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Down on the Farm: Boulder's Bountiful Farm-to-Table Restaurants



Often times, when you're shopping at the grocery store, you see labels picturing pristine pastures, happy cows, playful chickens, and dewy produce. This is a pleasant fiction but a fiction none-the-less since a great deal of our food is heavily processed, factory-farmed, and grown or raised indoors. That being said, one would think that the days of simple farm living where people harvest fresh produce and ethically raise animals are gone. Think again.


In Boulder, Colorado, a town famous for its food, environmental consciousness, and love for everything local, Farm-to-Table restaurants are "IN"...in a very big way.

Leading the pack in the FTT movement, Black Cat is a Boulder gem. This bistro owns and harvests a 130 acre farm to bring you fresh ingredients daily.

Pulling from Three Leaf's Farm of Lafayette, CO The Huckleberry, the Dushanbe Teahouse, and the Chautauqua Dining Hall all make our list. Their restaurants provide farm-raised meats and fresh produce year round.

Many of the restaurants on our list also take "local" to a new level by providing local beer, whiskey, and tea. The quaint Huckleberry, for example, prides itself on offering the finest, fresh ingredients, and allowing local jewelers to sell their wares in their lobby, making it possible to eat local and shop local all in one trip.


Stick with our list and you'll enjoy the tastes and delights of the Colorado Front Range straight from the farm and to your waiting plate.


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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 the Farm Vegetable Plate or savory Sausage Flatbread. For dinner, delight your senses with the Pan roasted trout or Chicken and Dumplings with roasted Colorado chicken. 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 Farm to Table because: Another big supporter of Three Leaf's Farm, Chautauqua Dinning Hall also offers Colorado meat such as trout and buffalo.

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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Local Soul Patch Farm provides Salt with its amazing ingredients to bring guests fresh, organic, produce and meats at a reasonable price-point. For lunch, try the juicy Tom's Tavern Burger or, for something healthier, the Roasted Beet Salad. For dinner, indulge in the Pastured Flank Steak with pan roasted potatoes or the Wild Alaskan Salmon. Salt also boasts a killer Happy Hour menu featuring their Organic Blue Corn Tacos and other nibbles that can be washed down with a variety of local beers from Upslope Brewing Company or their Featured Cocktail which changes regularly. Salt's kitchen is also GMO free, so guests can rest assured that their meals are healthy without any additives.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Swanky, elegant, and committed to bringing local delights to the table, Salt is a restaurant that delights the senses.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try the Roasted Beet Salad for a savory and healthy treat!

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Sourcing from several local Boulder farms, including the popular Cure Organic Farm, this moderately priced restaurant is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike because of its elegant yet relaxed environment and high-quality food. Known for being gluten-free friendly, not only is The Kitchen willing to accommodate your dietary preferences but they also offer a number of gluten-free items that need no modification, including the sautéed greens and their savory marinated olives. But never fear, gluten lovers, there's still plenty of variety for you as well, including Cure Farm Kale Rotolo with wild mushrooms. Known for accommodating good allergies and preferences, many of The Kitchen's items can be modified to suit your vegan and vegetarian preferences as well.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Known for sourcing produce from local farms and offering local beer, The Kitchen has a well-earned spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Try their Pan seared Sturgeon and be sure to ask for gluten-free dessert options.

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Dedicated to serving locally raised, grass-fed meats, seasonal produce, and some of the most delicious pastries around, The Huckleberry is one of the most cozy corners in the Front Range. 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. For dessert, carrot cakes, huckleberry pies, cookies, and a variety of milkshakes are one the menu and be sure to wash them all down with a hot chai or local brew.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: The Huckleberry sources much of its fresh produce from nearby Three Leaf Farm.

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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Another member of Three Leaf's Farm, the same farm that provides fresh, local, items to Black Cat and Bramble and Hare, The Dushanbe Teahouse brings quality ingredients to the table with international flair. 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 Whole Wheat Chai Pancakes, Indian Samosas, and French Omelet. And what would a trip to the teahouse be without sampling one of their fine black, green, white or oolong teas?

Recommended for Farm to Table because: The famous Dushanbe Teahouse is one of seven restaurants in the area to use fresh produce from the Three Leaf Farm of Lafayette, Colorado.

