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Dining and Restaurant Guide: Boulder County Favorites

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!

 

AMERICAN

24 CARROT BISTRO
578 Briggs St. | Erie | 303-828-1392 | www.24carrotbistro.com
The farm-to-table fare at this chef-owned, rustic-chic establishment is as elegant as it is charming. Start with a craft cocktail at the 25-foot-long antique bar and nosh on a fried calamari appetizer with greens, basil aioli and romesco; or dip housemade sweet-potato chips into a hot, bubbling Parmesan and kale dip, served 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 Hawaiian mahi mahi with a lime and coconut rice cake, bok choy, pineapple and poblano chutney, and cilantro oil. For dessert, indulge in vanilla and blueberry crème brûlée, 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 Tue-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm and Sunday 5-9pm. Major credit cards accepted. Reservations recommended.

BAKERY

AIME’S LOVE
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 wall, 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, provolone 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. Have a special occasion coming up? Aime’s Love does wedding and specialty cakes made to order. Open Tues-Sat 7am-4pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. Major credit cards accepted.

BREWERY

BOULDER BEER COMPANY | BOULDER BEER ON WALNUT
2880 Wilderness Place | 303-444-8448
1123 Walnut St. | 303-447-1345
www.boulderbeer.com
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 you. 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 area 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.

AMERICAN

BOULDER CORK
3295 30th St. | 303-443-9505 | www.bouldercork.com
Boulder’s oldest and favorite steakhouse, the Cork is where to go for delicious steak, seafood and seasonal creations, as it has been for 49 years. Entrées include prime rib, a variety of steaks, sake salmon, scallops, Rocky Mountain trout, enchiladas and much more. Desserts are baked fresh daily. Boulder’s best happy hour serves more than 25 items. Pair all of this with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. Come join the group that calls the Boulder Cork home. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11:15am-2pm, dinner Mon-Sat 5:30-10pm, and happy hour daily 4:30-6:30pm. Checks and all major credit cards accepted.

CONTINENTAL

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.

VIETNAMESE

BOULDER PHO
2855 28th St. | 303-449-0350
A new star on the Boulder culinary scene, Boulder Pho has online reviewers raving. Authentic Vietnamese flavors paired with fresh, modern ambience have turned this restaurant into an immediate hit with locals. Delicious spring rolls and dumplings make for great appetizers, but the real reason to visit is their pho. The traditional housemade Vietnamese broth is a nourishing, warming delight and comes with a choice of proteins including rare steak, brisket, tripe, tendon, chicken and shrimp, as well as vegetarian options. Soups are served with a variety of sides like basil, bean sprouts and various sauces so diners can customize their meals. Try more options like the egg noodle soup with wontons, hot and spicy beef noodle soup or shrimp and pork rice noodle soup. Other entrées include the Vietnamese chicken salad, seafood stir-fry, grilled pork sausage wrap, vegetarian combination noodle bowl and grilled beef rice plate. Takeout and delivery available. Open 10:30am-9pm daily. All major credit cards accepted.

FRENCH

BRASSERIE TEN TEN
1011 Walnut St. | 303-998-1010 |
www.brasserietenten.com 

Experience inspired cuisine from all regions of France. Start with hors d’oeuvres such as beef tartare, roasted bone marrow or a bowl of steaming mussels. Lunch features sandwiches like the classic French dip or 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 savory Kennebec frites. The traditional bouillabaisse fills the room with aromas of saffron and fennel. The weekend brunch includes eggs Benedict, fresh waffles, Tender Belly bacon and the signature burger. Happy-hour treats range from $2-$6 and feature mussels à la marinière, the housemade merguez sausage slider, tempura haricots verts, or two types of crêpes. 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.

MEXICAN

CALACA BAR
2845 28th St. | 303-444-2922 | www.agavecolorado.com
Inspired by the Mexican celebration of “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), Calaca Bar features a colorful and festive ambience, decorated with skulls and calaca (skeleton) art throughout the bar and dining area. Follow the celebration upstairs where a great selection of handcrafted mezcal mixed drinks and tasty eats await you. Get ready for Juarez-style street tacos. Calaca Bar is Wi-Fi-enabled for students and young professionals who are working on the go. Happy hour features great food and drink specials every day, and the bar plays sporting events on its televisions so you won’t miss that legendary play while enjoying drinks with friends. Live music and DJ appearances make for a high-energy environment, and diverse cultural events are held throughout the year. Spice up your birthday, fundraiser or corporate party by reserving Calaca Bar for your event. Located upstairs at Red Agave, just follow the calacas. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

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 reservations@chautuauquadininghall.com.

