PLAINVIEW: Aurora’s Made the Grade, now cafe owners need to follow suit


So how far are you willing to drive for the creamiest, dreamiest sheep-milk cheese you’ve ever tasted? If you’re like me, and always just one incredible meal away from a better life, anything under an hour in the car is well-worth my investment.

So if you’re out here in A-Town, it’s no big deal to face the herds on I-225 and head to The Truffle Table in Denver’s Highlands and peruse 30 or so of the most amazing cheeses on the planet. It’s a place crowded with small-plate delicacies in a cafe transported straight from the Montmartre District in Paris.

';Likewise, I direct more than just a few Highlands hipsters out to Hoffman Heights to have real-deal Thai basil chicken at Sue of Siam. Nothing in Denver can compare to the light and slightly sweet fiery heat and vegetables inside a funky purple-and-orange diner posed on Aurora’s 1960s weird. Nothing.

This month, we celebrate Aurora’s Grade A designees. Inside, we peruse what makes living here so good. As you’ll see, Aurora has a lot to boast. When it comes to bringing the people, the languages, the cultures and the foods of the world all right here, there’s no place like Aurora. Luscious Ethiopian injera and some of the most incredible, exotic things ever to wrap it around are right here. African goat soup. Russian chocolates. Polish sour cream and sausages. Moroccan pastilla. Indian potato curry. Korean pork dumplings. Cuban tostones. You get the idea.

No doubt that Aurora is a place with seemingly endless exquisite places to eat novel delicacies you just can’t get anywhere else. Aurora is a place where the people who live here really appreciate their international culinary trip just down the block. So how is it that the rest of the metro restaurant scene hasn’t made their way out here? Where’s our version of Root Down, Right Coast Pizza, Vine Cafe and Dessert? In a community that has learned to appreciate sticky rice pudding with perfectly ripe Asian mangos, there’s a market for a kale-chip salad like the one at Spuntino in Denver.

It’s not like Aurora doesn’t have the art creds that tend to draw the art food. Everyone in the theater community agrees that some of the best, most provocative and alluring stage work these days is in downtown Aurora. This isn’t your father’s Fox Theater, folks. “Next to Normal,” was just one of the latest precocious stunts the Aurora theater tribe has pulled off. And I can guarantee you that the gang graffiti on East Colfax is no scarier nor more inventive than that in Denver’s Uptown.

It’s pretty easy to be happy with the Grade A slice of life our town offers, but we’re ready for more. Bring it on.

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