Boulder Restaurants Seen on TV
Dubbed “America’s Foodiest Town” by Bon Appétit magazine, Boulder has drawn a number of big-name food shows seeking the scoop on the town’s acclaimed dining scene. In fact, the granddaddy of them all, “Top Chef” even shot an episode here. Below you’ll find a guide to the restaurants that have had their (delicious) close-ups on national television.
“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” Boulder Locations
Guy Fieri and his Food Network crew have been to Boulder a few times. Here’s where they ate.
Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage
Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage is what happens when a Colorado native heads to Italy and becomes obsessed with perfecting the art of pizza making. The fruits of her studies paid off, and her Boulder shop earned a visit from DDD in 2017. Here’s Audrey whipping up the shop’s famous meatball grinder sub for Guy:
Zoe Ma Ma
Run by Edwin Zoe in collaboration with his Chinese mother’s cooking, Zoe Ma Ma has been known for fresh, “non-Americanized” Chinese street food for some time. The whole world got a taste when the episode “Mom’s Kitchen” aired in 2017, featuring the eatery’s pork-filled steamed buns and za jiang mian. Zoe Ma Ma was also in an episode of "Cheap Eats" (see below). Now the restaurant has been recommended by the MICHELIN Guide, too!
In the “Gettin’ Fresh” episode, Guy Fieri sunk his teeth into The Sink's famous Texas Onion Straw Burger and left his mark by spray-painting his logo on the wall (it’s okay, the entire interior is covered in drawings!). And in July of 2023, Guy and his team returned to The Sink and sampled mouthwatering creations like Rosa's Veggie Burger and The GOAT Pizza (seasoned "ugly crust," garlic olive oil, mozzarella, goat cheese, apples and caramelized ale onions finished with arugula and truffle honey—yum).
This restaurant on University Hill has had a few brushes with fame, from President Obama’s publicized visit in 2012 to a shout-out from Robert Redford, who used to work as a janitor at The Sink in the mid-50s.
“Cheap Eats” Boulder Locations
Featuring “buzz-worthy meals on a budget,” this Cooking Channel show is hosted by Ali Khan, who visited Boulder for one seriously delicious day — all for under $35. The whole experience had Ali proclaiming, "It's official. Boulder, you rock!" You can watch the whole episode here.
“Man v. Food” Boulder Locations
Casey Webb is known for conquering food challenges with gustatory gusto on the Travel Channel’s "Man v. Food." Keep reading to find out what he sets out to conquer in Boulder.
"Food Paradise" Locations
This Travel Channel show features dishes and delights across the country. Here's where they stopped in Boulder and what they tasted:
Frasca Food and Wine was featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” during which Michael Chiarello raved about the James Beard award-winning restaurant’s fried pineapple-wrapped speck.
Other Boulder Brushes with Food Fame
Boulder itself was featured on Bravo's "Top Chef" Season 15, Episode 3. Here's what Gail Simmons had to say about filming "Top Chef" in Boulder.
“I loved shooting in Colorado. I had been going to Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic for 12 years, but I had only been to the Denver airport and to Boulder once for a week for spring break when I was 21. So it was really exciting to get to come back and get to know Boulder and spend some time in Colorado." — Gail Simmons, "Top Chef" Judge
Tundra Restaurant Supply was the shooting location for the Restaurant Wars episode of "Top Chef." Come gawk at all the pretty, shiny pots and pans, pick up an affordable knife or peruse tongs in every color.