Best Homestyle Restaurants in Boulder

Boulder Soul Food: Homestyle Restaurants for the Holidays

During the fall and winter months, there's nothing quite so lovely as curling up in a cozy taproom, tea house, or quaint diner to enjoy homestyle cookin' that warms the body and the soul. Luckily, Boulder is known for its quaint, local spots that offer just that.

On the Homestyle List you'll find The Huckleberry, which consistently ranks as the #1 breakfast and brunch joint for miles around with the locals. During the holiday season it is decorated to the nines with gourdes and fall flamboyance which is replaced by a lavish Christmas tree in their entry way during the winter months. Serving Eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, along with crazy-good pasta dishes, you'll leave feeling fat, happy, and festive.

Also included on our list is The Dushanbe Tea House, known for it's elegance, vibrant and warm decor, along with it's international menu. The Avery Taproom is also featured for its cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and seasonal ales.

Wanna curl up in a corner with a good book and a hot drink or eat a sumptuous meal with your love? Turley's and The Yellow Deli are the perfect spots, offering quaint atmosphere's, soul food, and ingredients from local farms.

Stick to the list and your holiday experience in Boulder will merry, bright, and scrumptious indeed.


Noted for its savory sandwiches, such as the Reuben or Yellow Submarien, and serving up warm apple cider and soups, Yellow Deli is the perfect place for a cool autumn evening or quick coffee with friends. 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 are all made of carved wood and the food is every-bit as wholesome and savory as the surroundings. Warm lentil soup is one of their many vegetarian options and they are more than happy to cater to various dietary restrictions. For dessert, be sure to try their carrot cake or banana bread deluxe.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Yellow Deli's hobbit-hole like atmosphere and soul food are perfect for a winter's night.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try their Yellow Submarine; truly one of the best sandwiches in town.

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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 Homestyle because: Southern Sun's inviting atmosphere and down-home food are the perfect remedy for a chilly afternoon.

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

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Walnut Cafe

With two convenient locations and touted as Boulder's favorite breakfast and lunch joint for 25 years, the Walnut Cafe offers delicious favorites such as the Sunrise Sandwich and the Boulder Scramble. Specialty Sandwiches such as the Boulder Melt and Hot Mediterranean are sure to satisfy. The Walnut also offers a variety of waffles, fresh toasts, and pancakes, including the to-die-for Granola Pancakes. 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. For dessert, indulging in one of the Walnut's homemade pies or banana bread.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Walnut Cafe's traditional breakfast and brunch options will warm your body and soul this holiday season.

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

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This popular restaurant offers some of the best breakfast fare in Boulder. The menu features traditional options such as egg and omelet combos, including The Swiss, pancakes, and waffles, along with a specialty breakfast chimichanga. The delicious whole grain nut toast is almost an inch thick. For something light, you can start off with cereal and fresh squeezed orange juice, Buff granola, or steel cut oatmeal. For something a bit more decadent, try the french toast, blueberry pancakes or griddle cakes. If you're in the mood for Mexican, the Huevos Rancheros are not-to-be-missed, along with the light but satisfying breakfast tacos.

Recommended for Homestyle because: The Buff offers hardy and delicious food and is a Boulder staple perfect for a visit after a fall football game or holiday treat.

Hope's expert tip: Grab a slice of The Buff's inch-thick savory nut toast.

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Lentil Fritters, Pork Spring Rolls, and Winter Vegetables Gratin are just a few of the seasonal delights you'll find at Black Cat's sister restaurant, Bramble and Hare. Boasting an eclectic Happy Hour menu that won't break you bank, exquisite yet approachable entrees, and a variety of beer and cocktails, this Boulder favorite is perfect for a quick lunch or relaxing dinner. Cheese lovers will delight, as the appetizers include the Artisan Cheese Plate, Grilled Cheese, and Mac&Cheese. For your entree choices, the Seafood Ragu and Farm House Greens are certain to please. If you have a sweet tooth, Chef Skakon has prepared his decadent Banana Split, Chocolate Torte, or Sheep's Milk Cheesecake.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Bramble and Hare's dedications to Farm-to-Table fare and scrumptious options earn it a spot on our list.

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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Located just a mere 30 minutes from North Boulder, The Sundance Cafe is perched in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and overlooks Eldora Ski Lodge. Patio seating on warm summer or cool crisp autumn days allows you to soak in the scenery while munching on The CB, an English muffin, topped with Canadian Bacon and other yummies served with Sundance's crispy home fries. They also start serving all lunch items at 8am, so if you're in the mood for one of their signature sandwiches early in the day, you're in business. The quirky and adorable town of Nederland is home to awesome festivals, breweries, and shopping. Well worth a stop on your way back down Boulder Canyon.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Dot's Diner is a favorite on Boulder's "Hill" with both college students, business professionals, and families alike for it's simple and savory breakfast.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to ask for the daily special. If its the biscuits and gravy, chow down!

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Avery Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company is a Boulder favorite and the perfect spot for an after work pint and bite and, once it's new location is up and running, the perfect spot for family gatherings as well. Unique and boundary-pushing craft brews, pub grub that is anything but basic, and an atmosphere that will make you think you've found your own, personal, "Cheers", Avery is inviting, puts on killers beer release parties, and is an active part of the Boulder community, sponsoring weekly bike rides and throwing fundraisers for those in need. For an approachable and refreshing go-to beer, try the famous White Rascal or IPA.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Avery's cozy taproom and delicious season ales that pair perfectly with it's hearty food earn it a spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to grab a pint of the Karma, Avery's most drinkable and refreshingly crisp beer.

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Local Three Leaf Farm not only supplied the Huckleberry with much of its fresh and seasonal produce but it also keeps Boulder's Dushanbe Teahouse stocked with organic, locally-sourced, fare. At the Teahouse you'll find warm, spiced chai, exotic teas, and some of the most savory international cuisine in town. For Brunch, try a good ol' American Breakfast, complete with sausage, eggs, potatoes, and a homemade pop tart. Whole Wheat Chai Pancakes are also a favorite menu item for those who prefer to carb-up and skip the meat. For dessert, try the Boulder Tangerine Tea Gingerbread or the unique Warm and Spicy chocolate cake served with avocado ice-cream and agave syrup.

Recommended for Homestyle because: The Dushanbe Teahouse's unique atmosphere and international fare rank it high on our list.

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

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On the corner of Main Street in charming Louisville, you'll feel as though you've traveled back to a simpler time when you step into the Huckleberry. With its adorable decor, sweet pastries, and aromatic teas, this is the perfect spot for brunch with the girls or lunch with the entire family. 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 Homestyle because: The Huckleberry's quaint atmosphere and delicious soul food earn it the top spot on our 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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