Boulder's Best Restaurants: Dining and Drinking at Their Finest

Hope Gately

By , Local Expert, Boulder
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Compiling this 10 Best list was quite the challenge since Boulder offers so many eclectic dining options. What made a restaurant "list worthy," you might ask? We looked for local spots that serve quality cuisine, were affordable, had killer happy hours, a reputation for exceptional service and track record of excellence in dining. Amongst our selections, you'll discover the absolute best happy hour and margaritas in town at Pearl Street's Boulder Cafe and The Rio Grande, where to grab a bangin' burrito and some rockin' guacamole at Illegal Pete's, a wine list that would give any sommelier a run for their money at The Cork,...  Read more »

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    Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

    The Dushanbe Teahouse offers international cuisine, an elegant atmosphere and is located in the heart of downtown Boulder.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to bring your camera for a photo-op of the beautiful decor and enchanting indoor fountain. "

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    Leaf offers delicious and healthful vegetarian options for those who elect to abstain from meat. Vegans will also find delicious choices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try their raw manicotti made with zucchini noodles,cashew-pine nut "cheese", spinach,sundried tomato marinara, and yellow beet salad."

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    Boulder Cork

    The Cork is one of Boulder's most well-known restaurants for fine dining with its award-winning wine list and exceptional service.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to choose a wine perfect for your palate off of the Cork's award-winning wine list. "

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    The Huckleberry

    The Huckleberry offers one of the most cozy and "down-home" experiences in the Front Range with its pies, unbeatable brunch, and teas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to ask for seasonal dishes that use local ingredients and don't miss out on their Huckleberry Ding-Dongs!"

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    Sushi Zanmai

    Sushi Zanmai offers fresh sushi that won't dip too deep into your pockets and a fun after-hours atmosphere featuring karaoke.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the Gladiator Roll or their killer happy hour. "

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    The Sink

    The Sink is known for its less-than-healthy but delicious burgers and its grungy but fun atmosphere.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to gorge yourself on the famous Sinkburger and wash it all down with a glass of draft beer or wine for only 3 bucks at happy hour. "

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    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $10

    Snooze offers one of the best brunch options in town with towering pancakes, eggs benedicts, and french toasts!

    Local Expert Tip: "Snooze is proud to serve organic coffees, fresh produce, and all-natural ingredients."

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    Pizzeria Locale

    Pizzeria Locale serves "za" straight from their brick ovens and offers a wine list to pair perfectly with all of their options.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a patio seat and order up the Vesuvious salad for starters, then move onto the main event with the Filetto pizza. "

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    The Mediterranean

    The Med is known for its unbeatable happy-hour, elegant dining atmosphere, and location to downtown Pearl Street.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Med's savory Greek Kabob and be sure to stop in for their well-known and frequented happy-hour. "

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    Black Cat

    The Black Cat offers farm-to-table options and is committed to using fresh, seasonal, produce and meats in all of their dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Beet and Potato Napoleon is to-die-for- delicious."



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