Best Of 2012: Neighborhood Restaurant: North
Best Of 2012: Mexican
Specialized menus at restaurants are becoming more and more common these days. At Salsa Brava, you'll not only find a gluten-free menu, but also a Paleo menu, devoted to dishes consisting solely, or almost solely, of meats and vegetables. It's part of how keeping a "fresh-from-scratch kitchen" allows the staff to meet its customers' changing dietetic needs. Of course, the menu many of us may want to seize at the two north end locales is the happy hour one, with $3 tapas, reduced-price appetizers, and $3 to $3.50 wines, beers, wells and margaritas. Olé! — Kirsten Akens
Also with a Highlands Ranch location, Salsa Brava is the Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group's Tex-Mex face, more upscale than most with great service. Also: good weekday happy hour deals, $5 margarita Mondays (4 p.m. to close), a gluten-free menu, excellent house salsas and much more.