The votes are in, find out who won 2015:

After 15 years of award-winning, local content who knows Boulder County better than we do? YOU! Below are the listed winners for the Best of the West 2015 and beyond. Don’t see your favorite business listed as a winner? Well, better luck next year – these are the reigning champs as voted by our readers for the rest of 2015. Remember to vote next time, Best of the West comes but once a year.

Best place to spend the day in Erie

Blake’s Small Car Salvage

We know that spending a day at an auto salvage doesn’t sound all that great unless you’re a mechanic or car enthusiast, but take one step into Blake’s yard and you’ll understand why it’s easy to get lost in the highly organized, impressive field of broken down cars and busses. With art strewn throughout the yard, it could easily be the perfect location for a scavenger hunt. 2559 Weld County Road #5, Erie

Best place to buy artisanal cheese for small parties

Cheese Importers

Are you hosting a gathering at your home with plenty of wine but not enough cheese? Do you already have the crackers and dip, but you don’t want to buy processed cheese? Do you love supporting local, family owned businesses? Get over to Cheese Importers who have a nearly unmatchable supply of cheese. 103 Main St., Longmont

Best Mexican restaurant to take a date

Antonio’s

The food is great. The service is unmatchable. The chile, both red and green is unlike anything else that will come in contact with your mouth this year. So if you’re looking to impress a date with a high brow menu yet relaxed and friendly atmosphere take them to Antonio’s. 246 Main St., Longmont

Best haunted location to grab dinner

Dickens Opera House & Tavern

There’s nothing scary about Dickens food menu or entertainment, but if sharing your salad, soup and chicken with something a bit more supernatural isn’t a pass time you would enjoy, you might want to steer clear of the building. For the rest of us, be sure to leave an extra chair at the table for the young maiden who haunts the basement. 300 Main St., Longmont

Best historic pizza pies

Rosalee’s Pizzeria

It’ll be as if someone rewound time when you walk through the door at Rosalee’s, but with people who showered more often and brushed their teeth. Modeled after some of the earliest pizzerias in the U.S., the chefs take pride in their work by utilizing fresh ingredients for every pizza. Just order the bacon and ricotta pizza and thank us later. 461 Main St., Longmont

Best place to get a heartfelt gift

Crackpots

If you are anything like us, giving birthday gifts, or Mother’s Day gifts, or Father’s Day gifts, or gifts of any kind is difficult, then Crackpots has you covered. Just go in pick out a pot that stands out, and is in the right price range, paint it and wait five days for it to be finished by the shop and then gift it away. 505 Main St., Longmont

Best firehouse imitation brewery

Pumphouse

The building may have never been the home firefighters pumping out safety, but who cares? The place continually pumps out delicious, in-house beers that can’t be found in liquor stores or bars, making the focus on quality not quantity. Did we mention a good portion of the beer is seasonal, so there’s always something new to try? 540 Main St., Longmont

Best place to relax with a glass of wine

Modena Wine Café

Leave the snobbery at the door, please. Modena knows how to make their customers feel right at home with the lounge area, friendly employees and laid-back atmosphere. If wine isn’t your thing but want to just hang out, enjoy the full coffee bar and world newspapers. 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont

Best pool hall to enjoy a burger and beer

Breakers Grill

With eight pool tables, darts and video games, there is so much to keep you occupied while you chow down on a burger and wash it down with one, or five, of the 28 beers on tap. There’s not much more to say, but aren’t you already convinced? 380 Main St., Longmont

Best place to cheat on your diet

Robin Chocolates

Holy chocolate, Batman! The chocolates may be small, but they pack a punch. Get lost in the glass case of gourmet chocolates, or turn your attention to the cupcakes and brownies. Go on a cheat day, or just treat yourself for all the hard work you’ve been doing. Everyone deserves a chocolate. 600 South Airport Road, Longmont

Biggest advert for beer

Oskar Blues

Now we know that Oskar Blues has a lot more going for it than a giant advert painted on the building, but we can’t peel our eyes way from the impressive branding. It’ll make you crave some of their superior craft beers, which we are sure are going to take over the world soon. Multiple Locations

Best grocer with organic, local produce

Niwot Market

Upon walking into Niwot Market, it looks like any other grocery store, but take a closer look and find out that all the produce, bread, meats and coffee are products of Colorado and some are even made in house. Be sure to check out the gourmet, organic dog food too. 7980 Niwot Road, Niwot

Best urban legend

Chief Niwot’s Curse

“People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.” Chief Niwot said these few words upon seeing the first white men coming into Boulder Valley to mine placing a curse on the area. But there are worse things, right?

Best place to find vintage clothes

Rockin Robin’s

Whether your fashion sense is a little dated, or you’re trying to bring back some mod looks Robin will set you up. Even if you’re not into vintage clothes but have a themed party to go to, or want to surprise your mom with a nostalgic dress, Robin can still hook you up. 124 2nd Ave, Niwot

Best distillery to amaze your taste buds

J&L Distillery

The building might be small, but leaving here could be hard, both because you won’t want to, and because the drinks are so strong. The alcohol content in these drinks is strong, and the taste is unbeatable. If you’re unsure whether to buy the liquor, the place will even give you a sample of their products. Raise your glass. 4843 Pearl St., Boulder

Best place for a business wine and dine

North End at 4580

The prices may be steep, but you want to impress your client, boss or potential new business partner and this is the place to do it. Recently remodeled and stacked with a full bar and menu that has even the biggest foodies drooling. 4580 Broadway, Boulder

Best daily specials

Arugula

Of course the everyday menu is just as good, but the daily specials sheet packed with 10-15 items each day is the one to pay attention to. Changing with the seasons, the daily specials focus on fresh local products. Some items sell out throughout the day, so go in for lunch and have your pick. 2785 Iris Ave., Boulder

Best use of grapes

What We Love Winery

What do you love? Wine? Good, then get over to Boulder and check out What We Love. What has the potential of becoming a bit too Barney spewing love all the time, the winery keeps all the attention on their wine, food and commitment to the community as they display local art in the gallery and offering painting classes. 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder

Best preserved strip mall

Ideal Broadway Shops

The original sign and retro design may be housing some new businesses, but the building and feel of the strip mall remain the same. With an infusion of national chains and locally owned stores it’s similar to other strip malls, but c’mon who doesn’t love walking through a little Boulder history? Boulder

Best use for dough & yeast

Breadworks

You think that bread’s bread, right? Like, how good can bread really be? As it turns out, bread can be amazing. For two decades, Breadworks has been providing delicious baked products. Larry Domnitz is the brains behind the store that originally sold only bread, pastries and coffee. Now, stores all over the region stock Breadworks bread. 2644 Broadway St., Boulder

Most delicious and not-at-all-ordinary vanilla ice-cream

Sweet Cow

Much of the time, when we visit ice-cream parlors like Sweet Cow, we’re looking for something elaborate like a sundae with multiple toppings, or a ice-cream with a bunch of different swirls and bits in there. At Sweet Cow, you can get the simple and elegant vanilla, just plain old vanilla, and it’s incredible. The flavor is near-alive. Try it. 2628 Broadway St., Boulder; 637 Front St., Louisville

Most delicious English-ish food

Hungry Toad

Mmmm. Tex Mex. Mmmmm. French onion soup. Mmmm. Pasta. The food on the menu at the Hungry Toad, a Boulder institution and self-proclaimed English invention, is delicious and much-loved in the community. It’s not English (besides the kinda English bangors & mash and shepherd’s pie), but you can’t have everything. This place is one of Boulder’s favorite hang-outs. 2543 Broadway St., Boulder

Best place to get decked out for a 1920′s party

Candy’s Vintage Clothing

Sometimes you just wanna look like Dick Tracy, or perhaps Tracy’s broad Breathless Mahoney. Sometimes you want to recall a time when the criminals used machine guns that made a “rat-tat-tat” noise, and the girls wore big feathers in their hair and sequined gowns. You can find all of that stuff at Candy’s. 2512 Broadway St., Boulder

Best venue for a swanky on-your-doorstep weekend away

St. Julien

When the good people at St. Julien gave us a sweet tour of the place, we were delighted to have a look in the executive suites because, frankly, that as close as our editorial staff will ever get to an executive suite. They’re beautiful too, offering gorgeous views of the mountains, and a bathroom that we would happily die in. The restaurant downstairs gets a lot of plaudits, and the pool and spa are elegant. 900 Walnut St., Boulder

Best Place to try an unusual omelette

Arabesque

Yes, there are a few decent choices when it comes to Middle Eastern food in Boulder County, but as far as we’re concerned, Arabesque is the best by far. You won’t get humus slopped onto your plate next to clumsily rolled up meat here; Arabesque is a swanky but still affordable little café and the food is magnificent. They’re not open for dinner right now, but that Arabesque omelette is like no omelette you’ve had before and, at lunch time, the Middle Eastern sampler is awesome. 1634 Walnut St., Boulder

