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Grab and Go: Boulder's Best and Most Wallet-Friendly Take Out Options



Boulder, Colorado is known as one of the foodiest towns in the nation which means that dining out is a must during your visit. However, sometimes you're just in the mood to curl up in your hotel room or grab some grub for a picnic in the park. Luckily, the town that prides itself on offering fresh, local, food in an Eco-conscious way, has some excellent options for all of your take-out needs.


Topping our list, Snarf's is a local favorite and serves up some of the most delicious toasted subs you'll ever experience. Their commitment to ecological practices and sensitivity to those with dietary restrictions ( they offer Gluten-free bread and recipes) makes them the perfect place for a take-out sub when you just wanna lay down a blanket in one of Boulder's many parks and stare at the Flatirons.

 

You'll also find two fabulous pizza joints on our list: Backcountry Pizza and Nick n Willy's. Both establishments are known for their fresh and warm carry-out items, ease of ordering, and quick delivery or service.

Got the munchies on the late night? Baked and Yellow Deli are the perfect spots to grab warm chocolate chip cookies or wholesome lentil soup. Both are open late and provide scrumptious options for all of your after midnight cravings.


With a list like this, sitting down to feed for face won't look nearly as appetizing.


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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. Their warm lentil soup is to die for and will warm you up on a cold, winter's night. If you're in the mood for carbs, The Yellow Submarine sandwich is vegetarian and features avocado, sprouts, and a secret sauce that will make your mouth water.

Recommended for Take Out because: Yellow Deli serves delicious and hardy food 24 hours a day making it a perfect carry-out spot.

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

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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 Take Out because: Foolish Craig's burgers are perfect for a grab, go, and sit on Pearl street while taking in the sites kind of day.

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

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In a town known for being a mile high (in more ways than one) this bakeries Play on Words name is popular with college students and locals alike. Many of their cookies can be make gluten-free and they are particularly well-known for their yummy gluten-free cupcakes. Some of their cookie flavors include, Chocolate Chip (with or without nuts), Chocolate Espresso, Peanut Butter and a variety of other flavors. Not a cookie fan? Their cupcakes can be purchased in vanilla varieties, strawberry shortcake, and carrot cake. What's even better? Boulder Baked delivers! So you can get your gluten-free fix without ever leaving your house or hotel room.

Recommended for Take Out because: Baked is the perfect spot for people with a late night sweet tooth.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to chow-down on their gluten-free cupcakes.

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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 Take Out because: Nick n Willy's Pizza are take-and-bake delights perfect for a night in or feeding a large group. Fresh ingredients and inventive options abound!

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

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Welcome to Gurkhas Restaurant! Where Nepali, Tibetan, and Indian food will delight your senses and fill your belly before or after a big game at Folsom Field. Located on Boulder's "Hill", Gurkhas is conveniently situated near CU of Boulder's campus and Folsom Field. It's all near all of the entertainments and attractions of downtown Pearl Street. With vegetarian and vegan options, Gurkhas caters to a variety of dietary needs. With a variety of speciality chills and naan breads, there is something for everyone who enjoys a taste of the East. For take-out options, try the Nepali Momo dumplings, Chicken Tikka Masala, and be sure to get a side of naan.

Recommended for Take Out because: Gurkas offers a variety of delicious and exotic food options for Nepali, Tibetan and Indian cuisine lovers. It's a great option for groups.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to take advantage of Gurkhas online ordering.

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Mustard's Last Stand


Chicago-style hot dogs, German bratwurst, and home-style fries are featured at this popular diner. For a monster of a meal, try the Ditka 1/3lb. Monster Polish complete with Vienna Beef sausage. The menu also includes sandwich specialties made with charbroiled chicken and Italian meats, as well as tempeh burgers. Speaking of which, for you vegetarians, Mustard's offers veggie-dogs complete with delicious pepper relish, tofu Reubens, and veggie-chili. Back to you mean eaters, the Polish burgers and fresh french fries are, forgive us, dog-gone good. For something decadent and not-so-healthy, indulge on the chili cheese fries or charbroiled Polish sausage-don't forget the pepper relish!

Recommended for Take Out because: Mustard's Last Stand is the perfect place to grab a dog on the run.

Hope's expert tip: The Chicago-style hot dogs are so good, you won't be left standing.

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Illegal Pete's


Drop by this popular restaurant for the best burritos in town with two convenient locations, Pearl Street and Boulder's college district "The Hill". 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 vegetarian. The green chile is excellent, as are the sosapillas for dessert. This affordable option is a favorite of college students, but offers plenty of sophistication and options for the more refined palate. Have a hankerin' for breakfast instead of lunch? Well, it just so happens that this local gem serves up some killer breakfast burritos, and quesadillas. Wash it all down with one of their house rootbeers or, for brunch, a margarita. We won't judge. Also, for those with dietary restrictions, Illegal Pete's offers several gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Recommended for Take Out because: Situated on Pearl Street, Illegal Pete's offers delicious take-out so you can munch and enjoy the sites.

Hope's expert tip: Illegal Pete's burritos are a must on your visit, as are the nachos.

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For a relaxed and sporty 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 beer and pizza lovers alike. Take-out is fast and fresh with pretty much everything on the menu available, except for the beer, of course. 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 Take Out because: Some of the best pizza in town with portion sizes to feed a whole team of people puts Backcountry high on our list.

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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A newly refurbished dining room with more seating and colorful decor greats guests when they venture to Curry-n-Kabob. Boasting some of the richest authentic Indian cuisine in Boulder, be sure to try their filling Chicken Masala or Beef Saag. Vegetarian and Vegan options include the Chana Saag, Mutter Paneer, and Vegetable Korma. Wanna make a meat-meal veggie or vegan-friendly? Curry-n-Kabob can often substitute chickpeas and coconut-milk can make most dishes vegan-friendly. For naan lovers, the garlic and cheese naan are to-die-for-delicious while the onion naan packs a pungent punch. Have a sweet tooth? Add the Mango Chutney as a side for your tasting and dipping delight.

Recommended for Take Out because: Curry-n-Kabob offers take out and delivery option for some of the best authentic Indian cuisine in the Front Range.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to order the garlic or cheesy naan and, for something sweet, the Mango Chutney.

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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 point you in the direction of Snarf's, hands down. Several locations now serve brunch and this local chain has set it's sights on environmental sustainability in the past few years. Composting, recycling, and waste management are staples of the sub shop. So as you enjoy one of the "world famous" toasted sandwiches you can rest assured knowing that you're eating green. What's more, they offer savory gluten-free bread to cater to your dietary preferences. So good, you'd never guess that it's gluten-free.

Recommended for Take Out because: Hardy toasted subs, fresh ingredients, and the most amazing gluten-free bread you've every tasted, earns Snarfs the top spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: For those with dietary restrictions or gluten intolerance, be sure to ask for Snarf's out-of-this-world gluten-free bread.

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