Next stop: Latin America, India, and Afghanistan
Here in Aurora, you can enjoy more than 250+ ethnic eateries without leaving city limits. Discover our latest picks for Latina American, Indian and Afghan food below. Yum!
PLATEA LATIN EATERY AND CANTINA
6105 S. Main Street #103| get directions
Prepare for an evening of fun and flavor! Platea Latin Eatery and Cantina, located in Southlands, is known for an expansive menu catering to Latin American tradition and authentic cuisine. Order a handful of tapas to get the evening started. With dishes like Chicharron (pork rinds, lime and chili powder) and Elote (chargrilled corn on the cob topped with cheese and spices), you can’t really go wrong. From there, diners are welcome to enjoy empanadas, tacos, various seafood dishes, tortas and more! With a full wine list, cocktails from across the world and tequila-infused beverages, it’s perfect for spending an evening with friends.
2501 Dallas St. | get directions
Described as an Argentinian paradise, Maria Empanada at Stanley Marketplace is a walk-up café serving some of the area’s best pastries, salsas and of course – empanadas. Owner and Artisan, Lorena Cantarovici, said her fond memories of empanadas, laughter, and the consistent gathering of people sparked her passion for the business, which has since expanded to three locations. Diners are welcome to enjoy a variety of empanadas filled with tasty flavors such as spinach, tuna, tender seared steak, fresh veggies and so much more! Their full menu includes tortas, pastries, and even breakfast items.
STAR OF INDIA
3102 South Parker Rd. | get directions
Cozy up for a meal of traditional Indian cuisine. Don’t let the casual atmosphere fool you, Star of India is the real deal and serves up a variety of tasty eats that are anything by bland. Their dine-in options are served family style, making it an ideal stop for a group willing to try a little bit of everything. Locals rave about their tandoori (marinated meats baked in a clay oven) and outstanding curries. Star of India’s menu also includes expansive vegetarian listings that aren’t your run-of-the-mill picks. Try the vegetable korma, filed with mixed veggies, whipped yogurt, and hits of coconut milk and cashews. With so many options, you’ll want to try them all!
MONSOON CUISINE OF INDIA
24107 E Commons Ave Ste 105| get directions
Enjoy a modern spin on classic Indian eats at Monsoon. Cozy up to the bar and order a glass of wine. With shareable plates, happy hour specials and naan flatbreads, it’s the ideal places for an after-work meal. Try their bite-sized samosas served with a creamy and tangy masala sauce or go classic with tandoori chicken (in-bone baked chicken packed with flavor and served with a side of chutney). Looking for something a little more casual? Order the Keema Naan; a flatbread served with minced lamb and perfectly complimenting spices.
ARIANA KABOB CAFÉ
2767 S. Parker Rd. | get directions
This little café off of Havana Street is anything but ordinary. Beloved by locals, this off the radar restaurant is packed with flavor. Just as the diners who could smell the delicious aromas as soon as they step foot inside. With dishes like mantoo (dumplings stuffed with ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, and yogurt) and kabobs that some have described as out of this world, you really should try a little bit of everything. Arian Kabob Café also has lunch and dinner buffets, so diners can enjoy a long list of traditional dishes.