Best elk & blueberry salami

Cured

We’re not kidding – when we were invited to try a few things at Cured, we were presented with elk and blueberry meat, and it was incredible. Like, alive in the mouth incredible. Mind you, the many and varied cheeses that we tried were wonderful too. Honestly, we could have stayed there all day trying things. Everything looks and smells amazing. 825 Pearl St., Boulder

Best place to go for quality rubber

Barnsley Tire

We know. What could possibly be special about a tire shop, right? Wrong. Barnsley Tire has been servicing customers with a smile since the early 1980s. Hell, if you can’t afford a tire they’ve been known to float you a donut until you can. That’s service. 2535 Pearl St., Boulder

Best place to go for quality rubber

Barnsley Tire

We know. What could possibly be special about a tire shop, right? Wrong. Barnsley Tire has been servicing customers with a smile since the early 1980s. Hell, if you can’t afford a tire they’ve been known to float you a donut until you can. That’s service. 2535 Pearl St., Boulder

Best place to get coffee if you’re a virgin

The Village Coffee Shop

Not that kind of virgin. But if you visit the Village Coffee Shop for the first time and make it known, the staff will near-throw you a party. The other customers will join in the celebration – you’ll have a hell of a time. Oh, and the coffee’s great too. 1605 Folsom St., Boulder

Best case of a store rising from the ashes again and again

Bart’s Records Store

Nothing can keep Bart’s Records down for long – not the recent floods, nothing. The place has had more venue changes than an amnesiac’s birthday party, but it’s still alive and kicking, with a stunning selection of vinyl for collectors and bargain hunters alike. 1625 Folsom St., Boulder

Best reason to go to the Hill

Café Aion, the Sink, Fox Theater, and Illegal Pete’s

From the glory of the Mexican food at Illegal Pete’s to the music on offer at the Fox, from the incredible burgers at the Sink to the gorgeous Spanish tapas at Café Aion, the Hill has got it going on. The Hill

Best place to find unexpected culture

The CU College of Music

University music schools can be hit and miss when it comes to quality entertainment, but not CU’s. The best musicians flock there, and that’s not even taking into account the super-talented students. Classical, jazz, opera – the schedule is jam-packed with amazing treats. Go see. 18th Street, Boulder

Best glass outside of your window

The Fitter

Many people still refer to this place by its former name, The Pipe Fitter, but it’s just called The Fitter now. Either way, this place has some of the best smoking accessories in BoCo, from inexpensive pipes to elaborate art pieces that could just sit in your house as an ornament. The place is practically a gallery. 1303 Broadway St., Boulder

Best hidden gem of a bar

The No Name Bar

The No Name Bar is exactly that – a bar with no name. There’s a door on a nondescript part of a building, with no sign and no form of label, giving nothing away that inside is one of the coolest little bars in all of Boulder County. People find out about it through word-of-mouth, which is great because it feels like you’re in on a little secret. 1325 Broadway Ave., Boulder

Best house-made green chile

Lunada Eatery and Bistro

There are plenty of Mexican restaurants around here, and taste is naturally a subjective thing. If you want an authentic taste of the Southwest though, you won’t do any better than Lunada in Lafayette. This place is the bomb, and some of the dishes are equally as explosive. All of the sauces are made in-house, including the delicious green chile, and the stuffed poblano appetizer is amazing. But then, this is the sort of menu that you could throw a dart at and not go wrong. 400 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette

Best use of eggs

Bistro 503

We all love a good eggs benedict, right? There’s nothing better for breakfast than an egg that drips gooey yellow yolk all over everything else, so that the yummy goodness can be soaked up. At Bistro 503, they take that runny egg theme and use it to great effect with the pupusas stuffed with pecans, loads of meat, cheese, plus avocados and salsa. It’s a festival of flavors that just works. 400 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette

Best on-site puppy mascot

Cooper’s Corner

Cooper’s Corner is named after Cooper, the dog who lives at the store. He’s great too, giving a gentle for very friendly welcome to all who come through the doors. The shop is great, packed with awesome gift ideas. But we like going in just to see Cooper. 940 Main St., Louisville

Most melt-in-your-mouth meat

Blackbelly

We’re not kidding. Chef Hosea Rosenberg, a winner of TV’s Top Chef, can make steak that very nearly has the consistency of butter. It’s a marvel, the way you put a piece of beef in your mouth and it’s nearly dissolved before you’ve taken a bite. The taste is amazing; Rosenberg farms his food himself, and the man knows what he’s doing. We’ve never had meat as tender, and that’s only one of the reasons we have for loving Blackbelly. 1606 Conestoga St., Boulder

Best biker dive hang-out

Jerry D’s

When a dive bar calls its tacos “greasy tacos,” you know you’re in the right place. Dive bars that serve food shouldn’t be thinking about gluten-free or raw food – the portions have to be big to serve the big personalities that arrive on big hogs. Jerry D’s is that place – people love to show up on motorcycles and want to drink a cold one (or two) and eat lots of good food while talking to like-minded souls. A local gem. 604 8th St., Dacono

Best coffee shop to get work done in

Bittersweet

With a perfectly nice atmosphere built with just the right amount of mood lighting, warmth, people talking in murmurs, and great coffee Bittersweet has the perfect vibe when you’re looking for a place to grab some exotic caffeine and lift the lid on your laptop. Bohemian with the hidden subtext of hi-tech, the only thing bitter about Bittersweet is the coffee for those that take it that way. 836 Main St., Louisville

Movie theater most likely to feel like home

Flatirons AMC

If you go to see a film at night at this theater, you’d better make sure it’s a good, exciting one because, once you’ve fully reclined the super-comfortable leather seats, you are in real danger of falling asleep. They’re that great. Add the fully-stocked concessions stand and some friendly staff, and you have an extremely pleasurable movie experience. Flatiron Crossing

New kid on the block most likely to succeed

Sweets

Take it from us, with our YS office based in Erie – Sweets is on to a winner. The ice-cream is magnificent, and they make some interesting shakes. There’s the chai tea blended with cinnamon ice-cream, and the expresso, also blended with ice-cream. These guys know their coffee, and they know their ice-cream. For that reason, they’re ready for all seasons. 502 Briggs St., Erie

Best place to find a brass bed

Tables to Teacups

This flea market is more an antiques bazaar and, thanks to the reasonable prices that go down as the months pass on each item, you can kit out your whole home here. A YS staffer bought a brass bed that she hasn’t stopped raving about, but the variety of objects for sale is so immense, you could spend a day browsing. 1420 Nelson Road, Longmont

Best political interviewee

Governor John Hickenlooper

Back in October, when we put out our annual celebrated Election Guide, the editorial department and our glorious team of freelancers interviewed more politicians than we believed existed. Most of them were great conversationalists too, but we feel that we have to point out the lengths than the Governor went to for us. Hick was witty and informative during the interview, and he even posed for some pic for our cover. Keep up the good work, sir.

Best Improvement to the Boulder County Fair

The addition of a beer tasting Featuring only Boulder County Breweries. A special tasting is Friday, Aug. 7 in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, 95th Street and Nelson Road, with a big celebratory tasting event Saturday Aug 8. Local farmers growing barley and hops will also be featured as well as many other vendors who contribute to Boulder County’s Craft Beer scene. Check out all of Boulder County’s beer offerings in one place, at one time. Boulder, obviously

Best Boulder County Beer Festival

New Brew Festival

Last year’s event saw the 1,200 tickets, to taste beer from 28 area breweries that are 5 years old and younger, sell out in a matter of weeks. This year’s is set up to be even more popular, with 32 breweries – nine that are new to the event. Add to that music and great food from local venues, and you have a stellar tasting that will acquaint you with the local kids brewing beer. Niwot

Best Beer o’clock

Echo Brewing

Across the street from YS office rests Echo, which is quickly becoming a favorite afternoon or evening 15-minute getaway (on Fridays, or any other day) from the office hustle and bustle. Featuring a rotating tap list of 18 local craft options, most of which are self-brewed by Echo’s production facility in Frederick there’s something for every walk of beer enthusiast. 600 Briggs Street, Erie

Spiciest Dog

Mustard’s Last Stand

Straight from Chicago’s neighborhood to your’s.” Mustard’s Last Stand is offering up one of the best inventions in the history of food, a Chicago style hotdog. The dog is pretty average, but what’s stacked and stuffed and smothered on top is what makes these dogs so damn good. Load ‘em up. 1719 Broadway St., Boulder

Moist Burger

Ted’s Montana Grill

This Boulder great is offering up something more than a burger. It’s an experience only described as heavenly. One bite and the delicious, moist burger will change your life. We’re not kidding, go check out the menu and order a burger, preferably the Red Rock. 1701 Pearl St., Boulder

Best hands in Boulder

Moving Mountains

A massage has never felt so good. Trust us, your skin will melt beneath the fingers of this massage magician. There’s really not much else to say other than go and fell like Zues has taken a break from throwing lightening bolts to work out the tension in your muscles.