PACIFIC RIM

CHIMERA PACIFIC RIM CUISINE & Lounge
2014 10th St. | 720-580-1100 | www.chimera.restaurant
Chimera is an expression of flavors from around the Pacific Rim. Its chefs focus on creating dishes that are deeply rooted in their origin but presented with modern creativity and sensibility. The casual yet elegant dining room, lounge and patio have beautiful views of the Flatirons. Start your experience with exotic tiki cocktails, expertly selected wines and beers, or the extensive selection elegant chilled saké. Next, try the hamachi crudo with yuzu ponzu, Taiwanese pork belly bao, or hand-made Shanghai xiao long bao filled with crab meat and pork. For ramen fanatics, go for the signature Chimera Ramen with house-made ramen noodles, rich broth, braised pork belly, marinated soft egg, lobster-buttered corn and mayu. For a taste of Korea, try the bulgogi Korean BBQ of thinly sliced, marinated rib eye steak or soon dubu hotpot filled with seafood and silky soft tofu. Finish your culinary travel with the big fortune cookie served with green tea Chantilly cream, yuzu curd, and chocolate or red bean mousse. Open for lunch 11am-2pm Mon-Fri, happy hour 4-6pm daily, dinner 4-10pm nightly and dim sum brunch 10am-2pm Sat-Sun. All major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

THE CORNER
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 chili 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, 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.

AMERICAN

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.

CAFÉ

EAST SIMPSON COFFEE COMPANY
414 E. Simpson St., Lafayette | 720-502-7010 | www.eastsimpsoncoffee.com
This community-oriented café is a warm, cozy gathering place for locals. Its house specialty is the locally-sourced honey latte, and other beverages include a wide variety of organic teas, espresso drinks, beer, wine and more. For breakfast, try the quiche with bacon, cheddar and onion, or the vegetarian option with spinach and mushroom. Fresh-baked pastries and breakfast burritos are available daily, and lunch specials include fresh-grilled paninis, toasted hand pies, burritos and housemade soups and salads. Vegan and gluten-free options available. This café offers more than just food and drink; it has become a community hub of live music, art and creativity activities. Walk back through the café, and you’ll find yourself in The Hive—a large, elegant event space that opens onto a beautiful patio. This space is available for business and social events, both public and private. It also hosts open mic nights, artist receptions and a weekly community hangout night of live music and activities every Thursday evening. Bring the whole family and get to know your neighborhood’s musical and artistic talent while enjoying a tasty meal in a beautiful, historic setting. Open 7am-5pm Fri-Wed and 7am-9pm Thursdays. All major credit cards accepted.

CAFÉ & BAKERY

EATS & SWEETS
401 South Public Road | Lafayette
303-665-3287 | www.eatsandsweets.biz
A delightful café that offers great hospitality and food at value prices, Eats & Sweets serves delicious sandwiches, salads and baked goods with many gluten-free and vegan options. Start your meal with “eats” such as a made-to-order sandwich, or choose from a wide range of creative sandwiches on the menu. If you’re in the mood for a lighter meal, choose from a number of fresh salads. Once there’s just enough room left in your stomach, try any of the homemade “sweets,” including Eats & Sweets’ famous banana bread ice cream sandwiches, along with countless other baked goods, pies, milkshakes and sundaes. This is your one-stop shop for lunch or dinner and dessert. Sandwich platters and cake and pie orders for parties/big groups are available with at least 24 hours’ notice. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-8pm. MC, VISA, DISC.

