Aurora's Ethnic Eateries | 5

Next stop: Louisiana, Italy, and the Philippines

International cuisine is what Aurora does best. With more than 200 ethnic eats in the city, you’ll never run out of new flavors to try! This time around, we’re featuring eats from the American South, Italy, and the Philippines. Follow our ethnic eateries journey as we uncover some of Aurora’s best restaurants from around the globe!


Flaming Joe’s Seafood

18648 E Hampden Ave | get directions

Savor the flavor of Louisiana at Flaming Joe’s Seafood. Diners love their Catfish Po-Boy sandwich, seafood gumbo, and chargrilled oysters. This fast-casual dining spot is anything but bland. Locals come for the flavor and a place to watch the game. Its Louisiana cuisine done right!

The Lost Cajun

6105 S Main St. Suite 104 | get directions

The Lost Cajun is an all-southern style restaurant complete with that authentic Cajun spice, flavor, and seafood. Located in Southlands, this place is the real-deal with simmering gumbo, fried shrimp and crawfish, and plenty of Bayou classics you’ve come to expect. Diners recommend their lobster bisque but it’s just one of those places where everything is good!


Bettola Bistro

10253 E Illif Ave. | get directions

Old-school Italian flavors meet modern-style dishes at Bettola Bistro, Aurora’s newest Italian hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Diners can enjoy flavorful dishes such as grilled artichokes, shrimp scampi, and crispy eggplant Pomodoro. This cozy-space is reflective of Chef Samir’s rustic Italian menu – complete with wine pairings, dessert options, and weekly specials.

Wholly Cannoli Café

22691 E Aurora Parkway | get directions

Have your cake and eat it too! Family owned Wholly Cannoli Café has an expansive menu of classic Italian dishes bound to please everyone (even the kids!). Loved by locals, try their meat-filled calzones, chicken parmesan, and homemade garlic knots. Stick around for post-dinner cakes, pastries, and other sweets. There’s always room for more!


Sunburst Grill

2295 S. Chambers Rd. | get directions

Enjoy authentic Filipino flavor at Sunburst Grill. Locally owned, this place is the real-deal with highly-rated lumpi shanghai, pork-filled egg rolls with sweet chili sauce and chicken adobo, marinated for hours to create a garlic-vinegar flavor. Diners also can’t get enough of their kare-kare, marinated oxtail and tripe served with veggies. With reasonable prices, you should try a little bit of everything.


830 S. Buckley Rd. | get directions

Filipino and Thai flavors blend seamlessly into the dishes offered at ChowSun. Try their chicken satay, seasoned and skewered appetizers. Or, make it a meal with chicken adobo and the to-die-for garlic rice that’s the best-kept secret according to locals. After, enjoy a sweet treat of Halo Halo, shaved ice and sweet milk sprinkled with coconut jellies and flan or the Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango pictured above!



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