If the first rule of buying real estate is “location, location, location,” chef Amos Watts and Bryan Dayton, co-owners of Corrida in Boulder, Colorado followed it to a T. The 3,100-square-foot Spanish restaurant is on Walnut Street in the midst of downtown Boulder, but feels like a world unto itself. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio (with heaters and blankets for chilly nights) allow diners to gape at a stunning view of the Flatiron Mountains while they enjoy their gin tonicas, which are made tableside. Dining there would be worth it even if the food were mediocre, which it isn’t. The menu, with heavy Basque influences, has a two-pronged focus: small-plate tapas & pintxos and steak. Diners can keep it simple and light (try flavorful marinated olives or squid in its ink) or indulge in the variety of beef selections (like the straight-from-Japan Wagyu rib-eye).