What makes OAK at Fourteenth stand apart from other restaurants? It's the fact that restaurant uses an oak-fired oven and grill, giving the food that distinct, smoky taste. Ingredients used here are fresh and locally grown, and also organic. The pasta's are prepared in-house and the Kale salad is magnificent. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes with Tuna tartar and the Yuzu Guacamole is out of this world.
Ozo Coffee is the perfect place to unwind with a cup while visiting the busy Pearl Street Mall. There are three other Ozo locations in the city in addition to its 'Roastery' where you can also visit for wholesale purchases. As with most purveyors of fair-trade coffee beans, the proprietors here focus exclusively on how the beans come to market and how they are obtained. Nonetheless, to say they take their coffee seriously is an understatement, with glass beakers, sieves and other mad-scientist tools used to extract the perfect cup, Ozo definitely knows coffee.
This carefree place has a penchant for all things out of a bygone-hippie era which may seem a bit anachronistic, however the recognizable psychedelia and music make it comfortable. Even if you are not into that music or style, the menu is still worth checking out. Here the kitchen features healthy salads, sandwiches and a huge selection of burger options like the 'Black and Blue Burger', which is a pepper crusted blue cheese monster. On tap, visitors will find Mountain Sun's very own beers, don't forget to check out the 'Dark Side of the Sun' list which features tons and tons porter and stout.
Boulder's sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan, donated this ornate building to the City of Boulder in the mid-1980's. Builders imported and erected more than 30 tons of material to build the structure, which was finished in 1988. It quickly assumed a prominent role in Boulder history and today it's a popular gathering place among locals. In addition to tea, this quirky little spot serves an array of exotic dishes, try the Burmese Coconut Curry and Tajik Plov or the Koresht Bodemjoon which is an Iranian eggplant and beef stew. Open for lunch and dinner, check website for full menus and other event information.
This funky pizza joint, The Sink, on University Hill is one of the best student budget spots in town. The fact that Robert Redford once worked as a janitor here during his short stint at CU is their claim to fame, yet celebrities and dignitaries continue to visit for the burgers, even President Obama once visited. The pizzeria stays open till late, making it popular with the college crowd. It offers three crust choices based on density. Food is made from scratch and they always feature the choice of 100 percent grass-fed beef. Sandwiches, pizzas, salads, calzones-oven baked pizza, you name it; you will find at the Sink.
Most people aren't really sure how owner Jimmy 'Snarf' Seidel acquired his nickname, yet his story is an all-American one. He opened this shop in 1996 and since then his delicious sandwiches have traversed the entire country, with locations in Illinois, Missouri and Texas. The sandwich selections on the menu are somewhat overwhelming, but this is the reason Snarf's is here, to find the perfect sandwich.Some of the options include roast beef, turkey, ham, etc. in addition to healthy salads. Check website for complete menu information.
This cafeteria serves Spanish style Tapas in an uncomplicated set up. There are fresh appetizers and beverages on the menu for lunch and dinner. You can visit this place in the afternoon to avail the happy hour. There is also an assorted list of wine, beer and cocktails on the menu if you are in a mood to just drink.
If you have got a hankering for a big San Francisco-style burrito, stop by Illegal Pete's restaurant. The burritos come lathered in fresh, homemade salsa and include steak and chicken options. The Fish Taco is another popular specialty while traditional Mexican dishes like taquitos and quesadillas also grace the menu. Drop in during happy hours for great discounts on their zippy and refreshing margaritas or catch one of the live music gigs which are a regular occurrence here.
Mustard's Last Stand is a Boulder institution. Founded back in the 1960s, this small burger joint has been a local favorite for families, adults, and students ever since. Mustard's Last Stand looks like little more than a burger stand with limited seating. Their menu, however, is very unique and their prices cannot be beat. Their burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches are by far of a higher quality than what you'll find in most burger joints. Buffalo burgers and buffalo chicken sandwiches represent Mustard's typical menu variations. Visitors enjoy their delicious food and friendly atmosphere, so they don't mind waiting in the inevitable line. Come prepared, Mustard's Last Stand is always packed! -Sabrina Zirakzadeh
A casual and chic cafe, Alpine Modern Café, is located on the College Avenue. This beautiful place with high roofs and white walls has a lovely ambiance for an enjoyable time with your people. The cafe with large contemporary windows and beautiful photo frames and chandeliers serves amazing breakfast and lunch menu. They have a changing menu of fresh, in-house baked breads. The coffee beans that they use to prepare their delicious coffees are imported from Denver's local roasters.