So, how’s that grilled cheese sandwich and fried chicken?
Sounds like someone needs to branch out the taste buds.
But wait. We’re not talking expanding the cereal collection — we’re talking exploring Boulder’s great ethnic restaurants.
And, no, going to Taco Bell does not count as authentic Mexican cuisine.
Since most of us can’t afford to travel the world, Boulder makes it easy to find good, authentic ethnic food.
Here are 10 spots to satiate your worldly hunger.
Pupusas Sabor Hispano
Where: 4550 N. Broadway, Boulder, 303-444-1729
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
This restaurant may look like a strip mall hole in the wall, but the authentic Salvadorian cuisine is one of Boulder’s hidden gems.
The signature dish — a pupusa — is a big pancake-looking, thick corn tortilla stuffed with meats and good stuff. Or go bold and try some menudo or a taco con lengua — a tongue taco.
Don’t forget to try the salsa bar with six different salsas.
Ras Kassas Ethiopian Restaurant
Where: 2111 30th St., Boulder, 303-447-2919
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Finally. We can eat with our hands in public. In fact, you pretty much have to eat with your hands.
Ras Kassas has been a Boulder favorite for years. The Ethiopian restaurant is known for being extremely vegetarian-friendly.
This is a good place for a first date — get all the awkwardness out of the way by playing with your food together.
Try the pan-fried red trout or spicy organic red lentils.
Where: 2630 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-494-5216
Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Indian food cravings are like sushi cravings. They won’t go away until satisfied.
Now that I made you crave Indian food, head to The Taj, where you will be super pleased. For those who have never had Indian food, the restaurant has the best buffet in town with a big variety of dishes which makes it great for trying out different things.
Where: 2655 28th St., Boulder, 303-442-1700
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday
Pho — Vietnamese soup — has been gaining more and more popularity with restaurants popping up all over the place, akin to Starbucks in the ’90s.
Chez Thuy has been brewing up fabulous pho in Boulder since the ’90s.
The Vietnamese cuisine also serves pad Thai, grilled and stir-fried entrees, salads and fantastic spring rolls.
Where: 3970 N. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-440-3500
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Sunday-Friday; 4:30–9 p.m. Saturday
Who needs a fancy restaurant? China Gourmet in North Boulder is definitely a no-frills restaurant, but serves up some of the best Chinese food in Boulder.
Customers order at the counter and pick it up at the window when called.
Make sure to bring cash, though — the restaurant doesn’t take credit cards.
Where: 1630 63rd Street, Boulder, 303 440-4045
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
For those who like a little spice in their life, and their food, Efrain’s will set your senses on fire.
With a spice scale from 1 to 10, the Mexican restaurant serves all different taste buds.
You can’t go wrong with any option, but if you’re looking for adventure, skip the menu and order the Efrain’s burrito, which is “smothered in who knows what.”
Get there early, because there’s usually a wait.
Where: 4457 North Broadway Street, Boulder, 303-442-2717
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Latin food without the meat, might sound unappetizing, but that’s not the case at the vegetarian-and-vegan-friendly Zudaka.
If you’re a carnivore who’s a little nervous, don’t fret — the dishes are just as delicious without meat.
Try the hallaquitas, Venezuelan tamales coated in melted cheese, and don’t be afraid to make a mess by piling on salsa, hot sauce and black beans — it’s the only way to properly enjoy it
Tangier Moroccan Cuisine
Where: 3070 28th Street, Boulder, 303-443-3676
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30p.m. Monday-Saturday
Ignore the strip mall location, and stop in to Tangier Moroccan Cuisine for a quick adventure.
Leave your comfort zone, take your shoes off and sit on the floor. Enjoy the Diafa, a traditional Moroccan dinner for two, which features your choice of menu options including appetizers, entrees and finish it off with a piece of baklava and some mint tea.
Show up on Friday or Saturday night and enjoy belly dancing with your meal.
Where: 825 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-440-7151
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday
No need to climb Mount Everest to get good Tibetan food, just head over to Sherpa’s Adventure for a taste of the Himalayas.
Made by genuine sherpas, who grew up in Nepal, enjoy delicious comfort food from across the world. Stop by for a taste of classics such as mooms, handmade Tibetan dumplings — try them fried for an extra kick.
Even learn more about booking a trip to Nepal by checking out their Traveler’s Library and Lounge.
Where: 1634 Walnut Street, Boulder, 720-242-8623
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 a.m. Monday-Saturday
Satisfying that craving for Middle Eastern food might involved ready-made hummus and store-bought pitas, but not at Arabesque Cafe.
The Chai is brewed from their own spices, the pita is homemade, the hummus is ground from fresh chickpeas and the water has a subtle hint of rose in it.
The friendly atmosphere is perfect for a casual breakfast or a lunch date with friends.
But don’t plan on having dinner — Arabesque closes at 4.