Our favorite destinations in the Longmont area for an evening out or when time or meal-ideas are hard to come by.

By Ben Haney | Longmont Magazine

Sun Cafe.

Sun Cafe.
(Photo courtesy: Sun Cafe).

Not sure what to cook? Longmont’s restaurant scene offers options for everyone, from happy hour and fast casual to high-end and artisan dining. We gathered a myriad of local spots and bustling restaurants to share. Here’s what we’re eating.

Mama Mead’s Pizzeria
Mama Mead’s Pizzeria provides a wonderful neighborhood hangout for friends and families to enjoy a large slice of New York-style pizza. The prices are hard to beat, and the portions are filling! Nestled next to a park, the spot is almost asking for a takeout slice and a walk around Roosevelt Park. Its menu also offers tasty calzones, sub sandwiches, wings, salads and desserts.

Your Butcher, Frank
Right next to Mama Mead’s Pizzeria, Your Butcher, Frank is a locally owned and operated butcher serving fresh sandwiches along with hand-cut meats and cheeses. Bundled meats, sauces, soups, frozen pies and more can be found at this local shop.

The Mountain Fountain
If you’re looking for a local spot with Colorado-made products, The Mountain Fountain have you covered. Food ranging from great meats and cheeses to homemade quiches and pies can be paired with a piping hot espresso from the coffee bar. The Mountain Fountain is dedicated to supporting local communities as well, so make sure to head on down to experience things like plant popups and pie contests! 

Pumphouse Brewery
Located in a historic wood & coal storage yard, the Pumphouse Brewery’s award-winning beer and quirky ambiance make it the perfect pub for friends and families to stop and grab a bite to eat and some beer. As mentioned, the brewery’s beer won a gold medal at the US Open Beer competition, in addition to being the overall winner at the Colorado State Fair beer competition this year, with three gold medals and best of show.

Ghost Box Kitchen
Located a short drive from Longmont in Lafayette, Ghost Box Kitchen serves delicious wood-fired Detroit-style pizza paired with Stem Ciders and cocktails. The modern interior, beautiful patio and great location make this pizza spot worth the drive.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers brings the Midwest classics of savory smash burgers, shakes, malts, cheese curds and crispy fries to the Rockies. Their fast casual dining experience provides a quick and tasty meal to anyone in Longmont looking to have a classic American meal.

Sun Cafe
Sun Cafe seeks to serve its community quality Chinese food with filling portions. With fresh ingredients, flavorful cuisine and happy customers, Sun Cafe is the perfect spot to fill up on Asian cuisine in the Longmont area. 

Hatch Chile Burger. (Photo courtesy: 300 Suns Brewing).

Hatch Chile Burger. (Photo courtesy: 300 Suns Brewing).

300 Suns Brewing
Named after Longmont’s surprisingly long average days of sun per year, 300 Suns Brewing reflects its solar-themed name by serving beaming beer, burgers and sides. With live music and a beautiful location, 300 Suns Brewing is the perfect spot to sit down and relax with some food and beer
in Longmont.

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids
Oskar Blues takes pride in their craft Beer, fresh ingredients, live music and their family-friendly environment. The Longmont location is home to a giant beer can as well, which creates a scenic landmark to enjoy a mini version of its likeness.

Goodfellas Diner
Breakfast all day, a classic American diner feel and amazing staff can be found at Longmont’s very own Goodfellas Diner. The cinnamon rolls are some of the best Colorado has to offer and their friendly atmosphere makes any dining situation more fun.

Garden Gate Cafe
The Garden Gate Cafe has you covered with tasty American-style breakfast and lunch. Crepes and a latte can be enjoyed on their beautiful patio or restaurant goers can go inside for a quaint farmhouse interior. 

Blue Agave
Fine Mexican dining in a comfortable atmosphere is one of the many perks of Blue Agave in Longmont. Whether you order the piping hot fajitas or the sweet and savory tacos, the food cannot disappoint. 

Dining Room at Niwot Tavern. (Photo courtesy: Niwot Tavern).

Dining Room at Niwot Tavern. (Photo courtesy: Niwot Tavern).

Longmont’s Culver’s offers a variety of affordable drive-thru or dine-in takes on American cuisine. The cheese curds have the perfect squeak, the concrete is delicious and the burgers are amazing. They also offer a tasty fish sandwich as well.

Niwot Tavern
Niwot Tavern is located just outside of Longmont in the town of Niwot. It’s worth the drive for their burgers and pub-style food. The location has a beautiful patio and a great small-town feel where bands will often play music.

The Post
The Post is a Colorado staple with its amazing chicken and waffles that can be paired with a variety of beers. There’s a reason why they’re even located at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. The food is delicious and the location is cozy.

Swaylo’s Tiki Restaurant & Bar
Swaylo’s Tiki Restaurant & Bar wraps up our suggestions with a getaway in the foothills to a Tiki-themed bar and restaurant. They serve a variety of beachy cocktails served in crazy containers along with decadent sliders, burgers and other island food. For a fun time and funky atmosphere, Swaylo’s is the place to go.

Food brings people together, and the restaurants that we chose do just that. They are all symbols of the rich food culture here in Longmont. From giant beer cans and Tiki bars to small butcher shops with the best cold cuts, Longmont’s restaurant scene is hard to rival.