Boulder

Pica's Mexican Taqueria

Brightly colored walls and dark wood tables complement the relaxed atmosphere of this taqueria. Sit down and order the tacos al pastor: achiote marinated pork with pineapple and onion topped with cilantro and tomatillo avocado sauce. The homemade, fresh-squeezed margaritas come just one way—really tasty and really strong.

Riffs Urban Fare

A super-social dining experience with a heavy emphasis on local vendors, and your entree will never be more than $20. Try the Brussels sprouts with a brown butter sauce, roasted hazelnuts, and fried shallots or the lobster risotto. 

 

 

 

Sushi Zanmai

Try one of their unique rolls like the Z-No. 9, with shrimp tempura, avocado, salmon, and eel sauce.

Zudaka

A fully vegetarian, partly gluten-free menu includes an array of arepas, the traditional Venezulan corn meal dough pocket sandwich. Try the pabellon made of white rice, black beans, plantains, white cheese, one arepita, and meatless ground beef. 

The Bitter Bar

Snuggle up in this lounge for dinner, late-night nibbles (such as baked ricotta and lamb chops), dessert, or just enjoy the craft cocktails. Happy hour or late-night, this is the perfect place to unwind and indulge. 

Sink

Located in the basement of an old house, this restaurant has been a Boulder staple since 1923. Guests are encouraged to leave a piece of themselves behind and graffiti the six-and-a-half feet high ceilings. Try the texas onion straw burger, with provolone and cheddar cheeses, jalapenos, and a chipotle mayonnaise, or the buddha basil pizza, with tomato, tofu, spinach, artichoke hearts, and mozzarella. Both dishes were featured on the Food Network's Dinner's, Drive-ins and Dives. 

Tres Pupusas

This casual Latin bistro serves house-made Salvadoran pupusas (thick cornmeal tortillas stuffed with a variety of ingredients like meats, cheese, and vegetables), tamales, and pasteles.

Wesley Chapel

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The Kitchen Next Door

The newest member of the environmentally conscious Kitchen coterie, this community pub serves farm-to-table soups, salads, and sandwiches in a casual atmosphere. Libations include local beers, sustainable wines, and natural soda, and $2 of each kid's meal is donated to plant gardens in local schools. Try the beet burger with a side of kale chips. Don't miss the Glendale or Union Station locations. 

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