BREWPUB

FATE ALE HOUSE
400 W. South Boulder Road | Lafayette
303-449-FATE (3283) ext. 2 | www.fatebrewingcompany.com
FATE Ale House, a family-owned brewpub located in Lafayette, offers a full bar, scratch-style kitchen, house-brewed core and specialty beers, and rotating guest drafts. The FATE Ale House is the second location in the FATE Brewing Company family, and is located off U.S. 287 and South Boulder Road. The Ale House opened in the fall of 2017 with two new, fully renovated patios, one of which features a fire pit. Try the BBQ poutine, featuring smoked meats, marinated cheese curds, fries and gravy. For the main course, the Pit Boss Burger is a guest favorite, featuring smoked cheddar, spiced-honey-glazed bacon, smoked ham, caramelized onion and FATE BBQ sauce. Guests looking for dessert options will enjoy the pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting and tart cherry jalapeño compote. Weekend brunch Sat-Sun beginning at 10am and happy hour Mon-Fri from 3-6pm. Private and semi-private rooms available for large groups. Family friendly. Open Mon-Tue 11:30am-9pm, Wed-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

BREWERY

FATE ALE HOUSE | FATE BREWING COMPANY
1600 38th St. | 303-449-FATE (3283) ext. 1| www.fatebrewingcompany.com
FATE Brewing Company is a family-owned brewpub located in Boulder that offers a full bar, scratch-style kitchen, house-brewed core and seasonal beers, rotating guest drafts, two full patios and an indoor private party room. 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 salmon comes with warm potato salad, spiced honey-glazed bacon and pickled jalapeños. Guests looking for dessert options will enjoy the funnel cake sundae served with coffee IPA ice cream, dulce de leche and chocolate sauce. FATE Brewing Company offers weekend brunch Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10am and kids eat free from 10am-noon with purchase of adult entrée. Happy hour is offered Mon-Fri from 3-5:30pm and features $3 pints, $4 well cocktails and $4 house wines. Private and semi-private rooms available for large groups. Family friendly. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm and Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

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 chilled oysters on the half shell, beetroot salad, maple-glazed pork belly, Caesar salad prepared tableside, beef Wellington, Scottish salmon, spiced honey glazed duck breast, grilled Colorado filet of beef, New York steak frites and artichoke agnolotti. Decadent desserts include Valrhona chocolate peanut butter pyramid, mille crêpe tiramisu cake, white chocolate pot de crème 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.

AMERICAN/SPORTS BAR

GROWLER USA
1071 Courtesy Road | Louisville | 303-665-9967
www.growlerusa.com
This new family-friendly sports bar is destined to be a local favorite with its friendly atmosphere, extensive beer and wine list and delicious culinary offerings. Choose from a selection of nearly 100 regional and hard-to-find beers. Begin your meal with the buffalo chicken dip, made with tender chicken, award-winning buffalo sauce, four cheeses, green onions and served with naan. The jalapeño and cilantro hummus is a must, along with the ahi paradise salad. Guests can choose from one of seven mouth-watering craft burgers, or build their own. Gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menu available. End the meal on a sweet note with craft root beer floats for kids and beer floats for adults. Be sure to try their weekend brunch, paired with a beer mimosa or blended beer beverage to beat the heat. There’s no shortage of entertainment with live television sports coverage, outdoor games, cribbage on Thursday nights, trivia on Tuesdays and live music Thurs-Sat evenings during warmer months. Check website for band details. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6pm features discounted appetizers and $2 off full pours of beer and wine. Open 11am-10pm Mon-Thurs, 11am-midnight Friday, 10:30am-midnight Saturday, and 10:30am-9:30pm Sunday. All major credit cards accepted.

JAPANESE

HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR
1117 Pearl St. | 303-473-4730 | www.hapasushi.com
Step into Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar and enter a distinctive atmosphere where Tokyo meets New York. Hapa’s uninhibited menu unites timeless Asian cultures, transcends traditions and breaks all the rules. Hapa is for sushi and non-sushi lovers alike. Appetizers include tuna taro poke (tuna, salmon, or yellowtail poke over a seared taro cake, with cucumbers and yuzu sour cream) and Wagyu bao buns (steamed bao buns, Wagyu beef, pickled daikon & carrot, cucumber, Sriracha hoisin and kimchi). Entrées include the Bonfire Bowl (shrimp tempura, California mix, spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, tempura asparagus, Sriracha aïoli, tempura crunch, slaw and sweet soy), and the Booty Call Roll (whole lobster tail over a roll filled with snow crab salad, tempura asparagus, and shiso, drizzled with a garlic sake butter). More than 44 types of nigiri sushi—including vegetarian—and 50 types of sushi rolls are available. Luscious desserts like banana bread pudding with a bourbon caramel sauce, chocolate lava cake or mochi ice cream complete your meal. Hapa features more than 40 different sakes, an extensive wine list and Hapa’s own rice beer. Open Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 11:30am-midnight.  MC, VISA, AMEX, DC.