Best sporting moment of the year

Peyton Manning breaking Brett Favre’s touchdown record

Yes, Denver’s golden boy had a horrible game against the Colts as the Broncos crashed out of the play-offs, but he’s been so good for so long, it would take a hard man to hold it against him for more than a few days. When Manning broke the touchdown record previously held by Favre back in October against San Fran, we all stood and applauded one of the team’s all-time great. That’s the way it should be.

Band most likely to make you laugh and cry at the same time

Elephant Revival

This part bluegrass, part root, part Americana, part folkie group of awesomeness is one of the best things about the local music scene. They’re all accomplished musicians, and together they create magic. The songs are glorious, the lyrics are beautiful – it’s just all good. elephantrevival.com

Best place to find a long-forgotten Defenders comic book

Time Warp Comics

It’s just a fantastic place. Wayne and his staff will help you find anything that you could possibly need, from old and new comic books to hardcover graphic novels to action figures. Fans could stay here for two days at a time and not get bored. 3105 28th St., Boulder

Overall Restaurant

The Kitchen

The Kitchen has spread like wildfire since 2004 when it opened its first restaurant in Boulder. We’re not surprised that they now have locations in Denver, Fort Collins and even Chicago, as the Kitchen consistently provides farm-to-plate dishes while being environmentally conscious. Did we mention that they started a non-profit to establish learning gardens in schools to connect kids to real food? 1039 Pearl St.

Colterra Restaurant

So lovely, so refined, one could be taking tea at Downton Abbey when dining outdoors at Colterra. Imagine a splendid canopy of trees shading ladies nibbling on a brunch of beignets, charcuterie and cheese while a gentle breeze whispers through their chignons and you’ve captured the feeling of Colterra’s patio. But don’t let the dainty prose stop you from trying their Bacon Bloody Mary or Brewmosa. 210 Franklin St., Niwot

Contemporary American

Salt The Bistro

You’ll come for the food, and stay for the atmosphere. The simple, yet chic design of the restaurant makes dining at Salt even more enjoyable. As if that was possible, have you tried the food? Go in and try Tom’s Tavern Burger and fresh cut fries for a delicious twist on the classic burger. 1047 Pearl St.

Sugarbeet

Sugarbeet’s slogan is simply “eclectic American cuisine” and we couldn’t agree more. With an ever-changing menu based on local seasonal ingredients, each dining experience can be different. The intimate, relaxing atmosphere makes Sugarbeet the perfect dating location. Take notes, Valentine’s Day is upon us. 101 Pratt St., Longmont

Cheap Eats

Snarf’s

“Snarf!” it’s the noise you’ll make when gobbling down these toasted subs like a slobbery dog. That goofy looking shack, serving simple American sandwiches and salads, became the go-to place for coworkers to pick up lunch for the whole department long ago, expanding across the state and into Chicago, St. Louis, and Austin. They always make ordering easy, plus their prices are great.  5340 Arapahoe Ave Ste J, and 2128 Pearl St.

Santiago’s

Santiago’s is no stranger to Best of the West winning many times in previous years, which to Yellow Scene is no surprise. It could be the green chile or the $2 breakfast burrito, but whatever it is that keeps bringing Boulder residents in, we don’t want them to stop. Multiple locations

Bakery

Spruce Confections

Of course, Spruce serves up fresh baked pastries, cookies, brownies and bars each day, but the delicious sweets aren’t the only thing this Boulder favorite has to offer. The bakery offers cheap breakfast and lunch sandwiches, in house soups, fresh coffee and a relaxed atmosphere with outdoor seating perfect for warmer days. 767 Pearl St. & 4684 Broadway

Indulge

Indulge Bakery makes a big promise to “tantalize your taste buds” with its array of cakes, pasties, cupcakes, cookies and pies. Got a party or wedding that needs an elaborate cake? Call Indulge. Have a hankering for something sweet right now? Jump in the car and visit Indulge. Be sure to check out the variety of gluten free products. 1377 Forest Park Circle, Suite 102, Lafayette

Bagels

Moe’s Broadway Bagel

This Boulder staple started with a New Yorker’s dream to bring the best of east coast bagels into the mountains. Lucky for Coloradans, the east coaster did just that. Now with multiple locations throughout Boulder and Denver, Moe’s Broadway Bagel offers a variety of bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches and coffee, obviously. We’re just glad they left the east coast prices along the Atlantic. Multiple locations

Big Daddy Bagels

With 15 different kinds of bagels and 17 different kinds of cream cheese, Big Daddy is dominating the bagel scene in East County. But Daddy doesn’t stop there. The bagel shop also serves smoothies, deli sandwiches, salads, an espresso bar and pizza. Yes pizza at a bagel shop. So tell us, who’s your daddy? Multiple locations

BBQ

KT’S Real Good BBQ

KT’s prides itself on being the best barbeque in Boulder. Forget the Denver restaurants that branched up to Boulder and stick with the locals, who continually put in the effort to provide top-notch barbeque. The owners even travelled to Memphis for a week eating barbeque three to four times a day. It’s that kind of dedication that propelled KT’s into Best of the West and put the perfect barbeque on our plates. Multiple locations

Lulu’s BBQ

“You may beat our prices, but you can’t beat our meat!” is the appropriate slogan for Lulu’s, as it has continually dominated Best of the West for years. But then again, why wouldn’t it? With delicious barbeque and a chill atmosphere, Lulu’s is one of the Louisville’s most popular restaurants. Just come hungry. 701B Main St., Louisville

Breakfast

Snooze

This breakfast joint may have started in Denver, but it has won the hearts of people from Boulder to San Diego to Phoenix as it has expanded across the west. But the place not only provides some of the best breakfast food around, but a place where customers can come and feel as if they are sitting at their mom’s table. So, instead of hitting the snooze button on the alarm, make a trip over to Snooze. 1617 Pearl St.

Morning Glory Café

Quaint, cheerful, farm-fresh and bright describes Morning Glory’s space. With loads of gluten free, vegetarian, and sustainable seafood on the menu, it’s hard not to eat healthy here. You can’t even get pancakes with gluten in them. Nor does Morning Glory sneak in a bunch of sugar to make breakfast palatable. All its taste, and there’s a lot of it, comes from natural goodness and nothing else. 1377 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Breakfast Burrito

Big City Burrito

“Peel it.” We can’t tear back the aluminum foil fast enough, “Eat it.” Chomping down on the tortilla filled with eggs, potatoes and spicy chorizo sausage can only be described as Boulder breakfast heaven. “Repeat it.” Visit again and again, topping the burrito with different ingredients and trying all the combinations, we’re telling you it’s worth it. 2426 Arapahoe Ave.

Santiago’s

Santiago’s is no stranger to Best of the West winning many times in previous years, which to Yellow Scene is no surprise. It could be the green chile or the $2 breakfast burrito, but whatever it is that keeps bringing Boulder residents in, we don’t want them to stop. Multiple locations

Brunch

Tangerine

Too late for a breakfast burrito at Big City Burrito, too early for lunch at Zolo and too unmotivated to whip up something at home, don’t worry Tangerine has you covered. Try the puttanesca eggs or the multigrain pancakes with fig syrup. If you want something a little heartier, try the chicken and waffles. The local farm fresh produce won’t disappoint. 2777 Iris Ave.

