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The Best Boulder Restaurants Sure to Please Your Family



Boulder, Colorado couldn't be more family-friendly if it tried. With it's amazing public library offering numerous children's program, museums, and family-driven festivals, not to mention it's bike paths and wild open spaces, finding something for the family to do in this Front Range town is only daunting because there are so many options. But what to do when it's time to eat? 

Luckily, Boulder is every-bit as family-dining friendly as it is in other departments, with many of its restaurants offering affordable children's menus and youthful activities. 

Topping out our list is The Huckleberry, with its quaint small town charm, "tea-time", and delicious pastries. Children will love the decor and home-style atmosphere. Parents will love the affordable prices. Not to mention, the Huckleberry is a farm-to-table restaurant with ensures that much of their produce and meat are local and fresh. 

Also on our list, you'll find joints known for their awesome breakfasts, including Snooze and the Walnut Cafe. Kids will love the pancakes and free samples! 

For an awesome carry-out option, Nick and Willy's in conveniently located on Pearl Street so you can swing by to grab up some of the most delicious pizza in the area, take it, and bake it in less than 30 minutes. 

When you're in Boulder, family comes first and they eat well. 


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Walnut Cafe


Touted as Boulder's favorite breakfast and lunch joint for 25 years, the Walnut Cafe offers delicious favorites such as the Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burrito, and a Quiche of the Day. Specialty Sandwiches such as the Boulder Melt and Hot Mediterranean are sure to satisfy. The Sunrise Sandwich is a delight and consists of 2 eggs how you like them, your choice of meat and cheese, served on toasted Rosemary Olive Oil Bread. Sides include fresh fruit, grits, blueberry corn bread, and banana bread. Wanna hear more? The Vegetarian, Mexican, and Denver omelets will all delight and satisfy and be sure to order one of the Walnut Cafe's delicious chais.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: The Walnut Cafe is known for its weekend brunch specials, family-friendly atmosphere, and delicious pies.

Hope's expert tip: Ask for the Walnut Cafe's Quiche of the Day.

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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 plain, sesame seed, poppy, honey walnut, cranberry, orange, and blueberry and a good assortment of flavored cream cheeses. Seasonal pumpkin cream cheese bagels are available every fall and Meat Ball Mondays are not-to-be-missed. For you coffee lovers, Moe's offers several varieties of hearty roasts, aptly called Moe Jo, including cappuccinos, mochas, and lattes. If you're in the mood for something other than a bagel, try one of Moe's jam-packed burritos.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Moe's is a family favorite for their warm and hardy bagels, proximity to Pearl Street, and beverages.

Hope's expert tip: Moe's Honey Walnut Bagel is to-die-for delicious.

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Made from scratch recipes reinvent the way you eat breakfast and brunch. Featuring organic coffees, fresh produce, as well as all-natural and farm raised meats and eggs. To add to the fun, meals are customizable upon guest request. So you can make up your own pancake or egg concoction whenever you choose. Try the Sandwich I Am served on a soft pretzel roll filled with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and a sausage patty, served with a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise & house hash browns. For something savory, indulge in the Havana Daydreaming, featuring Free-range house pulled pork, sliced ham, jack cheese, homemade pickles and a sunny side egg (or your call) with Dijon hollandaise served open face on a hoagie roll.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Snooze delights parents and children alike with there rich pancake concoctions and affordable prices.

Hope's expert tip: Snooze is proud to serve organic coffees, fresh produce, and all-natural ingredients.

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Create your own omelet or crepe at this popular and intimate cafe. The "Boulder" omelet features broccoli, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese and is topped with pesto or salsa. Foolish's huevos are served on a crepe with black beans, house potatoes, veggies and cheese, and then topped with two eggs (any style) and salsa. If you're in the mood for mexican, tacos are served every Tuesday at brunch and lunch for cheap. For something a bit more on the breakfasty side, try one of their delicious benedicts concoctions, including crab cake, nova salmon, and fried chicken. Yep, you heard us-fried chicken eggs benedict.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Foolish Craig's Cafe offers delicious burgers and home-style grub sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Hope's expert tip: Create your own omelet of try the huevos for breakfast South of the Border style.

