|Best of Boulder East County
|Boulder Weekly released their “Best of Boulder East County 2021” results and over 20 of our members were featured! Congratulations on all of your success. We are proud to acknowledge that they are pivotal players in our business community.
|FOOD & DRINK
|BURGER & MUSIC VENUE
817 Main St., Louisville, 303-993-2094
Considering the fierce competition in the three “L’s”—Longmont, Lafayette and Louisville—it takes a mighty burger to win the hearts and palates of Boulder Weekly voters. Waterloo wins this category buns-down because at Waterloo, you really can have your burger your way. Instead of ½-pound beef patty, you can choose grilled chicken, a Beyond Burger patty, or bison. The range of cheeses include tangy gorgonzola, and toppings can be peanut butter or house-smoked brisket. Gluten-free buns are available along with a range of sides. Weekends were made for the Brunch Burger with hash browns: bacon, fried egg and American cheese is a winner.
Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar
1132-1 Dillon Rd., Louisville, 303-284-2741
“Italian” really is a diverse world of cuisines—everything from pizza to spaghetti and meatballs to risotto and bruschetta. When East County diners are looking for ingredient-focused classic regional fare, they vote with their taste buds for Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar. The elegant Louisville destination owes its authenticity and fine service to Naples-born chef and owner Silvio Cuomo. Regulars recommend Parma’s pillowy gnocchi dressed in Bolognese meat sauce and Parmesan and the delicate veal piccata with lemon caper sauce and mashed potatoes.
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House
637 Front St., Louisville, 303-666-5743
To find an ideal restaurant you can haul the entire brood to with zero complaints, you start with the menu: At Lucky Pie, that means pizza for everyone and a broad selection of craft beers (or cocktails) for the grownups. Throw in the buzz of cheerful conversation throughout the place that’ll keep your little ones’ squeals from overwhelming the general volume, along with some space for a little restless energy to be expended, and you’ve got Lucky Pie’s formula for family fun. Readers keep voting it East County’s best for kids, and the families keep coming back.
Double Happy Chinese Restaurant
740 Main St., Louisville, 303-666-8821
Eateries have always opened and then quickly closed; it’s a sad feature of the industry. Then there’s Double Happy Chinese Restaurant, which has been satisfying customers with sweet and sour chicken and chow mein for more than 40 years in Louisville. Our readers appreciate the well-cooked, familiar, affordable dishes that taste the same every time they order. That’s why they named Double Happy as their favorite Chinese Restaurant. The family owners have always been accommodating to special diets with loads of vegetarian options. During this time, Double Happy is only offering takeout and delivery, a service they mastered decades ago.
Moxie Bread Co.
641 Main St., Louisville, 720-420-9461
Is it the chewy, crusty sourdough loaves with soft insides that make nearly perfect toast? Could it be the butter-laced kouign-amman (QUEEN-ah-mahn) pastries that were made to be slowly nibbled with a latte or a cup of chai? Louisville’s Moxie Bread Co. has transformed the way we think about baked goods with owner Andy Clark’s devotion to using Old World techniques and heirloom grain milled in-house. Is it any wonder that Moxie Bread Co. has been voted your favorite East County bakery and it has earned a string of kudos from the national food press? We think the answer is obvious.
701B Main St., Louisville, 720-583-1789
LuLu’s BBQ went into this campaign season with a strong saucy platform offering juicy chicken and pulled pork, spicy sausage, fall-off-the-bone ribs, and smoke-infused turkey and brisket. But, since it opened in 2011, LuLu’s always broadened the coalition with mouthwatering Texas white oak-smoked firm tofu dished with minced onions, sport peppers, and house-made pickles. Frankly, we would be happy to make a meal of Lulu’s wonderful side dishes from BBQ beans and cornbread to slaw and fried okra—but we’d still have ribs for dessert.
PANCAKE/WAFFLE & TEAHOUSE
700 Main St., Louisville, 303-666-8020
There’s something reassuring in the knowledge that every day until 3 p.m. you can sit down to a stack of pancakes with over-easies at The Huckleberry in Louisville. Eating pancakes is like starting the day again—or having dessert, Afterall, it’s cake. At The Huckleberry, you’ve got flapjack choices to make. There is always the traditional stack: fluffy buttermilk pancakes to soak up butter and syrup. We always add our favorite superfood: wild blueberries. For a sweeter treat, try thin crepes wrapped around a mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and vanilla mixture topped with berries. Pancakes here can also be made-to-order latkes—crisp potato pancakes perfect with sour cream and apple compote.