Off Campus Café

Even though the café is only open Sunday for brunch, the food is unmatchable, which is what propelled it onto our Best of the West. Or maybe it was the prices? The biscuits and gravy or banana nut pancakes are both only $7. Add an egg for $1. Add some bacon, ham or sausage for only $2. Find a better meal for cheaper, we dare you. 2600 Campus Drive, Lafayette

Burger

Larkburger

Is it a surprise that Larkburger made the list again? Of course not. The real question is which burger to order. Whether it is made with fresh Angus beef, turkey, truffles, tuna, portabella mushrooms, chicken or topped with bacon all of the burgers at could easily be labeled as the best burger in Boulder. Multiple locations

Waterloo Restaurant

The ‘Loo knows it takes more than liquor to make a bar, it’s the music, the atmosphere and the people too. Named after their independent record store in Austin, Waterloo keeps the music coming and seeks out local talent to perform. It rocks a Pint ‘O the Day, five different Mules and roll out an impressive barbeque, all for the sake of a good time. Order up one of the delectable burgers to accompany a delicious Bloody Mary. Trust us you won’t be disappointed. “God bless Johnny Cash.” 809 Main St., Louisville

Chinese

China Gourmet

The menu is extravagant, the portions are huge and the price is nearly unbeatable, unless you want some cheap knock off Chinese food. Oh yeah, the atmosphere is sophisticated and calm, aka the ideal spot for a first date or a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day. (wink, wink) Multiple locations

Spice China

Yes, you’re sill in Colorado, but upon walking into Spice China you might start to think differently. Both the glowing atmosphere and Shanghai menu transport you into authentic restaurant experience. Be sure to order some crab-cheese wontons, your taste buds can thank us later. 269 McCaslin Blvd., Louisville

Coffee

Ozo Coffee Company

With so many options for coffee lovers in Boulder, what makes Ozo’s the go to spot? It could be the variety of coffee offerings in the shop or the bustling atmosphere. On any given day the shops are filled with professionals both young and old hovering over their laptops or sharing and espresso with friends. Multiple locations

Proper Grounds Coffee Roasters

Walking into this coffee shop in the morning is bound to wake anyone up without ever taking a sip of coffee. There’s something therapeutic about the aromatic atmosphere and sounds of coffee grinders and the espresso machine whirring in the background. 990 S. Public Road, Lafayette

Gluten Free

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

It could be the beer brewed on site, friendly service or affordable menu that rocketed Shine onto our best of list, but those are just perks to the truly unique restaurant that prepares every dish 100 percent gluten free. Did we mention Shine hosts live music every weekend? Get up and go out. 2027 13th St.

Martino’s Pizzeria

Face it, pizza is a food for any occasion but those with dietary restrictions may be missing out on one of America’s tastiest meals. Don’t fret, Martino’s offers a gluten free crust for all of its signature pizzas. Go crazy and try the cheeseburger, omelette or taco pizza. 1389 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Dessert

Lucky’s

A grocery store is a grocery store, right? Nope. You guys voted in large numbers for Lucky’s, which has branches in Boulder and Longmont. People love Lucky’s, and it’s perfectly understandable. It was 2003 when Trish and Bo Sharon opened the first Lucky’s in Boulder. “A decade later, their vision has grown into a genuine, personal grocery store that offers quality products at an affordable price.” While the store is large with a great choice of products, the service is personable and friendly. Plus, the cafe and ice-cream place in Boulder is glorious. Multiple locations

Eats & Sweets

The title says it all. Go in and create an original sandwich, for a pretty good price, and then satisfy that sweet tooth by jumping into the dessert line. Decide from a list of more than 55 ice cream flavors and top it off with numerous toppings ranging from nuts to fruity pebbles. If ice cream isn’t appealing, first make sure you’re not a robot, and then check out the number of baked goods. 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette

Indian

Tandoori Grill

Combining curry classics with modern Indian cuisine and the impeccable service makes for one hell of a hot spot for Indian food. That’s exactly what Tandoori Grill has done. Go for lunch and experience the all you can eat buffet for lunch and sample a variety of dishes for only $10. 619 S. Broadway

Flavor of India

Everything here is delicious, but as we said in our September Food Issue, the biriyanis are out of this world. They’re all delicious, especially when eaten with a vegetable curry and perhaps some naan. We recommend you combine them all in the guise of the Chef’s Choice Biriyani. 516 Main St., Longmont

Italian

Carelli’s

Offering traditional Northern and Southern Italian food in a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. Offering pasta, seafood and sandwiches make Carelli’s one of the best restaurants in the area. So stop eating at the atrocious Olive Garden and enjoy an authentic Italian meal by candlelight. 645 30th St.

Zucca Italian Ristorante

With fresh ingredients, careful preparation and spectacular presentation, Zucca’s one of a kind in eastern county. Nestled on Louisville’s Main Street, Zucca’s offers an affordable lunch menu for those on a budget, and a romantic atmosphere in evening. Take a date, or go alone. Treat yourself. 808 Main St., Louisville

Lunch

The Mediterranean

Better known simply as “The Med,” this tapas bar always brings the lively to Boulder’s Downtown. Order a round of dollar off drinks during happy hour and dig into some family-style tasties like falafels, antipasto, paella or wood fired pizza. Always exciting, always a good time, especially from 3-6:30pm daily. 1002 Walnut St.

Zolo

After celebrating 20 years serving delicious, house made food, Zolo Southwestern Grill has taken its place among Boulder’s iconic foodie destinations. Virtually all the appetizers, soups and salads are shared between day and night menus, but fans of lunch know that’s the only time to get Chef Justin Goerich’s tasty Roast Pork Dip Sandwich and Crispy Duck Confit Tacos. 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

Sun Rose Café

Two words: live music. Sun Rose has made a name for itself with its delicious entrees and sandwiches but what makes this tight knit little spot noteworthy are the various shows it hosts on weekends. From folk music to acoustic singer songwriters Sun Rose consistently brings in entertaining and mellow acts. 379 Main St., Longmont

Mexican

Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

With three locations in Boulder County, Efrain’s is doing something right as it dominated the category for both East County and Boulder. What exactly is it doing, though? The answer is simple, bringing authentic Mexican food to Lafayette, Boulder and Longmont. Nuff said. Multiple locations

Patio

West End Tavern

There is no better way for a new Boulderite to experience a sunset than by hanging out on the rooftop patio of the West End. Make your way to the back, with a fresh local beer in hand, Flatiron view to the West, afternoon sun on your face, and watch the beautiful locals do the same. Maybe you’ll even notice the sun when it goes down, but we’ll understand if you missed it. 926 Pearl St.

Colterra Restaurant

So lovely, so refined, one could be taking tea at Downton Abbey when dining outdoors at Colterra. Imagine a splendid canopy of trees shading ladies nibbling on a brunch of beignets, charcuterie and cheese while a gentle breeze whispers through their chignons and you’ve captured the feeling of Colterra’s patio. But don’t let the dainty prose stop you from trying their Bacon Bloody Mary or Brewmosa. 210 Franklin St., Niwot

Seafood

Jax Fish House

If you don’t like oysters, you don’t know Jax. From oysters to crabs to cavier, Jax’s been introducing Boulderites to fresh seafood in our land locked state for two decades. Jax keeps its menu up-to-date with interesting cocktails and a revolving selection of fish based upon sustainability. You’ll never get bored of the menu and never wonder about where it got its salmon. 928 Pearl St.

Tortugas

This Caribbean style fish house has been bringing the fresh and zesty to a little home across from the Post Office in Longmont for nearly 20 years. The smoked salmon wontons are a favorite starter, and its authentic Etouffee and Tortugas Jambalaya are fantastic. But the chalkboard’s daily catch entrees, fresh fruit gazpachos and heavenly desserts are what put it on “best of” lists year after year. 218 Coffman St., Longmont

Pizza

Pizzeria Locale

First, let’s talk about the crust. So thin, so delicate, it’s whisked in and out of the imported Italian pizza oven for only a few minutes, just enough to allow its gourmet toppings to open up their Neapolitan flavors. Edges crisp, center soft but not soggy, the crust supports the formaggi, cippolini and Castelvetrano olives rather than sop up grease. Second, let’s watch it all happen at Pizzeria Locale’s pizza bar. 1730 Pearl St.

Martino’s Pizza

Martino’s is all about thin crust, Chicago style, square-cut pizza packed with lots of toppings. Even better, its gluten free pizza and garlic bread are actually good. Martino’s keeps the kiddos occupied with its pretend pizza making station, so it’s family friendly and fun. Be sure to try the Taco Pizza. 1389 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Steak

Boulder Chophouse and Tavern

Chops don’t come cheap at the Chophouse, but its fine cuts of filet mignon, strip, ribeye, sirloin, porterhouse and prime rib are worth it. Take the company big wigs here and they’ll feel right at home. The Chophouse is set up for large tables and private parties. Check out its happy hour specials from 4-6 if you’re not feeling so flush. 921 Walnut St.

Village Tavern

When you start out with Certified Angus Beef, as the Village Tavern does with the half dozen different cuts of beef on its dinner menu, and pair those offerings with another half dozen sauces and preparations, it’s nearly impossible to find a steak that isn’t going to put a wide smile on a carnivore’s face.  1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield

Sushi

Zanmai

The never changing, ever entertaining Sushi Zanmai wins another Best Of. How? Fresh sushi with few gimmicky American rolls, high spirited Karaoke, and its rockin’ sushi ninjas who can slice up your salmon while belting out a tune. Get there early, as Zanmai’s often packed, and be ready for fun. 1221 Spruce St.