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

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This unique all-vegetarian restaurant offers scrumptious gluten-free and farm-to-table options. Furthermore, they pull the majority of their quality ingredients from their local farm in Lafayette, Colorado. Three Leaf Farm not only caters to Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant but also supplies their seven other restaurants in the Boulder County area, including the Dushanbe Teahouse, The Huckleberry of Louisville, and Zucca Italian Ristorante. For you raw lovers, they offer a raw flatbread and raw manicotti made with zucchini noodles, cashew-pine nut "cheese", spinach, sundried tomato marinara, yellow beet salad. If you're looking for something wholly unique, their beet steak with sesame crusted beets, garlic mashed potatoes,asparagus, wakame salad, wasabe coconut cream is out-of-this-world delicious.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Leaf's vegetarian options feature fresh ingredients from local Three Leafs Farm.

Hope's 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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Committed to bringing its guests simple, delicious, farm-to-table options, Bramble and Hare is perfect for Sunday brunch or late night drinks. A sister restaurant to Black Cat, this restaurant boasts an eclectic Happy Hour menu that won't break you bank, exquisite yet approachable entrees, and a variety of beer and cocktails. From their ala carte menu, try there savory Beef Pot Pie. Some of your entree choices include, Pork Spring Rolls or Seafood Ragu. Their seasonal Winter Vegetables Gratin with Salt and Vinegar Turnip Chips are the perfect way to indulge for the colder months. For Your sweet tooth, Chef Skakon has prepared his Sheep's Milk Cheesecake, Banana Split, or Chocolate Torte.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Bramble and Hare is an affordable and simple way to experience Farm-to-Table.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try their 3 Course Farm Dinner for a variety of flavors at a low cost.

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The Early Bird Restaurant, located just 25 minutes from Boulder in lovely Broomfield, Co., offers delicious, local, and organic produce and some of the most decadent combinations around. A family operation, the name "Early Bird" was inspired by owners Daniel and Kristen Cofrades daughter, who was born prematurely and now serves as an adorable inspiration for the couple. Some breakfast favorites include the Biscuits and Gravy, Toasted Gluten Free Granola, and Creme Br�l�e French Toast. Always a line out the door, particularly on weekends, The Early Bird offers coffee as you spend a wait well worth your time. Early Bird's commitment to utilizing locally farmed items and sustainability means that guests can feel good knowing that their hard earned money is supporting a business that cares.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Early Bird is a quaint restaurant with a diner feel that brings guests delicious and fresh locally sourced food at affordable prices.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try the breakfast nachos for a new take on an old favorite!

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Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space


Shine is a unique restaurant truly committed to serving locally sourced, gluten-free, and fair trade foods. Cold-pressed organic juices, sprouted legumes, and beer brewed in-house continues their commitment serve healthy fare. Locally owned and operated by three spunky and innovative sisters, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for building community, mingling, getting down to some local music, or just relaxing with a much needed cocktail at the end of the day. Not-to-be-missed, the beet hummus and mini-pizza with buffalo mozzarella, marinara, and arugula pesto are the perfect appetizers to start off your evening and, when you move on to the main course, be sure to consider the Chicken or Jackfruit Soft Tacos ( we highly recommend the jackfruit) and the Grass-Finished Beef Burger made with local meat, arugula, sunflower seed and garlic scape pesto, house-pickled red onion for a kick of flavor, and hearty cheddar cheese.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Pulling from a variety of local farms, SHINE makes our list for it's fresh ingredients and locally brewed beer.

Hope's expert tip: The perfect space for gatherings, bring the entire family or meet up with old friends for unique cocktails and delicious soul-food.

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Black Cat


Black Cat is the epitome of a Farm-to-Table restaurants, in fact that's what this Boulder favorite is known for. Pulling fresh, seasonal, ingredients from their 130 acre farm paradise situated just outside Boulder, Chef Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill, harvest their farm everyday to bring from-the-vine delights. They also raise sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. One of our favorites, the Beet Potato Napoleon features quinoa cereal crust, elderberry gastrique,house made ricotta, and spinach. Want to splurge a little? Try their Colorado Beef Ribeye complete with orange scented oats, carrots, and crisp capers. Keep in mind that this Farm-to-Table gem prepares seasonal delights, so their menu is ever-changing, meaning you can always find something new and fresh.

Recommended for Farm to Table because: Black Cat owns and harvests a 130 acre farm to bring you fresh ingredients daily.

Hope's expert tip: The Beet and Potato Napoleon is to-die-for- delicious.

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