Review: Mona's, Efrain's II

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.

February 2006

A Niche Filled
By Elisabeth True

2364 15th St. 303-455-4503

The Draw
Gourmet breakfast and lunch without the price tag.

The Drawback
At peak times you'll have to wait-often outside-for a table.

Don't Miss
House burger, huevos rancheros, corned-beef hash, blueberry flapjacks with lemon whipped cream, steak and eggs, brisket.

Vegetarian Options
Blueberry flapjacks, orange brioche French toast, vegetarian sandwich on ciabatta, Mona's grilled cheese.

Mexican Hideaway
By Carol W. Maybach
Efrain's II Mexican Restaurant

1630 N. 63rd St., Boulder 303-440-4045
(Also locations in Lafayette and Longmont)

Don't Miss
The chile verde, fiery baby-back ribs, premium margaritas, and sugarcane-sweetened Mexican Cokes (to put out the heat).

The Draw
A bustling restaurant that offers flavor to spare.

The Drawback
Menudo is often unavailable, and some entrées are very run-of-the-mill.

Vegetarian Options
Cheese enchiladas, chile rellenos, and veggie tacos are three great picks.