Bright canvases hang over the counter at Boulder Creek Market, behind which the crew crafts a menu of signature sandwiches. You can order traditional cuts of ham, turkey, and roast beef, but it's worth trying some of the specialty game meats, such as ostrich, buffalo, and wild boar. Fresh, locally baked bread is included whether you're having salad or a gourmet sandwich. And the dressings are all made in-house, from basil pesto to spicy chipotle mayonnaise and balsamic vinaigrette. Sandwiches and salads can be prepared vegan or vegetarian upon request.
Boulder Baked's chefs don't make pizzas, but they do deliver their fare in pizza boxes. When the phone trills and someone orders a Sweet Sixteen, they arrange dough balls in a four-by-four matrix, packing them so tightly that the cookies merge into rounded rectangles. This is just one option—the cooks also create classic and gluten-free desserts such as pies, cupcakes, and brownies. They bake each treat to order, and can tuck almost any delicacy into care packages for students or shopping-mall Santas.
The steady rhythm of a chopping knife can be heard from behind the counters at Spooners Frozen Yogurt, where toppings are freshly prepared every day. Customers can decorate their cups of all-natural yogurt with morsels of fresh fruit, chunks of cookies, or nuts. Every flavor of the locally-sourced yogurt is made with no artificial dyes or preservatives.
As the catalyst between farm and plate, the chefs at Poppy Cafe know that fresh, local ingredients create the most flavorful meals. The café serves up organic and gluten-free meals, homemade libations, and freshly baked desserts. A selection of signature sandwiches—such as the rosemary-roasted turkey, pesto, and provolone—highlight the lunch menu, and dinner entrees feature the ponzu halibut with parsnip purée, rainbow veggies, and sautéed spinach, or crab-and-ricotta-stuffed ravioli in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce. For an expertly prepared breakfast, diners can munch on gluten-free blueberry pancakes or a denver omelet with bacon, cheddar, and avocado, paired with a Solar Roast coffee or Peace and Love tea, which may cause road rage within 30 minutes of drinking.
The frozen-dessert crafters of the award-winning Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato whip up a dizzying array of up to 80 distinct flavors, which rotate every two weeks. Fill a small dish ($2.99) with Peanut Butter Blast, or reward a small child for aging with a large dish ($4.75) of birthday-cake ice cream. Unconventional choices including Jack Daniels chocolate chip and Junior Mint tantalize sweet teeth with decadence, and low-fat frozen-yogurt helpings such as a regular-size black raspberry or chai ($3.92) add guilt-reduced options. The shop also outputs gelato ($3.32–$5.30) in flavors such as cantaloupe or green tea white chocolate, as well As fruit-infused sorbets such as blueberry zinfandel, forest berry, and guava strawberry.
Big Daddy Bagels' friendly staff mixes, boils, and bakes more than 15 New York–style bagels ($0.85 each) and concocts 17 cream cheese varietals ($2.35–$3.25) daily. The New Yorker piles on plain cream cheese, lox, capers, red onion, and tomato ($6.99), and the Boulderite Wrap houses black bean hummus, avocado, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and sprouts ($6.50) in a culinary inn. Freshly baked muffins ($1.75), cinnamon rolls ($2.25), and jumbo cookies ($1.75) support a cast of custom smoothies ($2.99), packed with a choice of two fruits, a juice, and optional protein powder ($.99). The chronically fatigued can boost brain waves or steam open envelopes at Big Daddy's full espresso bar, which serves an Americano ($1 for 12 oz.), cappuccino, ($2.25 for 12 oz.), and iced mocha ($3.25).
Michaela DeGraw hails from Louisville, Colorado. As fate would have it, her business partner, Lisa Shuman, hails from Louisville, too—the one famous for its bluegrass. Though they grew up far from each other, they share a unique vision at Bean and Berry. They've built their business around a community mindset, creating a space where visitors can gather with friends for a cup of locally roasted coffee in the morning, a glass of wine in the evening, or a goblet of table salt at all hours. In addition to day-to-day snacking and sipping, Michaela and Lisa also open the doors to Bean and Berry for special events, including live music performances; check out their Facebook page for event updates. The menu features fresh to order sandwiches and salads and also hosts savory and sweet crepes.