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Jun 10th, 2013, 06:26 PM
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Boulder restaurants

We have kids starting CU in the fall. I am thrilled to get to try some of the restaurants in Boulder when we visit. We have orientation coming up (parents attend) and I am looking for suggestions. We like standard fare, nothing too exotic. So pizza, steak, Mexican, brewpub fare. Not expensive but we will save The Flagstaff House for graduation.
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Jun 11th, 2013, 06:11 AM
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Here are some of our favorites
http://chautauqua.com/dining_overview.html a charming place to have breakfast/brunch on the weekend
http://www.pizzerialocale.com/ authentic Italian style pizza
http://oakatfourteenth.com/ one of my favorites in Boulder—truly exceptional food IMHO
http://www.boulderteahouse.com/ many teas- nice location right by the park where the farmer’s market is held
http://www.qsboulder.com/ especially good for weekend brunch
http://www.raddatrattoria.com/ has a good happy hour
http://www.goldhillinn.com/ west of Boulder in the mountains - not expensive
http://riffsboulder.com/ lovely appetizers – good location on Pearl St Mall
http://www.snoozeeatery.com/boulder great for breakfast – go early or be prepared to wait
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Jun 11th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Thanks marty, lots of good ideas! Do you think we need reservations for Pizzeria Locale?
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Jun 11th, 2013, 09:49 AM
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difficult to say--you might call them and ask
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Jun 11th, 2013, 10:37 AM
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The Sink, on "The Hill" across from campus-- it's a CU tradition

Red Lion Inn, historic property, up the canyon

The Mediterranean-- great menu and outdoor patio

The Kitchen-- more pricey farm-to-table menu

The Chautauqua Dining Hall-- also fabulous for a special dinner on their front porch

DD loves Illegal Pete's for grabbing a bite

Boulder is a foodie mecca. Lots of good places to eat, and we've only scratched the surface.
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Jun 13th, 2013, 08:44 AM
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You can wander the blocks of the Pearl Street Mall, and nearby, and find many places that are good: these are all in the area, except for Red Lion (which offers early bird specials):
Brasserie 1010 is terrific.
I'd suggest breakfast on the Chautauqua porch; get the atmosphere without the price.
Illegal Pete's has a mexican focus, but is good and fun.
Rio Grande for good mexican and great margaritas.
Walnut Brewery is large, fun (pool tables), and has good food and beer.
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Jun 13th, 2013, 09:04 AM
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I like sampling a few beers at Avery Brewing Company. I love their Lilikoi beer. It is light and refreshing after a hike or moving kids into the dorm. They also have burgers and sandwiches which are pretty good. I'm a little bitter though because they discontinued my all time favorite turkey sandwich.
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Jun 14th, 2013, 09:31 PM
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Some excellent suggestions here - our favorites are...

Lucille's - Cajun Brunch in a charming old house.

Brasserie Ten Ten - Truly great french brasserie - happy hour is crazy good value

The Med - Always excellent food (tapas) and good atmosphere

Rios - Good Mexican - table on the roof awesome. Note that they have community tables so if you show up and there's a long wait, ask if there's room at one of those.

Pizzeria locale - seriously awesome pizza (be warned - it's not typical pizza - quite wet, not cut into slices (meant to be eaten with knife and fork), and expensive. That being said, it's seriously the best pizza we've had outside of Italy.

Snooze - our new favorite breakfast. Super groovy decor - be prepared to wait!

Dushanbe Tea House - the Hibiscus Cooler is great.

Crepes A La Carte - we fell in love with this place in Breckenridge and were stoked when they opened up here in Boulder.

Larkburger - A bit out of 'downtown' located close to the 36 - it's the burger offshoot of Vail's Larkspur - awesome!

If you're over that way, we like Zolo Grill a lot.

Oh - and on Pearl Street, between downtown and the 36 (28th street) - is the super awesome Snarf Sub shop - seriously, the prime rib sub is amazeballs - http://www.eatsnarfs.com/

That should do. Hope your kids (are they twins?) love cu and boulder.
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Jun 16th, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for all the great ideas! Now have to find excuses to visit! Yes, Hez, they are twins so Boulder may be our vacation spot for a while(all we will be able to afford).
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Jun 16th, 2013, 01:48 PM
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There are worse places to have to vacation!
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