Boulder was recently named one of Five Secret Foodie Cities by Forbes. The article cites the 32 year old Flagstaff House, the newly opened Food on the Riverside, and the farm-to-table restaurant Bramble & Hare as the city's best kept secrets.
Boulder is without a doubt a foodie town (never has been a ski town as Forbes suggests), so much so that no less than three years ago, Bon Appetit Magazine named it America's Foodiest Town in a feature article stretching over several pages highlighting the quality farmers' markets, first-rate restaurants, talented food artisans, and a community of food lovers. Not exactly under the radar.
Last year, Frasca Food and Wine brought home a James Beard Award that recognized the Italian restaurant as having the best wine service in the country. Oak at Fourteenth, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Cured, the Bitter Bar, and others graced the pages of Sunset Magazine multiple times. Other national publications, including Details, GQ, and Travel + Leisure have spotlighted eateries from Boulder on numerous occasions.
From the Kitchen, a restaurant group born in Boulder that just announced its expansion to Chicago, to Pizzeria Locale, sister venture to Frasca Food and Wine, which announced a partnership with Chipotle and plans for many more locations, Boulder has been loud in the food scene for years The concentration of tastemakers in this town is high, the dining scene spectacular, and the culture around it one of the best in the country. Boulder deserves the spotlight and should be a destination for those seeking extraordinary food, yet it is far from secret.
When it comes to secret foodie towns in Colorado, we have options. Might we suggest Salida, home to some of the state's best breweries, wineries, new distilleries, restaurants, farms, and farmer's markets, all within a few mile radius? How about Carbondale, where some of the state's best chefs hideaway at restaurants like Phat Thai and Town? Fort Collins might be a stretch as far as secrets go, but even that beer-loving Northern Colorado town is less recognized than Boulder for some of its newer food developments like MainLine and the newest installation of The Kitchen.
· Five Secret Foodie Cities [Forbes]
· America's Foodiest Town, 2010 [Bon Appetit]
· Tap into Boulder's Creative Side [Sunset Magazine]
· Guide to Boulder's Restaurants [Travel + Leisure]
· Ten Biggest Dining and Food Stories of 2013 [EDen]
· The 38 Essential Denver Restaurants, January '14 [EDen]