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These Are Boulder and Longmont's Ten Favorite Greasy Spoon Restaurants

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From Boulder to Longmont, we've pulled together the top 10 favorite greasy spoon restaurants for Eater readers. From old school diners, to hole-in-the-wall Mexican, to burger joints - all of your greasy food needs are covered.



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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dark Horse

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2922 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 442-8162
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The Dark Horse has been a Boulder landmark since 1975 and was featured by USA Today as "Places to eat a burger worthy of paradise." Offering burgers, wings, and sandwiches, it's a great spot to enjoy any sporting event alongside your greasy grub and beverage. The interior is a bit dingy and dark, yet it's adorned with unique props from movies and odd, hanging antiques. Special event you don't want to miss? "Trike Night" where you roll around the bar on a tricycle, beer in hand.

2. Village Coffee Shop

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1605 Folsom St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-9689
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Likely the most iconic and well recognized greasy spoon in Boulder, Village Coffee Shop has been in business for more than 40 years and serves up no frills, greasy diner food for breakfast and lunch. With some of the cheapest prices in Boulder, the small space boasts it's motto on the wall and their shirts: 890 square feet of reality surrounded by Boulder. Don't try ordering a latte, they'll yell out, "We've got a Village Virgin." Stick to simple black coffee, the only kind of coffee they've got.

3. Dot's Diner

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2716 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 449-1323
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Located in a strip mall on 28th Street (they were once downtown on West Pearl Street), Dot's Diner has been serving simple, greasy breakfast in Boulder for 30 years. Their motto is: "where the folks get their yolks," and it's been a longtime, locals favorite. Almost all their breakfast items are under $10 and you can find every breakfast item you could desire on their varied greasy spoon menu. If you're lucky, you might see one of your servers bring you your bacon, eggs and coffee on roller skates.

4. Mustard's Last Stand

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1719 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80302
With locations in Boulder and Denver, Mustard's Last Stand once was a popular hot dog stand, and they turned it into a mainstay Chicago Style grill. For 35-years they have been serving up hot dogs with all the fixings, Italian beef, fresh, hand-cut fries, charbroiled burgers and more. They argue it's the best Chicago Style dogs you can find, outside of Chicago.

5. Marie's Cafe

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2660 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 447-0320
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Owned and run by the same family since 1979, Marie's is in North Boulder and is your quintessential greasy spoon breakfast and lunch joint, that is open 7 days a week. Much of the staff are Czech and alongside your eggs and bacon, you can find traditional central European style foods like schnitzel or kolacek. Another bonus? Everything on the menu is under $10.

6. Snarfburger

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2000 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-7711
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New to the scene in Boulder, Snarfburger sits on Arapahoe and 20th amongst the university and high school, serving up greasy burgers, hot dogs, fries and custard in a 350-square-foot "shack". Owned and run by famed Jim Seidel of Snarf's Sandwich Shops the food is just the right amount of greasy and they know what they're doing. The menu is small and the food inexpensive. We suggest sitting outside on their picnic tables (there's minimal seating inside) while you enjoy your burger.

7. Aunt Alice's Kitchen

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1805 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501
On North Main in Longmont, you can find locally owned Aunt Alice's diner and they're always packed with regulars. Breakfast is available all day off their large menu and their specialty are their pies which you can find a plethora of daily. The staff is warm and friendly and most of them have been there for 10+ years. If you're feeling ambitious, try their "Big Daddy" Breakfast Burrito challenge, to land a spot on their wall of fame (or if you lose, wall of shame).

8. Mexican Place El Taquito

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831 Main St
Longmont, CO
(720) 684-6035
El Taquito in Longmont is owned by a family from the Jalisco region of Mexico. The mother who cooks most of the dishes, brought all the recipes from her mother, so you're sure to find authentic specialties like pork tamales, chile rellenos stuffed with queso fresco or chicken mole. If you're looking for a deal, try their el pastor tacos, which get you 4 tacos for just $5. As a definite hole in the wall, it has just the right amount of grease and flavor to represent your Mexican favorites here in Colorado.

9. Janie's Cafe

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431 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 776-1531
Janie's Cafe in Longmont provides simple, greasy breakfast fare served to you directly by Janie herself. A local favorite includes their larger than life breakfast burrito and their corned beef hash. Locals love seeing gregarious and witty Janie throughout the restaurant as she adds to the warmth and style of the local restaurant. Take note they are closed on Sunday.

10. Parkway Cafe

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4700 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 447-1833
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Often touted as "Boulder's Best Kept Secret" it's a diner that many Boulderites don't know about. It's in East Boulder on 47th and Pearl but their breakfast is consistent, cheap and delicious. Albeit a bit different, they serve American classics for breakfast and lunch and for entrees you can find Mexican favorites. Dogs are welcome on their patio and it's an undeniably friendly spot that shouldn't be missed for classic breakfast, on the outskirts of Boulder.

