Published: March 19, 2022 By

1. The Sink

If you’re looking for a unique dining atmosphere with funky art and amazing food, The Sink is the place for you. Open on The Hill since 1923, The Sink claims to have the best burger and pizza in Boulder. However the menu is far from ordinary as it includes divergent options such as “The Hangover Cure Burger,” “Buff Mac,” build your own pizza and more. 

2. Japango

Located on Pearl Street, Japango has some of the best sushi you can find. When you walk in, you’re greeted with a modernly elegant atmosphere by friendly and outgoing staff. Equipped with jellyfish tanks around the room, the incredible ambiance is met by extraordinary and unique food. 

3. The Buff

Are you seeking a signature CU Boulder breakfast? Located across from the Twenty Ninth Street Mall, visit The Buff for skillets, benedicts, sweet breakfasts and even some lunch options like burgers and soups. There is also a plethora of coffee options and spiked drinks. 

4. West End Tavern 

This rustic styled restaurant on Pearl Street serves barbeque unmatched by any other in the area. Their menu is equipped with a “from the smoker” section including brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and half back ribs. They also have burgers, sandwiches and a variety of starters, including burnt ends. 

5. Insomnia Cookies

Are you looking for a sweet snack, dessert or maybe some late night sweets? Try Insomnia Cookies on The Hill. Insomnia Cookies is open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. every day. Not only do they serve delicious and unique cookies like snickerdoodle, double chocolate mint and hibiscus berry, they also have the classics — and with ice-cream.

6. Cosmos Pizza 

If you’re in the mood for pizza, try this CU Boulder favorite. With multiple locations in Boulder, Cosmos is available to dine-in, pickup and delivery. Try their custom pizzas, calzones and the crowd favorite, their spicy ranch. 

7. Oak at 14th 

Off 14th street on the Pearl Street Mall, Oak at 14th is a modern, upscale restaurant serving delicious and unique options. Enjoy their shared plates like the 7x wagyu beef tartare, the mushroom tempura and more. Their entree options include oak-roasted potato and Korean barbeque pork shoulder. 

8. PekoeA photograph of Pekoe on campus.

Located on campus in the ATLAS building, Pekoe has many unique drinks and snacks. Along with the classic coffee options, Pekoe also offers chai teas, iced teas, tea lattes, blended options and boba made fresh every day. 

9. Half Fast Subs 

On The Hill, right near Insomnia Cookies, Half Fast Subs serves up delicious sandwiches, including cheese steaks, vegetarian subs and seafood options. Check out their daily specials. 

10. The Laughing Goat

This cafe offers espresso, coffee and tea within the Norlin Library on campus. Food includes pastries, bagels and other snacks. This is a popular go-to spot for students to fuel up while studying.