Looking for some new places to eat and drink in Boulder County? We’ve got you covered with all the latest news from the dining scene—here’s what’s new.
Bearded Brewer Opens in Longmont
Longmont got a new brewery with the opening of Bearded Brewer Artisan Ales over the weekend. The brewery started in Omaha, Nebraska, before deciding to expand and open a second location in Longmont. Right now, you’ll find lots of tasty beers on tap, including a peanut butter and marshmallow cream ale called The Satchel and a blueberry and cotton candy sour. There’s even a few that nod to the location (on Airport Road, in front of the VerraWest apartment complex), like the Airport and Cloverbasin double West Coast IPA. Welcome to the neighborhood, Bearded Brewer!
Wing Shack Opens in Boulder
There’s a new place to get tasty wings in town: Wing Shack, which opened its first location in Boulder earlier this month. The new Boulder spot is the 10th total location for the Northern Colorado-based chain, which specializes in traditional and boneless wings, chicken nuggets, handhelds and other tasty eats.
For Wing Shack founder and owner Brian Seifried, opening the new location in Boulder represents a bit of a homecoming.
“Growing right up the road from Boulder and graduating from September School, it’s a dream come true for Wing Shack to have a footprint in one of my favorite places in Colorado,” he says. “Boulder is a supportive environment where independent restaurants and local businesses thrive and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of this community. We’re not another chain or franchise from out of state; we’re a local wing joint that truly cares about the food and people we serve and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this ethos to Boulder.”
The new eatery, located at 2690 28th St., will have some dine-in space, but is primarily designed for takeout orders—so consider ordering some for your next football or basketball game-watch party.
Masas Boulder Opens in Boulder
Boulder’s newest fine-dining option is Masas Boulder, which specializes in farm-to-table fare from Oaxaca, Mexico. Located at 909 Walnut St., Suite 100, the restaurant is serving up perfectly prepared dishes like buffalo short ribs, carnitas, enmoladas, scallops al ajillo and more.
Maine Shack Opens in Boulder
Craving some New England-style seafood? Make your way to Maine Shack Boulder, which opened earlier this month at 2010 16th Street. Founder Drew Ryan opened the restaurant with partners Eric Pirritt and John Caprio.
The ingredients for this Maine-inspired seafood restaurant—like fresh fish, lobster and shellfish—are sourced directly from the Gulf of Maine and get flown in several times a week. The 59-seat eatery also has a full bar, a robust selection of beers on tap, large TVs and a big patio for soaking up the sun.
On the menu, you’ll find delicious New England specialties, including several types of lobster rolls. The Lobsterado, for instance, features a butter-poached lobster tail on top of a brown butter lobster roll garnished with chives. You’ll also be able to munch on lobster mac & cheese, steamed clams, whole-bellied fried clams, clam chowder and more.
The decor will also transport you to Maine. It features lobster traps, driftwood, buoys, vintage signs and other tasteful touches. And if you like what you find at Maine Shack Boulder, they’ve also got a location in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, as well as a presence in the east and west club levels of Empower Field at Mile High during Denver Broncos’ home games and at Coors Field on the first and third base sides of the Club Level during Colorado Rockies’ home games.
Bonjour Keto Opens in Boulder
In September, Nelly and Ulrich Genisson opened Bonjour Keto, a new cooking school in Boulder. The pair moved to Boulder from the town of Fontainebleau, France, in 2020 and decided to share their love of French cuisine and the ketogenic lifestyle via the new school. Check out the full class calendar online.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Opens in Boulder
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying a Hawaiian plate lunch, you’ll be stoked to know that L&L Hawaiian Barbecue has opened in Boulder. This iconic franchise now has four total locations in Colorado; this one is located at 2323 30th St. and is co-owned by Matt Coty and Jazmin Brooks.
The duo grew up eating L&L and decided to bring a little taste of home to Boulder. On the menu, you’ll find a lunch combo plate that includes two servings of rice, macaroni salad and a choice of protein. (If you’re curious, the “plate lunch” tradition dates back to the 19th-century workers who brought compartmentalized tins of food with them into Hawaii’s sugar plantations and pineapple fields.)
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee Opens in Boulder
Bitty & Beau’s is not just a coffee shop—it’s a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop. This chain employs more than 400 individuals with disabilities at its locations across the nation, and it just opened its very first Colorado location in Boulder.
The Boulder spot is situated at 1468 Pearl St. Suite 120 and offers hot drinks, iced drinks, frappes, smoothies and snacks like bagels, muffins and cake pops.
“Having a job gives great purpose & immeasurable value to people with disabilities,” according to the company’s website. “The radically inclusive model of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee inspires customers to intentionally include people with disabilities in their own life—whether it be at school, at work or in their social circles.”
Creature Comforts Cafe Opens in Boulder
Located at 1647 Pearl St. Unit 2, Creature Comforts is a new woman-owned cafe founded by Jess Liu. The all-day eatery serves up coffee, beer, wine, charcuterie platters and baked foods, like black sesame mochi muffins and lemon pound cake. You can also bite into a selection of toasts, served atop pillowy-soft shokupan, or Japanese milk bread. The flavors range from peanut butter banana to yuzu marmalade and more.