JAPANESE

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 18 years. The popular restaurant includes an inviting 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 décor is all about sophisticated woods, lush bamboo plants and welcoming, warm lighting. In addition to a thoughtfully curated menu of cocktails, mocktails and wine, Japango offers the largest selection of sake in Boulder and an extensive selection of Japanese whisky and bourbons. 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.

AMERICAN

JILL’S RESTAURANT
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, and every Monday night, guests have the option of a vegan tasting dinner for $29.95 including a complimentary glass of wine. 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.

NEPALI/INDIAN

KATHMANDU RESTAURANT
1964 28th St. | 303-442-6868
110 N. Jefferson St., Nederland | 303-258-1169 | www.kathmandurestaurant.us
A family-owned Nederland original since 1999, Kathmandu, located just west of the visitor center, serves healthy, authentic Nepali and Indian cuisine. For a real treat, order a delicious homemade chai tea, served hot or cold. The lunch buffet, served daily from 11am-3pm in the Nederland location, is a perfect choice after hiking in the nearby Indian Peaks. The full menu is served all day, and Kathmandu features a full bar with 10 beers on tap, including imports from China and India, as well as local microbrews. Order from an extensive wine list or try a homemade mango margarita. Enjoy the beauty of the Indian Peaks from the outdoor patio while dining on traditional ethnic cuisine. Wi-Fi is available, and make sure to visit the shops at Kathmandu Plaza next door, including the gift shop, which sells imported clothes, hats, jackets, jewelry, home décor and more. Also, make reservations to hold your next party at Kathmandu. A second location in Boulder offers the same high standards—everything is made in-house from scratch, and there are many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Buffet available from 11am-4:30pm at the Boulder location. Open daily from 11am-9:30pm. VISA, MC, DISC and checks accepted.

AMERICAN/SPORTS BAR

THE LAZY DOG
1346 Pearl St. | 303-440-3355
3100 Village Vista Drive, Erie | 303-664-5299 | www.thelazydog.com
With a family-friendly atmosphere, delicious comfort food, a rooftop patio and all of the sports TV packages, The Lazy Dog has everything you could want for an unforgettable evening downtown. Two pool tables and live music add to the fun, but don’t let them distract you from the must-try menu from scratch. Appetizers at this upscale tavern include bacon-wrapped dates, short rib nachos and blistered shishito and peppadew peppers with ponzu. Locals love the pappardelle alla vodka with shrimp and the wild mushroom burger. The irresistible desserts include a simple yet decadent puff pastry with whipped cream, fresh berries, powdered sugar and chocolate sauce, and a housemade salted-caramel pudding with Oreo cookie crumbs and whipped cream. Happy hour is 3-6pm Mon-Fri and features $3 small plate deals and $0.75 chicken wings, as well as $3 domestic beers and $4 craft beers, well drinks and house wines. There’s never a cover for the live music performances, which take place on Tuesdays and Thurs-Sat at 10pm. Online ordering available at www.doordash.com. Open 11am-10pm Sun-Thurs and 11am-11pm Fri-Sat. All major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

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.

AMERICAN

LULU’S BBQ
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, cornbread or fried okra) or in a sandwich on a homemade bun. Meats include chicken, ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausage and—daily while available—burnt ends. Finish your meal on a sweet note with peach cobbler, a cornbread 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. All major credit cards accepted.

MEDITERRANEAN

MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
1002 Walnut St. | 303-444-5335 | www.themedboulder.com
Explore the Mediterranean region with “The Med’s” cuisine, adopted from France, Spain, Italy and more. They have a wide selection of tapas like the gambas a la plancha, moules Buzarra, pork and ricotta meatballs, and bacon wrapped dates. Enjoy classic Italian pizzas from the woodburning oven imported from Modena, Italy. Try the traditional Margherita pizza with the delicious addition of prosciutto, or the spicy speziata. For lunch, enjoy the Italian chopped salad or the panino di pesto on housemade focaccia. Dinner entrées include Mediterranean favorites like paella Valenciana, salmone oreganata and ravioli Raimondo. The in-house bakery provides fresh baked artisan breads daily such as olive, sourdough and focaccia as well as pastries like key lime pie, rhubarb strawberry tart or the famous chocolate almond tower. Happy hour—daily from 3-6:30pm, and late night happy hour starting at 9pm—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.

