Best Springtime Food Spots

Spring is here, and what better way to celebrate than with al fresco dining on a patio, indulging in delicious cocktails, and exploring the season’s fresh fruits and veggies and best dishes?

Explore our selection of top springtime culinary spots, perfect for embracing the arrival of warmer weather and savoring refreshing flavors.

Explore the Mediterranean

Boychik | Directions

Indulge at Boychik, where Mediterranean-inspired cuisine undergoes a modern twist. Treat your palate with rich shawarma, hummus dishes, wraps, and perfectly crafted cuisine. Elevate your culinary experience with vibrant, fresh salads bursting with seasonal goodness.

Unique dish: Enjoy the fresh tastes of the Moroccan Sweet Potato spread and the delicious Tel Aviv Caesar Salad featuring romaine, za'atar, pita chips, parmesan, pistachio dukkah, and sunny side egg.

Grape Leaves Restaurant 
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Venture to Grape Leaves Restaurant. This locally owned restaurant provides the freshest flavors that will instantly transport you right to the Mediterranean basin. Featuring beloved and traditional classics like chicken shawarma, gyros, kabobs, and delicious sambusas, consider your cravings satisfied.

Dish to try:
 Wanting to try something new? Check out the Beef Kefta Kabob Plate (meatball using beef and mixed herbs).

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill | Directions

Experience the tastes of Greece right in Aurora! If you’re a Greek food fan, the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill is a must-visit spot. From the classic allure of gyros to the refreshing crunch of Greek salads and the richness of melitzanosalata (roasted eggplant puree with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and pita) and spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese in a flaky puff pastry), your taste buds will thank you. Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur of Greek cuisine or a curious foodie seeking new horizons, this is a restaurant you’ll want to have on your list this spring!

Dish to try:
 Shrimp Souvlaki, skewers of jumbo shrimp served with salad, Tzatziki, pita bread, and feta fries. 

Refreshing Sips

Create Kitchen + Bar | Directions

Look no further than Create Kitchen and Bar for an unforgettable date night adventure. Here, you and your loved ones will embark on a culinary journey, crafting delectable dishes together for an evening brimming with flavor. When you're not busy sizzling up a storm in the kitchen, enjoy Create Kitchen’s fantastic happy hour. Indulge your senses with a thoughtfully curated seasonal wine list alongside a tantalizing cocktail menu tailored to your unique preferences. Whether you're a culinary enthusiast or simply seeking a fun night out, Create Kitchen promises a great experience to mix it up.

Drink to try:
 Craving a bit of citrus and richness? Check out their house cocktail, Devil On My Shoulder, with Roaring Vodka, Cassis, prickly pear, lime, and ginger. Or transport to island time with their JungleBird, featuring Coruba Dark Rum, Campari, pineapple, and lime. 

Traveling Mercies | Directions

This swanky oyster and cocktail bar is a must-try! While Colorado may lack oceanfront views, the moment you enter, you’ll be instantly transported to beachside paradise. Explore an array of bar favorites, from fresh shrimp cocktails to a selection of both West and East Coast oysters, alongside savory bites like the mussel escabeche toast. With perfectly crafted cocktails to match the vibe, Traveling Mercies is the go-to spot to experience some luxe during your happy hour or during a sophisticated night out.

Drink to try: For a unique taste, check out The Fool's Progress, made with Rhum JM Volcanique, Bhakta 1928 Rye, banana, cardamom, and absinthe. 

Wine Experience Cafe | Directions

Bask in the spring warmth on the patio with a glass of wine while chatting it up with friends and indulging in savory charcuterie with friends at the Wine Experience Cafe. For aficionados of the grape, Wine Experience Cafe is the ultimate spot for an unrivaled wine selection in Aurora. Whether you seek a soirée with the girls, a destination for happy hour, or a spot for a date night, Wine Experience promises an elevated and fun evening.

Drink to try:
Check out their seasonal sips, like their Spring Sangria, to explore a refreshing blend of rosé wines, brandy, raspberry, blood orange, pomegranate, and citrus, or try their sweet Bee’s Knees cocktail, featuring gin blended with lemon and honey.

Parkside Eatery + Bar | Directions

Experience a culinary adventure like no other at this vibrant neighborhood food hall, where every visit promises a delightful twist to your dining experience. From the tantalizing Asian tacos at Taco Choi to the irresistible sweets of Gina's Kitchen, more gems await to treat your taste buds. Gather your friends and make your way to Parkside Eatery for an unforgettable happy hour experience, where you can raise a toast with a carefully curated draft list and specialty cocktails. With its expansive open space and TVs broadcasting your favorite sports, Parkside offers the perfect backdrop for lively conversations and fun moments with friends.

Explore Global Tastes

Jasmine Syrian Food | Directions

Located inside Mango House, explore the flavors of Damascus, Syria, and Jasmine Syrian. Explore the heart of Syria through rich dishes like shawarma, kabobs, falafel, Fattoush, and more. If you’re looking to explore new, bold flavors, Jasmine Syrian is your go-to guide to explore a cultural exploration of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Dish to try: Try the popular Kebah, deep-fried and breaded pieces of lamb, beef, and onion. If you have a sweet tooth, try the Mulhallabia, a Syrian milk pudding with coconut and almonds. 

Eatopia: Eat Ethiopian | Directions

Embark on a journey of exploration at Eatopia, where the rich and vibrant flavors of authentic Ethiopian cuisine await. Savor classic dishes such as tibs, a tantalizing stir-fry of meat and vegetables, and Kitfo, a bold and flavorful minced raw lean beef infused with a unique mitmita spice blend. For vegetarian delights, indulge in the aromatic Shiro Tagamino, where powdered and spiced chickpeas are simmered in a homemade onion and tomato broth. At Eatopia, every bite promises a new flavor sensation and a culinary experience like no other. Discover the joy of Ethiopian cuisine and expand your palate with each unforgettable dish.

Dish to try: For new tastes, check out Zilzil Tibs, featuring strips of tender beef sauteed in herbal butter and seasoned with tomato, onion, rosemary, yellow, and red bell pepper. Or try the popular Gored Gored, cubed beef mixed with clarified butter and berbere (awaze sauce), sauteed at low heat, and served with injera with mitmita on the side. 

Bua Tasty Thai Cuisine | Directions

Embark on a culinary journey through the rich and vibrant flavors of Thailand at Bua! Immerse yourself in a world of authentic Thai cuisine, where every dish is meticulously crafted using ingredients imported directly from Thailand. From the tantalizing sweetness to the robust and aromatic flavors, Bua offers a delectable array of dishes seasoned to perfection. With traditional favorites like curry pastes, Thai fried rice, Pad Thai, Pad See-Ew, and more, Bua promises to transport your taste buds to the bustling streets of Thailand right here in Aurora.

Dish to try: Explore the delectable Mock Duck Red Curry, including red chili paste curry in coconut milk with bamboo shoots, bell pepper, and Thai basil. 

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