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!
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 a raspberry and rose gastrique and fresh arugula. Find bold and fresh flavors in the grilled wild Alaskan salmon with a black bean cake, braised local greens, corn coulis, chili oil and cilantro. For dessert, indulge in vanilla bean 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 Tues-Thurs 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm and Sunday 5-9pm. Closed Monday. Reservations recommended.
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.
5530 Spine Road | Boulder | 303-530-1326 | www.aperitivoboulder.com
New to the restaurant scene this year, 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 Monday, 7am-9pm Tues-Fri, 8am-9pm Saturday and 8am-8pm Sunday.
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.
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. Pair your meal with imported beer, sake, or wine. Takeout and delivery available. Open 10:30am-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, 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.
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 Juárez-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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 sakes. 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 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 and dinner 4-10pm nightly.
THE CORNER BAR
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4560 | www.cornerbarboulderado.com
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. It’s the perfect place to stop in any time of year and relax with old and new friends alike. Highlights on the menu include the “Don’t Miss” Boulder Beer tempura-battered Colorado striped bass fish and chips and some of the best spicy, smoked wings around. 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 365 days a year from 11am–midnight. Happy hour daily from 3–6pm.
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. Kids eat free all day Monday with purchase of adult entrée. Burger Tuesday features a free core beer pint with burger. 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-Tues 11:30am-9pm, Wed-Fri 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm.
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. Live music Tuesday nights in the Barrel Room. Private and semi-private rooms available for large groups. Family friendly. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm and Sat-Sun 10am-10pm.
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, roasted beet salad, Caesar salad prepared tableside, beef Wellington, pan-seared diver scallops, spiced honey glazed duck breast, grilled Colorado filet of beef and ricotta and asparagus tortelloni. In the bar, enjoy the Colorado lamb burger, pizza bianco and panisse frites. Decadent desserts include Valrhona flourless chocolate cake, lemon 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’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 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, 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 11am-10pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight.
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), 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thursday-Saturday, open mic nights every Monday, comedy nights twice 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 and Fish and The Corner Bar. Open daily from 5pm to close. 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, 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.
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.
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-Thurs 5-10pm, Sat 12-3pm and 4-11pm, Sun 12-3pm and 4-10pm.
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, cotija, 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, and 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. 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.
ORGANIC SANDWICH COMPANY
1500 Pearl St., Suite F | Boulder | 720-639-3986
459 S. McCaslin Blvd. | Louisville | 720-598-5931
Organic Sandwich Company’s two beautiful locations are open for guests in need of a quick bite for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Feel good about treating yourself to a hearty Turkey and Bacon Jam decked out with house-made bacon jam, roasted turkey, tomatoes, romaine and avocado aioli on a perfectly baked and salted pretzel loaf—because every last morsel is made from good, whole food. Vegetarians will find creative menu options like the Spicy Veggie, a perfect balance of house-made spicy giardiniera, aged white cheddar, caramelized onions, tomatoes, avocado and freshly cut pea shoots. Vegans and the gluten-averse will find plenty to tickle their fancy; try the Beetnik with roasted red and golden beets and house-made almond feta on a gluten-free demi baguette. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and an early dinner. Delivery and catering are available.
160 Main St. | Lyons | 303-823-5642 | www.thequarryatlyons.com
If you’ve ever been tempted to taste every beer in a bar, but didn’t want to annoy the bartender with endless sample requests, The Quarry will be your paradise. This self-service taproom features 18 taps at which you can pour your own beer, wine and hard cider. All beverages are charged by the ounce, and offerings rotate frequently, ranging from delicious Colorado craft brews to hard-to-find imports. Pair your beverage with the crave-worthy buffalo chicken mac and cheese, made with trottole pasta, white cheddar cheese sauce, grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese, buffalo wing sauce and green onions. For a lighter option, order the ahi tuna poke salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, wasabi microgreens and sesame ginger dressing in a crunchy egg roll wrapper bowl. Stopping in for a snack? Try the green chile tater tots with melted three-pepper Gouda, or housemade cracklins with spicy pickled okra and a pimento cheddar cheese spread. Enjoy the pool table and satellite TV with NFL Sunday Ticket, or head outside for live music on the spacious flagstone patio (events listed on website and Facebook). Family-friendly atmosphere—minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Happy hour 4-6pm, Sun-Thurs, includes 15 percent off all self-service tap pours. Open 11am-11pm daily.
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.
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.
SPRUCE FARM & FISH
2115 13th St. | inside Hotel Boulderado | 303-442-4880 | www.spruceboulderado.com
Spruce Farm & Fish serves delectable and inspired brunch and dinner cuisine, crafted from the highest quality ingredients possible. From brunch dishes such as homemade jalapeño and cheddar biscuits smothered in house pork green chile, to dinner entrées such as mouthwatering, pan-seared sea scallops with cauliflower “couscous,” apple bay syrup and scallion oil, the kitchen is sure to please the most discerning palates. 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Sunday 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. When in Denver, visit the location at Union Station.
2525 Arapahoe Ave. | Boulder | 303-449-0444 | www.zologrill.com
Zolo has been bringing the fiery flavors and warm hospitality of the great Southwest to Boulder since 1994. In the kitchen, Chef de Cocina Rodrigo Paredes, skillfully defines modern Southwestern cuisine while bringing the very best local, seasonal and organic ingredients to the table. Extremely passionate about Zolo’s farm-to-table program, Chef Paredes takes pride in making everything in-house, including smoked chorizo, bacon, pickles, desserts, sauces and salsas. Indulge in an unforgettable meal and learn why Zolo is consistently named one of the best restaurants in Boulder. Behind the bar, they have mixologists shaking up delicious handcrafted margaritas, and serving over 150 varieties of tequila. Their team is always happy to educate guests on all things tequila, pour samples, and assist you in becoming a Master of Tequila. The open dining room, intimate bar, private dining space and gorgeous patio are all open daily. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3:30pm, happy hour daily 3pm-6pm, dinner daily 4pm-close and brunch Sat-Sun 10am-3pm.