If you needed another reason to visit Boulder… like the natural beauty that surrounds you and fabulous weather weren’t enough… then let’s talk food! Here are the top three dining experiences in Boulder to whet your appetite and get you headed to Colorado as soon as you can:
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OAK at Fourteenth
The OAK at Fourteenth melds elements of Colorado’s rustic backdrop with Boulder’s hip and contemporary dining scene. Located in a stylish neighborhood, this restaurant features local and seasonal New American Cuisine in a friendly and professional atmosphere.
The Chef/Owner, Steven Redzikowsk, has created a seasonally inspired menu. The food focuses around the OAK’s one-of-a-kind, oak-fired oven and grill and offer selections from Colorado’s abundant agricultural landscape. Chef Redzikowsk is proud to feature locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood, and house-made pastas.
OAK also offers a variety of creative handcrafted cocktails and hand-selected artisan wines and beers that are the perfect addition to every element of our cuisine.
Whether celebrating a special occasion, meeting friends for a drink or simply looking for a delicious, unique meal, OAK is sure to please even the most discerning of palettes.
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The Black Cat Farm~Table~Bistro opened its doors in 2006 and was founded by Chef Eric Skokan and his wife, Jill. The Black Cat got its name after its “lucky” location on 13th street in Downtown Boulder. The Black Cat, a small neighborhood bistro, serves as Chef Eric’s incubator for the developing Front Range Cuisine, an expression of the forests, fields and mountains unique to Colorado.
To that end, Eric and Jill created the 130-acre, Certified Organic, Black Cat Farm that now supplies the bounty of the restaurant, a booth at the Boulder Farmers’ market, and CSA’s. They raise vegetables, Tunis & Karakul sheep, Mulefoot pigs, heritage chickens and turkeys, and Toulouse geese.
The Black Cat team also forages wild fruit and produce (like mushrooms, juniper and wild plums) that root the restaurant’s cuisine in the flavors unique to the Front Range.
The restaurant’s cuisine is simply an expression of the land and the season. As such, Black Cat’s menu changes every day.
In addition, in 2012, Jill and Eric opened Bramble & Hare, a farmhouse kitchen and pub, next door to Black Cat as a way to expand their Farm-to-Table, Colorado Front Range cuisine in a more casual setting. So if you were looking for something a little simpler, just visit this unique eatery for the same great service and food in a more relaxed setting.
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Visit a restaurant with history! A Chicago schoolteacher, Hattie Bilchert, who wanted a summer vacation retreat, built the Flagstaff House as a cabin in 1929. In 1937, park ranger, Joe Van Gorder, bought the cabin as a place to hold special events. In 1954, the Buelkes bought the facility and property, named it “Flagstaff House,” and opened it as an elegant summer restaurant.
When it next became available for sale, Don Monette, owner of the Viking restaurant and the Golden Buff coffee shop, jumped at the chance. He had always wanted to own just one restaurant that was truly “fine dining,” and be able to concentrate on making that an incredible experience for his guests. He bought Flagstaff House and the surrounding five acres on November 1, 1971. The Monettes greatly expanded the property, weatherized it to be open all year long, and added a richly crafted mahogany bar, cozy fireplace, and a rare crystal collection with pieces from around the world. They also added huge floor-to-ceiling picture windows and several outside terraces, which allow diners enjoy the changing seasons with breathtaking views of Boulder and the wildlife in the surrounding Boulder City Park. Also new, and available for private functions, is the restaurant’s Vintner’s Rooms which allow guests a look into the extensive 12,000 bottle wine cellar.
The Flagstaff House restaurant, an unparalleled Colorado dining experience, combines a multi-award-winning wine list from their 12,000-bottle wine cellar, exquisite, French-American cuisine, and impeccable service, along with the personal touches of a family-owned restaurant.
Although just a five-minute drive from Boulder, Flagstaff House restaurant is built into a mountainside, and overlooks the city at an elevation of 6,000 feet, offering breathtaking views of Boulder and the mountain wildlife all around.
Whether food, stunning views or fabulous weather made you decide to make Colorado your home, Supreme Auctions has the ideal property to purchase, which they will offer at a luxury no-reserve auction on December 2, 2017. To learn more, contact Supreme Auctions at (866) 929-2243 or visit www.supremeauctions.com.