/pôr/ Wine House
701 Main St., Louisville, 720-666-1386
It’s not just that Louisville’s /pôr/ Wine House boasts a huge list of white, red, rose and sparkling wines—this is the place with the knowledge and service and food to make learning about wine an absolute pleasure. The best way to find what you like in, say, white wines, is to sip them side-by-side in a flight of three wines at Por: Butternut California Chardonnay, Gazzera Sicilian Pinot Grigio, and Tara-Rua New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The tapas menu of bacon-wrapped dates, blistered shishitos, dolmas and meatballs make an ideal pairing with a bottle or a glass.
|ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE
Elevations Credit Union
There’s nothing better than feeling a part of something bigger than yourself. At Elevations Credit Union, opening an Elevations Membership Savings Account not only gives you the ability to apply for a checking account, credit card, loans, and more, but your investment also gives you a lifetime share in the credit union, which offers services we’ve all come to expect from traditional banks. But unlike others, its profits are reinvested back into our Boulder County neighbors and local businesses. As Elevations says, “It matters where you bank.” We couldn’t have said it better.
PUBLIC SCHOOL (K-8)
400 Hutchinson St., Louisville, 720-561-7200
The years kids spend in elementary and middle school help mold the adults they will eventually become. Picking up social skills, overcoming challenges, learning the fundamentals of a variety of topics . . . it’s important that kids have quality teachers, administrators, coaches and counselors to guide them on this journey. Our readers say the best place in East County for kids in grades K-8 is Louisville Elementary School, which offers comprehensive education, health and wellness support and some engaging extracurriculars, like running club, science fair and choir.
Mudrock’s Tap & Tavern
585 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 720-890-7900
A sports bar’s gotta have TVs, and Mudrock’s Tap & Tavern has 32 high-definition TVs so you and your squad can go and watchall the big games on a Saturday afternoon. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., so you can do your pre-gaming on the cheap, and there’s a whole menu of pub foods, from wings to burgers to salads, to satisfy any craving.
|FITNESS & HEALTH
Louisville Dental Associates
1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303-665-7505
The goal of having a warm and friendly environment seems to have worked for Louisville Dental Associates. This winner provides a multitude of dental services from general exams to cosmetic work and periodontal care. More than 200 reviews on Google speak to just how kind, gentle, and welcoming the staff members are. So if you are looking for a dentist’s office that will provide that kind of environment, our readers say this is the place for you. Remember, the pandemic won’t last forever, so take care of your teeth before you take your mask off!
Louisville Recreation & Senior Center
900 Via Appia Way, Louisville, 303-666-7400
Newly renovated, with the mission of providing quality recreational and leisure activities and services, the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center is a vital part of the community. The center has programs, classes, and services that promote physical, mental, and social well-being. From swimming and fitness to computers and children’s day camps, the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center has something for everyone.
Avista Adventist Hospital
100 Health Park Drive, Louisville, 303-673-1000
Avista Adventist Hospital is a Centura Health location with a mission to “extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.” The location offers heart, vascular, and emergency care as well as specializing in joint and spine care. The hospital has been recognized and awarded for its New Life Center, the largest birth center and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery in the Louisville and Boulder County area.
1760 Centennial Drive, Louisville, 303-665-7333
Dr. Damen Caraway has been crafting spectacular smiles in Louisville since 2006, and Erie since 2009, and over the years has earned his practice’s multiple wins for best orthodontics in East County. When you (or your child) need to straighten out your teeth, Caraway Orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options, including colored metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners, to help you reach your goal and look good while you’re doing it. If your smile needs a tuneup, our readers suggest you call Caraway Orthodontics
|HOME & GARDEN
600 S Public Rd., Lafayette, 303-665-5552
Walking into a good florist shop is a uniquely soothing experience. You’re immediately struck with the humid fragrance of flowers, plants and earth; the ambient trickle of water; people chatting about succulents and ficus plants. It’s the perfect cathartic excuse to go shopping for that new money tree for the office, or for a bouquet of bright carnations for that special someone. There are a lot of exceptional florists in East Boulder County, but according to our readers, none stand up to the Lafayette Florist. Step inside and wander their shop and greenhouse and you’ll see why.
