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Dining and Restaurant Guide: Boulder County Favorites

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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!

NEW AMERICAN FUSION / SPANISH / ITALIAN

ADO’S KITCHEN & BAR
1143 13th St. | 720-465-9063 | www.span-ishatthehill.com
Bright and welcoming with a fresh, contemporary atmosphere, Ado’s showcases a varied menu of cuisines from around the world, a brunch that draws folks from out of town, and live salsa dancing monthly. Start with crispy calamari with spicy aioli or fried Brussels sprouts topped with fresh julienne pear. For dinner, try classics like chicken marsala or chicken piccata, Jack Daniel’s New York steak over parmesan risotto, or fish of the day with forbidden black rice, steamed veggies and tarragon emulsion. The brunch menu features specialties like crab cake benedict, a power greens omelet and the breakfast pupusas plate. Dessert choices are global too; it’s hard to choose between tiramisu, tres leches cake or sweet plantains. Happy hour weekdays 2-6pm with food special starting at $2.50 and drinks starting at $2. Open Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm. Fri-Sat 9am-10pm and Sun brunch 9am-3pm. All major credit cards accepted.

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, 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 —the 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.

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.

FRENCH

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 Merguez 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 au chocolat 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.

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 housemade lamb sausage, cured meats, artisan cheese, pickled vegetables and grilled sourdough. Or try the very popular roasted Brussels sprouts with Peppadew chile, lemon preserves and basil, 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 gold potato lyonnaise and baby spinach 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. Full espresso bar and 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-3 pm. Midday/happy hour 3pm-6pm. Dinner 5pm-close. For reservations call the Dining Hall at 303-440-3776 or email reservations@chautuauquadininghall.com.

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 health-conscious breakfast or lunch 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 flavorful roasted beet and goat cheese salad, sprinkled with candied pecans and topped with juicy red pears and tangy balsamic vinaigrette, is a sure to please vegetarians and carnivores, alike. In fact, the Colorado Daily voted The Corner “best vegetarian” in 2017. Happy hour available daily from 3-6pm and includes pints, bottles or cans for $3.50 and $4 handmade cocktails. Open from 8am-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, is one block off Pearl Street and boasts an expansive patio with umbrellas to keep 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 & 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, milk shakes 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.

AMERICAN

ELEMENT BISTRO
6315 Lookout Road | 303-530-5400 | www.elementbistroboulder.com
With their 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 rabbit and rattlesnake with apple chutney, elk with sweet pepper and mushroom ragout, or the Wild Game Sausage Sampler. For the main course, the gluten-free fish and chips with remoulade and pineapple coleslaw 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, 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 9am-3pm and dinner 3-9pm. All major credit cards accepted.

BREWERY

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.

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 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.

AMERICAN/BBQ

JAMES PEAK BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE
70 E. First St. | Nederland | 303-258-9453 | Facebook.com
James Peak Brewery & Smokehouse
Enjoy BBQ with a view from Nederland’s best patio overlooking Boulder Creek and Eldora Mountain Resort. James Peak offers fast-casual food and drink in a fun mountain atmosphere. Start your meal with green chile, smoked wings or sliders, then move on to a big platter with all the traditional fixings—juicy rib racks, pulled pork sandwiches, smoked tofu and more. For dessert, the blackberry cheesecake is a must. House pints, like Caribou Miner IPA, are just $3 during happy hour, weekdays 4-6pm. Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 11am-8pm. All major credit cards accepted.

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 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.

 

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, 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.

TIBETAN/INDIAN/KOREAN

MANDALA INFUSION: A TIBETAN BISTRO
4479 N. Broadway | 720-370-5800 | www.mandalainfusion.com
Enjoy a cultural dining experience at this authentic Tibetan bistro that sources local, free-range, fresh ingredients including veggies and herbs from the on-site garden. Begin your experience with new Korean short ribs, local bone broth, or momos—homemade fresh dough filled with local ground lamb or a vegetarian option with kale, mushrooms and zucchini. The momos are also available in entree size, or try the wild-caught salmon, pan-seared and served with herbed quinoa and seasonal vegetables. The chicken curry is another favorite; it’s slow-cooked in a yogurt sauce with vegetables, tomato and fragrant basmati rice. For dessert, black currant cheesecake is a must, or try the heavenly apricot and coconut cake. Happy hour daily 4-6:15pm. Live music every first Friday night of the month. Full bar with an extensive wine list, craft cocktails and kombucha on tap. Community table, sunny patio, brunch 10am-2pm Sat-Sun; dinner 5-11pm daily. Major credit cards accepted.

MEDITERRANEAN

MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
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.

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 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.

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 a roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa. Or try a hearty meal of chicken enchiladas made with asadero and red guajillo or green chile sauce, 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, cotija, pepitas and a pomegranate vinaigrette. For dessert, Mojo offers another twist on a classic Mexican dish with the burnt honey and orange flan or the flourless chocolate torte served with ancho whipped cream. Happy hour offered Tues-Sun from 3:30-5:30pm and includes $5 house margaritas, $6 coin margaritas, $3 Pacifico drafts and changing food specials. Live entertainment every Sunday from 2-5pm. Open Tues-Sun from 11am-9pm. 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 blackened Southern chicken, 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, the space can accommodate from 9 to 90 people. The staff will work with any budget.

AMERICAN

ORGANIC SANDWICH COMPANY
1500 Pearl St., Suite F | 720-639-3986
459 S. McCaslin Blvd. | Louisville
www.organicsandwichcompany.com
Organic Sandwich Company’s sunny locale at the corner of Pearl and 16th streets is ideal for downtowners 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 dinner from 8am-6pm. Delivery and catering are available. Louisville location opening June 2017; check website for details.

