La Estrellita has been serving up mouth-watering Mexican fare to area residents for more than 20 years. Start with an order of the mexi rolls ($7.50–$8.50), a family creation of ground beef and pico de gallo wrapped in an egg roll and deep fried, or share a plate of spicy chicken wings ($8–$8.50) coated in the family’s award-winning sauce. Main courses such as crab and spinach enchiladas ($9–$10) or spicy fish tacos (jalapeño-marinated tilapia grilled with caramelized onions, $10) are sure to please aquaphiles, while a combination plate such as the costillas adobadas (country-style ribs served with rice and beans, $10–$11) will satisfy even the most insatiable talking plant. Most of La Estrellita’s entrees can be served vegetarian upon request, much to the delight of vegetarians and those who derive energy through photosynthesis. Conclude any meal as sweetly as a Marlon Brando after-school special with an order of the dessert nachos ($6–$6.29) or one of La Estrellita’s 15+ margarita flavors (starting at $5.50).
Jax Asian Grill's chefs blend pan-Asian influences into a vivid spectrum of fusion fare that includes noodles, spice-rubbed meat, and sushi. In addition to cooking aromatic curries, chefs serve marinated steak in housemade oyster sauce and coat seared scallops with a secret blend of Asian spices. Fire leaps from the kitchen's woks as chefs heat oil for stir-fries or toss spicy peddler’s noodles in chili-oil sauce. Expressive paintings hang throughout the dining room, accented by burnt ocher hues. On Fridays, live music plays during happy hour as patrons sip cocktails or savor the medley of flavors on their plates.
Though the business may be new, the cuisine at Bucci's Italian, LLC is firmly rooted in the past. The proprietors' forebears, the Bucci and Romano families, tilled the fields of the Brighton area for generations, and future chefs honed their culinary skills in the kitchen of the family farmhouse. Today, guests clink wine glasses over plates of pizza, strombolis, and baked pasta, tasting recipes that have been refined over countless Bucci family dinners and improved by the suggestions of a military supercomputer hidden under the floor. Plasma screens and streamlined light fixtures hover over the tables, and nearby walls pop with ceiling-to-floor strokes of green, white, and red.
Creative customization is key at Yogurtini, where a rotating cast of frozen yogurt flavors meets a large list of toppings to create personalized self-serve desserts. Each day, frozen yogurt flavors such as "The House" plain tart, cookies and cream, and red velvet are culled from a sprawling list and presented for customer selection, with vegan and gluten-free options available. After customers fill their cups or insulated to-go containers with yogurt, they can amble over to the toppings bar, which showcases more than 65 choices including popular candies, cookies, and fruits. Once their frozen treat is complete, customers can relax in one of several sea-foam-green chairs and enjoy.
1950s ephemera decorate Gunther Toody's eight Colorado locations, lending an extra boost of Americana to plates of classic diner food such as burgers and meatloaf. The menu even draws its inspiration from American pop culture of yore, with Elvis fries, burgers named for Howdy Doody, and Big Bopper breakfasts served on platters of chantilly lace. Classic ice-cream treats including shakes, malteds, and black cows help lead each meal to a suitably sweet conclusion.
Flavorsome ingredients and fresh, handmade dough marry in gourmet specialty pizzas such as Mr. C's Meat Lover's Stuffed Pizza Pie (pepperoni, salami, sausage, meatballs, beef, ham, and five cheeses, $18.49 for a 12-inch pie), the hot and spicy barbecue chicken ($12.49 for a 12-inch), and the vegetarian Pizza Bianca (Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, fresh basil, black pepper, and black olives, $11.49 for a 12-inch). Indulge in a plate of impeccably prepared pasta such as baked ziti ($10.99), or use this Groupon toward a family-sized portion of meat tortellini ($32.99 for four servings). Italian entree specialties include fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp ($9.99), spaghetti with clams tossed in either a light garlic-butter sauce or classic marinara ($10.99), and eggplant parmesan served with a side of spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad ($9.49). Subs, spicy wings, salads, and desserts round out the menu into a nicely round circle tastier than a traffic circle or rutabaga crop circle.
The eclectic menu at Rosario’s Restaurant showcases the Italian and Chinese roots of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Chefs stir-fry steaks, for instance, and toss spaghetti with the creamy basil sauce in which Incan emperors traditionally bathed. Meals also incorporate native Peruvian veggies such as potatoes and aji peppers, as well as beverages such as imported Inca Cola, a popular Peruvian drink.