Boulder Staff Favorite Restaurants

May 21, 2020

As a top roofing contractor in Boulder, Colorado, the staff at Metro City Roofing spends quite a lot of time in the Boulder community and across the Front Range. Depending on the time of an appointment, we may stop into a coffee shop or a restaurant for breakfast, lunch, coffee, or even a sweet treat.

We thought it would be fun to share some of our staff favorite restaurants with you.

The COVID-19 coronavirus will have a long-lasting impact to communities around the world that we’ve yet to fully understand. As you view the list below, please be aware that many will be grappling with how to survive, paying employees and other fixed costs such as rent. Please support your local community and purchase a gift card, take-out or delivery (if possible).

To capture and share our favorite restaurants with each other and friends, we found the Jiffi iOS app. Jiffi is a mobile iOS app that enables users to create and share curated dining bookmarks with ratings, tags, and notes. Feel free to download and try it yourself.

Here’s 10 of our favorites. We have plenty more in Boulder and across the Front Range (but we had to start somewhere). We intend to share more with future blog posts.

Bartaco

Description: Taco restaurant
Address: 1048 Pearl St Suite 101, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 719-249-8226
Website: bartaco.com
Our comments: Relative newcomer to Boulder with fresh, small tacos. Restaurant offers fresh juices, appetizers with red and green salsas, tacos and rice bowls, and even churros for dessert. If you’re in the mood for more than fresh juice, they have you covered with an extensive bar. Really cool art on the walls too and in a great part of Boulder. Staff favorites include guacamole with red and green salsa, fried plantains, and the pork-belly tacos.

Centro Mexican Kitchen

Description: Imaginative Latin fare in a lively spot with a covered patio, a smart happy hour & breakfast to go.
Address: 950 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-442-7771
Website: centromexican.com
Our comments: Long-standing Latin favorite on Pearl Street with hip inside and outdoor patio (tented in winter months). Delicious plantains. queso, and churros. Don’t overlook that Centro offers a great breakfast.

Half Fast Subs

Description: Bustling cafe with a patio drawing a college crowd for creative subs, salads, beer & cocktails.
Address: 1215 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-449-0404
Website: halffastsubs.com
Our comments: Tremendous menu with more than 100 sandwich options on the Hill neighborhood in Boulder. Popular with University of Colorado at Boulder students but loved by many. Staff favorites include the Buff Chicken with chicken tenders, buffalo wing sauce, grilled onions, swiss, celery, and bleu cheese or the Gobbler, a Thanksgiving themed sub filled with Turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.

Il Pastaio Ristorante

Description: A buffet at lunch & table menus at dinner feature this quaint go-to’s fresh pastas; closed weekends.
Address: 3075 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-447-9572
Website: ilpastaioboulder.com
Our comments: Fresh pasta and sauce Italian restaurant. Homemade sauces include Alfredo, Aurora, Bolognese, Pesto, and Pomodoro. Staff favorites include the gnocchi Bolognese and goat cheese ravioli. Make reservations in advance as there’s limited seating. Oddly, this restaurant is closed on weekends, but everything is so delicious, you’ll find the time another day or night of the week. Lunch is served cafeteria style.

The Med

Description: A Greek island–themed interior & patio set the vibrant backdrop for Mediterranean small plates.
Address: 1002 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-444-5335
Website: themedboulder.com
Our comments: Delicious Mediterranean tapas and entrees. Boulder staple for many years, with large interior and quaint patio. Fun happy hour too with an extensive menu including staff favorite bacon-wrapped Medjool dates and pork & ricotta meatballs in a San Marzano tomato sauce.

Moe’s Broadway Bagel

Description: Simple bakeshop selling NY-style bagels & challah plus sandwiches, breakfast & sweets.
Address: 3075 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-442-4427
Website: moesbagel.com
Our comments: Best bagels in Colorado. As a New Yorker that’s not saying much but these are really good. Tasty bagel sandwiches along with cream cheese spreads. Staff favorites include the Italian bagel with sun-dried tomato, cinnamon and sugar bagel with strawberry cream cheese, and Spicy Buff with egg, bacon, jalapeño cream cheese, and avocado. Add a Yoo-Hoo as the perfect drink to wash it down.

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

Description: Craft beers, brewery tours & pub grub plus folk, acoustic & bluegrass music some nights.
Address: 1535 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-546-0886
Website: mountainsunpub.com
Our comments: Tasty, local beer with rotating beer menu drives locals to this Boulder brewpub. All the better that the food is equally fantastic. Burgers and fries are among the best in town, including the Black and Blue Burger and Date Night Burger with roasted poblano peppers, hickory smoked bacon, melted goat cheese, and date purée.

Oregano’s

Description: Pizza restaurant
Address: 2690 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 720-460-2010
Website: oreganos.com/locations/boulder/
Our comments: Love, love, love Oregano’s. This Arizona chain recently expanded into Colorado and took over the space formerly occupied by Beau Jo’s. Portions are large with fare including thin crust or deep-dish pizza’s, excellent salads including the Big Beefstro with shaved ribeye, and a half-baked pizza cookie for dessert. Staff top favorite is the Italian Gold wings – the best wings in Colorado. You cannot go wrong … and we want to go there right now.

The West End Tavern

Description: Brick pub popular for burgers & such, an extensive drink menu & a roof lounge with mountain views.
Address: 926 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-444-3535
Website: thewestendtavern.com
Our comments: Traditional pub on the main floor with rooftop bar and restaurant. Meat is a menu focus with BBQ pork, beef brisket, and prime rib. Staff favorites include wings and burnt ends.

WoodGrain Bagel and Deli

Description: Mod deli featuring Montreal-style bagels in breakfast dishes, sandwiches & more, plus coffee drinks.
Address: 2525 Arapahoe Ave Suite E-1A, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-284-0396
Website: woodgrainbagels.com
Our comments: Montreal bagels are different from traditional bagels and oh so tasty. Hip environment on Arapahoe with outdoor seating. Inside you can watch the bagels being made. If you’re looking for more than bagels, this Canadian-style shop offers poutine. Staff favorites include avocado toast and the egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel.