John Pinelli had lived across the country, but he always returned to one place: Philadelphia. Each year, no matter where he was, he would come back to that city like a boomerang. A very hungry boomerang. During his visits, he devoured cheese steaks, Italian hoagies, water ice, and Tastykakes snack pies. He just wished he could bring one of those restaurants back to his home in Denver. Instead, he opened South Philly Cheese Steaks in 2004.
Pinelli's decision to leave his corporate job perplexed his family, but he knew he was on to something. After all, he knew how to make italian hoagies and hot roast beef. He knew how to bake Philly-style pizza, and of course, he knew how to assemble an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak. It all proved successful, and South Philly Cheese Steaks now has several locations across Denver and its surrounding areas?with more likely to come.
At each restaurant, a simple dining room greets patrons with casual tables and a custom mural of Philadelphia's skyline. In the kitchen, cooks work with many ingredients sourced right from Philly. In addition to the classic cheese steak, they assemble special varieties, such as a pizza cheese steak with provolone and marinara.
The A.V. Club described Melita's as "a daring lunchtime experiment" for fusing Greek and Mexican flavors into such dishes as the sheep's-milk-cheese chicken quesadilla or the gyros supreme, a hearty pita sandwich loaded with fresh guacamole. Their personal-sized greek pizza, which was named ?best pizza at a Greek market? by Westword, delivers grilled tomatoes and kalamata olives on a crispy crust, and the greek burger piles gyro meat and updated translations of The Iliad atop a grilled patty. Patrons can dine on these or more traditional dishes??from chicken souvlaki to falafel??and sip on imported Greek beer and wine inside or on a sunny front patio.
In addition to classic Mexican food staples like sizzling fajitas and tacos al carbon, chefs at Lime incorporate international influences into their Central American cuisine. Steamed edamame and chipotle crema dipping sauce, as well as the scorpion plate’s shrimp flash-fried in a wonton wrapper, mingle Mexican cooking methods and ingredients from Asian traditions. And American fair makes its mark with the Lime's Mexican burger which wraps a flour tortilla around a beef burger patty, served with fries. The restaurant creates a festive atmosphere with margaritas, mojitos, and board games that double as giant maracas.
Behind Bombay Clay Oven?s castle-like fa?ade lies a gateway to the Mughlai style of Indian cuisine, which features yogurt, cream, fruit, and a wide range of spices lending silky textures and delicately distinct flavors to roasted meats and vegetables. In the kitchen, kebabs of lamb and beef sizzle in the eatery?s traditional tandoor oven, balanced by a lengthy bill of vegetarian fare.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Bombay?s dining room fills with live music, which diners can enjoy from the confines of Middle Eastern?style booths draped in curtains and padded with basmati rice.
At 730 South, chefs prepare a diverse menu that travels from the New England coast to southern farms, from Italy to Mexico. You'll find shrimp and lobster enchiladas, yellowfin tuna salad with wasabi vinaigrette, and calamari strips served with a trio of dipping sauces. From there, the menu moves inland, with chefs creating chicken saltimbocca, a signature 730 burger—with A1 sauce, blue cheese, and a crispy tower of onion rings—and southwestern meatloaf topped with green chili and paired with chipotle mashed potatoes. Gluten-free menus and a full wine list are available.
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.