Dining

Dining Reviews

By
November 2002

1. Total Recall
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Déjà Vu

2710 E. Third Ave. 303-321-2324
The Draw
Classy Cherry Creek watering hole with excellent food and service.
The Drawback
A tucked away location that’s easy to forget.
Don't Miss
Vegetable spring rolls, black soy fillet of beef, baked Colorado trout, chocolate dessert du jour.
Vegetarian Options
Vegetable spring rolls, hearts of romaine salad, imported fresh mozzarella, chopped iceberg salad, spaghettini. Also, if you call ahead, the chef will prepare vegetarian items such as eggplant Parmesan, filo-wrapped artichoke hearts with lemon buerre blanc, and more.

2. To Thai For
B Lori Midson
Thai Flavor

1014 S. Peoria St., Aurora 720-859-7648
The Draw
Exemplary Thai food and gracious service.
The Drawback
No liquor license.
Don't Miss
Pla goong (grilled shrimp salad), tom kha (coconut milk soup), sukiyaki (Thai style soup), red curry.
Vegetarian Options
Papaya salad, tofu soup, plus curries and stir-fried noodles that can all be prepared vegetarian.

3. Flying First Class
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
The Perfect Landing

7625 S. Peoria St., Englewood 303-649-4478
The Draw
Unique setting, lots to see, great for kids.
The Drawback
Occasional long waits.
Don't Miss
Great salads, Romie’s chile rellenos.
Vegetarian Options
Very limited, but the fresh fruit plate is a good pick.

4. Latin Lover
By K. Courtney DeWinter
Samba Room

Samba Room 1460 Larimer St.
The Draw
Hot new urban watering hole with interesting food and good service.
The Drawback
A high decibel level of Latin music makes for tough conversation.
Don't Miss
XinXim (chicken and shrimp), cachaca smoked chicken, coconut-crusted shrimp, ancho chile chocolate flourless cake.
Vegetarian Options
Mixed field greens salad, seasonal vegetable selection, fried yuca, saffron rice. There is usually a vegetarian special on the menu.

5. Royal Treatment
By Rachael Graves and Matthew Leary
Royal India

1550 S. Colorado Blvd. #117 303-758-9099
The Draw
Flavorful ethnic cuisine in a strip mall.
The Drawback
The strip mall.
Don't Miss
Chicken tikka masala, all breads, shrimp pakora, chai.
Vegetarian Options
Extensive selection.

6. Passer-by
By Lori Midson
Rialto Café
(out of 4 stars)
934 16th St. 303-893-2233
The Draw
Gorgeous bar area and excellent breakfast dishes.
The Drawback
Inconsistent service, slapdash dinner dishes.
Don't Miss
South of the border breakfast, smoked salmon omelet.
Vegetarian Options
Bangkok wok, Mediterranean penne, “chips and dips,” artichoke Parmesan dip, vegetable spring roll, Rialto Waldorf salad, tomato and mozzarella salad.