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!
5530 Spine Road | Boulder | 303-530-1326 | www.aperitivoboulder.com
New to the restaurant scene, Aperitivo has opened in Gunbarrel with culinary delights that span the globe. Enjoy their eclectic menu and specials by Chef Miguel Vazquez, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu and has brought his culinary expertise to Colorado. Start your day with a nourishing bowl of congee (rice porridge) with a poached egg, ginger, green onions, crispy garlic, cilantro and mushrooms. For lunch, try the Trio de Tacos with chicken or carne asada, pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. The quinoa chimichurri salad is light, yet satisfying, with bell pepper, raisins, red onions, scallions and mixed greens. Specials include the lobster panang curry with lobster tail, coconut milk, panang curry, peas, carrots, Thai basil and rice, or the pan-seared chicken with quinoa, wilted spinach and slow-cooked ragout. Enjoy resort-style patio dining and a complete espresso bar—featuring Italy’s Lavazza coffees—plus wine and craft cocktails. Gunbarrel’s only Open Table restaurant for reservations, Aperitivo also has live piano music on Thursday evenings. Happy hour 4-6pm Mon-Fri. Open 7am-4pm Mon, 7am-9pm Tues-Fri, 8am-9pm Sat and 8am-8pm Sun.
FRENCH & ITALIAN
BABETTES PIZZA & PANE
2030 Ionosphere St., Unit G | Longmont | 720-204-7420
Babettes boasts a French patisserie and boulangerie on one side and an Italian-inspired pizza parlor on the other. Their delicious fare is made with high-quality ingredients sourced from Italy, Arizona and local Colorado farms. Start this eclectic culinary journey with Theo’s marinated Castelvetrano olives with Piave Vecchio cheese and aromatic olive oil, or the Caesar salad with organic bitter greens, croutons, white anchovy vinaigrette and a fried egg. For your entrée, choose one of the delicious pies from their wood-fired pizza oven, like the sausage red pie with organic Bianco tomatoes, Buckner Family Farm fennel sausage, red onion and mozzarella, or the funghi white pie with Hazel Dell mushrooms from Fort Collins, mozzarella, cream and Fontina Valle d’Aosta. Finish your meal with housemade tiramisu, or gelato from Gelato Boy of Boulder. Pair your dessert with Boxcar Coffee Roasters espresso drinks or Bottle Rocket Coldbrew, all while enjoying the view from their rooftop deck. Happy hour in the pizza parlor features discounted dishes and drinks Wed-Fri 3-5pm. Bakery open Tuesday 7am-7pm and Wed-Sun 7am-9pm. Pizza parlor open Wed-Fri 3-9pm and Sat-Sun 11am-9pm.
3295 30th St. | Boulder | 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 50 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
2855 28th St. | 303-449-0350
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. Pair your meal with imported beer, sake, or wine. Takeout and delivery available. Open 11am-9pm daily.
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 or a bowl of steaming mussels. Lunch features sandwiches including the croque madame and French dip. Signature salads include a niçoise with ahi tuna and the simple salad with miso vinaigrette. Entrées include steak frites, classic poulet en brique and traditional bouillabaisse from Marseille. The weekend brunch includes eggs Benedict, housemade waffles and freshly baked croissants. Happy-hour selections range from $3-$9 and feature oyster on the half shell, a variety of sliders, crêpes, and charcuterie and fromage. Enjoy a Kir Royale for happy hour, or a selection of wine and draft beers. Desserts made fresh by the Mediterranean bakery include petit gâteau, tarte au citron 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. Downtown parking validated.
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 cured meats, local 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, 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, served à la mode with housemade vanilla ice cream. 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.
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 of elegant chilled saké. Next, try the hamachi crudo with yuzu ponzu, Taiwanese pork belly bao, or handmade Shanghai xiao long bao filled with crab meat and pork. For ramen fanatics, go for the signature Chimera Ramen with housemade 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 and dinner 4-10pm nightly.
THE CORNER BAR
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4560 | www.cornerbarboulderado.com
Friends, locals, travelers, professionals and more belly up to the bar at Boulder’s people-watching corner. Located inside Hotel Boulderado on the corner of Spruce and 13th streets, The Corner Bar is the ideal location for a quick lunch, a lively happy hour, a great late-night meal or the perfectly poured martini. The Corner Bar is well-known throughout the city as the place to soak up the sun on its beautiful, sprawling patio in the prime of summer or cheer on the Buffs inside its warm, cordial pub in the throes of winter. A wide variety of local craft beers, including a rotating tap, plus an exclusive selection of local spirits, guarantees guests will enjoy a truly Boulder experience. Open from 11am-midnight with happy hour daily from 3-6pm.
