Boulder >Food & Dining > Foolish Craig's Cafe
1611 Pearl St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.019327 -105.274494
Morning Happy Hour-Mon-Thur-8am-11am
Evening Happy Hour-Mon-Sun-3pm-6pm
Neighborhoods: Central Boulder, Downtown
Bad Host – I have been going to Foolish Craig?s Cafe for 12 years. The food is always great, had a bad experience on our last trip though. Foolish Craig?s has a great atmosphere. Through the main eating area you can view Pearl Street and since the windows face south, nice sun light shines through the windows. Only problem is when if the host seats you upstairs the atmosphere is lost which is actually what happened to my girlfriend and I last Saturday.
My girlfriend and I have a tradition of driving from Denver to Boulder two or three times in the summer to eat at Foolish Craig?s and hike the Flat Irons. When we got to Foolish Craig?s I asked the host if we could sit at a table on the lower level. There were two three person tables and one five person table that could be divided into two tables. We arrived at 12:30pm way after the morning rush. Instead of letting us sit at a lower level table the host insisted that we sit at a table upstairs because the lower level tables were reserved for groups of three or more. I was fine with that until a decided to use the bathroom. When I got to the lower level I looked at the two three person tables that were available when we came in and there were two, two people groups seated at them. Also the table that could have had been divided was still empty. The host was not nice at all! My 12 year visits to Foolish Craig?s are done!
My days of referring Foolish Craig?s to friends are over. We need to find a new Boulder Breakfast spot!
If you visit Boulder for a night or more, you must visit Foolish Craig's. – My mother and I found this restaurant by chance when driving down Pearl St. It looked fun and unique so we gave it a shot. The front/outside of the cafe is small but the inside feels relatively roomy. We were asked whether we wanted to sit downstairs or upstairs and then promptly seated upstairs.
The decor is relaxing and cool. Our waitress was very nice and attentive. They have a decent selection of beer on tap and a selection of specials which is updated often. The ingredients are fresh and seasonal. My mother had a grilled chicken salad and she said it was the best one she had on the whole 8 day trip in Colorado. It had a lot of chicken which is a plus.
The salad that came with my entree was fresh and tasty. I had a choice of dressings which all sounded good but I went with the champagne vinaigrette. It was fantastic. I had flank stank cooked medium (came out a bit more rare but I like it like that) on smashed potatoes and surrounded by seasonal vegetables such as pearl onions, Brussels spouts, and carrots. This place reminds me of a restaurant that would be featured on a food network special with Rachel Ray, and I mean that in a good way.
Also, the prices were very reasonable considering the location, decor, and quality of food. If i am ever in Boulder again I would not hesitate to visit Foolish Craig's again...in fact I would plan on it.
Awesome service, good food! – This has been one of my favorite casual places to eat in Boulder for so long, and its probably because the manager (owner?) is ridiculously nice to his customers, and so is the rest of the staff. I usually just get a garden burger and fries, but save room for a dessert crepe; this place is all about crepes!
Fantastic Date Place – I went to this restaurant the other night with a date. We just happened to be walking along the Pearl Street mall and I asked her where she wanted to eat and said how about right there. I was unsure based off of the outside appearance but once inside it enhanced our evening immediatley. We enjoyed the our dinner while listening to fantastic jazz music. Sonny Rollins happened to be playing. We then exited the restaurant and listened to some more jazz and stayed for just a moment. I highly recommend this for a comfortable and fairly casual date. I felt right at home the minute I walked in.
Foolish NOT to go to Craig's! – Living proof that healthy food doesn't have to be boring! Foolish Craigs has a great creative breakfast menu selection- the portions are huge and the ingredients are fresh and very well prepared! The ambiance indoors is rather bar-like, but sitting at one of the three outdoor tables is a delight!
Great Breakfast – Great food and amazing atmosphere. I love going to Craig's in the morning for a cup of coffee. I can relax and plan for the day on the patio as I people watch and enjoy the weather. Just a fun place to go by yourself or with friends.
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