Longmont isn’t just Boulder’s northeastern neighbor, it’s also a city bursting with history, art, culture, and flavor. Founded by a small group of brave Chicagoans in 1871, today Longmont is home to a wealth of restaurants and artisans crafting everything from tacos to creative spirits. Here are some of the best spots for eating and drinking in Longmont right now.
Rosalee’s makes old-world, East Coast-style pizza, must-order garlic knots, homemade sausage, and other classic Italian-American fare. The restaurant definitely has a neighborhood feel, complete with two pinball machines, arcade games, live music, and lots of local regulars. The inside seating is cozy, but the back patio is where the magic happens—complete with blankets and outdoor heaters for chilly winter evenings.
This friendly restaurant, created by the owners of Longmont staple the Roost and new addition Smokin’ Bowls, has an eclectic vibe and a vibrant lime green and magenta color scheme. Tacos are the main event, ranging from classics like al pastor and carne asada to more creative iterations like chipotle crab cake; its vegetarian tacos are also worth trying, even if you’re a meat-eater. You’ll find plenty of queso and green chile on the menu, as well as an impressive selection of tequilas. And you really can’t go wrong with a house margarita with a special Jefes rim made from dark chile powder, sugar, and salt.
If you don’t know what to look for, you might miss this gem on Main Street. But don’t let Dry Land’s cozy size and tucked-away location fool you—this intimate space is where you’ll get to taste Dry Land’s unique spirits, including a gin made with only native Colorado botanicals and a cactus spirit made with smoked prickly pear. The mixology team has created an impressive (and colorful!) cocktail menu, too, with drinks like the Dry Land Oasis, made with cactus spirit, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, jalapeño, and honey ginger syrup.
This small restaurant is located in a residential neighborhood in Old Town Longmont. Because of that, it feels like you’re sitting on a good friend’s patio, catching up over a glass of wine. There are also tasty cocktails (like the More Cowbell, made with gin, cucumber, muddled blueberries, elderflower tonic, and lavender bitters), yummy snacks (like sweet potato fries with smoked blue cheese and aioli) and classic entrées with a twist (think: blackened pork chops with red beans, rice, andouille sausage, and holy trinity relish).
Chicago-raised Jonathan Bjorgo decided to bring a piece of the Windy City to Colorado when he opened Jonny’s of Longmont in 2018. This casual downtown spot serves up hot dogs, sausages, classic sandwiches (think: cheesesteaks and Italian beef), along with irresistible sides like chile cheese tots.
No visit to Longmont is complete without a stop at the Cheese Importers. After your lunch there of French onion soup and a baguette sandwich (with macarons for dessert, of course), you’ll want to spend time strolling through the rest of the building, where you’ll find more than 350 cheeses, specialty foods from around the world, and home decor items. The store’s owners say they have the largest walk-in cheese and cured meat refrigerator in Colorado—and we can confirm, it’s truly one of a kind.
With well-known breweries like Oskar Blues and Left Hand in town, who can pick just one Longmont brewery to visit? There are so many tasting rooms worth a stop here, you might as well hop aboard the BrewHop Trolley and visit all of them. The trolley can drop you off and pick you up at nine Longmont breweries, as well as two distilleries (Dry Land and Longtucky) and one cidery (St. Vrain).