Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Restaurant: North
Best Of 2013: Mexican
You don't expect much in the way of fresh food at your average Mexican/Tex-Mex/Whathaveyou joint. But Salsa Brava is different. Both locations offer what they call a "Clean Cooked" menu, which one employee says is "our version of the Paleo diet." He explains that as cooks prepare dishes like a vegan portobello mushroom fajita wrap, they make sure to remove leftover oils and sprays used from the rest of the menu, and eschew any kind of processed foods. Sounds like a great option for a lot of folks, and celiacs will appreciate the gluten-free menu. But as for me, I'm sticking with their good old chimichanga. — Edie Adelstein
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.