Boulder vs. Washington Park: Which is the better neighborhood for eating?

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The first match-up in Cafe Society's Street 16 neighborhood tournament has strong favorite Boulder going against Washington Park. In sheer size, Boulder may steamroll its way through this round, but will Wash Park denizens come out in force?

Let us know which neighborhood is the best below.

Bringing out Boulder:

It wasn't an accident that Boulder earned the designation of Foodiest Town in America from Bon Appétit in 2010: The picturesque city is teeming with top-notch industry professionals, savvy diners and, of course, excellent restaurants that range from dens of fine dining to snack shacks. Pearl Street and downtown dominate the gastronomic scene, anchored on one end by Frasca Food and Wine, Pizzeria Locale and Mateo, on the other by the Kitchen and its offshoots, as well as Zoe Ma Ma, Amu, Salt and the Bitter Bar, with Oak at Fourteenth and Black Cat in the middle.

Against this defense of Wash Park:

The area around popular Washington Park is a veritable garden of eatin', with Devil's Food, Japon and Reiver's among the varied offerings on South Gaylord Street; Izakaya Den, Sushi Den, Gaia, Kaos and Park Burger stretching along South Pearl Street; and an enclave of Asian spots to the north -- including Swing Thai and Crazy Asian -- along with Southern food (Lucile's), Greek (Central One), Italian (La Scala) and two new and ambitious contemporary American bistros: Bittersweet and Cafe|Bar.

Who gets the nod, Boulder or Wash Park?


Voting ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 18. Vote in more Street 16 match-ups.

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14 comments
Philo99
Philo99

Wash Park food? What is that? Sushi Den and a handful of places that haven't been updated since the 80s. Isn't the lack of good restaurants and bars the reason everyone moved out of Wash Park to the Highlands and Lodo?  Wash Park is where your grandmother lives, you go visit her and make your once a year trip to the Blue Bonnet.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Foodiest Town in America fromBon Appétit"

In AMERICA! ... not Colorado.

Game, Set and Match -- BOULDER !

akonk
akonk

To compare the entire city of Boulder to one small stretch of restaurants in Denver seems unfair - however since many Westword readers refuse to believe the Boulder is one of the best dining areas in the country, it wouldn't surprise me if Wash Park won. 

Dishpr
Dishpr

i find it humorous that the entire town of boulder is pitted against a neighborhood. i know some denverites don't really like us but we are more than the sum of one neighborhood. 

Tired of working in Boulder
Tired of working in Boulder

The food in Boulder is some of the lousiest in the US. The ethnic food is all water-down to the Anglicized palates of people without any connection to diversity, or racial homogenization. The fact that you can't find a halfway decent Mexican restaurant or Thai restaurant in Boulder is reason enough to black-ball them from ANY show-down or restaurant oriented contests.

Mantonat
Mantonat

I'm voting against both: Wash Park because the S. Gaylord St. folks actually voted down a restaurant, and since S. Pearl is on the other side of the highway; Boulder because it's an entire city of over 100,000 people, not a neighborhood (my official vote went to Wash Park for this reason.)

Aceranchero
Aceranchero

Boulder in a first round knockout. The fact that Wash Park needs to tag-team with South Pearl to even get into the ring makes this a no-contest. 

dawn
dawn

I like Boulder!

Joeblow
Joeblow

 I vote for Lakewood

Guesty
Guesty

I don't even know where to start.

monopod
monopod

Boulder lacks good "ethnic" (i.e. specific regional cuisine) food in many respects, no question - there's no great Chinese (let alone specific cuisines like Sichuan), Thai, Vietnamese/Pho, and many others that you really have to hit south Federal or other neighborhoods to catch up with.

But it also has many gems, like Amu (gorgeous, authentic izakaya Japanese that's miles closer to the real thing than Izakaya Den), Pupusas (Salvadoran), Tiffin's (southern Indian), Pizzeria Locale (Neopolitan Italian), Frasca (Friulian Italian), Ras Kassas (Ethiopian), etc.  Saying that it's ALL "water-down" is an indication that you're not trying very hard to find the great stuff.

And you're completely ignoring that Boulder is home to some of the absolute best restaurants that don't specialize in a specific regional cuisine but just offer incredibly high-quality food and drink, like Black Cat, Radda, Mateo, Kitchen, SALT, Jax, Zolo, Bitter Bar,  Pinyon, OAK at Fourteenth, Pizzeria Basta, etc.  For a town the size of Boulder, there's an inordinate amount of incredible restaurants. Calling it some of the "lousiest in the US" is just ridiculous; either you're spending all your time at the Cheesecake Factory, or your expectations for a town the size of Boulder are way, way out of line.

Aceranchero
Aceranchero

By this criteria either the Monterey Park in LA, the Mission District in SF or Adams Morgan in DC would represent the greatest food in America. While good, they don't.  

Hey, I'm a gringo but had a great burger and fries in Oaxaca. Does that make it diverse?

Narcohippie
Narcohippie

The fact that you use "connection to diversity" as one of your criteria in judging how food tastes makes you more of a Boulderite than you realize. 

Tired of working in Boulder
Tired of working in Boulder

If the only minorities you know are the ones that clean your house you probably don't know much about good Mexican food... That's all I'm saying.

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