fun stop and play some board games in this blast from the past. Open 8am-5pm Thurs-Tues. All major credit cards accepted.
SPRUCE FARM & FISH
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4880 | www.spruceboulderado.com
Spruce Farm & Fish offers creative yet casual, sustainably sourced menu items, along with exceptional and friendly service. The newly renovated bar proudly serves local Boxcar Coffee, an extensive selection of wines by the glass, and locally sourced spirits and craft beers. Happy hour specials, available from 5-7pm daily, include “Two-Buck Shuck” oysters on the half shell and seasonal small plates and fresh cocktails. Open for brunch seven days a week from 6:30am-3pm and for dinner daily from 5-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.
STREET LEGAL PIZZA
3060 Pearl Parkway, Suite 112 | 303-442-4949
Love thin New York–style or thick Sicilian-style pizza? Street Legal does both! Choose from three sizes featuring dough made daily from scratch, imported cheeses and fresh-cut toppings, or try juicy homemade meatballs and toppings piled high in a sub. Start with a fresh salad, made to order, or toasty garlic bread bursting with buttery flavor. For dessert, try classic Italian tiramisu or the customer-favorite chocolate mousse. While you’re waiting for your handcrafted pizza, wander around; you’ll feel like you’re in an authentic Italian pizzeria with the red-checked tablecloths, interesting objects hanging on the walls and framed family photos. Liquor license anticipated in early 2018. Open 11am-9pm Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm Thurs, 11am-11:30pm Fri-Sat. All major credit cards accepted.
CAFÉ & BAKERY
T & CAKES
1932 14th St. | 720-406-7548 | www.teeandcakes.com
Steps from the Pearl Street Mall and Walnut Street, T & Cakes offers an eclectic selection of scrumptious cupcakes, custom cakes and wedding cakes, breakfast pastries, quiches, croissants, coffee cakes, breakfast burritos, breakfast sandwiches to order (pick from egg, bacon, cheese, avocado and tomato), cake pops, brownies, cookies and macarons. The charming café, bakery and wedding-cake shop also boasts a complete espresso bar and offers teas and cold beverages like cold-brew nitro coffee, iced tea, Italian soda and flavored sparkling water. T & Cakes offers services for weddings and catering for businesses and events, and delivery is available. Checks and major credit cards accepted. Open from 8am-6pm Mon-Fri and noon-6pm Sat.
2416 Arapahoe Ave. | (303) 442-2500 | www.tiffinsindiacafe.com
A delicious place to find traditional and innovative Indian dishes, Tiffin’s is a family-run restaurant that offers fresh and fast meals. Conveniently located in the Arapahoe Village Shopping Center at the corner of Arapahoe and Folsom, it has plenty of free parking for a leisurely dinner or a quick pickup order. The samosas filled with curried potatoes, onions, green chile and cilantro are a local favorite, and the biryanis offer succulent lamb, chicken, shrimp or vegetables sautéed with aromatic basmati rice. Try the traditional lamb curry made with a base of onions, garlic and ginger with added herbs and spices, or the shrimp korma in a creamy curry with ground cashew milk and cardamom. Vegetarian options include bhindi sabji, a dish of sautéed okra with garlic, onions and spices, and bangan bartha, a vegan dish of puréed eggplant cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices. Finish the experience with gulab jamun—“donut holes” in a sweet syrup, or a sweet and spicy chai. Open Tues-Sat, 11:30am–9:30pm, and Sunday 11:30-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.
24 CARROT BISTRO
578 Briggs St. | Erie | 303-828-1392 | www.24carrotbistro.com
rustic-chic establishment is as elegant as it is charming. Start with a craft cocktail at the 25-foot-long antique bar and nibble on a fried calamari appetizer with greens, basil aioli and romesco; or dip housemade sweet-potato chips into a bubbling Parmesan and kale dip, served hot in a cast-iron crock. For dinner, urban meets country comfort in the crispy duck confit resting atop creamy polenta with an apricot gastrique and fresh arugula. Find bold and fresh flavors in the grilled beef tenderloin with bacon and sweet potato risotto, roasted turnip, cream, and Parmigiano Reggiano. For dessert, indulge in warm cinnamon apple crisp à la mode, or try a piece of 24 Carrot Cake, layered with cardamom-cream-cheese icing, coconut coulis and fried basil. Open for lunch Tues-Fri 11am-3pm, brunch Sat-Sun 9am-3pm, dinner Sun-Thurs 5-9pm and Fri-Sat until 10pm. Major credit cards accepted. Reservations recommended.
901 Pearl Street | 720-669-0100 | www.viaperla.com
Via Perla is a distinctive Italian dining experience located on the historic west end of Pearl Street. Opened in spring 2015, Via Perla proudly offers authentic flavors reminiscent of various regions in Italy. Blending traditional preparation methods with seasonal flavors, the results are delectable fresh pastas, including tagliatelle Bolognese from the Emilia-Romagna region, Cacio e Pepe from the Lazio region, and land and sea offerings like Bistecca Fiorentina from Tuscany, various seafood and produce in the style of Sicily, and formaggi and salumi from Parma. Following the Italian tradition of seasonal produce as a priority, Via Perla designs dishes around fresh ingredients from the best local farms in Boulder County. The espresso, 250-bottle wine cellar, housemade biscotti, gelati and dolci all speak to Via Perla’s strong Italian influence. Daily Merenda happy hour from 3-6:30pm features apps, cocktails and bottles of wine for under $20. Open for lunch Tues-Sun 11am-3pm; Merenda happy hour daily 3-6:30pm; and dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-11pm and Sunday 4-9pm. Downtown parking validated. All major credit cards and local checks with ID accepted.
817 S. Main St. | Louisville | 303-993-2094 | www.waterloolouisville.com
The Waterloo takes pride in crafting every menu item from scratch using all-natural and local ingredients whenever possible, and the inventive cocktails are made using the finest spirits, including many from local distilleries. Rotating beer taps ensure a new drinking experience with each visit. Share a platter of Texas-size nachos to start, or try the “infamous” poppers, extremely hot peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. The signature Waterloo burger is made with all-natural beef (or upgrade to bison), or try a Boca vegetarian patty with as many toppings as you’d like. The menu also features Mexican entrées like chile rellenos, enchiladas and seven types of tacos, plus sandwiches, soups and salads. Enjoy the full menu on Waterloo’s heated rooftop patio complete with TVs for sports games. If you save room for dessert, try the Oskar Blues B.Stiff Root Beer Float. Happy hour is 4-6pm daily with “happy-tizers” $3-$6 and reduced drink prices. Open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11am. Check website for updates.
ZOE MA MA
2010 10th St. | 303-545-6262 | www.zoemama.com
Come to Zoe Ma Ma and enjoy freshly prepared Chinese home cooking and street food inspired by Edwin Zoe’s mother’s signature dishes, prepared with love in the open kitchen. Zoe Ma Ma features high-quality ingredients that include organic flour, cage-free eggs and all-natural meats. It’s quality for your tummy and it’s Ma Ma approved! The restaurant offers fresh, homemade egg noodles, potstickers, vegan dumplings, steamy buns (bao), goji berry rice cakes and green tea infused with fresh ginger. The menu is gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, and never includes MSG. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Flatirons from the patio with a Tsing Tao beer or a glass of Pacific Rim Riesling. Be sure to try the belly-warming Sichuan braised beef noodle (available Sun-Tues), and the roast duck wonton-noodle soup (available Fri-Sat). When in Denver, visit the location at Union Station. Open Mon-Thurs and Sun 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, VISA, DISC.