It is possible to eat your way around the world without ever leaving Aurora. People who can’t abide, or are willing to wean themselves from, Aurora’s over-abundance of chain restaurants have a new resource to help find the independents.
To assist in finding the city’s wonderfully diverse, independently owned ethnic eateries, the City of Aurora and Visit Aurora have published “Yum: A Guide to Ethnic & Locally Owned Independent Eats in Aurora.” This free 45-page restaurant guide showcases over 150 independent eateries, delis and markets in 22 different ethnic categories ranging from African to Vietnamese. And BTW, for the purposes of this guide, American is considered an “eth.” That could placate even the unadventurous (or parents with unadventurous kids) and at least guide them to some interesting local independents.
The shirt-pocket-size guide gives a brief description of each eatery, and there’s a locator map to help find the restaurants. Each restaurant write-up includes a detailed description of specialties served at each location, price ranges and websites. This is informational not a review, so you won’t find stars, forks, checkmarks, pigs or any other judgmental symbols. Writer Rebecca Caro guides foodies to restaurants and suggests some specialties, but she doesn’t pre-digest opinions — leaving those to all of us who will be keeping a copy of “Yum” to decide for ourselves.
“Yum” is being inserted in the Denver Post “Your Hub” section to nearly 90,000 households in Aurora, Denver and Centennial (look for it in mid-March). It should also be available at Aurora recreation centers, libraries, the Fox Theater, the city museum, local golf course pro shops and hotels and motels in Aurora. Or request a copy from Access Aurora, email@example.com or 303-739-7000. An electronic version is available online.