Boulder is known for more than its beautiful red-stone buildings and the scenic views from the Flatirons. The Boulder food scene is almost a destination unto itself.
With delicious staples like Oak on Fourteenth, Blackbelly, The Med, and The Sink already on the map, get ready for your mind to be blown with these new restaurant additions for all you foodies out there.
Boulder Beer (1123 Walnut St., Boulder, CO)
Newly opened and full of urban spunk, Boulder Beer boasts a list of 10 small batch beers on tap, as well as three — that’s right, three — different kinds of fried chicken sandwiches! Plus, for your Gluten Free friends (like me) Boulder Beer has a full list of red and white wine, a rose, a cider and two Gluten-Reduced beers available. Head on over with your pals, grab a beer flight, and share a plate of smoked pork hot links with fries and macaroni salad. Yum.
Emmerson (1600 Pearl St., Boulder, CO)
New to the world and to Boulder, Emmerson is a self-proclaimed cafe, cocktail bar, and “neo-bistro” brought to life by five passionate and talented foodies with prominent pedigrees. Sophisticated and totally unique, Emmerson has everything from sweet potato gnocci to Grand Banks swordfish belly. You can enjoy it all with a glass of champagne or a bottle of Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro. Choice is yours.
Boulder Pho (2855 28th St., Boulder, CO)
The weather is getting colder, and it means that a steaming bowl of delicious Vietnamese noodle broth is sounding increasingly appetizing. Boulder Pho already has 50 reviews, a 4.5 Star rating, and has huge portions for cheap prices. Oh, and don’t miss the egg rolls! Can we ask for anything more?
bartaco (1048 Pearl St., Boulder, CO)
bartaco has finally made its way to Colorado, and landed in Boulder first. Inspired by Brazilian beaches and the SoCal way of life, bartaco aims to give their guests a coastal vibe, replete with tacos and tequila. They have a full menu for kids, including four different child-friendly juice cocktails. You can enjoy your adult margarita while junior sips on a nojito (mint + lime juice + club soda). Besides their extensive taco menu, bartaco has rice bowls, poke, soups, and salad. It’s basically the American Dream.
May Wah (2500 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO)
It’s not a new restaurant, but it was recently renovated and now it’s just like new! You ever crave Asian cuisine but aren’t sure whether you are feeling Chinese or Thai? Then you’re in luck, because May Wah has a full Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai menu. Plus they deliver for those snowy December nights when leaving the house just isn’t an option. Before it’s too icy, you’ll want to stay and eat at the restaurant because after its stunning renovation, it has transformed from dark and dull to sleek and comfortable. Perfect for date night or groups!
Oskar Blues Taproom (921 Pearl St, Boulder, CO)
For all you beer connoisseurs, the Oskar Blues Taproom will be your new craving. The brand new pub features beer from Oskar Blues Brewery (who would have guessed it) as well as giant growlers full of Cigar City’s Jai Alai IPA or Squatter’s Hop Rising. They’ve even got a beer called “Beerito” to compliment your plate of jalapeno business nachos. Check it out over the weekend to catch a live band!
French Quarter Brasserie (1207 Pearl St., Boulder, CO)
Many of us won’t have the chance to eat crawfish or nibble on a beignet on Bourbon Street, but this delightful cafe will make us feel as if we are! With a full French-Cajun menu, including spicy pork boudin balls, crawfish etoufee, and jambalaya. Enjoy that with a Marie Laveau cocktail, top it off with one of three different kinds of delectable beignets for dessert or even creme brûlée, and you’ll probably want to keep coming back.
FATE Brewery Ale House (400 West South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, CO)
This ale house is your new best Sunday-morning-brunch-friend. They have everything to soak up a Saturday night on the town (hello Chicken in a Biscuit, or Not Yo’ Daddy’s Breakfast sandwich), and a full menu of cocktails to keep the buzz going. Their Fernet & the Giant Peach cocktail sounds uniquely delicious, with it’s blend of brutal anejo, peach/basil bitters and Leopold’s fernet. There are far too many gems on this menu for me to get into here, but I will leave you with this: they have funnel cake sundae with coffee IPA ice cream for dessert. You’re welcome.
Black Diamond Restaurant & Tap House (103 North Public Rd., Unit C, Lafayette, CO)
Everyone says they don’t like Hot Pockets, and yet there they sit in every American freezer. Well, I am here to tell you there is a restaurant in Lafayette that makes delicious, real, made-fresh-daily hot pockets called pocket pies. Head on in and try “The Pluto #1”, a dough pocket stuffed with Italian sausage, green peppers, and Provolone cheese. Wash that down with an on-top cran-lavender Kombucha tea. Delish!
Caprese Trattoria (1067 S. Hover Rd., Longmont, CO)
Craving homemade Italian? Caprese Trattoria is the place to be. With a menu stuffed with Italian classics like spaghetti polpette (homemade meatballs in a tomato basil sauce) and Margherita pizza, and a few twists on Italian cuisine like risotto pescatora (arborist rice with clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops in a spicy tomato sauce with fresh herbs), you won’t run out of dishes to order at a place like this.
Georgia Boys BBQ “The Shack” (250 3rd Ave, Longmont, CO)
New location, same great BBQ! As southern as Colorado gets, this menu is chocked full of pulled pork, spare ribs, smoked turkey breast, and jalapeño cheddar sausage — all of course, served with a side of traditional potato salad, taters n’ gravy, or cilantro lime slaw. Follow them on Facebook for daily specials, and call them to cater your next family party!
Waterloo Restaurant (817 Main St., Louisville, CO)
An established Louisville favorite has made the move to a fresh new space. It’s not only gorgeous indoors, but has a sensational rooftop patio. This place offers Happy Hour from 3-6pm daily. That’s right DAILY. Plus they have Mexican cuisine AND American food, so you never have to decide between a taco or french fries again! You can just get both. Plus, they have a cocktail called Texas Tea on their menu, made with Deep Eddy Peach vodka, Barrow’s Ginger, Alpenglow, lemon juice, cane syrup and iced tea, which I honestly want to order, like right now.
Keep an eye out for my upcoming article about restaurants that are SOON TO OPEN!
Know of any restaurants we missed? Any thoughts about these new restaurants? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!