In the last several years, Longmont has grown considerably, offering several unique eating and drinking experiences. As a foodie, craft-beer drinking millennial hipster, I can vouch for Longmont; it may not be the most interesting town in Boulder County, but it does have a lot to offer. Here are some of my favorite places:
Longmont is home to several craft breweries and two of Colorado’s most popular: Oscar Blues and Left Hand. Both offer tours and have associated restaurants. Oscar Blues offers the most unique experience with its New Orleans and music themed interior, Cajun influenced food, and extensive beer list. On sunny days you can enjoy the patio and a game of corn hole, or live folk music on Sunday afternoons. If you love Oscar Blues, but aren’t feeling the food, check out two other Oscar Blue’s restaurants: Chub Burger, a casual burger joint, and CyclHops a Tequila bar/ bike shop. Some other breweries to check out are the Pumphouse, a firehouse converted into a micro-brewery, Groban Bart, and of course my favorite, Left Hand.
Food for the Foodies
My new favorite place to eat in Longmont is Hefe’s, a taco bar that serves a variety of street style tacos and a great $4 margarita. I also love Rosalee’s Pizza who along with having delicious pizza, has a blanket for each patron who sits on their patio. Other places to check out are Samples, which serves sample sizes of food from all over the world, The Roost, a local favorite for drinks and its rooftop patio. You may also want to stop in at Lucille’s for brunch, Happy Cakes for a cupcake, Scrumptous for ice cream, Aime’s Love bakery for a gluten free delectable, or one of the local coffee shops, Ziggi’s or my favorite, La Vita Bella.
While you’re downtown enjoying some beer or tacos, you may want to stop in at The Dicken’s Opera House or one of the other music venues or speakeasies. You can also enjoy one of the local art galleries or a bit of shopping at the local clothing shops, crystal emporium, candy shop, bookstores, and record store. If you’re feeling creative, stop in at Crackpots and paint a ceramic piece of your choice, or create a mosaic piece.
Four years ago, when I moved back to Longmont, after living in L.A., I felt I’d been exiled to “boring land.” But in the last few years the small farm town and the surrounding areas have grown and developed a lot. I will be moving in a couple months, but I will definitely be back to enjoy what L-town has to offer.