5400 Spine Road | Boulder | 720-386-9812 | www.fringepizza.com
Inspired by Naples and influenced by the Rocky Mountain way of life, Fringe Pizza is bringing true Neapolitan pizza to Boulder. Their traditionally made dough is cold fermented for 48 hours, and the sauce and toppings are made with high-quality ingredients sourced from Italy and Colorado: San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, Hazel Dell mushrooms, Polidori sausage and chorizo, handcrafted salumis and more. Get a classic taste of Italy with the D.O.P. pizza made with garlic oil, arugula, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and pecorino. Veggie lovers will adore the rapini pizza topped with garlic oil, roasted rapini, Calabrian chiles, fresh mozzarella, Parmesan, lemon honey and breadcrumbs. Switch it up with their Canadian pizza featuring mango jalapeño BBQ sauce, smoked pork, pickled red onion, jalapeños, charred pineapple, goat cheese and fresh mozzarella. Pair your pizza with locally made sodas, teas and kombuchas, and don’t sweat the dress code—Fringe Pizza is casual enough to hit up after a weekend raft trip, but nice enough for Friday night out. Lunchtime happy hour runs from 11am-2pm on weekdays and includes $10 Margherita pizza. Open 11am–9pm daily.
THE GREENBRIAR INN
8735 N. Foothills Highway (U.S. Highway 36) at Lefthand Canyon Drive | 303-440-7979 | www.greenbriarinn.com
estled 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, Colorado lamb carpaccio, grilled baby artichoke salad, Caesar salad prepared tableside, beef Wellington, pan-seared barramundi Nicoise, crispy game hen, grilled Colorado filet of beef, and house-made tagliatelle primavera. In the bar, enjoy the bacon bleu burger, fungi and fromage pizza and PEI mussels Provençal. Decadent desserts include gateau opera, strawberry-
rhubarb galette, lemon meringue tart 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.
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 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 and carrot, cucumber, Sriracha hoisin and kimchi). Entrées include the Bonfire Bowl (shrimp tempura, California mix, spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, tempura asparagus, Sriracha aioli, 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 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 11am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight.
IZAKAYA AMU/SAKE BAR AND RESTAURANT
1221 Spruce St. | Boulder | 303-440-0807 | www.izakayaamu.com
With a unique and friendly Japanese atmosphere, Amu at Sushi Zanmai offers the opportunity to explore premier sakes and other spirits from all over Japan. Located next to Sushi Zanmai, this intimate restaurant emphasizes traditional Japanese delicacies made with the finest ingredients. Menu items are specially selected by experienced Japanese chefs. You will experience a real Japanese izakaya here in Boulder! Relax with friends in the beautiful sake bar and authentic Japanese tea room. Remember to take off your shoes! Open daily for dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm and Sunday 5-9:30.
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 19 years. The popular restaurant includes an inviting bar and lounge area (with a jellyfish tank), a 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. 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. 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.
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 cello player. Open daily, 6am-10pm.
1964 28th St. | 303-442-6868
110 N. Jefferson St., Nederland | 303-258-1169 | www.kathmandurestaurant.us
family-owned Nederland original since 1999, Kathmandu 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 be sure to visit the shops at Kathmandu Plaza next door. 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. Daily lunch buffet 11am-3pm and daily dinner buffet 5-9:30pm at the Boulder location. Open daily 11am-9:30pm at both locations. Door Dash and Hungry Buff delivery available in Boulder.
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 a fun 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 Tues and Thurs-Sat at 10pm. Online ordering available at www.doordash.com. Open 11:30am-9pm MonThurs,11:30am-10pm Fri,11am-10pm Sat, 11am-9pm Sun.
LICENSE NO. 1
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-443-0486 | www.license1boulderado.com
License No. 1, with its smoldering speakeasy style, serves up some of the best cocktails in the city. Specializing in classic cocktails from the prohibition era as well as other modern favorites, their menu also offers a wide selection of popular spirits, a select wine list and a locally driven 20-tap beer list. Entertainment offerings include live music Thurs-Sun, open mic nights every Monday, comedy night once a month, as well as a pool table, dual dart boards, skee ball, a juke box and a photobooth. Dining options are readily available as the bar offers two menus from both Spruce Farm & Fish and The Corner Bar. Open daily from 5pm to close with happy hour daily from 5-7pm.
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—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.
1002 Walnut St. | 303-444-5335 | www.themedboulder.com
Explore the Mediterranean region with “The Med’s” cuisine, adopted from Spain, Italy, Greece and more. Try a wide selection of tapas, like gambas a la plancha, pork and ricotta meatballs, and patatas bravas. Enjoy classic Italian pizzas from the woodburning oven imported from Modena, Italy. Try the traditional Margherita pizza or the spicy Calabria. For lunch, enjoy the Greek sampler salad or the panino di pesto on housemade focaccia. Dinner entrées include favorites like paella Valenciana, tonno alla peperonata and ravioli alla Raimondo. The in-house bakery provides fresh baked artisan breads daily, such as olive, sourdough and focaccia, as well as pastries like the seasonal berry tart and Swiss palme chocolate gâteau. Happy hour—daily from 3-6:30pm, and late night happy hour starting at 9pm—features discounted tapas and $1 off draft beers, $5.50 wines and well drinks, $5.25 sangria and house margaritas and well martinis for $6.75. The extensive wine list has more than 25 wines by the glass. Open for lunch Mon-Sun 11am-4pm, dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-11pm and Sun 4-9pm. Downtown parking validated.
