You may think you already know Broadway Market, but since the industrial-chic hall reopened its doors (and wall of garage door windows) in June, it’s evolved into an entirely new scene. Chef Jesus Silva, who was part of the starting roster with his sushi counter, Misaki on Broadway, is now in charge of most of the food stalls, from Tora Ramen to Tacos Al Chile, where Silva makes sopes, gorditas, tacos, and salsas drawn from his childhood in Mexico’s Monterrey. Logan House Coffee is stocking Third Culture Bakery’s mochi doughnuts and muffins on weekends, and New Zealand–inspired Happy Cones Co. offers12 rotating flavors. Also new is Element Knife Company, where you’ll find Japanese blades and cutting boards, sharpening services, and exquisite handmade ceramic tableware.
Hospitality meets necessity at Mango House in Aurora, where the hum of sewing machines often blends with the chorus of six bustling food-stall kitchens. Founder P.J. Parmar estimates that resettled refugees make more than 20,000 visits each year to the multipurpose space’s walk-in health clinic, shopping and community centers, sewing studio, and food court. The last is where you’ll find immigrant and refugee chefs showcasing the culinary traditions of their homelands, from comforting bowls of ono kao sweh (chewy egg noodles and chicken in a rich coconut curry broth) at Urban Burma to Rocky Mountain Sudanese Restaurant’s fatta fool, a dish of velvety, cumin-tinged fava beans with feta and hard-boiled eggs, served with a baguette. There’s no way to go wrong, really, when neighbors share what they love.