95A Bistro & Sushi

Where to go when you want fresh sushi but the hubby wants Italian and the kids will only eat hamburgers and french fries? 95A keeps the whole family happy with a wide range of meals spanning several continents. It carries all the favorites sushi lovers expect, and patio seating works well for families. You can watch the kids play on the lawn while you enjoy a dragon roll. 1381 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Thai

Khow Thai

Fresh, flavorful and expertly prepared Thai food is what keeps Khow Thai Cafe on Boulder’s perennial “best of” lists. But now there is an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet and, for those in the Boulder City limits, free delivery. That was pretty much the only way Khow Thai Cafe could get any better. 1600 Broadway

Busaba Authentic Thai Cuisine

You know that guy who asks for his curry “authentically hot” and then complains it wasn’t all that? Yeah, well now he’s the guy sitting in the corner of Busaba crying after ordering his pad thai “hurt me plenty, hot.” Busaba does not mess around with its Thai food, but don’t worry, the menu suits all tastes. Respect. 133 S. McCaslin Blvd., Louisville

Healthy

Zeal

If there was ever a Boulder eatery that went all-in on the healthy, it’s definitely Zeal. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour or just cocktails, items on the menu that DON’T contain all organic ingredients or DO contain gluten are so marked; and they’re few and far between. 1710 Pearl St.

Snooze

This breakfast joint may have started in Denver, but it has won the hearts of people from Boulder to San Diego to Phoenix as it has expanded across the west. But the place not only provides some of the best breakfast food around, but a place where customers can come and feel as if they are sitting at their mom’s table. So, instead of hitting the snooze button on the alarm, make a trip over to Snooze. 1617 Pearl St.

Morning Glory Café

Quaint, cheerful, farm-fresh and bright describes Morning Glory’s space. With loads of gluten free, vegetarian, and sustainable seafood on the menu, it’s hard not to eat healthy here. You can’t even get pancakes with gluten in them. Nor does Morning Glory sneak in a bunch of sugar to make breakfast palatable. All its taste, and there’s a lot of it, comes from natural goodness and nothing else. 1377 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Overall Bar

Bitter Bar

For your first Absinthe experience or to simply further refine your palate with Great Gatsby drinks, Bitters Bar is the place to be. Start your evening out here when you’re feeling like a liquor connoisseur, not a sloppy drunk. Try its signature Blue Velvet or Gray’s & Torrey’s, take your time, and keep it classy. 835 Walnut St.

Waterloo Restaurant

The ‘Loo knows it takes more than liquor to make a bar, it’s the music, the atmosphere and the people too. Named after their independent record store in Austin, Waterloo keeps the music coming and seeks out local talent to perform. It rocks a Pint ‘O the Day, five different Mules and roll out an impressive barbeque, all for the sake of a good time. Order up one of the delectable burgers to accompany a delicious Bloody Mary. Trust us you won’t be disappointed. “God bless Johnny Cash.” 809 Main St., Louisville

Brewery

Avery

Why drag out-of-towners to Coors when Avery’s free brewery tours kick its ass? Stop by the tap room after work or a bike ride and enjoy its Ellie’s Brown Ale or, if you are lucky, one of their rare, limited edition brews. It’s a great way to meet new people or reconnect with an old friend over an “inspirational flight” of 4 oz. tasters. Ask questions about the beer, Avery’s folk are happy to talk about them because they freakin’ love the beer. 4910 Nautilus Court

Odd13 Brewing

They’re goofy, they’re friendly, they’ve got great beer, and Odd 13’s about to become your new neighborhood watering hole. Embrace the odd and expand your beer palate with the bar’s creative selection from awesome breweries far and wide. Pair brews up with food truck fare and you’re living the dream. 301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette

Happy Hour

Boulder Café

Tragic! One of this year’s winners – known for its fondues and unending happy hour – lost its lease and closes this summer. Let’s raise a shot glass and say “good luck” to the Boulder Café, where we always stopped by during pub crawls on the Pearl Street Mall. 1247 Pearl St.

The Mediterranean

Better known simply as “The Med,” this tapas bar always brings the lively to Boulder’s Downtown. Order a round of dollar off drinks during happy hour and dig into some family-style tasties like falafels, antipasto, paella or wood fired pizza. Always exciting, always a good time, especially from 3-6:30pm daily. 1002 Walnut St.

The Post Brewing Co.

Besides a dollar off Bryan Selders’ immensely sessionable, award-winning draft beers and $2 wood-fired drumsticks, The Post’s happy hour is so stellar because it lets you comfortably bide your time until your name is called for dinner. The happy hour menu is brief and tasty, yes, but it won’t spoil your dinner. And that’s why you’re there, right? 105 W. Emma St., Lafayette

Bloody Mary

Snooze & Foolish Craig’s

Without a foundation of excellent Bloody Mary Mix – which could easily stand alone if necessary – this brunch staple is going nowhere. Both Snooze and Foolish Craig’s in Boulder have their Mary mix down. Both feature rich, flavorful tomato juice with a Kung-Fu kick of their own combination of spices and ancillary juices. Infused vodka and strips of bacon make Foolish Craig’s bloodies a hangover fixing meal in itself. And Snooze isn’t afraid to use Habanero and Jalapeno infused vodka to clear the Sunday morning cobwebs. Snooze: 1617 Pearl St.; Foolish Craig’s: 1611 Pearl St.

Waterloo Restaurant

The ‘Loo knows it takes more than liquor to make a bar, it’s the music, the atmosphere and the people too. Named after their independent record store in Austin, Waterloo keeps the music coming and seeks out local talent to perform. It rocks a Pint ‘O the Day, five different Mules and roll out an impressive barbeque, all for the sake of a good time. Order up one of the delectable burgers to accompany a delicious Bloody Mary. Trust us you won’t be disappointed. “God bless Johnny Cash.” 809 Main St., Louisville

Margarita

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Known simply as “The Rio” or “that place with the three marg limit!” they’ve been serving up super sweet tequila drinks for about 30 years now. Soon you’ll see three generations of CU grads tossing ‘em back and sharing good times. Grab Grandma and give her a Mini Marg… to start. 1101 Walnut St.

Efrain’s Mexican Restaurante and Cantina

They’re big, they’re cheap, and everyone at Efrain’s loves them. This beloved local restaurant serves its margs sweet and strong, so don’t plan on having more than two. Efrain’s works best for families and large groups and is almost always packed, so head on over early. Try a Silver Coin margarita; it’ll knock your boots off. 101 E. Cleveland St., Lafayette

Day Spa

The Spa at St. Julian

Luxury, luxury, luxury. That’s what the St. Julian Day Spa is all about. The hotel houses their 10,000 square foot upscale spa and fitness center, a 60 foot indoor lap pool, steam, sauna and even an onsite herb garden, to freshen up their organic facials. All of this comes with a beautiful downtown view and attentive service. It’s a perfect way to prepare for your wedding or the hotel’s afternoon tea. 900 Walnut St.

Sunflower Spa

“Everyone blooms” at Longmont’s Sunflower Spa, with its soothing ambience and careful ministrations. From couples massage to Thai Yoga, mani-pedis to waxing, facials to Botox, Sunflower knows how to make customers feel beautiful both inside and out. We can’t wait to try the new photofacial to remove the sunspots we got hanging out at The West End patio in our youth. 1750 Ironhorse Drive Suite 150, Longmont

Salon/Hairdresser

Salon Picasso

This salon cares about more than just the bounce in your curl: Salon Picasso also cares about the mind-body-spirit connection. You’ll feel good on the inside and outside after an inexpensive cut, starting at $30 for women’s, $20 for men’s, and only $15 for kid’s cuts. 489 Hwy 287, Lafayette

Salon Eclipse

From big, bouncy bridal curls or sleek and straight business cuts, Salon Eclipse does it with finesse. Cuts, highlights, dyes, extensions, they do it all at the Eclipse. 111 S. Public Road, Lafayette

Massage

Massage Envy

This is the place to convince anyone who missed the memo that a massage is not code for something funny happening under the sheets. One look at Massage Envy’s professional offices and itswell-trained massage therapists, and even the most antiquated thinkers will understand that therapeutic massage is the real deal. 2490 Arapahoe Ave.

Blooming Massage

Nothing soothes during a massage like essential oils, which Blooming Massage uses. And nothing feels quite like having a masseuse walk all over your back. Try something new like Ashiatsu Oriental Therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, an ion cleanse detox footbath or Aroma Touch massage. 1260 S. Hover St., Longmont

Manicure/Pedicure

Ten20

“Treat Yo’ Self!” and your best girlfriends to a mani-pedi at Ten20. This is the place to kick back, gossip and show off your new engagement ring, even if you came in alone. Have a girly-girl day with a Diet Coke, some M&Ms and “Sex in the City” marathons without shame. Manicures usually last for two weeks. 2005 Pearl St.