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods
Multiple locations, 303-544-5857
Building a home anywhere in Boulder County can be insanely expensive, stressful, time consuming and logistically nightmarish. But it doesn’t have to be. Boulder Creek Neighborhoods makes it easy for prospective homeowners to build the perfect home to fit their lifestyle. And the homes offered by Boulder Creek are designed to be low maintenance from the get-go: all of them are created with a neighborhood lifestyle association, that takes care of all the pesky home-maintenance chores—like mowing the lawn, edging, aerating, fertilizing, and even shoveling snow. Sounds like a dream, right? It is, and that’s why our readers say Boulder Creek Neighborhood is their favorite home builder in East Boulder County.
KITCHEN SUPPLY STORE
The Singing Cook
728 Main St., Louisville, 720-484-6825
There’s an allure to good kitchen shops that makes them hard to walk past. And while The Singing Cook in Louisville is small, it’s full of some of the most useful culinary gadgets, tools, accessories, quirky ingredients, and machines you’ll find anywhere. Walking past it is almost impossible. The owner, Jenny Hlawatsch, goes out of her way to make sure her store has what you need; and if she doesn’t have it, she’ll get it for you. She’s a Louisville native, turned local business-owner and she takes great pride in the Singing Cook. And yes—the cook does sing. Just have your favorite musical in mind at check-out if you’re going to ask Hlawatsch for a performance.
Louisville Tire & Auto Care
1190 Griffith St., Suite 1, Louisville, 303-665-4902
When your car or truck breaks down, or your old four-wheeled friend needs some help so it can pass an emissions test, you need a team of mechanics you can trust. At family-owned Louisville Tire & Auto Care—once again voted the best in East County by BW readers—you know you’re in capable hands. Open since 1993, Louisville Tire & Auto Care can help you with anything from routine maintenance to new tires, an oil change, serious engine work, brakes, and more, and they service all makes and models of cars and trucks. Call them today to learn for yourself why they’re named the best auto service year after year.
889 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303-665-6343
Louisville Cyclery is justifiably proud of the fact it’s the oldest bicycle shop with the same owner over the years in Boulder County. In fact, the shop has been helping cyclists with their equipment since 1980, longer than many of its patrons have been alive. Their level of expertise is top-notch, which is why BW readers voted Louisville Cyclery the best in East County—but they’ve also got you covered when it comes to beginner cyclists or entry-level kids’ bikes. And while you’re certain to find the new mountain bike or BMX or e-Bike of your dreams, they’ll also service or repair your current ride, along with a broad selection of accessories to customize your two-wheeled steed.
Arc Thrift Store
1349 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, 303-666-8060
When you buy clothes at arc Thrift Store, you can feel good about both making a sustainable choice, and also about spending money with an organization that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With multiple stores across Colorado, arc is the largest employer of people with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state. Plus, these folks are tireless advocates for those in our community who need support the most. So shop with a good conscience at arc Thrift Store.
REAL ESTATE GROUP
724 Main St., Louisville, 303-974-5005
RE/MAX Elevate has been central to Louisville real estate since its founding in mid-2019. Its realtors have over 100 years of combined experience, and are active in Louisville, Boulder, Superior, Lafayette, and other Boulder County locales. With this level of commitment to customer service and long standing expertise, it’s no surprise Boulder Weekly members have voted RE/MAX Elevate the best of East County once again.
Empire Storage of Louisville
1391 Empire Rd., Louisville, 303-604-1391
Empire Storage of Louisville is a family owned and operated facility open seven days a week. It offers a number of different options for self storage but what truly makes it stand apart is the commitment to customer service. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to assist customers with any questions or problems that may arise and personal property is given the utmost security. Each storage unit is equipped with state of the art security features including individual alarms for every unit, individual codes for gate access, and digital video surveillance throughout the facility. In addition, they carry dollies, U-Hauls, and moving and packing supplies to assist you with your move if needed. With this level of commitment, it’s no wonder readers voted Empire Storage the best of East County.
565 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville, 720-985-4259
InkSmith is a tattoo and piercing shop located in Louisville. It offers a number of different services, including custom tattoos, piercings, little lobes (piercings for those 12 and under), full body waxing, and eyebrow tinting. They have a commitment to the quality of their work and their customer satisfaction. All piercings are safe, implant-grade jewelry that fits your personal style. Every tattoo, small or large, is customized until it reaches the customer’s satisfaction. The staff has an impressive number of years experience and is constantly expanding their knowledge and bettering their craft. If you’re searching for a new piercing or tattoo, look no further, InkSmith is the reader’s choice and their talent speaks for itself.