Today Korea, tomorrow Argentina. World cuisines are right at home in worldly Boulder, and you’re welcomed to journey across town to dozens of international dining spots. If you’re looking for a starting place, these five will get your taste buds traveling.
The vibe: Behind the unassuming storefront, A Cup of Peace owner Ki Kim calls up ancient Korean traditions, ingredients and recipes to craft health-focused teas and natural and organic Korean food with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options
The dish: If you need a boost, try Kim’s signature Organic Multi Grain Energy Shake, and definitely don’t miss the dup bob — your choice of protein with an incredible Korean barbecue sauce.
The vibe: Fragrant curries simmer and waft from the kitchen in Curry n Kebab’s casual, self-serve café with a loyal following and a big lunch crowd.
The dish: All your favorites are here — korma, saag, tandoori — and everything is good. We especially love the malai kofta (vegetable dumplings in a rich sauce).
The vibe: This tiny quick-stop joint is warmed by the giant ovens working overtime to heat up empanadas — savory little pastry pockets filled with cheeses, meats and veggies spiced with Argentinian flair.
The dish: Try Rincon Argentino's choclo (corn) and the pollo picante (spicy chicken). Be sure to ask for dipping sauces to accompany the steaming-hot empanadas.
The vibe: A favorite with local chefs, Amu is the more serious sister restaurant of the boisterous Sushi Zanmai next door. Here, be prepared to remove your shoes, have a seat in a tea room and be served exquisite traditional Japanese fare.
The dish: The yakiniku (thinly sliced BBQ) served on sizzling onions is to die for, as is the seared eggplant with yuzu-infused miso sauce and burdock-root chips.
The vibe: Tucked into a row of retail shops near downtown, Black Pepper Pho is very casual and just right for a nourishing, I-can’t-stop-eating-this! lunch. The seasonings are heavenly and the toppings ultra-fresh.
The dish: There are seven pho options (pho is a brothy Vietnamese noodle soup), including vegetarian and the House Noodle Soup, which has beef broth, roast pork, meatballs and quail eggs.