Between the student crowd, extreme athletes, and many growing technology startup-goers, Boulder has a population that looks to support the fast-casual food movement, for those on the go. From vegan, to burrito sized sushi rolls, to flatbreads to-go, we've got you covered with 11 well-loved fast-casual restaurants in Boulder.Read More
These Are Boulder's Best Fast-Casual Eats
Featuring 11 of Boulder's favorite fast casual restaurants.
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From the owners of Hapa, Motomaki provides fast, healthy, Japanese food in Boulder's 29th Street Mall area. They serve the likes of poke, sushi rolls, make your own maki, salads, and Moto rolls, which might be better dubbed as "Japanese burritos." The food is affordable, with dishes falling under $12 and the space is vibrant. On the beverage side of things, Motomaki offers beer, wine, and sake.
Snarfburger, from the beloved Snarf's Sandwich Shop, sits in "The Shack" on 20th and Arapahoe with just a few stools and outside seating, it seeks to provide simple, greasy food. The menu is small featuring burgers (also a house made veggie burger), hot dogs, a few sandwiches, fries, and traditional frozen custard.
Native Foods Café
Boulder wouldn't be complete, without the option of a vegan fast-casual and that is Native Foods. With locations also in Chicago and the West Coast Native Foods' following has grown by offering healthy chef-driven vegan dishes that are also allergen-friendly.
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria
Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria in Boulder has sister restaurants in Denver, but the Boulder location offers traditional Cuban fare like their pan con lechon sandwich, or rice and black bean plates, as well as special sides like plantain chips or their tres leches cake and flan. Owned and run by Cuban-born, Lourdes Sanchez, you can be sure their food is authentic.
Zoe Ma Ma
Downtown Boulder stands Zoe Ma Ma, run by Ma Ma herself, sharing her signature, home-cooked Chinese dishes like potstickers, Sichuan Braised Beef Noodle, Roast Duck and Wonton Soup and more. With very few seats in the small space, it's a perfect grab and go lunch option for downtown Boulder business-goers.
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Zuned Khan is once again serving up his unique take on Northern Indian and Banladesh cuisine that he had painstakingly refined at his former restaurants in Boulder and Louisville, the Maharaja.
Although Lyfe Kitchen does have a beautiful restaurant for sit-down dining, complete with growing herbs inside, they have great fast casual options. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner that includes healthy food with menus for gluten-free, vegan, or carnivores.
We're hesitant to mention this best kept, hidden secret of North Boulder but their burritos and Mexican-inspired fare, for cheap prices are hard to beat.
Modmarket now has nine locations in Colorado, but it's a well-loved Boulder location offering fresh salads, flatbreads made in their brick oven pizza, sandwiches, soup, and plates that reflect seasonal ingredients. With a beautiful aesthetic, it's great to sit and enjoy or just grab something on the go.
Wok Eat allows you to pick and choose pre-made dishes like the Kung Pow or Green Dragon, or you can make your own choosing a base, protein, add-ins and sauces. Most of the food is under $10 and their downtown Pearl Street location makes for a great business lunch on the go.
Illegal Pete's is a quintessential Colorado brand, providing "Mission-style" Mexican food, derived from the Mission District of San Francisco. The first Illegal Pete's started in Boulder on The Hill in 1995, and now with two Boulder locations you can find a long line outside Pete's with a mix of students, business meetings, and families enjoying tacos, burritos, burrito bowls and more.
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