Boulder Pearl Street Mall Restaurants and Entertainment

hapa japanese restaurantOne day recently it made sense to take a trip with my kids to the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder.

As far as eating and restaurants goes in Boulder, one thing is certain, there are many choices. It’s one of the charming things about the Pearl Street mall, which is not really a ‘mall’ at all, but rather a pedestrian only six-block run of tree-lined storefronts.

It’s become a benchmark for many copy-cat outdoor pedestrian friendly shopping and entertainment areas in towns and cities throughout the country since 1976.

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Since I was visting downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street with the objective of both an aesthetic experience of my own, and an intent on entertainment value for my kids, we had to stop in at one of their favorites, Into The Wind.

With all the entertainment value, including street performers, in addition to the retail businesses, I always find it a pleasant and often relaxing time to stroll the mall.

boulder sushiOne of our favorite restaurants is the Hawaiian / Japanese fusion effort called Hapa. There are several different places to get sushi and Japanese food in downtown Boulder, and we’ve sampled pretty much all of them.

Hapa continues to be a favorite, and this isn’t a paid endorsement. In fact, I’ve never even managed to get a BOGO or buy-one-get-one coupon from Hapa. We just like it. You could also try Japango just across the mall on the south side of the bricks, Zanmai over by the Hotel Boulderado just to the north east.

into the wind boulderSushi Tora is another downtown Sushi option, as well as Sumida’s over on Folsom; both of which are long-time Boulder staples. I had a crazy idea to try a Natto hand roll years ago at Sumida’s, even though a close friend and Sushi chef from the long-gone Kobe-An told me to never try it. Whoah, what a mistake, it’s one of two foods I’ve tried so far that I’ll never eat again.

Other great options on Pearl Street that are tested and true favorites, for a variety of different reasons are: Centro Latin Kitchen, Falafel King, Trident Cafe, The Cup, Frasca, L’Atelier, and The Kitchen.

the cup boulderI’m still excited to try Salt, the new restaurant  in the old Tom’s Tavern location.

Don’t become confused if you seek this one out one evening and notice the Tom’s sign is still up on the building, but look carefully and you’ll notice the small sign above the door on the corner: “Salt” brought to you by Colterra chef Bradford Heap.

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