The Finest, Funnest and Funkiest Spots for Lunch in Boulder-Town, USA

Though there's no such thing as a free lunch, or so politics would have us believe, Boulder offers options that are pretty darn close. Concerned that low-cost means poor quality? Worry not, for we've scouted out the cheapest, most bang for your buck-est, awesome-est lunches in town. At the top of our list, you'll find Snarf's which boasts some of the most savory, delicious, toasted sandwiches you'll ever encounter. There gluten-free bread is also a big hit and you'll never know the difference. Sherpa's, which had been locally owned and operated for over a decade, serves the most succulent and savory Nepalese dishes for miles around, and has an ambiance that will make you fall in love, eat your fill, and raise a merry glass of your favorite libation.

For you traditionalists, good-ol Americana lunch options appear on our list in abundance. Snarfs offers killer sandwiches and the creatively named Mustard's Last Stand hits you with Chicago-style hot dogs and charbroiled chicken. For something a bit more refined, we heartily suggest Janpango-one of Boulder's most well-known and lauded sushi restaurants or the Dushanbe Teahouse, where you'll find options from all of the world, including Greece, Germany and Korea. In the mood for Mexican? Let us proudly present Illegal Pete's, the Pearl Street burrito powerhouse that will satisfy any hankering for food south of the border. So, sit back, put your napkin on your lap, and get ready to eat lunch like a king or queen in Boulder-town, USA.

This cozy little hobbit-hole of an eatery looks like the nook where Frodo Baggins and Gandalf go to share their morning tea. Colorful paintings cover the wall from floor to ceiling setting a hippie-like Sistine Chapel vibe. The bar and booths...  Read More


Home-made chai, Dall Bahat (savory and healthy lentil soup), and Sherpa Stew with vegetables, potatoes, and dumplings are just a few of the delights you'll find on the lunch menu at Boulder's most authentic Tibetan restaurants-Sherpas. Owned by...  Read More

The Hungry Toad

This pub and restaurant is a living place to find some yummy pub-grub, including chicken wings, a mountain of nachos, and succulent burgers. An full-bar guarantees that you can pair your lunch to a frothy and local beer or unique cocktail....  Read More

Moe's Broadway Bagel

Celebrating 20 years of serving the Boulder community hot and scrumptious brunch, this bagel and gourmet shop is a longtime local favorite for its delicious food and its casual, up-beat atmosphere. Bagels include a range of flavors such as...  Read More

Mustard's Last Stand

Chicago-style hot dogs, German bratwurst, and home-style fries are featured at this popular diner. The Vienna Beef hot dog is an all beef wiener in a natural casing served on a steamed poppy seed bun with your choice of condiments. The menu also...  Read More

The ambiance of Fate Brewing Company is that of laidback elegance and taste in more ways than one. Start your lunch off with their savory Caramelized Sweet Potatoes or the Country Fried Chicken Bites. For your main lunch course, be sure to...  Read More

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Rio Grande

Serving some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch including, their Lunch Combo-half a quesadilla and your choice of soup or salad. For something a bit more calorie packed, the Rio's Custom nachos offer a concoction of cheese, your...  Read More

Illegal Pete's

Drop by this popular restaurant for the best burritos in town. You can't go wrong with the fajita burrito filled with chicken, cilantro-lime rice, salsa, sauteed onions and peppers. Taco options include fish, primavera, chicken, steak and...  Read More

Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville, Colorado The Huckleberry is known for its fresh, delicious, and all-American food. The Border Burger is not to be missed and can be ordered with humanely raised, grass fed beef. A variety of...  Read More

Two convenient locations allow you to choose between subs and burgers before or after the big game. This is truly the sandwich place of champions and a local favorite. Ask any Boulderite to recommend the best, cheap, sub in town and they'll...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope

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