825 Walnut St., 303-440-7151
Second Place: Tandoori Grill Indian Restaurant & Bar
Third Place: The Taj
Fourth Place: Curry n Kabob
Fifth Place: Kathmandu Restaurant
If you want fresh Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan fare crafted from authentic recipes in a friendly atmosphere where you can grab a seat, then Sherpa’s Restaurant fits the bill. Those, and other reasons, like the food, are why our readers voted it best Indian restaurant. It’s an unusual place. For instance, if you plan to climb Mt. Everest, you may want to stop in as the restaurant’s staff is full of actual sherpas, including Chef Jangbu Sherba, who has ascended the peak 10 times without supplemental oxygen. The staff can actually help you plan to climb Everest yourself, but most people just go for the food, often charcoal-fired in a Tandoor clay oven. Everything seems to stand out on the menu, from an array of appetizers (try the veggie samosas) to favorites like lamb vindaloo and kulfi Indian-style ice for dessert.
COMIDA TACO TRUCK
Second Place: Oskar Blues Bonewagon
Third Place: RollinGreens
Fourth Place: Cheese Louise
Fifth Place: Verde
It’s always a pleasure to see the pink Comida Taco Truck, known for its quirkymodern tacos. They’re almost gourmet, self-described “street food,” and priced such that if you can dig into your pockets and find three bucks, you’re set. From time to time, you’ll find the truck serving its popular tacos and gorditas in Boulder, or in any number of neighborhoods along the Front Range. While the menu is small (hey, they’ve got to fit a kitchen in a truck!), it is packed with flavor. Among the favorites are braised pork carnitas tacos, filled with sweet potato mash and topped with pineapple salsa. Or try the roasted poblano and white onion gordita with crema. One way to be certain to spot the truck when it’s in your ’hood is to follow its tweets: @eatcomida, meaning they’ve got the smart marketing part down, too.
RIPPLE PURE FROZEN YOGURT
1682 30th St., 303-444-0690
Second Place: Spooners Frozen Yogurt
Third Place: Boulder Chill
Fourth Place: Aspen Leaf Yogurt
Fifth Place: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
1730 Pearl St., 303-442-3003
Second Place: Beau Jo’s
Third Place: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
Fourth Place: Lucky Pie Pizza and Tap House
Fifth Place: Proto’s Pizzeria Napoletana
Fresh ingredients. A killer wine list. A mega-fancy oven. If you think pizza comes from huts, then you couldn’t be further from the truth. And Boulder’s Pizzeria Locale is such a hit that its owners inked a deal with the burrito tycoons Chipotle to take Pizzeria Locale’s style national as a rapid-service restaurant. The first expansion storefront opened in Denver last year and has been going like gangbusters since day one. Look out Best of America, here’s one Best of Boulder winner that’s a-gunning for youse. And anyone who has had a slice of their pie will tell you, you better be scared. It’s just that good.
1001 Pearl St., 303-444-5800
Second Place: Carelli’s Restaurant
Third Place: Il Pastaio
Fourth Place: Arugula Bar e Ristorante
Fifth Place: Gondolier Italian Eatery
There’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in downtown Boulder. But there’s even less shortage of love for one Italian restaurant in particular: Pasta Jay’s. The affordably priced, family-friendly and checkered table-clothed noodle-peddler has been a cornerstone of Pearl Street for more than 20 years, and lays claim to one of the most delightful summer dining experiences in the city thanks to large open windows. Pasta Jay’s is so popular that it just started bottling its signature marinara for sale at its Boulder, Lone Tree and Moab locations. Also, it’s won Best of Boulder, like, around a bazillion times. Mama mia, thatsa spicy tomato!
1221 Spruce St., 303-440-0733
Second Place: Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar
Third Place: Japango
Fourth Place: Sushi Tora
Fifth Place: Tokyo Joe’s
Though we’re short on ocean front property in Boulder, we’re not short on options for sushi and Japanese food — many of them very, very good. But Sushi Zanmai is once again taking top honors as the best of the bunch. That’s no surprise given the charming, authentic feel of the restaurant and a menu that ranges from classic to more adventurous takes on Japanese cuisine. And if a guy jumps up on the bar and starts playing a saxophone, just roll with it. Get it?
NOODLES & COMPANY
Various locations around Boulder County
Second Place: Mountain Sun/ Southern Sun
Third Place: Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse
Fourth Place: Red Robin’s Burger Works
Fifth Place: Turley’s Kitchen
It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world, and it gets a little crazier when you have kids.
Sometimes juggling work, school, sports practice, sleepovers and the million other things parenthood throws at you means having someone else make dinner for the family.
So when many Boulder parents need something fast, healthy and tasty, they look to Noodles & Company to provide all of that in a casual environment with affordable prices. With plenty of sophisticated entrees such as the Thai Hot Pot or Pork Adobo Flatbread that will tickle the adult taste buds, dishes like the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese and Buttered Noodles provide options to satisfy even the pickiest youngster. Noodles & Company understands that there are lots of different food strokes for different folks, so they provide nutrition and allergen guides to help kids and grown-ups alike find a meal that meets their dietary needs.
1325 Broadway, 303-447-1133 659 30th St., 303-447-3278
Second Place: World Famous Dark Horse Bar and Grill
Third Place: Abo’s Pizza
Fourth Place: Boulder Baked
Fifth Place: Pizza Colore
It’s late, maybe you’ve knocked back a few beers, and the night is clearly winding down. When our readers got the munchies as the moon skulked behind dark clouds, they found themselves craving Cosmo’s Pizza, which is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sure, the restaurant has salads, but it’s a safe bet that the feature in the wee hours is the pizza (or, maybe, on an odd night, a calzone). Cosmo’s offers traditional toppings like pepperoni and sausage, and more adventurous accoutrements like feta cheese and artichoke hearts. And that’s why Cosmo’s won in this category. When you’re looking for something to soak up the, shall we say, “disquiet,” in your stomach at midnight, Cosmo’s has just the combo of toppings to sate and soothe.
110 N. Jefferson St., 303-258-1169
Second Place: Backcountry Pizza & Tap House
Third Place: Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewery
Fourth Place: Black Forest Restaurant
Fifth Place: Whistler’s Cafe
Enjoy cuisine from the Nepali mountains right here in the Rockies at Kathmandu Restaurant in Nederland. The buffet (served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) offers uninitiated diners a chance to sample from 20 different dishes such as tandoori chicken curry or chana masala — and it’s all you can eat for just under $10. The full menu offers traditional Nepali and Indian food made from scratch using family recipes. Start your meal with a warm samosa pastry filled with herbs, potatoes and peas or try a little bit of everything with the combination appetizer. Chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrees abound, with American entrees and a kid’s menu for the inexperienced and less adventurous palates.