Boulder Eats That Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck

Boulder, Colorado knows how to eat. What's more, Boulderites know how to eat for cheap. Most of the citizens of this Front Range town would rather spend their money on mountain sports gear and beer, rather than expensive or overprices food. As such, Boulder offers some delicious, local, options that will fulfill any craving and ensure that you don't max-out your bank account.

For fresh Nepalese dishes serves in healthy portion sizes, try Sherpa's. If you've got a hankering for beer, hot wings, and tacos, Southern Sun is your place.

Starting your day off right with breakfast or brunch at the Walnut Cafe is an affordable option and ending your night with karaoke, saki bombs, and sushi rolls at Sushi Zanmai is highly recommended.

For the best margarita in town, stop into The Rio and, afterward, if you've still got a hankering for libations stop into the Boulder Cafe which runs it's cheap, cheap, cheap happy hour from 3pm-9pm every night without fail.

With the multitude of affordable and delicious options, our list will give you more bang for your buck and help you keep cash in your pocket for entertainment, lodging, and all of the fun adventures you're sure to go on while in Boulder.



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

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



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



This high-energy sushi bar and Japanese restaurant transforms a simple meal into an adventurous spectator event. Watch as flashy Japanese chefs prepare your meal hibachi style or at the sushi bar. The contemporary setting is spacious and...  Read More



For a relaxed and salt-of-the-earth environment, try Backcountry Pizza and Tap House. With more than 50 beers on tap, gigantic pizzas, and scrumptious pasta concoctions that will satisfy any Italian craving, this local dive is a favorite for...  Read More

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Rio Grande


Serving some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine with a touch of American flair, The Rio Grande is a triple threat in dining: excellent menu options, exceptional service, and an atmosphere that will leave you feeling like you just spent a week...  Read More

Southside Walnut Cafe


This adorable diner is located on the outskirts of town and offers gluten-free waffles and pancakes. Southside Walnut Cafe also serves up delicious fruit dishes, piping hot oatmeal, traditional eggs and pancakes for breakfast, and much more. If...  Read More



This local brewery offers some of the best refreshments in the area and is perfect to visit after a long hike at Chautauqua Park. One of their most popular beers, the Colorado Kind Ale, is dry hopped deliciousness and should be paired with one...  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



Owned by a true Nepalese mountain man, Sherpa Pemba spent his childhood in the Everest region and acted as a guide on more than 20 ascents over 20,000 ft. Colorado acts as his home away from home and his restaurant is an authentic homage to...  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