Sunflower Spa

“Everyone blooms” at Longmont’s Sunflower Spa, with its soothing ambience and careful ministrations. From couples massage to Thai Yoga, mani-pedis to waxing, facials to Botox, Sunflower knows how to make customers feel beautiful both inside and out. We can’t wait to try the new photofacial to remove the sunspots we got hanging out at The West End patio in our youth. 1750 Ironhorse Drive Suite 150, Longmont

MediSpa

Aesthetic Solutions

Stay on the cutting edge of beauty without any cutting with Aesthetic Solutions. Instead of the scalpel, Drs Zakany and Otteman rely on peels, lasers and bio identical hormone therapy treatments to reveal your inner beauty, no matter how often you go hiking without sunscreen. Dark spots be gone. 2770 Dagny Way, Lafayette

Bike Shop

University Bikes

U-bikes knows its stuff and will fix your dented frame or fit your bike to your body lickety split. That little stone shop on the corner of 9th and Pearl also rents and sells bikes, makes custom bikes for racing or cruising and are generous with their knowledgeable advice. The best thing about University Bikes is that everyone who works there genuinely cares. 839 Pearl St.

Louisville Cyclery

Become one with your bicycle with a trained Body Geometry FIT specialist at the Cyclery. Buy any bike and receive a first free tune up and all the advice you need. Heck, they’ll advise you even if you didn’t buy your Burley, Surly or Raleigh from them. They know a thing or two about women riders too. 1032 E. South Boulder Road

Ski Shop

Christy Sports Ski and Snowboard

Christy Sports fits kids for skis, boards and boots faster then you’ll believe. The employees have got it down to a science, making sure boots are comfortable and bindings are safe. Adults buy and rent here too. Christy carries more than just skis, boots, and boards but also winter gear and a growing selection of outdoor furniture. 2000 30th St.

Foxtrot Wheel & Edge

Foxtrot will rent you skis and snowboards in the winter and a bike in the summer. Its a super friendly group that doesn’t care how dinged up your old snowboard is, Foxtrot will tune it right up without looking down its snoots at you. They also rent cross country skis and snowshoes. 776 W. Baseline Rd., Lafayette

Sporting Goods

REI

Hey tourists, if you’re lookin’ for Colorado, you’re lookin’ for REI. All those North Face jackets you see at Red Rocks concerts and the Pearl Street Mall, REI’s got ‘em. Those ropes, La Sportiva rock shoes, dry rope and harnesses you see the rock climbers using up on Flagstaff, they’re here too. The Boulder store’s efficient lay out makes gear easy to find. 1789 28th St.

Jax Outdoor Gear/Mercantile

Imagine if an Army & Navy Store and an REI fell in love, got married, had a baby and lovingly raised it on the Front Range. That’s Jax Outdoor Gear. Its carries all the supplies you’ll need for an outdoor family weekend or the zombie apocalypse. With a new archery range up and running, prepare for the Hunger Games too. 900 U.S. 287, Lafayette

Shoes

Pedestrian Shoes

From your first pair of Birkenstocks to your latest pair of Tevas, and all the hiking boots, Crocs and clogs in between, the Pedestrian Shops on the Pearl Street Mall is where Boulder buys its footwear. Be sure to snag the online coupon before strolling on over today. 1425 Pearl St.

Brown’s Shoe Fit Company

The best reason to shop in Longmont. From Timberland hiking boots to Earth shoes, Doc Martins to Uggs, Brown’s carries the shoes you live and work in. It carries quality kids shoes too. When was the last time a clerk actually measured your feet and tied your trainers for you? With an excellent return policy and great sales, Brown’s is worth the trek. 373 Main St., Longmont

Eyewear

Wink Optical

For the fashion-focused, getting anything but the finest frames would be short-sighted. This is one accessory you have to choose with care. Enter Wink Optical with a vast selection of exclusive and hard-to-find designer frames. Pair that with a staff trained to help each customer find frames that match your personal style and lifestyle, and you’ve got a 20/20 relationship for life. 3301 30th St.

Aspen Eyewear

So many sexy frames to choose from, it’s almost overwhelming. Fortunately, the folks at Aspen Eyewear can advice you and make any tricky repairs you may have in the future. The store, in business and owned by the same family for over 50 years, keeps an independent optometrist and custom lens finishing lab on site to meet all Boulder’s vision needs. 2525 Arapahoe Ave. 1425 Pearl St.

Erie Family Eyecare

Specializing in LASIK pre and post-op care and counseling, this full service vision care provider is the place to go when you’re looking for information on surgery. It’s open for eye care emergencies and yearly checkups, so keep them on speed dial. 71 Erie Parkway, Erie

Jewelry

Todd Reed

Known for its natural elegance, Todd Reed handcrafted jewelry looks great on a Beverly Hills babe or a Boulder mom. You can watch the artists work while shopping for wedding bands and engagement rings too. There’s a raw elegance to their pieces that show the gems’ and metals’ natural beauty. Each piece created by the artisans at the Todd Reed studio is as unique as its owner. 2015 Pearl St.

Anspach’s Jewelry

With so many sparlklies, you’ll want to wear your shades at Anspach’s. Here’s where you go when hunting for engagement rings and wedding bands. With three onsite goldsmiths, the folks at Anspach’s can restring your grandmother’s pearls, restore your father’s old pocket watch and custom design a new cocktail ring all at the same time. 101 S. Public Rd., Lafayette

Fashion Boutique for Women

Weekends

Weekends’ been dressing folks in contemporary casual wear that stands up on both the east and west coasts for the past 25 years. For when those Wranglers simply will not do they’ve added a denim boutique that carries only premium jeans like Citizens of Humanity, which they’ll be happy to hem for free. 1200 Pearl St.

Ville De Luxe

Whether you’re looking for soaps for you sister or a few sweet nothings for your sweetheart, Ville de Luxe knows what women want. Be it clothing, accessories or home décor, the ladies will help you find that simply elegant essential or treat. 909 Main St., Louisville

Fashion Boutique for Men

Weekends

Weekends’ been dressing folks in contemporary casual wear that stands up on both the east and west coasts for the past 25 years. For when those Wranglers simply will not do they’ve added a denim boutique that carries only premium jeans like Citizens of Humanity, which they’ll be happy to hem for free. 1200 Pearl St.

Old Town Outfitters

When you want to dress your outdoorsman without breaking the bank, stop by this specialty outdoor store. It carries more apparel than gear (for both men and women), but we did notice quite a few chocolatey gifts, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Look to its sidewalk sales for great deals. 501 Main St., Longmont

Consignment Store

Rags Consignments

Nothing raggedy about Boulder’s favorite consignment shop. Rags carries only barely used, high-end brands at affordable prices, with a decidedly boutique feel. You’ll leave dressed like a queen without your wallet looking like a pauper’s. 3129 28th St.

Found Underground Consignment

Don’t you dare leave that vintage boho sweater behind, some other smart shopper will snap it up by the time you stop back. For funky, chic, urban clothes and accessories, Found Underground’s the not-so-secret-place for second hand. Its eclectic mix changes daily, which means it’s always on the lookout to consign your less-than-wears. 501 Main St., Louisville

Old Town

Louisville

The competition was stiff and Lafayette in particular put up a good fight, but you guys have spoken and Louisville, in end, won out when it comes to the most enjoyable “old town” area in Boulder County. It’s a worthy winner too; with a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, and stores that range from the expected to the curveball, there’s plenty to browse through, whether you’re there for a particular reason or just to window shop. The character is overtly pleasant with just the right amount of edge and artiness, and the businesses look to support each other. What more could you want?

Shopping District

Pearl Street

It’s the weekend shopping destination of choice for many Boulder-ites. Pearl Street – the aesthetically gorgeous shopping street that sits comfortably on the line separating arts district and capitalism heaven. Jugglers, magicians and human statues provide the entertainment as you walk past stores selling everything from kitchenware to Colorado t-shirts. The Boulder residents, from the high earners to the students, all have reason to wander around. It’s a Boulder institution, and we love it.

