Nopalito’s is a hidden gem. It’s on the south side of the Boulder driver’s license plaza — go past the old Sports Authority until you see a big, welcoming patio and a banner for $4 happy hour Modelos. Choose from a menu of flautas, burritos, bowls, tacos and much more, all with customizable proteins and fix-ins. We opted for the barbacoa nachos on a recent visit, and would recommend you think about ordering the same from Nopalito’s if you need something to eat during the Super Bowl. Crispy tortilla chips are topped with cilantro-lime rice, pinto beans, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, black olives and, of course, barbacoa — tender, juicy, pulled beef. On the side is a big cup of spicy queso, which is flat-out irresistible.
Nopalito’s. 2850 Iris Ave, Suite H, Boulder. 720-502-4015. nopalitosboulder.com.