Much like its siblings Thai Kitchens 1 and 2, Thai Kitchen 3 can be identified by the distinctive aroma of sizzling garlic and fresh basil that wafts out through its door. In the kitchen, chefs fold fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables into savory curries, nutty noodle dishes, and fiery stir-fries. All meals are made by adhering to time-honored traditional Thai recipes, which favor spicy chili peppers, creamy coconut milk, and tangy ginger root. Servers bring plates of noodles and bowls of soup into the dining room, where guests await their meals as they sip on Thai iced coffee in cushy booths amid warm red and yellow walls. Other diners sit perched on tall red bar stools as they order a cocktail or demonstrate how many times they can twirl around in a circle without even getting dizzy.
According to lore that has been passed down through the Lucio clan, one of the family progenitors was kidnapped from her native Chihuahua after Pancho Villa tasted her food and decided he needed her as his chef. That distant matron’s culinary wizardry trickled down the family tree and currently informs the cooking of her great-great-grandchildren at Armadillo Restaurants. Chefs at the restaurants use those generations-old recipes while gently patting cornhusks into place around meal and shredded pork or simmering red-chili sauce for enchiladas. Since the Lucios converted the first Armadillo Restaurant from a tough-guy bar into a restaurant in 1972, they’ve opened six additional locations in the Front Range.
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.
Everest Restaurant's menu melds both Nepali and Indian cuisine, highlighting dishes that can be enjoyed ? la carte or sampled in combinations from the lunchtime buffet. There are a few tandoori entrees, including a rack of lamb that marinates overnight while the restaurant is sleeping, and a variety of curries enhanced with traditional spices and chilies. There's also a substantial menu of vegetarian and vegan options such as the chana masala with chickpeas, tomato, and onion and the kaju matar paneer, which features homemade cheese steeped in cashew sauce.
Joe’s knows its specialties: Steak, Italian, and Cocktails. Steak dinners are served alongside traditional vegetables and potatoes, or a more unique choice of ravioli or spaghetti. The popular steaks can also be served on a sourdough baguette or in a salad with crumbles of Bleu cheese. Pasta entrees pair with eight different sauces, including pesto cream and white clam. Other classic Italian dishes range from chicken parmigiana to the shareable grilled artichokes dunked in lemon aioli. Inside the dining room, starburst lighting illuminates tan and exposed brick walls.
Favorite dishes from the south populate the menu at Leenie's Southern Cafe. Early in the morning, chefs tuck ham into omelets and decorate waffles with bananas, whipped cream, and pecans and before creating lunchtime eats such as chicken and shrimp gumbo. Their culinary endeavors don?t stop there; they display their love of anything sweet by baking cupcakes, muffins, pie, and bacon pineapple upside down cake.