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 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, 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.
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.
THE MORNING TABLE
6565 Gunpark Drive, #190 | Boulder | 720-287-0800
Join the family fun at The Morning Table, a new breakfast and brunch restaurant in Gunbarrel. The Andreano family has created a warm, friendly dining space with incredible, healthy food. Start with the shareable dish, The Boulders—three oatmeal honey balls made from oats, honey, almond butter, dried cranberry, almonds and chia, served with Noosa vanilla yogurt. For the main course, you can’t go wrong with The Morning Table Omelette; it’s chock-full of prosciutto, heirloom cherry tomatoes, shallots, peppers and white cheddar cheese. Feeling adventurous? Try some breakfast pizza with housemade marinara sauce, mozzarella, white cheddar and Gruyère cheeses with your choice of ham, sausage or bacon, plus eggs and potatoes. The Jam-n-Chicken Bowl is a great healthy option with grilled chicken breast topped with seasonal jam over red quinoa, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, white cheddar and crispy sage. Enjoy classic espresso drinks with your meal as well as creative cocktails, local craft beers and wine. Open 7am-2:30pm daily.
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. On sunny days, enjoy your meal out on the dog-friendly patio. 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 20 to 60 people. The staff will work with any budget. Open for lunch Tues-Fri 11am-2pm and dinner Tues-Sat starting at 5pm. Bar opens at 4pm Tues-Sat. Closed Sunday-Monday except on special occasions.
THE POST BREWING COMPANY
2027 13th St. | Boulder | 720-372-3341
105 W. Emma St. | Lafayette | 303-593-2066
1258 S. Hover Road | Longmont | 720-588-2883
Come to The Post Brewing Company for the award-winning fried chicken and sessionable craft beers, stay for the friendly atmosphere, the scratch-cooked sides, and the rotating chef’s specials. Ice-cold, crushable brews such as the Howdy Western Pilsner pair perfectly with the humanely raised, all-natural chicken which is brined for hours, seasoned with gluten-free flour, and fried to crisp, golden perfection. Weekly specials include plenty of down-home Americana goodness ranging from chicken pot pie to smoked pork ribs. The Boulder location is also home to its own private dining room, The Velvet Elk, which is the perfect venue for corporate functions, wedding rehearsal dinners and epic holiday parties. Happy hour runs 4-6pm Mon-Fri, brunch served 10am-3pm on weekends. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm.
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.
SPRUCE FARM & FISH
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4880 | www.spruceboulderado.com
Fresh, straightforward, honest, approachable and inspired food every time. Always keeping with the seasons, Spruce Farm & Fish showcases the best our region and nature have to offer. From creative cuisine to familiar flavors, they strive to provide nothing but the freshest and most interesting dishes with exceptional service and at the best value. An extensive wine and beer selection from near and far and exquisite craft cocktails are also sure to please. Open for brunch from 6:30am-3pm and dinner from 5-10pm daily. Happy hour specials are available from 3-6pm daily and include seasonal small plates and fresh cocktails.
1221 Spruce St. | Boulder | 303-440-0733 | www.sushizanmai.com
Boulder’s oldest sushi bar, serving Boulder for over 30 years, Sushi Zanmai 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 and his team serve up 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, 10pm-11pm, features $1.75 nigiri 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.
619 S. Broadway | 303-543-7339 | www.tandoorigrillboulder.com
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this March, 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 saffron and pistachios), mango custard or pistachio ice cream. Check the website for anniversary specials coming in March. Open daily for lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm and Sun 5-9pm.
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 local mizuna. Find bold and fresh flavors in the grilled pork tenderloin with cornmeal Johnny cakes, spicy braised greens, fresh basil butter, maple syrup and tart cherry sauce. For dessert, indulge in orange lavender 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-2pm, dinner Tues-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm and Sun 5-9pm. Closed Monday. Reservations recommended.
901 Pearl Street | 720-669-0100 | www.viaperla.com
A distinctive Italian dining experience located on the historic west end of Pearl Street, 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, and various seafood and produce in the style of Sicily. 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 includes one antipasti selection 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 Sun 4-9pm. Downtown parking validated.
817 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 bison (you’ll see why they won Best of Boulder’s Best Burger award), or try a Boca vegetarian patty with as many toppings as you’d like. Cozy up with smoked tomato bisque, the lobster mac and cheese, or perhaps a New York strip steak with whipped sweet potatoes. For a lighter appetite, try the shredded kale with berries and blackberry vinaigrette. 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). Open Mon-Thurs and Sun 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. When in Denver, visit the location at Union Station.