Hi chowhounders, a chower from Philly needs some help. I am attending a conference (very last minute) in Boulder next week, but I will be in Denver and Colorado Springs area beforehand. All in all I will be in Colorado for a week and while I am very excited about this, I HATE not having food plans before a trip. I trolled the boards for a while and have some good eats listed, but I would love to see what else I can jar loose. I don't need lengthy descriptions if you don't have the time, just restaurant names (and relative locations) so I have somewhere to focus my Yelp efforts. Long descriptions are of course appreciated if you have the time..... :)
Anyway - I love all food (really), but I like to eat regional specialties when I am visiting places. I know Colorado has good mexican, but what is the game meat situation like? What are good vegetarian, locally sourced options? I'd imagine that there are a lot of red meat fanatics and a lot of earthy folk (and any combination of the two) there, so where do these types make the best food? If I have overlooked a strong niche, please let me knwo that too...Philly is notably weak on Thai, so if there are any great Thai joints in that part of the world, can you please pass it along too?
Also - this trip comes at a bad time for me in one way, my 9-ball amateur pool team is playing in a fairly large tournament the weekend I come back from CO. While I am in Boulder, I would love to stay sharp. Any good bars with good food, good beer and a pool table in town (where the locals won't mind a girl beatin them ;) )? I will have a rental car, but it would be better for sobriety's sake if I could just walk there (or is a short cab ride away). I will be staying on the north side of UC Boulder's campus.
Thank you all for your help!!! If you ever come to Philly, hit us up!