7. Boulder

Important restaurants: Frasca Food & Wine, Black Belly Market, River and Forest, The Kitchen

Yes, this is a list of Denver neighborhoods. Why is Boulder here? Because when it comes to food, they’re basically the best neighbor ever. Plus, it’s impossible to talk about the Denver dining scene without the conversation somehow returning to Boulder – like when we talk about Frasca Food & Wine and Blackbelly Market, or when it’s all about River and Woods, a new venture recently by Daniel Asher, who is the former culinary director of Edible Beats (the group behind Denver favorites Ophelia’s, Vital Root, Linger and Root Down). Or how The Kitchen, which started with a single Boulder location, expanded Denver’s taste buds when it added locations on Mile High, including an outpost at DIA.