Mona's: Mona, we know what you're smiling about: Becoming Denver's newest breakfast hotspot. Efrain's II Mexican Restaurant: Boulder's off-the-beaten-path Mexican oasis.
A Niche Filled
By Elisabeth True
2364 15th St. 303-455-4503
Gourmet breakfast and lunch without the price tag.
At peak times you'll have to wait-often outside-for a table.
House burger, huevos rancheros, corned-beef hash, blueberry flapjacks with lemon whipped cream, steak and eggs, brisket.
Blueberry flapjacks, orange brioche French toast, vegetarian sandwich on ciabatta, Mona's grilled cheese.
By Carol W. Maybach
Efrain's II Mexican Restaurant
1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder 303-440-4045
(Also locations in Lafayette and Longmont)
The chile verde, fiery baby-back ribs, premium margaritas, and sugarcane-sweetened Mexican Cokes (to put out the heat).
A bustling restaurant that offers flavor to spare.
Menudo is often unavailable, and some entrées are very run-of-the-mill.
Cheese enchiladas, chile rellenos, and veggie tacos are three great picks.