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Bagel
BD.c : Moe’s Broadway Bagel
When a lady from Colorado and a gent from New York decide to start a bagel shop, you get an original mom and pop bagel shop with which Boulder has fallen in love: Moe’s Broadway Bagel. Named after a lifelong bagel connoisseur, the Sherman family’s authentic bagels, cream cheeses and deli sandwiches would surely make their namesake, Grandpa Moe, proud.
BD.r : Moe’s Broadway Bagel

EC.c : Big Daddy Bagels
Big Daddy Bagels in Lafayette is more than just a bagel shop—and while the New York-style bagels are excellent, especially with a smear of cream cheese and a few slices of lox, Big Daddy also moonlights as a killer lunch stop, serving up wonderful sandwiches and wraps. At Big Daddy, you can’t go wrong—from the yummy simplicity of a plain bagel to the comfort of a freshly baked blueberry muffin.
EC.r : Big Daddy Bagels

Breakfast
EC.c Lucile’s Creole Cafe
We have a few bona fide Southerners in the Yellow Scene ranks, which is perhaps why the Creole favorites dished up at Lucile’s in Longmont (and elsewhere) satisfy so well. If there’s anything better than a homemade buttermilk biscuit served with strawberry-rhubarb jam, we don’t know what it is. Their homemade ketchup could bring peace on Earth. And the hot beignets and chicory coffee are as close to N’awlins as you can get without a plane ticket.
EC.r : Two Dog Diner

BD.c : Walnut Café
The New York Times called Boulder’s Walnut Café’s early bird special “rib-sticking” and the view “the finest vista from a strip mall you’re likely to find.” We have to agree. The Walnut Café, and its sister on the south side, serve up breakfast the way you expect it—eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes and toast—only better and with “Boulder sensibilities” like soy cheese available as a substitute.
BD.r : Lucile’s Creole Cafe

Breakfast Burrito
EC.c : Sabroso Mexican Grill
Longmont’s Sabroso Mexican Grill takes the concept of a build-your-own burrito bar to a whole new level of awesome. Their Burrito Kitchen offers two sizes of tortilla, three kinds of chile and tons of other ingredients that can combine into dozens—if not hundreds—of tasty burrito combinations, one of which will be uniquely yours.
EC.r : Santiago’s

BD.c : Big City Burrito
If you or anyone you know was a Colorado State University student, you probably already know about Big City Burrito, now with a location in Boulder. Fans of this burrito palace are true fanatics for the burritos, casting aspersions on anyone who dares mention another burrito joint. Ingredients are always fresh and burritos are made to order, so you never get anything you don’t want. And you don’t have to drive to Fort Collins.
BD.r : Santiago’s

Bloody Mary
EC.c : Lucile’s Creole Cafe
You don’t want one every morning…or even once a month. But when a bloody Mary craving calls, you better answer. There’s no better place for a little morning imbibing than Lucile’s; maybe because they’re from New Orleans—and those people do know how to drink. These tremendous beverages are oft described as “perfect.” How could you go wrong?
EC.r : Lucile’s Creole Cafe

BD.c : St. Julien
The science of the bloody Mary is a fickle thing—blending spice and tang, a dash of bitterness and a squeeze of sourness, specks of pepper and thin shards of horseradish dancing in a blood-red well. But at the St. Julien, science melts into sheer tranquility. Life—and mixology—just seems a little easier and lighter when the St. Julien is serving your bloody Mary.
BD.r : Query Group: Zolo, Jax, etc.

Brunch
EC.c : Huckleberry
Considering that Huckleberry serves breakfast until 3pm daily, “brunch” can be a seven-day-a-week affair. That means you don’t have to wait until Sunday to tuck into some crab cake benedict (with spot-on house-made hollandaise), salmon scramlett with herb cream cheese or biscuits and gravy (with traditional peppery sausage or a darn good vegetarian version) for an early afternoon delight. The calico comfort atmosphere fits right in with the “funky country take on food. This could change the way you think about Wednesdays or Tuesdays or Mondays.
EC.r : Huckleberry

BD.c : St. Julien
Done right, brunch is just another word for binge. And as binges go, the St. Julien in downtown Boulder is a tawdry pusher of breakfast excess that will bring even the biggest glutton to his knees. It’s all here, in spades. Buffet tables heaped with sausage, eggs, crab legs and grits. Pizzas, quiche, biscuits and gravy, and a bar where perfect omelets of custom ingredients are made to order next to the waffle station. bloody Marys that go to 11; and oh, the desserts…
BD.r : Greenbriar Inn

Coffeehouse
EC.c : Ziggi’s
The coffee is, of course, important, but to us, the more important quality for “best coffeehouse” is atmosphere. The coffee could be the best in the world, but if we aren’t enticed to sit down and enjoy our cup, the coffeehouse will remain at the fringes of our consciousness. Luckily, the big comfy couches and laid-back atmosphere at Ziggi’s on Main Street in Longmont complement their coffee beautifully.
EC.r : Ziggi’s

BD.c :Vic’s
If you like your coffee strong and consistently well made in a hip, non-corporate environment, then your probably already know about Vic’s. Friendly baristas will take the time to get to know regulars by name (and beverage of choice) and free WiFi rounds out the deal. Whether you need your daily caffeine fix, a meeting spot or a laid back place for people watching, Vic’s in Boulder may just be the coffeehouse of your dreams.
BD.r : Vic’s

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Lacy is an award-winning food writer and blogger. She lives in Westminster with her family. Google

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