Nestled in East Boulder, off of Arapahoe and 55th, sits the highly accalimed Blackbelly farm-to-table restaurant and market from Season Five Top Chef winner, Hosea Rosenberg. With his first restaurant since his win in 2009, the 3,282-square-foot space just opened last week for dinner, and as a market and butcher shop.
Since 2011, Rosenberg has successfully run Blackbelly Catering leading the charge with decadent farm-to-table dinners, events, and their acclaimed food truck. The restaurant and butchery is a longtime dream, and it is worth the wait (and slight delays they faced before opening).
The Market & Butcher: I love how this area in East Boulder is undeserved (as much as I selfishly wish it was downtown Boulder) I like finding things off the beaten path and they’re really winning here, as there is no real butcher shop in Boulder.
You’ll be able to order fresh cuts of meat, house made sausage like chorizo, salumi, and special order cuts (just give them 72 hours notice, if there’s something you want pre-ordered). You can also expect to find house made pickled goods like pickles, mustards and jams at the market alongside daily chalkboard specials.
This front area is meant to be grab and go items, and uncovering breakfast (like their OG burrito) from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. This serves the many businesses and companies on Conestoga Street that they neighbor.
The Restaurant: The menu features livestock and produce from Blackbelly Farm (in Lafayette) – the parcel of land grows and raises five different breeds of pigs, herds of Blackbelly lamb, chicken, ducks, and rabbits.
The restaurant, that’s flanked by an open kitchen with chef’s counter seating, a cozy corner bar with steel shelving featuring Colorado beer, interesting spirits and wines. Led by the area’s best bartender, Michael Cerretani’s (previously of Session Kitchen and The Bitter Bar) is serving as manager and beverage director for Blackbelly and if I trust anyone’s cocktail and spirit combinations, it’s his.
Some of his cocktail concoctions on the seasonal menu include the Pumpkin Whiskey Sour – Rittenhouse Rye, Roundhouse pumpkin cordial, lemon, lime and egg white ($10) or the Pins & Needles with 42 Below Vodka, prickly pear, lime and lemon ($9).
The restaurant has an ineffable energy to it, as flames blaze in the open kitchen, with chefs bustling, and the 85-seat space (plus 48 outside in warmer months), it keeps things buzzing.
The menu is separated by charcuterie and cheese, small plates between $3-12, large plates from $14-23 and sides for $4. The food’s focus is around proteins, with the likes of their house grind burger, seared duck breast, smoked lamb shank, and hatch green chile posole. However, with their beet and farro salad, or hand rolled ricotta cavaletti, they have a little something for even non-meat lovers.
I love how at the bottom of their menu they note: “add a farm fresh egg to anything on the menu for $2”.
The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
It’s worth noting they serve a killer happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. which feature small plates like “fried thing of the day”, oysters, smoked pork meatballs, potatoes and parts and more for just $3! A classic Bitter Bar throwback, is their shot and a beer for $5 (Great Divide Colette and Old Forrester Bourbon) and you can find $6 wines, $6 cocktails and $4 beers, also on the late afternoon menu.
As they’re newly open, go show your support and welcome them to the neighborhood. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Find Them: www.blackbelly.com
1606 Conestoga Street #3 – Boulder, Colorado