Three Little Griddles(credit: Three Little Griddles)

There are lots of spectacular restaurants in Denver. However, the best dining options in the state don’t always have to be within the city limits of Denver. In fact, Englewood, Lakewood, Arvada and every other suburb around the city has something special to offer. And Aurora offers some of the best. Yes, the city of Aurora has lots of amazing places to eat, from fine dining and up-scale atmosphere to authentic ethnic cuisines and some of the best brunch around. The next time you want a memorable meal, forget trying to find a parking space in Downtown Denver and just visit one of these great Aurora hotspots.

The Summit Steakhouse
2700 S. Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 751-2112
www.thesummitsteakhouse.com

When it comes to fine dining in Aurora, there is one local establishment that has always provided superior service, elegant atmosphere and delicious food. The Summit Steakhouse serves up steak and seafood, including everything from oyster shooters to lobster, crab and shrimp. Seafood lovers should definitely order the Summit Seafood Boat, which comes with a huge variety of seafood, and it’s perfect for two people. Or if meat is what you are after, then try the Summit Chateaubriand for two, cooked to perfection. If classic surf and turf in an up-scale and elegant atmosphere is what you seek, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to The Summit.

Three Little Griddles
6040 S. Gun Club Road
Aurora, CO 80016
(303) 693-4100
www.threelittlegriddles.com

For no-frills, classic brunch fare be sure to check out Three Little Griddles. This hidden gem serves up all your favorite breakfast favorites including biscuits and gravy, quiche and corned pork hash. But it’s the griddle food that you should seek out, like the Nutella Swirl griddlecakes or the Three Meat griddlecake with ham, bacon and sausage. Or if French Toast is more your style, try the Bananas Foster French Toast, topped with caramelized bananas and Grand Marnier. Really, everything on this menu is tasty, so it just depends on what type of brunch food you want to start your day.

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Golden Saigon
2648 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 671-7100
www.goldensaigon.com

There are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants in Aurora, but there is something special about Golden Saigon. It’s one of the first restaurants of its kind in the area, and it just does everything right. Start off your meal here with the Create Your Own Rolls, and you’ll have a lot of fun rolling your own spring rolls at your table. It comes with all the classic ingredients, plus your choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu or shrimp. Pho here is always popular, as are the other classic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes served. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy these classic Asian dishes, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Golden Saigon.

Seoul BBQ
2080 S. Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 632-7576
www.seoulkoreanbbq.com

Seoul BBQ has won several awards over the years and has a strong reputation for being one of the best Korean barbecue restaurants in the area. You can get lots of different dishes here, but you’ll want to try the classic Korean barbecue at your table. You’ll be served the meat of your choice (all amazingly prepared with special marinades and other spices) along with 14 side dishes, filled with small tastes of different Korean classics. The meat is served to you raw, and you cook it yourself on the hot grill in the center of your table. It’s an interactive meal, one that is perfect for a romantic date, or just a fun evening with friends. Plus, the flavors here are truly spectacular, so dive in and enjoy the food at Seoul BBQ.

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Sam’s No. 3
2580 S. Havana St.
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 751-0347
www.samsno3.com

Sam’s is an institution in Denver, known for classic diner food, great service and a huge menu. Sam’s No. 3 has been one of the most popular of the bunch, having won multiple awards, and was even featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” The food here is all classic Americana. Burgers and fries, omelets, over-stuffed breakfast burritos, skillets and much, much more. It’s truly one of the biggest and most diverse menus in the area, so you’ll definitely find something tasty for everyone in your family. When you’re looking for a comfortable place with delicious food at reasonable prices, Sam’s No. 3 always hits the spot.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.