FRENCH

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 enjoying 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-Thu 5-10pm, Sat 12-3pm and 4-11pm, Sun 12-3pm and 4-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.

MEXICAN

MOJO TAQUERIA
216 E. Main St. | Lyons | 303-823-2321 | www.mojotaqueria.com
For the best tacos in the high country, head to Mojo Taqueria in Lyons for inventive takes on classic Mexican street fare. The carnitas taco comes packed with citrus-braised pork shoulder, white onion, caramelized pineapple and jalapeño salsa. Or try a hearty meal of chicken enchiladas made with asadero and red guajillo or green chile suace, topped with cotija cheese, crema and fresh pico de gallo. Ceviche de pescado is served with lime, avocado, pico de gallo and crisp plantain chips. For a light meal, the kale salad is served with jicama, cranberries, red onion, cotja, pepitas and a pomegranate vinaigrette. For dessert, Mojo offers tropical fried ice cream, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, or the flourless chocolate torte served with ancho whipped cream. This kid-friendly restaurant also features two outdoor patios so guests can enjoy the mountain views while savoring their tacos. Happy hour Tues-Sun from 3-6pm includes $5 house margaritas, $6 coin margaritas, $3 Pacifico drafts and changing food specials. Open Tues-Sun from 11am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

MORNING GLORY CAFÉ
1377 Forest Park Circle | Lafayette | 303-604-6351
www.morningglorycafe.org
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.

AMERICAN

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, this bistro 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.

ITALIAN

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.

AMERICAN

THE POST BREWING COMPANY
2027 13th St. | 720-372-3341 | 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette | 303-593-2066
1258 S. Hover Road, Longmont |720-588-2883 | www.postbrewing.com
The Post Brewing Company brings family-style dining and sessionable brews to the front range. At this chicken party, they serve only humanely raised, all-natural chicken—brined for hours, dipped in buttermilk, seasoned with gluten-free flour and then fried to crispy golden perfection, “just like your grammy used to make.” Their beers are porch-crushers in style and purposefully designed to pair perfectly with your meal. Whether you’re flying solo, or there with family and friends, The Post is waiting to proudly serve you up a heaping helping of Colorado comfort and hospitality. Guests enjoy weekly chef’s and brewer’s specials, like Wednesday baked oysters and $14 pitchers, Thursday prime rib and $6 Manhattans, and Saturday char-grilled pork ribs. The Post also has its own live music venue—The Velvet Elk—a warm, intimate and cozy concert space where local and national bands get down three to four nights a week. Other events include Sunday Soul Brunch, Quiz Master Trivia, and epic holiday parties. Happy hour runs 4–6pm Mon-Thurs, 3-6pm Fri-Sun and 10-11am Sat-Sun. Brunch served 10am-3pm on weekends. Open Mon-Thurs 4-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

MEXICAN

RED AGAVE
2845 28th St. | 303-444-2922 | www.agavecolorado.com
Tucked away in the corner of Villa Plaza on 28th St., Red Agave is a hidden gem in Boulder. Guests dine in a beautiful hacienda setting, where they experience Mexico’s traditional culinary excellence with a touch of modern, casual fine dining. The chefs prepare dishes with the upmost care to preserve the authentic taste of the Mexican region from which they originated. The menu is full of great selections, and Red Agave’s chefs will also cater to off-menu requests. Servers perform tableside food presentations, from fresh, tasty guacamole to awesome queso flameado (flamed cheese). Most dishes are gluten-free, and many vegetarian options are available; the chefs are always willing to accommodate dietary restrictions. Red Agave is a tequileria, featuring over 300 different bottles of tequila. Enjoy great house margaritas and unique tequila cocktails, and take this opportunity to taste the best premium tequilas in the world. Highly knowledgeable staff members are always happy to answer questions regarding a particular tequila, mezcal or sotol. Tequila-tasting events and workshops are offered throughout the year. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

INDIAN/NEPALI/TIBETAN

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 Indian Restaurant” in Boulder Weekly’s 2018 poll, Sherpa’s is 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 Sun-Thurs and until 10pm Fri-Sat. Checks and all major credit cards accepted.

