Is there a MUST in Boulder? Will be there from the east coast over halloween weekend and of course need to check out the best eateries. A good wine list is a plus. Also doing a drive to see Nederland. Advice is appreciated! Thanks!
OK. I'm one of the few who does not get orgasmic over Frasca. If you insist on going, I'd suggest immediately trying to make a reservation. They have a bozo system which requires you to call, leave a message and wait for them to call you on their terms.
A "MUST" depends upon for what you are looking. Here's what I'd recommend:
Aji. Quite unique, excellent fish and the ceviches are fantastic!
7 Eurobar. Tapas.
Restaurant 4580. In North Boulder with a creative menu. The 'black' risotto made with truffles is terrific. Wednesday is Paella special night. Worth going.
The drive up Boulder Canyon to Nederland is beautiful. If you need to eat there check out the Sundance Cafe for down-to-earth wonderful breakfasts and lunches. Kathmandu is a Nepalese gem. Bring a coat - they tend to keep the room cold!
I would ditto Frasca but might be to late to get a reservation for a October weekend. They do set aside a certain number of tables for walk-ups and there are cancelations so you could try showing up when they open.
I agree with Mutts other suggestions and also that "must" depends on what you are looking for.
I like Aji although I think the small plates are the best bet.
A few more thoughts.
Dushanbe Tea House is unique with decent food. Good lunch place.
After Frasca, my favorite place for food is L'Atelier
If you are looking to take adavantage of the view and money is not a concern there is the Flagstaff House:
I am not an expert but thought The Kitchen had a pretty good wine selection.
For breakfast my favorite (except for the wait) is Luciles
A final thought in the general area near Nederland is Gold Hill Inn.
FYI. The Gold Hill Inn is closed for the season. They usually wrap things up Labor Day Week-end.
Just checked their website and I stand corrected. They have extended their opening. That drive will be interesting in the winter for any unsuspecting folks in a 2-wheel drive rental car!
The Flagstaff House is my absolute favorite in Boulder. Going to one of their lunch-time cooking demos this Friday. These are usually a blast!
Boulder! I went last year at this time for some R&R and loved it. I had dinner at The Kitchen as it was walking distance from my hotel and if I wasn't so tired I probably would have enjoyed it more. I dined alone and the staff could not have ben more friendly. I also recommend the pastries at Blue Fine Pastries - also on Pearl Street. Very nice people and atmosphere - enjoy. :)
Blue is gone already. Too bad -- it was excellent. Now Dish, a gourmet lunch/sandwich shop (mostly counter, not much in the way of seating there), is in its place. I haven't eaten there yet, but hear it's good. Last time I was in I balked at paying $9 for a sandwich.
I agree that Frasca is a must. They open at 5:30 if it's too late to reserve a table and you want to try to show up and see if you can get in. They are closed every Sunday.
We've had great meals at Mateo, across the street from Frasca.
Aji, one of my favorite Boulder restaurants, has a great happy hour every day of the week, with $3 mojitos (in multiple flavors; I like the original and the pineapple -- the watermelon one was way too sweet because it seemed to have watermelon liqueur and sugar in it) and $4 ceviches and other great small plates at reasonable prices. The ceviches are inventive and delicious. I recently had a braised pork sandwich with sweet potato fries -- yum. And the posole (which may be on the regular menu by now) was wonderful, especially after I asked for a wedge of lime to go with it.
For pastries and breads, Burnt Toast (on University Hill) is worth a visit. They bake all their own stuff (breads, croissants, pastries, coffeecake) and it is good. I am a fan of their apple turnovers.
I lived in Boulder and Nederland for many years. But have been gone quite a while now.
There was an Italian place in Ned called Neo's, Great lasagna!
They had these garlic rolls that were awesome.
A nice little bar and also Italian place was in the Hotel Boulderado, at the time it was called the Catacombs.
There was also a great rib joint in Boulder called Daddy Bruce's.
But the Flagstaff house is the place to go for Swank!!!!!!