Boulder is the 11th most populous municipality in the U.S. state of Colorado. and is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level.
Boulder is famous for its colourful Western history and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university.
Three fun facts about Boulder:
- Bicycling is so highly regarded in Boulder that sometimes the city plows the Boulder Creek bike path before they plow the streets
- Baseline Road is a significant east-west route to both Boulderites and cartographers, for it marks the 40th parallel on world maps
- Boulder is often called the country’s happiest city due to its repeated rating as the nation’s best city for well-being by a Gallup study
the local: Clarissa Chappell
the location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
how long have you lived in Boulder? I’ve lived here for just over 3 years.
a quick intro about yourself
I work full-time as an Administrative Supervisor at a Physical Therapy Clinic – seeing as I run an office and manage insurance claims, my creative outlet became my DIY blog: The View From Here. I focus on easy-to-do projects for both the seasoned DIY-er and the Non-DIY-er! I also dabble in recipes and travel adventures because while DIY is my forte, I LOVE food and exploration!
I’m always on the hunt for the best places to eat!
So I’ll start off by saying I’m a recent local to Boulder, and not a native (Florida gal through and through right here). BUT what I should tell you is that in the short time I’ve been here, I’m always on the hunt for the best places to eat!
WHERE TO EAT:
4910 Nautilus Ct S, Boulder, CO, 80301 | www.averybrewing.com/
First up, is Avery Brewing – because if I can say anything about Boulder, it’s that beer is a lifestyle here. And where Avery doesn’t disappoint in the beer department, they mirror that excellence in their food as well! Fun appetizers like Poutine made with cheese curds and tasso ham gravy are the perfect pair with their recent influx of sour beers. If you happen to be in the area in the warmer months, they also have an awesome outdoor patio (bonus: it’s dog friendly)!
Shine: Restaurant & Gathering Place
2027 13th St, Boulder, CO, 80302 | www.shineboulder.com
Next up we have Shine: Restaurant & Gathering Place. This is the quintessential Boulder restaurant. Located on the Pearl Street Mall strip (the downtown hub of Boulder), it boasts a completely gluten-free kitchen, while also offering an excellent variety of vegetarian and raw vegan options as well. They also offer potions (my favorite of which is called Fairy Bubbles). No joke. My most beloved dish (I think I’ve only ever ordered something else ONCE) is the grain-free mushroom ravioli. Goat cheese, braised buffalo, cashew-cream mashed sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds – do you need anything else in life? Probably not.
Zoe Ma Ma
2010 10th St, Boulder, CO, 80302 | www.zoemama.com
Another Pearl Street fave is Zoe Ma Ma – a Best of Boulder County Gold Winner, this tiny little kitchen has the greatest Asian street food you will ever eat. Steamed Baos filled with pork, onions and chili sauce followed up by one of their many specialty soup & noodle dishes – it’s the absolute perfect fare for a hearty winter meal. You’ll be so busy devouring any dish you order, you probably won’t notice your fiancé snapping a photo of you stuffing your face (until it’s too late – see photo in my bio above).
105 W Emma St, Lafayette, CO. 80026 | http://www.postbrewing.com/
The last place on our Boulder foodie tour, is technically not in Boulder. GASP! Ok yes, this series is called “Eat Like a Local”, but I will tell you, if you’re a Boulder local, you KNOW where to go for fried chicken. And where you go, is The Post Brewing (technically in a small town outside of Boulder called Lafayette).
Post Brewing is down-home Southern cooking at its finest – gluten-free fried chicken (offered in a hot & spicy Cajun variety!), waffles with pecan butter, bacon sautéed collard greens – this Florida girl could not be happier! It’s like home away from home! And don’t even get me started on their homemade whoopee pies – we were able to snag a limited peppermint edition a few weeks back too. Divine. As always.
Thanks for helping us Eat Like a Local in Boulder, Clarissa!
Planning a trip or thinking about visiting Boulder? Check out the Official Website of the Boulder Convention & Visitors Bureau for some great information and guides!
The Eat Like a Local series is a unique look at good places to eat in various town, cities and countries around the world. This isn’t your usual tour book guide list and it definitely isn’t paid for by any restaurants or tourism boards – this is just a local resident sharing their favourite food recommendations. You can check out all the places we’ve covered on and find out how YOU can get involved on this page.
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