The exterior and interior of a restaurant can have just as powerful of an impact on customers as the taste and flavors of the food being served. The city of Boulder recognizes the importance of design and architecture, as the city has hired Arch11 Architecture to construct various restaurants throughout the city. Here are a few of these restaurants and iconic dishes from each establishment that are worth more than a taste:
Humboldt Farm Fish & Wine
Located in Uptown Denver, this restaurant boasts an incredible design. Customers can come sit at the oyster bar and get a direct view into the working kitchen. The bar is also warmly lit with overhead LED lights. When they’re not at the bar, they can head to the beautiful outside patio to soak up the Denver sun and dine with friends and family. The walls of the establishment are painted in a monochromatic color palette with gray and dark slate. Wood floors and exposed brick help to warm the modern-style ambiance.
As far as their cuisine goes, their goal is to serve fresh and approachable food with a farm-to-table concept that puts a twist on nostalgic, traditional flavors. For dinner, bite into their lobster risotto with sweet corn, buttered leeks and fresh Maine lobster, or get your carb fix with a plate of pasta primavera, complete with Kabocha squash, farm fresh vegetables, bucatini, herbs and Grana Padano.
Oak at Fourteenth
Just like at Humboldt Farm Fish & Wine, Oak at Fourteenth gives guests the opportunity to watch their meal being prepared. The restaurant has an open kitchen design, creating a fluid motion from the chefs all the way to the table. The interior and exterior blend the rustic qualities of Denver and combine them with a bit of fresh and modern style. The space resembles a loft, filled with plenty of natural light streaming in from street-facing windows and accented with light touches of wood.
Chef and owner Steven Redzikowski prepares seasonal items for his menu that are focused around the grill. He also puts an emphasis on locally grown vegetables, house-made pastas and sustainably raised seafood. Come in for lunch and enjoy a grilled pork belly and applewood smoked bacon BLT complete with chili aioli, fried green tomato, mixed greens and fresh avocado. For dinner, try sharing a plate, like the grilled eggplant with feta cheese, romesco and mint. Take part in an Austin culinary arts program to learn to whip up tasty dishes such as these.
This restaurant doesn’t need a big name in order to prove its robust flavors and exceptional interior design. Located in the heart of Boulder, Q’s was renovated from an old hotel, which is what contributes to its historic yet contemporary style. Gather around the curved bar, where a variety of wine is put on display and stemware hangs from the ceiling.
Come into the restaurant, where you can enjoy a deluxe breakfast until 2 p.m., like eggs Benedict or a classic like traditional bacon, eggs and toast. For dinner, start off with an appetizer like the grilled chicken soup, which comes with fresh seared summer vegetables, sun-dried tomato pesto and Parmigiano-Reggiano.