Where Boulder lacks in diversity across its demographics (affluent, white men still abound in this liberal enclave), it can boast about its variety of eats. From burgers to burritos, and every vegan option in between, Boulder may have it all.
We've included a list of just about the best the city has to offer in each category below.
I almost feel bad about outing these guys and allowing my favorite burrito joint to be flooded with the Colorado Daily's sharp-eyed readership, but with their upcoming expansion to The Hill, the secret may already be out: The best burrito, hands down, can be found in the dimly-lit kitchen of La Choza.
With their little hole-in-the-wall OG station in North Boulder, the restaurant has been slinging a variety of burritos, from breakfast to traditional Mexican burgers, for years now in relative obscurity.
They've slowly increased their footprint on the Boulder foodie scene in recent years, with a traveling food truck and recent expansion to the city's college scene.
You can stop by their original location at 4457 Broadway, where it operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sundays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Their food truck is posted up at 2500 47th St. every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sundays).
There are plenty of other burritos to be had in Boulder County. You can hit up the unfortunately named Illegal Pete's at 1124 13th Street; Chipotle, 1650 28th St.; or QDOBA, 1625 28th St. for Mission-style burritos.
The Safeway grocery stores in Boulder offer bland yet arguably tasty breakfast burritos on Saturdays and Sundays for about 3 bucks. They actually use pretty high-quality meat in the ham variety. You have to get there early, but there's a nice lady at the 28th Street and Iris location who will run to the back and grab you one should you arrive a little late.
A favorite of celebrities ranging from André 3000, Barack Obama and the Sundance Kid himself, the Sink still reigns supreme as Boulder's No. 1 burger joint.
The Sink started off as a European-style restaurant and officially became "The Sink" in 1940 having already been called that for years because of the sunken fountain in the dining room.
The restaurant sells burgers made with "certified Angus beef" with variations including the Texas Onion Straw, which made an appearance on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," a show staring a guy with very, very blonde hair.
1165 13th St.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, bar is open later
The one-time employer of this lowly writer, Half Fast Subs is the best sandwich joint in the city. If not the state! OK, probably not, but they're pretty good.
Perched directly across the street from campus on The Hill, Half Fast Subs is a great spot, offering patio seating and some Buffs boastfulness.
This shop has one of the largest sandwich menus in the country, and we wouldn't dare doubt it. Walk in and you'll be greeted by the mother of all chalkboards along with other such well-curated decor like articles from The Onion by each booth. Plus, the half-pitchers of "Mega-ritas," "Strong Island Iced Teas" and hurricanes will quench your thirst — and then some.
Half Fast Subs
1215 13th St.
10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
I've never really been sold on Boulder's pizza offerings, but here's a few most people enjoy. So try them:
2761 Iris Ave.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
637 S. Broadway: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Created by a true New Yawker (and CU grad), these giant slices are foldable, New York City Neapolitan. The dough is fresh, slices start at $3 and whole pies are available for delivery.
Audrey Jane's Pizza Garage
2675 13th St.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays.
Owner Audrey uses a mother dough and a three-day aging process for a delicious crust. A mother dough is also known as pre-ferment or sourdough starter. But you knew that. I just found that out from Google. Also, you're a mother dough. Slices start at $3.
Boss Lady Pizza
1129 13th St.: 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, summer hours vary; delivery hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday.
Craving some chicken and waffle pizza? Or how about a Ron Swanson with all the beefs. ("I'm worried what you just heard was, 'Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.' What I said was, 'Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.' Do you understand?") The New York-style pizza spot is across from campus on the Hill. Slices start at $3.25.
You're used to looking for the special menu items, those with a little carrot or star next to them to signal vegetarian dishes, but forget about that at Native Foods. Every single thing on the menu is 100 percent plant-based. Nothing is out of bounds, which can be incredibly refreshing for those used to limiting themselves.
Indulge in traditional French fries or their sweet-potato cousins without worrying about what's in the oil. Don't worry about the tempeh in your Baja Blackened Tacos even sharing a grill with meat products.
And speaking of that tempeh, Native Foods has the biggest range of soy-protein nonanimal products in town, with house-made tempeh, seitan, "chicken," "bacon" and nut cheeses. That means vegetarians can savor American classics like chicken wings or a BBQ sandwich without sacrificing their dedication to their health or that of animals.
Native Foods Cafe
1675 29th St. #1272, Boulder
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
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