Ethnic restaurants provide a taste of variety for everyone not lucky enough to travel frequently or secretly live in the United Nations food court. Have a far-flung feast with this Groupon.
$48 for a Latin American food-and-drink pairing for two ($101 value)
- Shrimp ceviche with hand-crafted margaritas made with 100% agave tequila
- Bocoles (masa and black-bean cakes) with traditional caipirinhas
- Potato and ham croquettes with refreshing mojitos<p>
The menu explores Central and South America as well as the Caribbean with small plates such as slow-roasted pork tamales and shrimp ceviche with cucumber, radish, onions, and fresh lime juice. Dark-chocolate ice cream and a moist banana tres leches cake end meals on a sweet note, following sips of a modified mojito made with house-infused pineapple rum.
When most people go on vacation, they return with souvenirs for friends. But when Chef Alex Gurevich traveled to Latin America, he came back with a plan. Inspired by the rich cultural traditions in the eclectic cuisine he sampled, Gurevich decided to create a space that embraced the spirit of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The result: Limón, and the fresh, cultural-blending novoandino style of cooking that fills its menu. And it hasn't gone unnoticed. Shortly after opening, 5280 magazine praised the eatery’s devotion to bold, yet accessible flavors, placing Limón on its list of Denver’s Best New Restaurants in 2006.
The menu’s shareable small plates are divided into three sections, each featuring classic dishes as well as refined interpretations of staples from a specific region. Grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce and empanadas stuffed with corn and black beans evoke the flavors of Argentina while the ropa vieja’s slow-roasted shredded beef stamps diners' passports and pushes them on a plane to Cuba. Even the drink menu transcends borders, with its caipirinhas—Brazil’s famously simple cocktail of cachaça, muddled lime, and cane sugar—alongside more familiar margaritas with house-made sweet-and-sour mix.
The exposed brickwork and mocha-brown walls of Limón’s dining area create the same sense of warmth and coziness as the menu. Dark wooden tables nestle against high-backed, terracotta-red booths or an avocado-green half wall, while other seats border the front wall’s picturesque windows. At night, the sconces, teardrop-shaped pendant lamps, and burning piles of unnecessary travel guides light the space, lending a soft glow to the entire room.
“Very good food, great Gluten Free selection, but don't go there in a big hurry.”
“Food was excellent, nice portions. Great and friendly wait staff.”
“Great Tapas style menu with a wide variety of South American dishes for all tastes. Service is really good and attentive. Decor could be more bright and inviting...”
“Great Tapas style menu with a wide variety of South American dishes for all tastes. Service is really good and attentive. Decor could be more bright and inviting much like the South American people.”
City Park West
1618 E 17th Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80218