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    Boulder's Foodie Checklist

    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.

    Sample Cheeses + Taste Coffee Redefined

    Cured, a cheese and cured meats shop, shares a space with Boxcar Coffee Roasters, coffee-brewing innovators. It's a union made in foodie heaven.

    Boulder cocktails

    Mix Your Own Cocktail at Salt Bistro

    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?

    Dine Among Champions

    "Top Chef" winner Hosea Rosenburg has two restaurants in Boulder — Blackbelly and Santo — while Cafe Aion's chef/owner Dakota Soifer boasts a big win from the Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."

    Savor Excellence at Side Door Prices

    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.

    Pizzeria Locale

    Go to the Top of the Food Chain

    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.

    Slow Your Roll

    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.

    Sip Exclusive Beers

    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?

    Avery Brewing Bar

    See How Clean Eating Can Shine

    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.

    Let a Local Lead the Way

    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. 

    Boulder is full of foodie treasures for your palate to discover. Search our restaurants for more ideas, or sign up for our visitor e-newsletter for the latest and greatest.