Boulder was named America's Foodiest Town by Bon Appétit, and downtown's Pearl Street was ranked among Food & Wine's 10 Best Foodie Streets in America.
The town's noted culinary culture is fueled by its proximity to fertile farmlands, local artisan food producers and a thriving craft beer industry. Burgeoning wine and spirits industries are quickly making a mark on Boulder's food-and-drink landscape, as well.
You could make an entire vacation out of tasting Boulder's food scene, but here are just a few ideas to get you started.
The Cocktail Element menu at Salt allows you to mix and match your preferred ingredients to create a signature drink. Who knew you were such a good mixologist?
Frasca Food and Wine is one of Boulder's culinary landmarks, earning a James Beard award. Splurge for dinner here or save a little at Pizzeria Locale, a gourmet pizzeria next door that's run by the same folks.
Nestled in the pines high above the beautiful Boulder Valley is the city's gastronomic granddaddy, Flagstaff House, a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner that promises excellence.
Food trucks park it at the Rayback Collective, and so should you. It's a food truck park with a party-like atmosphere, indoor and outdoor seating, yard games, a stage for live music and great food.
Avery Brewing's taproom allows you to sample several scrumptious suds that can only be had on-site. How about the spiced-just-right Chai Brown or the passion fruit-infused Belgian-style Lilikoi Kepolo?
Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, organic ... whatever your idea of healthy, clean eating is, Shine Restaurant has a delicious version of it on their menu. Also try their potions, a line of herbal tonics that, according to Shine, are "a harmony of juices, powerful herbs, flower and gemstone essences, and sound-frequencies" that are tuned to "a specific intention." It hardly gets more Boulder than that.
There are so many meal options in Boulder — it can be a little overwhelming! Why not let someone else do the choosing with Local Table Tours? Their Taste of Boulder Food Tour, led by a local foodie, takes you to some of Boulder's most popular restaurants on and around Pearl Street. Latte lovers can check out the Coffee and Chocolate Tasting Tour. Or sample some of Boulder's local beers and spirits on the Boulder Brews, Booze, and Bites Tour or the Boulder Cocktail Tour.