Wraps By Rita's
2521 W. Colorado Ave., #101, 667-7268
A house-made chipotle sauce — basically a hot, smoky mayo infusion straight from a squeeze-bottle — is rockin' chewy cubes of fat-edged pork on our large, oval-shaped torta sandwich ($5.75). There's a fulfilling avocado mush, too, with lettuce crunch and a little grated cheese tang under mild red salsa. We're content, as we should be, since we constructed this chewy white-bread beast ourselves, Subway-style, with owner Rita Real's help.
Real has given 15-plus years to food service locally, including a stint a decade ago just down the road from this former Gotta Love It! Kitchen space. She's now simplified her former Mexican menu to this tourist-friendly format, where a chicken wrap ($6.75) is truly no different from a burrito: pulled dark meat enlivened by more basic accoutrements like pico relish, plus a nicely mid-level-spicy salsa verde. Nothing avant garde here, but nothing bad, either. — Matthew Schniper
6385 Source Center Point, 265-4645, dions.com
Walking into the New Mexican chain, we were confronted at the counter with a cadre of red-hatted teens all wearing red aprons embazloned with, "What's Your Slice?" Behind them, the staff buzzed among ovens, cash registers and a drive-thru window for those who call ahead; a lively scene in which to order the 10-inch Tuscany pizza ($7.05), and 6-inch turkey and Swiss sub ($5.55).
Told the pie would take 30 minutes to bake, we grabbed a seat in the dining area, which seemed bizarrely dated. The company boasts of Tiffany-style lamps, but it felt more like sitting in an Olive Garden-Perkins hybrid. The food stood out far more, though. Topped with pine nuts, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and the like, the pizza was a little soft at the center, but with fat, steaming toppings. The fresh sandwich boasted juicy turkey shreds on a type of soft, chewy roll brought in every other day from Albuquerque. — Bryce Crawford
303 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 603/969-7364
As one of the members of Nourish Organic Juice's new community kitchen (see here), Radiantly Raw is also only a month old as a business. Owner Jacquie Mosher recently relocated from Exeter, N.H., seeking to de-stress from conference coordinating and to pursue a passion instead. That passion is organic, gluten- and dairy-free raw chocolates made with four base ingredients: coconut oil, honey, cacao powder and vanilla extract.
Mosher calls them "superfoods," citing a multitude of health benefits. Other inputs like goji berries in her Power Flowers; almond butter in her hipster-mustache-shaped Sweet Staches; and cayenne and cinnamon in the gun-shaped Hot Shots are also healthful. New flavors and more playful designs, like the kid-friendly mini-dinosaurs, are on the way. But I'm already thoroughly bowled over by these excellent, naturally sweet and excessively rich goodies ($1.20 to $3). — Matthew Schniper
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