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Jul 22, 2010 08:29 AM

Looking for Boulder recs!

Coming to Boulder for a vacation next week and we're wondering if you have any general recs for must try places. We love all kinds of food, but definitely not looking to break the bank. Specifically, if you have any recs for casual dinner and lunch places, as well as great bakeries or breakfast places -- we'd love to hear them! We have a 2 year old, so that also fits into the equation. Thanks in advance, Chowhounds!

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  1. some recent threads

    Since your question is so broad, these would be good starting points. Once you get some sense of the existing recommendations, fire away with specific questions.

    1. Thanks so much!! A couple specific questions -- any good places for take out (pizza, thai, etc.)? Since we have a 2 year old, we will probably be bringing in food a bit. Also, what is the best veggie restaurant in town?

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      1. re: foodseeker

        Most places will do take out. Boulder has a lot of acceptable Thai restaurants, probably none that are great. So I'd probably choose whichever one is closest to where you're staying. Khow Thai usually gets "best in Boulder" but I personally have not found them to be better than any others. Buddha Thai on 28th and Iris is decent, same with the Elephant Hut on 30th. China Gourmet is good takeout chinese (good for Boulder at least). Pizza is always tough because people have different views, but I like Cosmo's (2 location's) the best for thin crust NY Style. But Abo's and Pizza Colore are also decent NY style. Jalino's is good but expensive, not really a particular style, and I'm not crazy about the way they make their pie, but they use good ingredients, which is the most important part. Proto's is very good but expensive.

        As for veggie restaurant, this is Boulder, virtually every restaurant will have good vegetarian options. Leaf is the only all vegetarian restaurant I know of, but have never eaten there. But really, most restaurants will have good veggie options and they understand what vegetarian means (ie, they won't tell you a soup is vegetarian if it's made with chicken stock).

        Pizza Colore
        1336 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

        Khow Thai Cafe
        1600 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80302

        1. re: LurkerDan

          Thanks, LurkerDan! Much appreciated! this will be very helpful. . .

          1. re: foodseeker

            Leaf is pretty amazing - I'm not a vegetarian and I think the food is excellent. Well worth a try.

      2. You should stop by Cefiore Italian Frozen Yogurt on 14th and Pearl for dessert. It's kid friendly and a great place for a healthy treat. Have a great trip in Boulder!

        1. For casual lunches, try the Boulder Cafe, Salt, or the roof at Rio Grande (mexican).
          Casual dinner, try Zolo Grill, Sherpas (Tibet), or The Med.
          Breakfast...Lucille's is the best, but very busy. Foolish Craigs is good, and laid back. Or try the Tea House.
          The Chataugua Dining Room is also a fun experience for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
          All of these (except Zolo and Chatauqua) are walkable downtown. Enjoy.

          Foolish Craig's Cafe
          1611 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

          Zolo Grill
          2525 Arapahoe Ave Unit H1, Boulder, CO 80302

          Rio Grande Cafe
          270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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          1. re: oldzinman

            Thanks so much for all the great recs!!! Really appreciate it!