Famous as a symbol of the 1960s counterculture, former home of the beat poets, and now a hub of the tech industry, the university town of Boulder lies right at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Its downtown is known for eclectic boutiques along the Pearl Street Mall. Street performers with a multitude of talents make the Mall one of the best people-watching destinations anywhere. One of Roadfood’s top culinary destinations in Boulder is the Village Coffee Shop, which correspondent Buffetbuster described as “the type of breakfast restaurant you always hope to find while traveling.” That means personable service with a shot of good-natured sass, plate-size blueberry pancakes, and chicken-fried steak smothered with creamy, meat-laden sausage gravy. The other favorite place to visit is the Avery Brewing Co. Tap Room, where both meat-eaters and vegetarians will find what they seek: for the former, gumbo loaded with smoked chicken, crawfish and sausage; and for the meat-frowner, a Buddha bowl of grains, lentils, pickled vegetables, beets, and avocado-coconut dressing.