I get my protein fix at Ted's Montana Grill on Pearl Street. Bison is such a great alternative to beef, much healthier and tastes great! Plus, Ted gave the last two Ralphies to CU!
Best Restaurant Neighborhood - 2012
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
Pearl Street Mall, the pedestrian promenade that features everything from dreadlocked stoners to dramatic tightrope walkers, also happens to pimp some of the best restaurants in the state — and we're not just talking about Frasca Food and Wine. Frasca's next-door sibling, Pizzeria Locale, is just one of the many reasons why this quirky hub of grub houses continues to awe our palates. There are restaurants for every taste — and several other new kids on the block, including the sultry Pearl Street Steak Room; Riffs Urban Fare, where chef John Platt struts his mad culinary skills; and the Kitchen [Next Door], a jovial community pub that's the third notch in the belt of the Kitchen and the Kitchen [Upstairs] clan. Last fall, Snooze opened on Pearl Street, too, giving breakfast geeks its sigh-inducing pineapple upside-down pancakes, and Oak at Fourteenth recently rose from the ashes, better than ever. And so is the dining landscape on the Pearl Street Mall.
Readers' Choice: Highland
You have to be kidding me right? This selection reeks of Laura Skunk. Can Lori Midson make the restaurant picks next year?
Well, shit. I made dozens of picks for this year's Best of...including Best Restaurant Neighborhood, and believe me, we had several discussions about this category. But here's what ultimately convinced me to go with Boulder's Pearl Street Mall: The highest concentration of new restaurants -- GOOD new restaurants -- opened on the Pearl Street Mall, plus you've got a swell of other great restaurants serving just about every cuisine imaginable, all of which are conveniently located within walking distance of each other. And when it comes down to it, these factors are the required criteria for a "best" restaurant neighborhood. I completely stand by my decision...but I'm curious to know which neighborhood you would have chosen.