Explore Colorado: Boulder Restaurants

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Jennifer Broome takes us to Boulder to find out why it’s been named one of America’s foodiest towns.

With its eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, large farmers market, and several top-tier restaurants, Boulder could easily be dubbed a foodie’s paradise.  In 2010, Bon Appetit Magazine even named Boulder as the Foodiest Town in America.


One of the best views along the Front Range is at Flagstaff House Restaurant.  Three generations of the Monette Family work in the restaurant started by Don Monette.  His son, Scott, is general manager and son, Mark, is chef.  Some of Don’s grandchildren also work in the restaurant.  It is an awarding winning restaurant including being named a “Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Restaurant 2012.”  Their wine collection is one of the best in the world.  Flagstaff House was the first restaurant in Colorado to put its wine list on an iPad.  There are 3500 selections and 18,000 bottles in their wine list.  It is one of two restaurants in Colorado and one of 75 in the world to win the Wine Spectator Grand Award.  Flagstaff House has won that award every year since 1983.  Flagstaff House is open seven nights a week.


Frasca Food and Wine was started by Master Sommelier Bobbie Stuckey and James Beard Foundation Award Winning Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson.  Both were part of the team at the French Laundry in Napa Valley when it was named the number one restaurant in the world.  The pair opened Frasca in 2004 with the goal to be the best neighborhood restaurant.  Since 2004, Frasca has been getting international rave reviews and accolades.  The food and wine is a tribute to the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy.  With the rustic elegance and simplicity of the dishes, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to northeast Italy.  Frasca is open for dinner Monday through Saturday.  The pair also owns the Pizzeria Locale right next door.  The contemporary pizzeria is inspired by traditional pizzerias of Napoli, Italy.  It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  Next to Pizzeria Locale is Frasca Caffe.  You can dine-in or grab to-go panini, homemade pastries, espresso, and more in the quaint small space.  Frasca Caffe is open seven days a week.