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Side dish: Crazy wonderful offerings at Crave Real Burgers 

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A burger with peanut butter, bacon and jalapeños. Another made of duck, garnished with ginger garlic cream cheese, avocado, red peppers, onions, lettuce, wontons and hoisin sauce. And perhaps the most odd: a bacon, cheddar and egg burger served inside a sliced glazed donut.

This is how Castle Rock's Crave Real Burgers (craverealburgers.com) does it, and as of sometime in September, Crave will be doing it in the former Fatburger location at 7465 N. Academy Blvd.

The outfit's menu boasts of "hand-formed fresh ground chuck with homemade ketchup sauce" and offers options for a gluten-free bun and vegetarian black bean burger. And not to ditch the creativity on the drink side, it also serves "adult milkshakes" made with booze, and malts made with bacon.

Though the burgers average around $10, you've got to think Springsters will give it a chance simply for its novelty and big-city, gourmet vibe. Where Fatburger was chain-bland, this almost-local concept appears highly original.

Downtown dishin'

Joining the local food truck scene, Jammin Cabana (jammincabana.com) will begin parking at the intersection of Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue, next to CityRock, as of Monday, Aug. 15, daily but for Sundays. It'll also make occasional appearances across from Margo's Vienna Station on Colorado Avenue. (Follow the outfit on Twitter for updates.)

The mobile unit, run by brothers and recent Florida transplants Timothy Roegele and Lance DeLibero, is something of a front for a larger, 16-year-old catering operation now based out of Monument. You know, you get hooked on the fish tacos or crab cake sandwich or coconut shrimp, and next thing you know, you're outfitting your wedding or bar mitzvah with it.

DeLibero, who brings extensive experience from Disney's Epcot, says he wants to "bring the flair of what we know — to share that Caribbean fusion with the community."

À la carte

• A sign in the window at 101 N. Tejon St., #106, former home of Grand Slam Subs and Dick's Dogs and Diner, says that P.B. & Jellies New York Deli is coming soon.

Uchenna (2501 W. Colorado Ave., #108, uchennalive.com) has both expanded its Ethiopian menu, featuring grass-fed and hormone-free meats, and its dining room, which is redecorated with added seating.

Lofty's (287 E. Fountain Blvd., #100, 520-0024), new liquor license in hand, has changed its hours to 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily; catch a celebratory grand re-opening party on Sept. 4.

  • Also: New downtown food truck, updates at Uchenna and Lofty's.

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