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1. Dark Horse

2922 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303
The Dark Horse has been a Boulder landmark since 1975 and was featured by USA Today as "Places to eat a burger worthy of paradise." Offering burgers, wings, and sandwiches, it's a great spot to enjoy any sporting event alongside your greasy grub and beverage. The interior is a bit dingy and dark, yet it's adorned with unique props from movies and odd, hanging antiques. Special event you don't want to miss? "Trike Night" where you roll around the bar on a tricycle, beer in hand.
2922 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80303

2. Village Coffee Shop

1605 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80302
Likely the most iconic and well recognized greasy spoon in Boulder, Village Coffee Shop has been in business for more than 40 years and serves up no frills, greasy diner food for breakfast and lunch. With some of the cheapest prices in Boulder, the small space boasts it's motto on the wall and their shirts: 890 square feet of reality surrounded by Boulder. Don't try ordering a latte, they'll yell out, "We've got a Village Virgin." Stick to simple black coffee, the only kind of coffee they've got.
1605 Folsom St
Boulder, CO 80302

3. Dot's Diner

2716 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Located in a strip mall on 28th Street (they were once downtown on West Pearl Street), Dot's Diner has been serving simple, greasy breakfast in Boulder for 30 years. Their motto is: "where the folks get their yolks," and it's been a longtime, locals favorite. Almost all their breakfast items are under $10 and you can find every breakfast item you could desire on their varied greasy spoon menu. If you're lucky, you might see one of your servers bring you your bacon, eggs and coffee on roller skates.
2716 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301

4. Mustard's Last Stand

1719 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80302
With locations in Boulder and Denver, Mustard's Last Stand once was a popular hot dog stand, and they turned it into a mainstay Chicago Style grill. For 35-years they have been serving up hot dogs with all the fixings, Italian beef, fresh, hand-cut fries, charbroiled burgers and more. They argue it's the best Chicago Style dogs you can find, outside of Chicago.
1719 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80302

5. Marie's Cafe

2660 Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80304
Owned and run by the same family since 1979, Marie's is in North Boulder and is your quintessential greasy spoon breakfast and lunch joint, that is open 7 days a week. Much of the staff are Czech and alongside your eggs and bacon, you can find traditional central European style foods like schnitzel or kolacek. Another bonus? Everything on the menu is under $10.
2660 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80304

6. Snarfburger

2000 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
New to the scene in Boulder, Snarfburger sits on Arapahoe and 20th amongst the university and high school, serving up greasy burgers, hot dogs, fries and custard in a 350-square-foot "shack". Owned and run by famed Jim Seidel of Snarf's Sandwich Shops the food is just the right amount of greasy and they know what they're doing. The menu is small and the food inexpensive. We suggest sitting outside on their picnic tables (there's minimal seating inside) while you enjoy your burger.
2000 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

7. Aunt Alice's Kitchen

1805 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501
On North Main in Longmont, you can find locally owned Aunt Alice's diner and they're always packed with regulars. Breakfast is available all day off their large menu and their specialty are their pies which you can find a plethora of daily. The staff is warm and friendly and most of them have been there for 10+ years. If you're feeling ambitious, try their "Big Daddy" Breakfast Burrito challenge, to land a spot on their wall of fame (or if you lose, wall of shame).
1805 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501

8. Mexican Place El Taquito

831 Main St, Longmont, CO
El Taquito in Longmont is owned by a family from the Jalisco region of Mexico. The mother who cooks most of the dishes, brought all the recipes from her mother, so you're sure to find authentic specialties like pork tamales, chile rellenos stuffed with queso fresco or chicken mole. If you're looking for a deal, try their el pastor tacos, which get you 4 tacos for just $5. As a definite hole in the wall, it has just the right amount of grease and flavor to represent your Mexican favorites here in Colorado.
831 Main St
Longmont, CO

9. Janie's Cafe

431 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501
Janie's Cafe in Longmont provides simple, greasy breakfast fare served to you directly by Janie herself. A local favorite includes their larger than life breakfast burrito and their corned beef hash. Locals love seeing gregarious and witty Janie throughout the restaurant as she adds to the warmth and style of the local restaurant. Take note they are closed on Sunday.
431 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501

10. Parkway Cafe

4700 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301
Often touted as "Boulder's Best Kept Secret" it's a diner that many Boulderites don't know about. It's in East Boulder on 47th and Pearl but their breakfast is consistent, cheap and delicious. Albeit a bit different, they serve American classics for breakfast and lunch and for entrees you can find Mexican favorites. Dogs are welcome on their patio and it's an undeniably friendly spot that shouldn't be missed for classic breakfast, on the outskirts of Boulder.
4700 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80301

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