Flatiron Crossing

This is still the best place for moms with kids still in strollers to get together to shop, walk and hang out. Nordstroms, Apple, Dillards and Crate and Barrel are all here, plus a growing variety of kids stores like The Children’s Place, Naartji Kids, Fuzziwigs Candy Factory, Hanna Anderson and the Disney Store. It’s like taking a walk at a mountain lodge, but with shopping. One West FlatIron Crossing Drive, Broomfield

Bookstore

Boulder Bookstore

Yes, everyone has a Kindle (or equivalent) nowadays. But don’t we all long for the days when books were something warm, perhaps dusty, that you lovingly held, turning each page and enjoying the smell every time? Books, real books, still exist and they can be found, exquisitely cared for, at the Boulder Book Store. The place is one of the region’s best, not least because of the welcoming vibe, the excellent selection, knowledgeable staff, and awesome events (book readings, signings, etc.) If you’re a newbie, go NOW. 1107 Pearl St.

The Book Cellar

This cozy nook of a bookstore somehow has all the books you’re looking for including some rare and hard to find books, and the largest selection of stuffed dragons (just look up). And if they don’t have it, they’ll find it for you faster and cheaper than Amazon. 724 Main St., Louisville

Furniture

Concepts Furniture and Accessories

One look and you’ll know Concepts is no chain store. You can always find that funky little chair or side table that’ll fit your room just right, and you gotta’ love its leather sectional selections on hand or online. Be sure to check out the Longmont store while you’re at it. 5440 Arapahoe Ave.

Encore Home & Decor

We have to be honest – when we walked into Encore and a customer was telling the manager that she had seen an ad in Yellow Scene, and that she loves the magazine, we felt all warm and fuzzy inside. Fair enough though – this is a great store. Beautiful pieces of furniture sit alongside gorgeous ornaments and pieces of art, plus kitchenware. It might be a little off the typical Louisville beaten path, but it’s worth a little drive. 370 S. McCaslin Boulevard, Louisville

Furnishings

Clutter Consignments

This is not your usual second hand furniture store, though it is perfect for Boulder. Eclectic, funky, sometimes exotic and always well made, Clutter’s wares are always well made and pricey looking, no matter how humble its origins may be. There’s always a lot of stem and dinnerware available. 1909 9th St.

Fuzzy Antler

Discover mountain elegance at its finest right here in Louisville. This is the place to shop when redecorating your second home in Vail or just want your first apartment to feel that way. Their selection of European antiques brings old world refinement to the flatlands. 901 Front St., Louisville

Home Improvement

McGuckin Hardware

McGuckin’s came into being in 1955 when Bill McGuckin, described on the website as a “rugged and avid fisherman,” decided to open store “based on his belief in personalized service, selection and first-hand experience.” Fast-forward 60 years, and the place is beloved. The original four departments have grown to 19, and there’s an expert in every one of them. McGuckin’s has built its reputation on being more personable then the big chains with more knowledgeable staff, stocking just about anything you could possibly need (and lots of things that you just want) for around the house. 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

Jax Outdoor Gear/Mercantile

Imagine if an Army & Navy Store and an REI fell in love, got married, had a baby and lovingly raised it on the Front Range. That’s Jax Outdoor Gear. Its carries all the supplies you’ll need for an outdoor family weekend or the zombie apocalypse. With a new archery range up and running, prepare for the Hunger Games too. 900 U.S. 287, Lafayette

Florist

Boulder Blooms

What a relief to find a florist whose bouquets match their online photos. Trust Boulder Blooms to deliver fresh, pretty flowers to your favorite coed or friend you haven’t visited in ages. Employees walk you through creating the right bouquet in person or over the phone so you’ll never disappoint with wilted flowers again. 2935 Baseline Road

Lafayette Florist

There’s a reason that Lafayette Florist wins this category year after year. First of all, the place is huge. Like, enormous. There’s a conservatory-esque garden center, and an upstairs area packed with gifts. The flowers here are above the standard florist standard – the owners put an incredible amount of care into each and every bouquet and arrangement. The place looks beautiful, and it smells even better. 600 S. Public Road, Lafayette

Kids Store

Grandrabbits

Kids love going to Grandrabbits because, you know, it’s full of toys. Adults love going to Grandrabbits because it recalls a sweeter time before electronic gadgets and chain stores took over, when care was taken with the presentation of the toys. From the racks of stuffed animals to the shelves of trucks and cars, Grandrabbits is a warm environment for playing vicariously through our children. 2525 Arapahoe Ave.

Adornables Little Ones Boutique

Squeeeeeeeeee! That’s what Moms say when they walk into this oh-so-adorable children’s clothing, gifts, décor and accessories store. If you don’t drop an egg after seeing all the teeny tiny clothes and super soft JellyCat plushies, well, you’re probably a guy. 661 4th Ave., Longmont

Liquor and Wine

Hazel’s Beverage World

With the number and kind of craft distillers popping up around Colorado and the United States, it’s great to have a local liquor store that’s willing and able to carry the obscure gems along with the local hits. Best of all, you can go to Hazel’s website and search its inventory before you even hit the door. Pair an encyclopedic selection of wines from around the world with helpful, knowledgeable sales people, and you have nearly the perfect wine shop. Add to that free wine tastings – often featuring the vintner or other dignitary – on Friday and Saturday afternoons and voila! Perfection. 955 28th St.

Superior

For 15 years, residents in Superior have been lucky enough to have Boulder County’s favorite liquor store right there on their doorstep. What’s not to love? General Manager Pete Messimer opened the store in his hometown after years of working on the road for wineries and breweries, and he knows his stuff. The rest of the staff are a joy too, and they all have caricatures on the website. Most importantly, the range of beverages on offer here is, ahem, superior. 100 Superior Plaza Way, Superior

Musical Instruments

Hazel’s Beverage World

Woodsongs is arguably as well known for its jam sessions and lessons as it is for the many and varied musical instruments on offer. The store has been around for 25 years, originally called Folk Arts Music. That rootsy, earthy, traditional feel is still the focus and there’s a wonderful selection of guitars, ukuleles, banjos and mandolins here. Band and orchestra peeps can find much to admire too, though really, if you love music and you need something, they’ll likely have it here. 101 28th St.

Lafayette Music

This place is simply fantastic. There’s a magnificent and frankly startling variety of instruments on display, and if they don’t have what you want just ask. Elsewhere, there are shelves packed with books of music and, if you’re not a player yourself, there are still awesome gifts in the form of mugs and t-shirts. The staff is smart and fun to talk music with, and the store looks great. It’s a joy. 400 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette

Pet Supply

Only Natural Pet Store

It’s a bold statement, to call your store the “Only Natural Pet Store,” but in all fairness it takes the treatment of animals very seriously indeed. No trashy pet food made entirely of waste meat product here; ONPS stocks gluten-free, raw and organic foods. It’s very Boulder County, and you guys apparently love it. 2100 28th St.

Struttin’ Pup

There are pet stores and then there’s Struttin’ Pup, a place that might not have the vast selection of one of the mega-chains, but that more than makes up for it by stretching way outside of the call of duty to provide boutique-like service for our four-legged friends. There are products here that you will never have thought of, curveball gift ideas for pets and pet lovers. There’s a grooming service too and, by the end, your pup will surely be struttin’. 2850 Arapahoe Road, Lafayette

Golf Course

Indian Peaks, Lafayette

Colorado native Hale Irwin designed this beautiful course which opened in 1993, and you guys have stood up and said that you love it time and time again. It has some of the best greens on the front range, a driving range and chipping greens. Frankly, if you love golf, this is the place for you.

Gym

Co Athletic Club

With Branches in Boulder and at Flatirons, as well as in Denver, the well-stocked gyms at the Colorado Athletic Club are very popular with our readers and, with family-friendly amenities and sessions designed to suit your individual needs it’s easy to see why. Wanna know why Colorado is the fittest state? Drop by. Multiple locations

Rec Center

North Boulder Rec Center

It came down to a healthy (no pun intended) competition between North, South, East and West, but the North came out the winner. With a pool, gym, and great events like Intercambio World Dance, and the Sweetheart Valentine Dance, there’s plenty to do at this community hub. 3170 Broadway

Bob L Burger

A centerpiece to the Lafayette community. The Bob L. Burger in Lafayette has an awesome pool complete with water slides, a fully-equipped gym, and so much more. There’s a pre-school here, plus a variety of classes and programs. Events like the annual Oatmeal Festival go on here. And honestly, we’ve only scratched the surface. 111 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette

Colorado Ski Resort

Eldora

Up in Nederland, 21 miles west of Boulder, lies this Mecca to winter sports, a veritable paradise for those wishing to indulge in skiing, snowboarding or just some good old resort drinking in beautiful and comfortable surroundings, not too far from home. Great for first-timers and experts alike. 2861 Eldora Ski Road, Nederland

Martial Arts

Vision Quest Martial Arts

Uncomfortably close to the Flatirons Church sits Vision Quest Martial Arts, which teaches the Kenpo karate system. By all accounts, and according to your votes, it’s brilliant. And by the way, Kenpo is the type of karate that Elvis learned. Just, you know, don’t try his other recreational pass-times. 305 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette

Yoga

Soul Tree

Operated & managed by Meghan Stockdale and Lori Glazebrook, the Soul Tree teachers pride themselves on being professional, knowledgeable and full of kindness. “Yoga taught me to love myself in wholeness, and teaching taught me that I really did have a voice and what I said mattered,” says Stockdale. Our readers obviously love to love themselves too, and that’s fine with us. 422 E. Simpson St., Lafayette

Pilates

Happy Cat

Joseph Pilates of Happy Cat (is that name a coincidence?) promises that, “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, in 30 sessions you will be on your way to having a whole new body.” Well sir, we just may take you up on that. Our readers certainly have. 2011 100 Year Party Court, Unit 3, Prospect Town, Longmont

Fair/Festival

Lafayette Peach Festival

“A whole festival centered around peaches,” you say? “How can that be, and how can it work?” Well, the proof is in the pudding. Or the cobbler. August sees Lafayette go peach-crazy, and people turn out in their masses, which is why you guys voted it “Best Festival.” Peach can be eaten in just about every form that you can imagine, and there’s music and artsiness too. The festival is a blast.

