Drumroll, please…the Good Food 100 Restaurants list is out! As we wrote in our June issue, Colorado’s own Sara Brito and Jeff Hermanson founded the Good Food 100 Restaurants survey and resulting ranked list to celebrate the restaurants and food service companies whose purchasing practices benefit sustainable purveyors and their communities. Thanks to the rankings (based on a scale of 2 to 6 links, representing the links in the food chain), you can now pick your next restaurant meal based on which chefs do the most good for our planet, our farms, and you.

“One of the most surprising things,” Brito says, “and in a really exciting way, was to see the Boulder Valley School District score the same number of links [6] as some of the top James Beard award-winning chefs in the country. I think it really dispels the myth that good food has to be expensive.”

The number of 6-link fast casual restaurants—from Colorado’s Fresh Thymes Eatery, Fooducopia, and Sazza to California’s Tender Greens—also underscores the idea that “good food for all,” the tagline of the Good Food 100 Restaurants, is not just possible, but actually happening right here, right now.

Now, without further ado (and with much pride), here are the Colorado rankings for 2017:

Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen
Denise Mickelsen is 5280’s former food editor. She oversaw all of 5280’s food-related coverage from October 2016 to March 2021.