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Foodie Friday

There's a good reason Bon Appétit called Boulder, America's Foodiest Town. This weekly blog will help you understand why!  Every Friday, check out downtown's food scene and all the incredible opportunities available to tantalize your taste buds!  Check out this list of restaurant specials and promotions compiled weekly - just for YOU!  

Oysters at Jax

Photo Credit: Jax Fish House

Food-Related Events and Announcements: August 5, 2022

Happy Friday, foodies! Can you believe it’s already August? It’s time to soak up these longer, warmer days while they last!

Today is the best day of the year at Jax Fish House - National Oyster Day! Starting at 3 pm this afternoon, feast on food specials and win Jax goods throughout the night. Try Emersum Oysters for only $2 each and slurp down an Oyster Shooter for $5. Plus, enjoy an Oyster Po’ Boy or Buffalo Oyster Lettuce Wraps as a main course. What else could you possibly want this evening?  

Ash’Kara is open for lunch! Grab your coworkers and friends and hit up this Mediterranean spot for pita sandwiches, salads and bowls from 11 am - 3 pm, Tuesdays - Sundays. And if you’re a fan of hummus, you’re in luck…try their famous dip with wood-fired pita bread. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

Have you heard the news? Brasserie Ten Ten is reopening! After a few years of renovations, this Boulder classic is once again opening its doors to guests beginning in mid-August. If you’re interested in joining the team, check out their current job openings. Stay turned for a return of all your favorite French dishes coming soon!

Winter applications are now open for the Boulder County Farmers Market. So if you're a vendor, submit your applications and if you're a customer, make sure your favorite vendors submit their applications! In the meantime, enjoy fresh fruits (including peaches!) and hearty veggies all summer long at the Wednesday and Saturday markets. You’ll find something new to try each week! 

In need of a morning pick-me-up? Visit Ozo Coffee Company on the East or West End of Pearl Street for caffeinated beverages, fresh pastries and good vibes. And whenever you  bring in your own cup, get 25 cents off your beverage! If you’re searching for all the coffee recommendations downtown, check out our recent blog

It’s hard to believe the holidays are coming, but they’ll be upon us before we know it! Book an experience at Food Lab with family or coworkers to celebrate the season. Get together to cook, eat, drink and create unforgettable memories. Trust Food Lab to create a magical evening that is equal parts delicious and fun!

Gemini is now offering gift cards! Treat someone special in your life to a feast filled with tapas, meats and cheeses and wines. The menu is always guided by the seasons and highlights sustainably farmed meats and produce from Colorado purveyors. With influences of cuisine from Barcelona and San Sebastian, this meal is not one you’ll forget!

If you’re looking for a healthy and creative meal, try Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. With dishes like buffalo cauliflower tacos and avocado tartare, you’re sure to treat your tastebuds to unique flavors. Pair your meal with a non-alcoholic beverage, like the popular Blueberry Lavender Fizz. Or spike it and add a spirit of your choice if you’re feeling up for a boozy beverage. Cheers!

Pizza is always a good idea, and Pizzeria Locale has some of the best pies in town. Served warm and straight from the oven, go traditional with a Margherita or spice it up and try the Il Trapanese - pesto trapanese, sun-dried tomato, almond, burrata, grana padano, basil and white sauce. Stop by early to enjoy deals on beverages and appetizers during their Aperitivo on Wednesday - Sunday, 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

Next time you are strolling downtown and hunger strikes, fuel up with delicious, handmade steamed momos from Chiri’s Momo Delight. If you’ve never tried it before, a momo is a Himalayan dumpling filled with veggies or meats. And Chiri’s makes some of the best in town! Find their cart on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall.

Speaking of food carts downtown, if you haven’t visited Freddie’s Hot Dog Stand in the summertime then you need to add it to your bucket list! Serving up Vienna Beef hot dogs, pork brats, polish sausages, turkey dogs and veggie dogs, this classic Boulder spot to grab a bite to eat is so popular for a reason! Freddie’s is located on the corner of Broadway and Pearl Street (and has been since 1980)!

Happy eating!

This summer, Downtown Boulder Partnership (in conjunction with the City of Boulder) embarked on a five year vision planning process leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Pearl Street Mall in 2027. Considered Boulder's 'living room' since its inception, the mall and surrounding district is a gathering spot for locals and visitors from around the world. As we move together towards this milestone, the Boulder community has a unique opportunity for thoughtful conversations about the future of downtown’s identity, programming and projects.

We want to hear from you. What do you love about your downtown? What could be better? Share your visions/ideas/thoughts/concerns with us by taking a community survey on the city's Be Heard Boulder platform now through Monday, August 15, 2022. Learn more about the Five Year Vision Plan at

Ways to Help

Emergency Family Assistance Fund (EFFA) helps those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot be adequately met by other means, and supports their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency. You can help them with a financial contribution, volunteering, or donating non-perishable food and cleaning supplies.


Harvest of Hope's sole mission is food assistance. They offer clients a choice shopping experience where individuals select preferred foods within their shopping allowances. You can help them with financial assistance, volunteering or by donating the food items on their shopping list. Learn more here.


Boulder Food Rescue aims to create a more just and less wasteful food system by facilitating the sustainable redistribution of healthy food that would otherwise be wasted to low-income communities, by bicycle. The best way to help them currently is to donate or volunteer. You can learn more about the work they are doing here.


Meals on Wheels Boulder provides nutritious meals and a daily well-being check to Boulder residents, regardless of age or income. The number one way to support them during this time is to contribute financially. You can do that here