Live Music Venue

Nissi’s

Nissi’s is a little off of the beaten path in Lafayette, but this award proves that location hasn’t hampered it’s popularity. The back room has a great stage and impeccable acoustics, and the many jazz, blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll bands that perform there seem to be carefully chosen and having a great time. Nissi’s is a local gem. 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette

Movie Theater

Century

While there are some retro-looking movie theaters in the region, you guys have voted in favor of the very modern Century, in the 29th Street Mall. With a well-stocked and very contemporary concessions stand, comfortable seats and all of the latest flicks, Century has everything you would expect from a city movie theater. 1700 29th St., Boulder

Gallery

Creative Framing

While the Creative Framing stores are a chain, it is the one in Louisville which has gone the gallery route and, as can be seen by the result of this vote, blown up. Owner Janet Russell deserves the accolades too; the super-smart woman is a big supporter of local artists, giving them a stunning venue to showcase their work. 916 Main St., Louisville

Museum

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center

It sometimes feels like we have more museums than restaurants around here. In fact, it seems to be the Boulder County way that you’re status as a city grows with each added museum. That said, most of them are awesome, and the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center does that particular place proud. Founded in 1936, the museum boasts exhibitions as diverse as “Longmont in the News,” “Robots Rising” and “Day of the Dead alters.” Well worth dropping in. 400 Quail Road, Longmont

Theater Group

Boulder Dinner Theater

In lesser hands, dinner theater can be a quite irritating thing. Thankfully, these guys know exactly how to handle the delicate balance of “dinner” and “theater.” Fiddler on the Roof is currently playing, and we have Forever Plaid and Mary Poppins to look forward to in the coming months. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Auto Repair

Hoshi

Much like Stan’s, residents of Boulder swear by Hoshi. “Hoshi Motors has been serving the Boulder community for over 22 years,” they say. “Locally owned and operated by Laurie Farmen, we strive to provide service that is honest, competent, professional and personal.” Job done. 2504 Spruce St.

Stan’s

They say that an auto repair man that you can trust is invaluable, and we couldn’t agree more. In fact, neither could you. Stan’s your man. The guy and his staff have decades of experience, and they soften the blow of unexpected repairs by offering a free loaner car. Impressive stuff. 1950 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette

Chiropractor

Compass Chiropractic

According to the Compass website, “Dr. Evan’s ‘why in life’ is to build relationships built on trust and genuineness.” More to the point, he wants to get to the root of your pain, naturally. And, if the number of votes that he received is anything to go by, his methods are working. 1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Veterinarian

Gunbarrel Veterinary Hospital

Gunbarrel Vet preaches compassion and, let’s face it, that’s really want from our vet. That and a few years of training. The staff here has both in abundance, and they’re very popular with you guys. 4636 55th St.

Jasper Animal Hospital

Jasper is a beautifully elegant animal hospital with a warm vibe that, honestly, you wouldn’t think twice about visiting for your own health issues. “Jasper Animal Hospital’s goal is to work with both patients guardians to arrive at the best solutions to their health issues in order to maximize the quality of life for all,” they say on their website. Job done. 1369 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette

Politician

Jared Polis

“We’ve not taken a single action to fix our broken immigration system or secure our borders, and I strongly support immigration reform,” Polis told us back when we compiled our October election guide. “Then, with my background in education, I want to help establish a better federal education policy to improve the quality of our public schools and to help make college more affordable. With the current composition of congress, it’s hard to get victories with these issues, but in the last few months we were able to get industrial hemp research legalized in our universities.” The politician of the people around here, Polis won both the recent election and our poll. Wonder which one is more important to him… polis.house.gov

Chef

Bradford Heap

At this point, we might as well call this award the “Bradford Heap award for culinary excellence,” because the Colterra and Salt man wins the thing year after year. To be fair, it’s completely deserved. The man is the superstar chef of Boulder County thanks to his innovative thinking, curveball concepts and, honestly, delicious food. Colterra: 210 Franklin St., Niwot; Salt: 1047 Pearl St., Boulder

Private School

Watershed School

Watershed prides itself on being, “an uncommon school that fosters academic excellence and upstanding character through an innovative, rigorous and effective experiential college prep program.” As we explored in-depth in our December/January issue, there are many worthwhile education options to look at in our area, but you guys voted in high numbers for Watershed thanks to its vibrant, diverse approach, and we respect that. 1661 Alpine Ave.

Public School

Ryan Elementary

It’s tough to rate schools; we rarely send our child to more than one in one school year, so we only know if we like the one that we’re currently experiencing. That said, plenty of Lafayette residents (and beyond) feel strongly enough about Ryan Elementary to put it forward. Caring teachers, celebrated after-school programs and consistent excellence are just some of the reasons why. 1405 Centaur Village Dr., Lafayette

Neighborhood to live in

Lafayette

The schools are good, the houses are nice and affordable, and the Old Town area is arty and awesome. We get it – Lafayette is a great place to live. Add annual events like Art Night Out, the Peach Festival and the Oatmeal Festival, plus an influx of hip businesses like The Post, and you have one happening town.

Lawyer

Hartney Law

Martha Hartney opened Hartney Law in 2010, “to serve the people she loves because she is committed to helping moms and dads bring their greatest gifts into parenting fearlessly and with joy and making sure children are completely cared for if something happens to their parents.” It’s that compassion that led you to vote for her en masse. 353 Main St., Longmont

Doctor

Stephen Fries

Everyone loves a pediatrician. What’s nicer than a doctor who speaks plainly and compassionately to kids? Dr. Fries says that he, “has found Boulder to be a rewarding place to practice Pediatrics primarily because parents here place a high value on quality medical care for their children.” That’s us, good doctor, that’s us. 4745 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

Marijuana dispensary 21+

The Farm

The founders of the Farm are proud of their, “decades of expertise in the wellness and fitness industry, the arts and fashion design,” and justifiably so. As we said in our November Gift Guide, The Farm is one of the only places to offer the services of both a head shop and a dispensary. The staff are friendly, and the cannabis is quality. 2801 Iris Ave., Boulder

Marijuana dispensary medical

Terrapin Care Station

Terrapin has three branches in Boulder, but the Manhattan Circle location is the medical outlet. Crucially, the staff here is known for being extremely helpful, with a deep knowledge of which strain/hybrid/flower will best serve any particular ailment. The prices are reasonable, and the vibe is professional yet relaxed. 5370 Manhattan Circle, Boulder

Summer Camp

Dawson School

Offering over 70 summer camps over four weeks, it’s no surprise that you voted so highly for Dawson in this category. They say that you could feasibly attend a different camp very week and not hit the same one twice, which sounds like it’ll keep the kids occupied through those long summer months. Sports camps, science camps – Dawson has them all. 10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette

Art Studio

pARTiculars

With artists like Ann Barnsley, Debra Bond, Jeanne Hougen and Karen Edgerly (among many others) exhibiting at this quaintly beautiful Lafayette studio, and awesome classes like “Make your own art journal,” photography and calligraphy (again, among others), there is plenty to see and do here. 401 S. Public Road, Lafayette

Realtor

Janet Thompson and Kirsty Daviau

Want to sell your house? Janet will sell your house. Want to buy a house? Kirsty will find you a house. These women are local real estate wizzes; they know the region like the back of their hands, and they’ll work realistically with client’s expectations. With 13 years of solid experience, this dynamic duo has many happy homeowners under their belts. thompsondaviauboulderproperty.com

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