(credit: NoNo’s Cafe)
The city of Littleton is a bustling city with a growing population of about 47,000 people. Littleton is one of the best spots to find some amazing restaurants and dining options. There is a huge variety in Littleton, with restaurants serving up dishes from all over the world, so you can try something new just about every night of the week. Here are a few of the best spots to dine in Littleton.
Pierre Michel French Bakery
2201 Wildcat Reserve Parkway, Suite #10
Littleton, CO 80129
If you enjoy truly delectable French pastries, breads, quiches and French toast, then this is the place for you. One look at the huge case of freshly baked pastries and you may not ever want to leave. Try a few different pastries, all made with only the best organic butters, eggs, ganache and more. The croissants are amazing, flaky perfection, as is the sweetly decadent chocolate banana Nutella jalousie. Or enjoy some of the different varieties of French toast served up with toppings like warm chocolate ganache, fresh fruit or creamy fresh cheeses. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with a trip to this delightful French bakery. It’s like taking a quick trip to Paris on your lunch hour.
8601 W. Cross Drive
Littleton, CO 80123
If sushi is more your speed, then Fontana Sushi is definitely worth your time. All of the sushi dishes are hand crafted by Chef Danny Niu, who is supremely skilled with a knife and knows how to create amazingly delicious sushi. One of the best ways to discover the real personality of a sushi chef is to select the chef’s special rolls so make sure to order the Las Vegas roll (salmon, eel, shrimp, cucumber and tuna with Japanese chile) or the rainbow tobiko roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail and cucumber with tobiko, wasabi and ikura). If you like things spicy, try the fire roll or the diablo roll. When you are ready for a sweet treat, order some mochi ice cream or fried ice cream and indulge your sweet tooth.
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2700 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120
Another wonderful brunch option, Toast is a great place to stop on a weekend morning when you want an amazing morning treat. The menu is huge, so be prepared to be a little indecisive. If you like eggs Benedict, there are no less than eight Benedicts to choose from. However, it’s the pancakes that really shine, there are 11 options on the menu. Try the bananas Foster pancakes with fresh buttery Fosters sauce or the key lime cheesecake pancakes served with key lime curd, vanilla cream cheese sauce and shortbread crumble. If you aren’t sure what to order, try the pancake flight for a choice of any four stacks from the amazing selection. The lines can be a little long, particularly on the weekends but it is always worth the wait. Show up early, grab a cup of coffee while you wait and prepare for an amazing brunch at Toast.
3005 W. County Line Road
Littleton, CO 80129
NoNo’s Café is a blend of Southern, American and Cajun styles, cooked up to perfection and served in a comfortable atmosphere. The menu changes every few weeks which will make you want to return again and again to see what creations the chef has come up with next. If you enjoy Cajun food, try the catfish for perfectly flaky and seasoned flavor or check out a classic sandwich like the fried shrimp po-boy or the blackened ribeye sandwich. There is always gumbo and bisque and lots of other traditional Southern foods on the menu, so there is so much to enjoy. Leave some room for the beignets for a tasty sweet fried doughy treat at the end of your amazing meal.
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2609 W. Main St.
Littleton, CO 80120
Merle’s is a funky little spot in what used to be a 1930s gas station, then a garage, and now an amazing little eatery. The restaurant honors its nostalgic past with lots of automotive-themed décor, the original garage doors and lots of fun vintage signs. Of course, the décor is nice but you are there for the amazing food. Merle’s does casual comfort food best, with treats like pulled pork and delicious hot wings. The fried pickles are excellent and the truffle fries are always a must have. There are lots of different burgers to choose from or you can create your own by selecting from a huge list of toppings. There are even dishes like Colorado hybrid striped bass, house smoked baby back ribs and Creole pasta. This is a huge menu so you are sure to find something here to please everyone in your group.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.