What is it? Dishes inspired by northern Italy’s Friuli region graces the white tablecloths at this rustically elegant space where the only thing more impeccable than the wine list is the service.
Why go: To indulge. This is not everyday food, and the owners—the head chef and master sommelier, who met working at the French Laundry—have resumes peppered with the most prestigious awards in the industry (think: James Beard Foundation). Treat your table (bill be damned) with the Friulano Tradizionale tasting menu.
If Boulder is best known for its out-the-back-door access to all things bike, hike, and mountain, a close second is its burgeoning upscale culinary scene. Chefs with the best pedigrees in the business gravitate toward the buzzing town flanked by the Rockies to the west and farms, pastures, and green space in, well, every other direction. It’s a veritable haven for locavores in search of inventive farm-to-table meals, whether served as a five-course artisan tasting menu or a juicy grass-fed burger and a microbrew. No longer a city where the food and drink come second to your list of adventurous things to do, Boulder’s dining scene is the adventure these days. Dig in at 10 of the best.