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Set at the foothills of the beautiful Flatirons, this century-old landmark features exquisite indoor and outdoor dining (on the historic property's wraparound porch). Starters include house-smoked salmon, gazpacho, organic beet salad, and steamed mussels. You can also get entrees like grilled Colorado lamb, Rocky Mountain trout, venison steak, pan-seared ahi tuna, salmon, halibut, and vegetarian specialties. An excellent wine list and a great selection of microbrews highlight the beverage list. After your meal, we highly recommend burning off some calories by hiking in the park. The Royal Arch Hike and Green Mountain are scenic routes that will challenge you and ease your guilt when you return to the dining hall for dessert.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Chautauqua Dining Hall and its famous brunch is the perfect option for your family after a long hike nearby.

Hope's expert tip: When the weather is fine, as to sit on the wraparound porch for a great views of the Flatirons.

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Nick n Willy's Pizza


The unique Italian pies at this pizza parlor come in a variety of scrumptious formulations. Among the options are ones that feature their olive oil glaze, fresh basil and oregano, and cheeses that range from mozzarella and fontina to Swiss and gorgonzola. Carnivores often enjoy Little Nell's Chicken BBQ, topped with tender poultry, red onion, and fresh cilantro. For a vegetarian option that's out of this world, try the Earth born: Fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar/provolone, marinated artichoke hearts, black olives, mushrooms, green and red peppers, red onions, roma tomatoes. Or, for something a bit more on the wild side, try the Wild Willy combo with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar/ provolone, Italian sausage, salami, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, seasoned beef, mushrooms, black olives, green and red peppers, red onions, roma tomatoes.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Nick n Willy's Pizza is the perfect take-and-bake option for a family on the go.

Hope's expert tip: The Earthborn will elevate your senses rather than leaving you grounded.

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This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Offering a truly one-of-a-kind brunch, you'll find Indian samosas, German Bratwurst, and Korean Kalbi Short Ribs. For something a bit more traditional, you can try the salmon benedict, homemade oatmeal, or greek scramble. Appetizers include Persian grilled chicken strips marinated in yogurt and spices. Koresht Bademjan, which is Persian braised beef stew with eggplant, onions, tomatoes and spices served with orange currant couscous, and Persian tamarind shrimp are two of the featured main dishes.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: The Dushanbe Teahouse offers international cuisine options in an elegant environment that adults and children will love.

Hope's expert tip: You simply must indulge on the Indian samosas or salmon Benedict.

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Located within walking distance of Folsom Field, you'll quench your thirst with one ( or several) of their many beer options. Gigantic pizzas, and scrumptious pasta concoctions will satisfy any Italian craving, this local dive is a favorite for beer and pizza lovers alike. The Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Sub are both excellent options for those who like traditional Italian, and for those who'd like to go the more adventurous route, The Hot Mob: ham, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone, and Italian dressing. Our personal favorite, the Nediterranean, blends pesto & red sauce, pine nuts, garlic, roasted red peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives, feta to create one of the most hearty and mouthwatering pizzas in the west.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse offers a delicious kids menu, arcade games, and a fun environment.

Hope's expert tip: Blend an American and Italian experience by ordering the Nediterranean Pizza ( named after Boulder's neighboring mountain town, Nederland) and beer.

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Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville, Colorado The Huckleberry is known for its fresh, delicious, and all-American food. Breakfast and brunch are the time of day when this place really shines, with a variety of eggs benedicts, biscuits and gravy, milkshakes, and homemade pies. Many items can be made gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan to suit your dietary preferences or needs. Tea and pastries can be purchased to take home, as well as a variety of local and handmade gifts such as jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and art work that can be found in The Huckleberry lobby. Also, be sure to have a delicious house chai.

Recommended for Family Friendly because: The Huckleberry's quaint atmosphere, home-style food, and delicious treats land it at the top of our Family-Friendly list.

Hope's 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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