AMERICAN

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.

JAPANESE

SUSHI ZANMAI
1221 Spruce St. | 303-440-0733 | www.sushizanmai.com
Boulder’s oldest sushi bar, serving Boulder for over 30 years, Sushi Zanmai (located next to the Hotel Boulderado) has a lively, friendly atmosphere. Winner of two categories in the 2018 Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder, “Best Japanese Restaurant” and “Best Sushi Restaurant.” Sushi Zanmai has been named “best of” in one publication or another every year since opening on Oct. 17, 1985. In addition to sushi and sashimi prepared by skilled Japanese and local sushi chefs at the full-view sushi bar, the kitchen menu includes tempura, noodles, cooked fish, chicken, beef and pork dishes, hot pots and more. Owner-chef Nao-san serves specialties such as the Firecracker Roll, Buddha Roll, Spider Roll, Stop & Drop Roll, Dragon-Z Roll, and Boulder’s original Z-No. 9 Roll (created by Sushi Zanmai). Sushi Zanmai also offers vegetarian and children’s meals as well as daily specials. Authentic Japanese-style tea rooms are available for large private parties, reservations recommended. Sing along to karaoke every Saturday 10pm-midnight. Karaoke super happy hour, 10-11pm, features $1 sushi and $2 off specialty rolls. Happy hour 5-6:30pm daily and all day Sun. Open for lunch 11:30am-2pm Mon-Fri, and dinner 5-10pm Sun-Fri and 5pm-midnight Sat. MC, VISA, AMEX, DISC.

INDIAN/NEPALI/TIBETAN

TANDOORI GRILL
619 S. Broadway | 303-543-7339 | www.tandoorigrillboulder.com
Tandoori Grill offers a casual dining experience featuring fine East Indian cuisine. For an appetizer, choose a vegetable samosa, a crispy pastry filled with a potato-and-pea mixture; vegetable pakoras, deep-fried vegetables in chickpea batter; dal (lentil) soup; or keema naan, bread stuffed with spicy ground lamb. Dinner entrées include chicken masala, grilled chicken in a rich, creamy tomato gravy; and bengan bartha, roasted eggplant cooked with onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices. For a scrumptious finish, try kheer (Indian-style rice pudding with saffrom and pistachios), mango custard or pistachio ice cream. Open daily for lunch 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm and Sun 5-9pm. MC, VISA, AMEX, DISC.

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.

ITALIAN

VERO
2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder | 303-396-6366
2669 Larimer St., Denver | 303-296-8376 | www.eatvero.com
Vero’s Denver location has long been known as a paradise of pasta, but its new Boulder location is focusing on small plates and fresh, wood-fired pizza. Voted Best of Boulder 2018 for “Best Pizza Shop Swap” since chef Andrea Frizzi took over the Pizzeria de Lupo space, this casual, family-friendly restaurant highlights classic and modern Italian favorites. Try the house-made burrata made in house with roasted red pepper, garlic, basil and crostini, or the calamari seared in a wood-fired skillet with Calabrian chili, garlic, basil, lemon, olive oil and toast. The star of the show is the pizza, baked fresh to order in a wood-fired oven with an extensive selection of fresh, high-quality ingredients. A local favorite is the Bella, with fig chévre, walnuts, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted garlic, 7-year balsamic glaze, lemon and watercress. Pair your meal with an exquisite Italian wines, or just drop by with your pooch for dessert and a macchiato on the patio—dogs welcome! Daily happy hour from 4-6pm features a specially priced menu of small plates, with happy hour going all day long on Sundays! Don’t forget about wine Wednesday, with 15 percent off all glasses and 20 percent off all bottles. Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9:30pm and Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.

ITALIAN

VIA PERLA
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 2016, Via Perla proudly offers authentic flavors reminiscent of various regions in Italy. Blending traditional preparation methods with seasonal flavors, the results are delicious fresh pastas, including gnocchi al pomodoro from Tuscany, 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 features 18 antipasti options, $6 cocktails, $4-$6 tap beers, $5 wine by the glass, and the Taste & Toast special which includes one antipasto dish and a bottle of wine for only $20. Open for lunch Mon-Sat 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.

AMERICAN

THE WATERLOO
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 entrees 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.

CHINESE

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.