Sometimes foodie towns like Boulder get a reputation for being hard on the ol' wallet. But with a large student population and an active, on-the-go contingent that craves quick, delicious bites, there are actually plenty of affordable meals in Boulder. These budget-friendly places prove that delicious food doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.
This Chicago-style hot dog joint was founded in 1978 and remains incredibly popular with those in the know. Go for the classic Chicago dog for $4.59, the chili dog for $5.44 or a corn dog for $3.49. There are even vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items on the menu, too.
Zoe Ma Ma has been known locally for fresh, “non-Americanized” Chinese street food for some time. A broader audience got to know the eatery when it was featured on the Cooking Channel's "Cheap Eats," featuring the eatery’s savory and saucy za jiang mian (egg noodles topped with a ground pork sauce and julienned veggies). Start with potstickers for a modest $1.45 each and then move on to za jiang mian for just $6.99.
Falafel King has been serving up hot pockets full of gyro meat and falafel for over 40 years, right on Pearl Street. Their pitas and plates are delicious, homemade and hearty. The falafel and hummus plate is crammed with six crispy falafel balls, a large portion of hummus, a fresh garden salad, tomatoes and cucumbers with house dressing, and pita. All for $9.50.
Blackbelly, run by Top Chef champion Hosea Rosenberg, wouldn't make our cheaps eats page if it weren't for their insanely popular and surprisingly affordable breakfast burritos. The "O.G." Burrito runs just $6 and is stuffed with farm-fresh eggs, Hatch green chile, tater tots and cheese — using high-quality ingredients that make a difference you can taste. Be prepared to crave this burrito over all others forevermore.
This dive-y saloon, decorated to the rafters with antiques and vintage kitsch, has one of the best burgers around. In fact, they were named one of the top burgers in Colorado by Thrillist. Their weekly Burger Madness, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, hooks you up with a burger and your choice of side for $6.39.
Note: Prices can change over time. Please check the restaurants' menus before you visit.