Reader: Pound for pound, Boulder is a much better food city than Denver

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Only in Boulder: The Dushanbe Teahouse.
Boulder just made Livability's Top 10 Foodie Cities list -- again. "Known for its array of outdoor adventures, the mountain town of Boulder, Colo., contains an equally impressive collection of restaurants, markets and food purveyors," the site reports. "You'll find residents here get just as excited about the opening weekend of the neighborhood farmers market as they do the opening of surrounding ski resorts." Boulder made Livability's first Top 10 Foodie Cities list in 2012, and not much has changed since then -- including the four restaurants that Livability namechecks: Frasca Food and Wine, Dushanbe Teahouse, Amu and Brasserie Ten Ten. Also unchanged: The fact that people have very different opinions about Boulder.

See also: Livability.com ranks Boulder seventh on its list of Top 10 Foodie Cities in America

Says ScubaSteve:

I can only hope they're joking.

Responds Jacob:
Of course Boulder deserves to be on the list. Pound for pound Boulder is a much better food city than Denver. The fact they have two JBF winners and Denver only has one is very telling. Criticizing Boulder because their restaurants have longevity is asinine. Most great food cities have a good mix of new innovative restaurants as well as old standbys that become institutions over time. Ten years ago there were no good restaurants in Denver -- don't hate on Frasca because they continue to be successful.

I'm sure the Boulder County Farmers' Market played a big role too. There is really nothing else like it in the state.

What do you think about Boulder's restaurants? And what role do you believe Frasca played in elevating metro Denver's dining scene? Post your thoughts below.




Location Info

Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

1770 13th St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Amu Sake Bar and Restaurant

1221 Spruce St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie Ten Ten

1011 Walnut St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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23 comments
maxplanck0
maxplanck0

Debates over urban food superiority are like city sports rivalries: much to do about nothing and recalls  the feckless debate on these pages not too long ago about the implied superiority of Chicago over Denver. For some, mere acknowledgement that two cities each have excellent offerings is not enough and instead the discussion has to bespotted with inane claims of "We're #1!."

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

Same with FoCo, yuppie dive bars, and cheeseburgers. Whoopie.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

Yeah right, if you want sea weed wrapped shit stacks.

Rockpile Ranter
Rockpile Ranter

Too bad most of the folks who live in Boulder are entitled Fcktards. Don't believe me, come to a 4 way stop anywhere in Boulder and watch the show of class begin.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

That's like asking which turd is smellier? The solid or loose.

TheJeff
TheJeff

I want to hear more about this great Fort Collins food scene -- like with actual names of restaurants and stuff.  Most college towns have a couple of great diners and cafes, and maybe a couple of passable ethnic joints, so I'd expect those.  I've just never thought of it as a foodie destination -- certainly nothing comprable to Denver or Boulder, but I'm anxious for someone to prove me wrong.  Tell me where to go and what makes it special.

Mel Ćurković
Mel Ćurković

Denver and Boulder have just gotten into the great food thing in the last few years, there weren't even a hand full of decent places to wow you some ten years ago. Give it time. I think Ft Collins can spank Boulder in every way possible. Denver is great too, just don't look at what Westword recommends because it's obvious they go but who pays them for a good word. I once read in WW about a great Greek place called Melita's, and I went to try it, and as someone from that part of the planet I was pretty ashamed of their "food". Greek pizza?? Gtfo

Julian Aguirre
Julian Aguirre

there are a lot of good restaurants in Denver but there's also a lot of bad ones.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Neither city is as good as Cleveland. I'm not bullshitting. But overall? Denver I think has better food options than Boulder.

Johan Erasmus
Johan Erasmus

Gotta be kidding. I live here and I think not much of the food.

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

Boulder and Denver combined make up about 1/3 of what you can find in places like SF, Chicago, and NYC but that's not the question... I'd say Boulder. I know I'd rather eat in Boulder most days. I had something at Shine the other day and my body actually felt lighter, cleaner, and happier.

Todd Butler
Todd Butler

The owner of the tea house in boulder is a big enough dick for me to post it on Facebook

Moonie Kim
Moonie Kim

"it is NOT Hicksville!" - Everyone who never wanted to admit they lived in Hicksville

Charles Buckley
Charles Buckley

Man, Boulder has the illest Wendys. Chicken nuggets be crispy like you never SEEN. I tasted one and was like "WHAAAT! are you serious Wendy?" Mean girls workin the friers, tho. This one chick wouldn't even let me holla. I was like "please you ugly anyway."

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

I've lived in both Denver and Boulder. Each has something the other doesn't. Denver has better Vietnamese, pizza, and burgers. Boulder has better Indian, brunch, and sandwiches. Denver has better wine-and-dine choices. Boulder has better takeaway choices. It all depends on what you're looking for.

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