 

WINE BAR

/PÔR/ WINE HOUSE
836-1/2 Main St. | Louisville | 720-666-1386 | www.porwine.com
With wine, beer, cocktails, hand-selected whiskeys, tapas and a cozy fire pit out on the patio, /pôr/ wine house is a popular gathering spot in Louisville. Six reds and six whites are served on tap, which preserves the wine’s freshness and eliminates waste. Platters to share include Spicy Ahi Tuna Nachos, made with layers of seared ahi, creamy avocado, pineapple-habañero pico de gallo and wasabi-ginger mayo over crisp chips. Or the Chef’s Board, a huge platter filled with chef-selected meats and cheeses, crackers, pickled vegetables, spiced nuts, olives, fruits and spreads. Small bites include Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Blistered Shishito Peppers and pan-roasted artichokes wrapped in prosciutto. Choose from a variety of flatbreads, like Magic Mushroom or Spicy BBQ Pork. For dessert, don’t miss Chocolate Oblivion—a house-made flourless chocolate cake—or the Peanut Butter Mousse Tower. Everything is freshly made from scratch. Gluten-free options available. Happy hour with $5 wine and $5 small bites is 4-6pm Tues-Sat and all day Sunday. Open Mon-Thurs 4-10pm; Fri-Sat 2pm-midnight; Sun 2-10pm. All major credit cards accepted.

CONTINENTAL

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.

 

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 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.

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.

 

MEXICAN

TACO JUNKY & TEQUILA BAR
1149 13th St. | 303-443-2300 | www.tacojunky.com
Taco Junky is a playful interpretation of an eclectic taquería cantina, serving unique, “addictively delicious” fare. Whet your appetite with one of the seasonally inspired hand-crafted guacamoles, like classic guac or the coconut guac with pico de gallo, coconut and lime. Then choose from an assortment of eight inventive $3 tacos—the Maddie 2.0 features tempura avocado, dill yogurt, pickled grape, fennel and candied walnut; the HTX has sriracha fried chicken, southern slaw and charred jalapeño ranch; and the GGS is made with ginger garlic scallion fish, kale, kimchi and spicy aioli. Award-winning margaritas from the full bar include lavender lemon, ginger pear and pineapple habanero. Open at 11am daily for lunch and dinner; happy hour daily 3-6pm, all day on Taco Tuesday and until 9pm Thurs. Extended hours until midnight 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, Tee and 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 coffee, iced tea, Italian soda and flavored sparkling water. Tee and 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 10am-5pm Sat.

INDIAN

TIFFIN’S
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 chili and cilantro are a local favorite, and the biryanis offer succulent lamb, chicken, shimp 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, except Wednesday, 8am-9:30pm, and Sunday noon-8:30pm. All major credit cards accepted.

 

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 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 a blackberry-lime gastrique and fresh arugula. Find bold and fresh flavors in the organic brick chicken served with German potato salad, haricots verts, spring onion jus and mizuna. For dessert, indulge in a coffee 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 Sun-Thurs 5-9pm and Fri-Sat until 10pm. Major credit cards accepted. Reservations recommended.

ITALIAN

VIA PERLA
901 Pearl Street | 720-669-0100 | www.viaperla.com
Via Perla is beginning to make its mark as a staple of the Boulder food scene. The traditional Italian restaurant at Ninth and Pearl streets is another highlight of Walnut Restaurant Group’s popular eateries that include the Med and Brasserie Ten Ten. When you make a reservation or walk in off the street, you’ll get excellent service, food and wine selections, and a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Start off with a draft Negroni cocktail and antipasti of pork and veal meatballs, housemade ricotta, cured Italian meats and other delicacies. Move on to salads like the Insalata Mista with mixed baby lettuces, fennel and 24-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano. Inventive entrées feature a mélange of flavors from regions all over Italy. For timeless classics, try the housemade pasta featured in the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, or Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe. Other choices include the Cotoletta, a stuffed veal chop, or the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a 32-oz. porterhouse. 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. 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 topped 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. If you save room for dessert, try the Oskar Blues B.Stiff Root Beer Float. Happy hour is 3-6pm daily with “happy-tizers” $3-$6 and reduced drink prices. Check the website calendar for live music events. Open daily at 11am.

 

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.

SOUTHWESTERN

ZOLO GRILL
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO  |  303-449-0444  |  www.zologrill.com
Declared by 5280 as “absolutely the hottest restaurant in Boulder,” Zolo Grill has served soulful and flavorful Southwestern cuisine in a warm and inviting environment since 1994. Seasonal menus from Chef Justin Goerich showcase Colorado’s finest local bounty while putting a fresh spin on the state’s oldest cooking traditions. Everything is made in house—from the smoked chorizo and thick-cut bacon to pickles, salsas, fry-breads, and desserts. Local favorites include whole grilled Rocky Mountain trout with green chile potato hash, smoked sage butter, and lemon aioli; grilled pork blade steak with ancho-molasses lacquer, fried hominy-crispy pork cheek and pickled sweet corn hash with fresno chile-cherry jam; and crispy BBQ’d eggplant tacos with smoky ancho-chile barbecue sauce, salt cured cactus-chicory salad, and hot carrot salsa. Behind the bar, mixologist and master of tequila Giovanni Buonsante shakes up the most delicious handcrafted margaritas in town. Guests can choose from over 150 varieties of tequila, including Zolo’s own Pretty F’n Sweet Reposado. The open dining room, intimate bar, private dining space and gorgeous patio are all open daily for lunch 11am-3:30pm, happy hour 3-6pm, dinner 4pm-close, and brunch Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm.