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.

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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