Guest Post: Top 5 Restaurants in Boulder County via Lacy Boggs

by Grace Boyle on March 15, 2012

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Note: This is a guest post from my friend and fellow food blogger, Lacy Boggs. I asked her to highlight the best restaurants outside of Boulder, but still in Boulder County. Off the beaten path, if you will. Enjoy!

As food editor for Yellow Scene Magazine, I have the enviable task of rooting out all the best places to eat in Boulder—and beyond.  That’s right: there are great places to eat outside the city limits if you know where to look.  As my publisher likes to say, “There is life beyond 55th Street!”  Here are my top five favorite places to eat in Boulder County (plus a few extras!):

  • 95a Bistro and Sushi, 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette, 303.665.3080
    This used to be Magnolia Steak and Sushi, but it’s under new management and doing swell. The new name is a nod to their cross streets, 95th and Arapahoe, and their menu is a bit cross-cultural as well, with a bistro menu, a sushi menu, and a tapas menu available no matter where you sit in the restaurant. I love to head here on Wino Wednesdays for a half-price bottle of wine and a bunch of tapas.

    Also great in Lafayette: Zamparelli’s Italian Bistro for great pizza and an amazing chicken club and Indulge Bakery for decadent cakes and cookies.
  • The Empire Lounge and Restaurant, 816 Main Street, Louisville, 303.665.2521
    I have to imagine that the people who voted Louisville “Best Small Town in America” had to have eaten at The Empire. Executive chef Jim Cohen (who also owns Pizzeria da Lupo in Boulder) has brought fine dining to Main Street in a casually upscale environment. The menu changes frequently, but some of my perennial favorites are the guacamole with house-made chips, the crispy calamari salad and the Brussels sprouts salad with pecorino and walnuts.

    Also great in Louisville: The Huckleberry for brunch and pie, Waterloo for a killer burger and live music, and Sweet Cow for amazing ice cream.
  • Terroir, 246 Main Street, Longmont, 303.651.0630
    I just adore Terroir, right on the edge of Old Town Longmont. Owners Tim Payne and Melissa Newell are some of the nicest people I’ve met on the local food scene, in addition to being fantastic restaurateurs. The menu is modern American cuisine with Mediterranean influences, and changes seasonally as most of their produce comes from local farms. Terroir is known for their wine dinners, and you absolutely cannot go wrong with a reservation for one, but should you dine on a regular evening, you must try the gnocci. Ask Melissa for a recommendation on the wine. She won’t steer you wrong.

    Also great in Longmont
    : Sugarbeet for fantastic short ribs; Cheese Importers for, well, CHEESE, and also good panini; and Tortuga’s for excellent seafood.
  • Colterra, 210 Franklin St., Niwot, 303.652.0777
    If you haven’t been out to Colterra, SALT’s big sister restaurant, you’re really missing out.  Set in a charming old house shaded by hundred-year-old trees in picturesque Niwot, this really is the place to sample some of Bradford Heap’s best in fine dining.  The menu changes seasonally, but right now I’m loving the winter vegetable tasting, and I’m a big fan of anything served with the crispy polenta. 

    Also good in Niwot: My Mom’s Pies available at the Niwot Market, which also has a surprisingly good sushi and ramen restaurant inside!
  • Bloom 1 W. FlatIron Crossing Drive #224, Broomfield, 720.887.2800
    Fine dining at the mall?? I know, right? But Bloom really does have excellent food in a New American style and more than 75 wines by the glass, which you’ve got to love—maybe after a long day of shopping, or before a movie? I have enjoyed their warm Maine lobster salad and the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

    Also great in Broomfield: There are actually several good sushi places in Broomfield including Ooka and Taigun. Also, don’t miss shopping at the epic Pacific Ocean Marketplace for all your Asian food needs.

Bonus! What’s great in Westminster: The Cheeky Monk has an outpost at The Orchard in Westminster (I-25 and 144th Ave.), serving up tons of Belgian and specialty beers—along with mussels and frites that will make you lick the bowl. And the Wine and Cheese bar, also located at The Orchard has great deals on small plates and flights of wine. For an old-school steakhouse experience, try Hideaway Steakhouse on 112th Ave.

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Lacy Boggs has just launched her new website, Laughing Lemon Pie, where she explores the joys and challenges of being a family foodie. She is a freelance writer, a staff writer at OrganicAuthority.com and the food editor at Yellow Scene Magazine. She lives in the burbs with her husband and baby daughter.

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