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: Lim?n, 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 Lim?n 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 cacha?a, muddled lime, and cane sugar?alongside more familiar margaritas with house-made sweet-and-sour mix.
The exposed brickwork and mocha-brown walls of Lim?n?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.
Once upon time, the Stagecoach Inn was as famous for its fried chicken and biscuits as it was for stuffing Dwight D. Eisenhower's tummy and pants pockets with mouthwatering comfort food. Though the clattering of President Eisenhower's cutlery has long since faded from the log cabin, the eatery's fried chicken continues to draw in crowds of hungry locals and travelers alike. Their chefs cook up a well-rounded menu of such time-honored classics as pork chops with molasses and bacon and their signature-stuffed steak, a local favorite. Bartenders uncork Colorado wines and local brews—including Bristol Brewing Company's award-winning Laughing Lab Scottish ale—as hungry guests dig into meaty burgers and classic fish and chips. The Stagecoach Inn's rustic décor evokes the warmth and comfort of dining at a friend's house across its café, lounge, and upstairs dining room. Guests can also enjoy their meals creek-side outdoors or by the warmth of a fire.
Though the Stagecoach Inn has long since established itself as a community staple, Manitou Springs' old-timers remember a time when the old stage stop upheld another distinctive honor. The structure also housed the town's first electric company—an important feat, since Manitou Springs enjoyed electric power before even New York. The rest of the inn's past, however, is a matter of western lore, but many believe this rustic log cabin served as American author and civil rights activist Helen Hunt Jackson’s summer cottage.
Caribbean Breeze sends forth bursts of flavor with its menu of Latin- and Caribbean-inspired meals. Inside the well-lit eatery, chefs prepare shrimp three ways: breaded in coconut, swimming in a champagne cream sauce, or wrapped in bacon and cheese. Salmon and tilapia filets evoke more delicate flavors straight from the grill. The kitchen also concocts Mexican classics such as carne asada, which is served with deep fried jalapenos alongside rice and beans.
Though Maya Cove is far from the beach, stepping foot inside the brightly-colored restaurant might convince visitors?just for a little while?that they're just a pebbles-throw from the frothy ocean. Wall to wall, the interior of the coral-colored is decorated with beach-party ephemera, from an upside-down surfboard hanging over the bar to a papier-m?ch? parrot clutching a beer bottle for all of eternity. The drinks and food mimic the vibe, with items such as Havana chicken sandwiches with a tequila-lime sauce, and classic drinks that include mai tais, margaritas, and ice-cold beers from the taps.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine during lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. • For $20, you get $40 worth of Asian cuisine during dinner from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Diners who redeem their Groupon Thursday, Friday, or Saturday after 8:30 p.m. receive complimentary edamame and sake.
Executive chef Jose Manuel sharpened his skills and spatulas as the executive chef on the Leigh, an Ibiza luxury yacht where he served Bono, dignitaries, and the entertainment industry's top whale impersonators. Like Tapas D'Jerez's owners—a pair of brothers named Francisco and Augusto—Manuel is a Colorado dweller but a Spain native, and like them, he's passionate about bringing the Iberian Peninsula's flavors to Colorado. Tapas D'Jerez is named for the town in southern Spain where sherry—jerez in Spanish—was first created, a nod to the authentic culinary traditions that tie the restaurant to its menu's place of origin. When it comes time to ordering, diners can flex their culinary creativity by curating their own tapas plates, designing custom combinations grouped by ingredient or overall popularity. They can also choose from a variety of rice, meat, and seafood entrees, such as paella, salmon with fried bread sauce, and chicken breast cooked in sherry wine.