Since we can’t list every possibility in town, we are highlighting dining possibilities concentrated around Williams Village and University Hill, and a few other spots convenient to campus.
Boulder’s a touch lacking in latenight dining options, although Cosmos’ Pizza on 30th Street is open ’til the wee hours and is an easy walk from the Williams Village dorms. With pizza available by the pie or the slice, Cosmos’ serves up hearty New York-style pizza with hefty crust and generous doses of cheese, pepperoni and other popular toppings. If you like anchovies, this is also the place to go.
A few doors down, you’ll find Suki Thai, with its affordable selection of Southeast Asian-inspired noodle bowls, salads and even tacos. Ordering is easy on the signature noodle bowls, with a choice of proteins, including tofu, shrimp and pork, and broths ranging from a clear and mild version to spicier coconut and red curry selections. Top it off with veggies and seasonings, and you’ve got a light meal with all the complex tastes of Thailand.
Up on the Hill, Bento Zanmai offers traditional Japanese meals, including teriyaki bento box lunches and some of the finest ramen around. This isn’t the oversalted, dime-a-pack stuff. This is the real deal, with miso-scented broth, tender bits of chicken and wonderfully substantial noodles. For Asian noodles of a different sort, check out the nearby You and Mee Noodle House, which features a fine bowl of pho, the classic Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Rice and noodle bowls are also available here, as are spring rolls and banh mi sandwiches, which marry French and Vietnamese ingredients.
Speaking of sandwiches, Half Fast Subs features East Coast deli classics like reubens and a formidable pastrami and corned beef, as well as Italian-style coldcut subs. East Coasters will also appreciate the Philly cheesesteaks, while Big Easy transplants will savor the New Orleans po-boy stuffed with fried shrimp and remoulade sauce.
There are several Indian buffets scattered across town, including the lunchtime spread offered upstairs at the Taj, situated across the street from the Wolf Law Building on Baseline. Those living in Martin Acres might want to hit up South Broadway’s Tandoori Grill for lunch. At these subcontinental buffets, you can indulge your appetite for fiery curries, fragrant tandoori chicken, buttery naan flatbread and sweet rice pudding, at reasonable prices.
Perhaps more closely tied to San Francisco’s Mission District than Mexico itself, the burrito remains a perennial grab-and-go favorite. National chains such as Qdoba and Chipotle are found throughout town, as are smaller, localized operations such as Illegal Pete’s and Big City Burritos. Pete’s serves up a wonderfully crunchy fried fish wrap, while breakfast burritos stuffed with potatoes are a Big City specialty. All of the above-mentioned spots offer rolled-to-order behemoths that make for a filling, if not portable, repast.