The town of Longmont, Colorado, is a dining hotspot full of modern and exciting restaurants. Coupled with its natural beauty and opportunities for retail therapy, this unassuming corner of Colorado is garnering fame as a foodie haven. We check out the top ten restaurants, bistros and local cafes that you should check out during your visit.
You can be sure to find high-quality products at Cheese Importersas its wholesale department supplies luxury ingredients such as artisan cheese, oils and spices to over 400 restaurants across Colorado. The building is also home to a Parisian-style café, which serves a range of French classics such as croissants, quiche and platters of fine cheese from the wholesale department. Cheese Importers also differentiate themselves from other wholesalers by creating a relaxed, deli-style atmosphere which will make you want to wile away an afternoon rather than just speed through. If you’re looking to splurge for a special occasion, check out their range of generously-packed gift baskets, which come in a range of themes.
Left Hand Brewing Company is considered by many Coloradans to be the best place to get craft beer and pub-style grub in not only Colorado, but any of the Mountain states. The restaurant was established by former college classmates who turned a love of homebrew into quality craftsmanship. Since the restaurant’s inception, the duo have rapidly expanded both their business and their fanbase, and have collected dozens awards for their work at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. They’ve also managed to create a business that is well worth supporting from an ecological perspective, as they power their building by sustainable means and run their restaurant on strict green principles.
Diner, Restaurant, South American, Vegan, Vegetarian
Mac’s Place combines a welcoming atmosphere with high quality, home cooked meals. On the menu, you’ll find standard diner classics with creative twists, such as their famous maple bacon cinnamon rolls. While the restaurant specialises in savoury burgers and breakfast omelettes, they don’t scrimp on dessert style breakfast specialities, such as vanilla scented French toast and Bircher Muesli. On the subject of breakfast, make sure to get their early: the restaurant runs a slightly earlier morning shift than most, and you don’t want to miss out on the celebrated breakfast calzones. Even if you don’t make it to Longmont regularly, Mac’s Place is the kind of restaurant that will become your go to stop when you find yourself in the area.
Sugarbeet’s menu is filled with classic dishes from all over the world that have been given an all-american twist, such as pumpkin spiced crème brûlée. Other menu highlights include Hawaiian Tuna, butternut risotto and selections of sweet meats and cheeses. If you’re stopping by for drinks rather than dinner, then make sure to check out their happy hour menu, which includes many luxe options including mussels, pâté and oysters. The proprietors strive to create a natural and relaxing atmosphere both inside and out, providing a patio for outdoor dining as well as a welcoming interior with plenty of space and light.
If you’re looking to get authentic southern style BBQ in Colorado served with a smile, look no further than Georgia Boys BBQ. Expect all the typical southern classics such as smoked brisket, pulled pork, and brown sugar sweet potato casserole, which will live up to the expectations of die-hard barbecue fans and first-timers alike. Make sure to drop by during their Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival in August, where you can enjoy quality beer and barbecue dishes in the late summer Colorado sunshine while listening to the state’s finest blues acts and witnessing quaint southern delights such as watermelon eating contests.
The building which houses Pumphouse Brewery was originally home to a fire station and ice skating rink before being radically reconverted and opened up as an independently owned pub in 1996. Since then, the restaurant has gained a reputation as one of the best sports bars in the area and the interior still references its quirky past in the form of memorabilia. Late night eats include chilli verde fries, soft baked pretzels and spicy sweet potato wedges. Make sure to stop by for St Patricks Day, when the restaurant is at its most bustling and lively.
Mike O’Shay’s Restaurant and Ale House was established in in 1981, making it the longest running independent restaurant in Longmont. The couple who own the restaurant have seen off local competition by consistently providing quality service and avoiding gimmicks in order to perfect classic Irish inspired dishes. That’s not to say that they don’t broaden out a little, they have an extensive gluten-free menu and one of the house favorites is the ‘Raspberry Chipotle Salmon Salad’. The kitchen team also boasts an award-winning pastry chef, so make sure to try something from the dessert menu.
Sushi Leo will show you that there is so much more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi. They also serve a huge selection of udon noodles and katsu meat, along with all of your favorite rolls, such as shrimp tempura and fresh avocado. Chef Mori’s expertise will blow everything you know about conventional chain-restaurant sushi out of the water, make sure to grab a seat close to the bar so that you can watch him in action.
The Twisted Noodle serve pasta with classic sauces such as pesto and cajun with no-frills nonsense, as well as unexpected flavours such as lemon cream artichoke. Even if you feel like you’ve already tried every pasta dish under the sun, The Twisted Noodle’s attention to detail and quality of ingredients really sets their dishes apart from the rest. The restaurant has built its brand by specialising in pasta, they also provide a flexible lunch menu of salads and sandwiches, as well as a kids menu and a selection of gluten-free dishes. In short, this restaurant provides all the convenience and ease that you’d expect from fast food style service without cutting back on quality.
Basil Flats is the perfect place to get all of your Mediterranean favorites such as tzatziki and breaded mozzarella. Their menu is full of Mediterranean specialities, including grilled sandwiches filled with fresh vegetables, falafel plates, and, of course, pizzas. The proprietor’s passion for the food they create and serve is evident throughout the restaurant and they also take incredible care over the quality of produce they use – on the website, you can read about how each individual ingredient is sourced and prepared.