Mecca Grill will soon serve more Moroccan food -- what else does Denver need?

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Danielle Lirette
Inside Mecca Grill.
When I was growing up, in a town far, far from the coasts, pretty much all cuisines other than Chinese and Mexican were underrepresented, and the few ethnic restaurants that were there could hardly be considered authentic. In Denver today, we slurp pho, gnaw on Korean kalbi, and savor the richness of aji de gallina in restaurants that are more numerous than parking spots at Trader Joe's. But some foods still remain underrepresented in Denver, and Moroccan is one of them.

See also: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanon to Morocco

That will change as the new owners of Mecca Grill, which I review this week, transform had had been a Lebanese restaurant into a broader Mediterranean eatery.

Still, many other ethnic cuisines are in short supply here. What would you like to see in Denver, and when is enough enough?




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Mecca Grill

270 S. Downing St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Oh, and tying in with the initial subject of the thread - there's a new Moroccan restaurant in town too, namely, Tajine & Grill on Colorado a bit south of Evans.

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

As it turns out, tomorrow (03/28) is the grand opening of two separate spots featuring under-represented [in Denver] cuisines - Yucatecan and Jamaican.

So I am hoping that everyone who laments Denver's supposed lack of culinary diversity is planning to bring business galore to both Mayan Manjar Yucateco (in the old Maria Empanada space near Mississippi & Sheridan) and Jamaican Grill (8th & Galapago).

Otherwise, you only have yourselves to blame when we suddenly become less diverse. :)

Spin LeBlanc
Spin LeBlanc

Caribbean, African, truly central and south American, Korean, and some eastern European restaurants would be brilliant...

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

Well, from the "Captain Obvious" file, it needs a White Castle ASAP. Other than that, more foreign food from more far-flung corners of the world. There was a mall in Michigan by where I grew up that was called Tally Hall. It was just a massive food court with food from 58 different countries around the world, all under one roof. It was the most amazing thing you have ever seen. Now, if they could build one of those in Denver, that would be incredible!

Todd A Lemley
Todd A Lemley

Mecca is awesome! We've been going here for a few years and they are always friendly and the food is much more authentic than most other places.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Make the drive up to Westminster and check out Cleopatra. Local joint that makes their own hummus, Baba ganouj, falafel, etc. Very tasty.

Drew Lion
Drew Lion

More Chicago "cuisine" haha.

Amber Casey
Amber Casey

Cuban!!!!! or a Tapas/Sangria bar ...

PourHouse PubDenver
PourHouse PubDenver

Decent, real Greek food; good Portuguese cuisine; southern Indian cooking (eg Kerala);

Casie Rock
Casie Rock

I want a Wisco bloody ;) they just aren't the same here...

Francine Profitt
Francine Profitt

More Mediterranean food, especially in the Highlands. Garbanzos is garbaggio.

JefFoF
JefFoF

Japanese (not Sushi). Shabu Shabu, Yakitori, Ramen.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

GOOD arabic, so far I have tried a few and they are really not good at all.

Jennifer Ramon
Jennifer Ramon

Actual Texas-style BBQ. I'm tired of the stuff they pass off as BBQ in Denver.

Jennifer Ramon
Jennifer Ramon

Heather Doozer Crepes and Crepes downtown Denver, in Larimer Square. So good. Also, their French onion soup is bomb.

Dan Falliaux
Dan Falliaux

More pizza in the Highlands. Seriously though...Peruvian style chicken!

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Some cuisines are pretty well-represented here in terms of number of restaurants, but the actual menus are all very similar despite the fact that the cuisine itself has many, many options.

As the two Daves (in particular) are probably sick of hearing me say by now, a little more depth/breadth would be nice. :)

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

I don't know what to call it other than San Francisco style Crepes. Someone PLEASE open a good crepe place!!!

Ricky Rodriguez
Ricky Rodriguez

Family style Cuban food available to eat in or take out

Tsukurikata
Tsukurikata

We need more Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian Establishments, that offer Authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian Cuisine.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singaporean_cuisine


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_cuisine


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_cuisine


Definitely IT Has to be Authentic, NOT forgetting, STREET Food/Cuisine, that WOULD NOT COST an Arm and Leg just to dine in, or purchase those items.


Cambodian Establishment - By Meum aka Hainanese Chicken Rice


Another establishment that offers REAL SHAVE ICE... which NEED to be as BIG as the size of a Human Head. *Evil Smile*


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shave_ice

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

More customers at all the restaurants serving great regional and national cuisines! Eating in an empty dining room is always a little depressing, even if the food is amazing. 

TheFabulousMarkT
TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

The proprietor in fact used to cook at Palais Casablanca on University.

ck.moore
ck.moore

Try Tapas de Jerez in Centennial (County Line and Holly).

rebeldor
rebeldor

Texas BBQ isn't real BBQ; that distinction is reserved for Memphis and North Carolina.

ck.moore
ck.moore

La Polleria Peruvian Style Chicken

7422 S. University

Centennial, CO

IsBoulderBetter
IsBoulderBetter

@TheFabulousMarkT  Exactly -- more regional Spanish, French and Italian. There is such a broad variety of food in these countries that is severely under-represented. 

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