Downtown Foodie with Local Table Tours
Megan Bucholz is the founder and owner of Local Table Tours and has been offering guided culinary tours in Boulder since 2010. For the quintessential downtown Boulder foodie experience look no further than Megan and her team of guides to show you the best that downtown has to offer!
Downtown Boulder is small, but it is packed with great places to wine and dine, or just plain indulge. A weekend getaway can be punctuated by exploring our world class dining scene. If the list of more than one hundred establishments featured on the Downtown Boulder website seems daunting, here’s my opinion of a quintessential foodie experience I share with culinary tour guests.
Arrive on Friday, settle in to your lodging, and get back outside to explore. Start off with a beer tasting flight and an order of Devils on Horseback from West Flanders Brewing Company to fuel up before getting your bearings navigating the town. Don’t worry, it’s easy. If you’re facing the mountains you are heading west, and Pearl Street is the main thoroughfare with Walnut Street offering some good options one block south and Spruce Street one block north. Finish your beer and bacon wrapped dates and then see the sights: The Courthouse (1300 of Pearl Street), The Boulder Theater, Mork and Mindy’s House (16th & Spruce), The Historic Hotel Boulderado, and catch a show or two from some Pearl Street buskers.
Around 4:00 it’s time to live like a local and grab a happy hour drink. From there, head to the original Pizzeria Locale for arancini, polpettine, and traditional Neapolitan pizza. If you get in there before the dinner rush, you’ll be satiated and ready to experience Pearl Street in the evening. When you’re ready for dessert and a nightcap, head to Upstairs for a local favorite- Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Saturday morning will come sooner than expected. Head straight over to Ozo Coffee and see what is offered on their brew bar. It’s fun to watch your cup being brewed, and you can talk about the beans, roasting, brewing, etc while they carefully craft a cup of coffee they roasted here in town. If you get it to go, bring it to the Farmers Market (Saturdays, May-November) and sip on it while exploring. The food court serves breakfast and lunch, so whatever sounds good to you would be a great way to start your day. If hiking is in your itinerary (or even a nature walk, picnic, or drive to see scenery) head to Cured for a picnic lunch.
Depending on how much time you have on Pearl Street for the day, some locally loved highlights not-to-be-missed include Savory Spice, Piece, Love, & Chocolate, The Peppercorn, Liberty Puzzles, Alpine Modern, and for all of the parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents out there, a must-visit establishment is Into the Wind. Other unique Boulder-owned shops and boutiques are Zeal Optics, Pedestrian Shops, Bliss, and Two Hands Paperie.
For dinner, OAK is a locals’ favorite with their wood-fire kitchen. After dinner head to License No. 1, the speakeasy-style bar in the basement of The Boulderado. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Sunday brunch should be memorable, so Arcana is THE place to enjoy some of the absolute best food available. The Breakfast Sammy is always a favorite. Grab a freshly pressed juice from Wonder, rent a bike, and explore the many miles of bike trails throughout the county. When dinner time comes around again, either Black Cat or Bramble & Hare will be serving up something from their farm.