Boulder was named Bon Appetit’s Foodiest Small City, 2010. As a foodie, I couldn’t be happier or more proud.
In particular, Boulder restaurant’s have an emphasis on farm-fresh, using local produce and meats and cultivating a sense of creativity in their cuisine. For a small city of 100,000, it’s on point on the food scene. Therein we start Restaurant Lovins.
Location: 1837 Pearl Street (19th and Pearl)
Cuisine: Provencal (Province, France)
The atmosphere is trendy, clean and upscale but the family can also come in for a great dinner. In the summer, head to their outside patio with vines hanging from the pergola!
Favorite Pieces About Mateo:
- Their specialized drinks, cocktails and extensive wine list (great bartenders, they can whip anything up).
- Their cheese plate – absolutely incredible and the best cheese plate I can find in Boulder FOR their great price. Check out my post on cheese plates featuring Mateo’s. Here is what you might find on your plate: cypress grove humboldt fog (from California), petit basque (from France), petit frére [wi, usa], bleu d’auvergne [france], confiture, spiced nuts, fruit (local and in season) and country toast.
- Après Menu (happy hour) is fantastic (cheese plate is included). It’s a fun atmosphere to be in and you can usually grab a seat instead of waiting an hour like some places right on the Pearl Street Mall. It is from 5:00-6:30 PM. Insider Tip: On the Après Menu I suggest their pomme frites, they have champagne gastrique and herbs de provençe. Very tasty and unique. Pretty much, addictive.
The (East Coast) Man enjoying his steamed pei mussels, tomato, pastis, persillade frites. The white is a 2009 J. Vidal‐Fleury, Cotes du Rhône. The red is a 2005 Domaine de Triennes, ‘Saint Auguste’, Provence
Mateo (owner) and his wife, Megan are so accommodating and kind and they know good food. You won’t be let down. As Mateo told me about his restaurant:
Mateo is a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the cuisine of Provence. We work with the best local farmers and strive to compliment each guest with gracious hospitality.
Website and Phone Number: http://www.mateorestaurant.com/and 303 443 7766
Reservations: Open Table
Photos of restaurant via Mateo – all others, Grace Boyle