In our search for the best restaurants in Aurora, we are going to talk about a wide variety of cuisines. From a hot dog dive to a classic coffee shop, visitors to Aurora have a wide range of places from which to choose. On an unrelated note, would you be ok if we included a donut shop on our “best restaurant” list?
Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution
Any restaurant bold enough to have a colon in its title as well as the word “revolution” must receive special attention. Harley’s: A Hot Dog Revolution, located in an unassuming strip mall in Aurora, has received lots of attention from the average-Joe reviewer.
One doesn’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out what’s on the menu at Harley’s. Visitors can build their own hot dog or order a specialty dog from the menu. Reviewers loved the Pizza Dog and the Buff Daddy. They also serve a mean Windy Dog for those fans of Chicago-style weiners.
But we all know it’s the little things that make a restaurant special. Reviewers wrote a lot about Ed, the owner of this fine establishment. He’s friendly, chatty, and personable, and he cares about what you think about his dogs.
Technically, since Mr. Donuts serves croissant sandwiches and sausage kolaches, we can include it on our list of best restaurants in Aurora. But, the reviewers visiting Mr. Donuts don’t mention their savory offerings. Instead, they rave over the donuts. Apparently, the donuts are so good that they deserve the respect that comes with the title “Mr.”
This tiny shop has only four tables, but reviewers donut seem to mind. They are too busy stuffing their mouths with the free donut holes that the staff often includes with a purchase.
Reviewers mention the fantastic blueberry cake donuts, old-fashioned cruelers, and donuts topped with gummy bears. Most of the donuts sound pretty standard, but when one reviewer described a croissant donut, we realized that this place is not a regular donut shop after all. Mr. Donut’s croissant donut comes filled with Nutella and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. It sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
Are you looking for a charming coffee shop with natural charm and outdoor seating? Try Cafe Miriam. Reviewers love this unpretentious, classic coffee shop that offers Moroccan specialties.
Cafe Mirian serves a wide variety of crepes, which one reviewer described as not very thin but super tasty. Everyone loves Cafe Miriam’s coffee.
Part of the appeal of this establishment is the owner. Reviewers mention how genuinely friendly he is, and they love how he talks with his workers. Don’t you love supporting a place that treats their workers well?
In fact, that’s what all three of these establishments have in common. All three of these highly-rated restaurants have a fantastic person or family at the helm.
Anthony Bourdain once said that he couldn’t find anything good to eat during a 2002 visit to Denver. Maybe if he had tried one of these restaurants, he wouldn’t have been so disappointed with his visit.