Pierre Michel French Bakery creates a slice of French culture in the middle of Littleton. The establishment captures the feeling of visiting a French boulangerie, and provides a selection of exquisite croissants, pain au chocolat and millefeuille, which are all prepared fresh with organic ingredients. The boulangerie’s owners are French, so you can expect authenticity along with a beautifully decorated interior. They also cater to sit down meals, with a selection of other classics such as french toast, omelettes and quiches. Make sure to get there early: the cafe is known for often closing several hours early due to its wild popularity in the area.
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Jake’s Brew Bar
Bar, Pub, American, Pub Grub, $$$
With a great selection of draft beer and and coffee, Jake’s Brew Bar is a great morning or afternoon hangout. The bar keeps it fresh by bringing in new beers to sample every week. It is the ideal place in Littletown to sample craft beer, with a selection of 24 on offer, and the fact that the coffee is locally roasted is another bonus. The menu is not quite as extensive as the drinks selection, but includes fail safe options such as chips, breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Be sure to try their goat’s milk latte.
While the name of NoNo’s Cafe may conjure up images of Italian classics this restaurant is actually reserved for Cajun classics. Cajun food is difficult to find in Colorado, but this place will give you a culinary sojourn into New Orleans which is both authentic and affordable . Each of their Po-boys lives up to Louisiana tradition, and the dessert menu is also a must-try, featuring classics such as beignets and pumpkin bread pudding. The drinks menu contains a huge selection of seasonal mixes, including Long Island Iced Teas and Eggnog.
Jaja Bistro is named after the popular type of wine the French like to enjoy over a lazy Sunday lunch with family and friends. The owners provide a selection of wines from the Cote d’Azur that complement the meal, in a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere. On the menu you’ll find French classics such as moules et frites, dauphines de bandandes and truite amandine. Inside, the decor is inspired by French country houses, with wooden furniture and dressers filled with handmade crockery. Try the millefeuilles d’aubergine, a novel, savory take on the classic dessert which involves layering breaded aubergine with chicken and parmesan.
Angel’s Share Kitchen & Pub is the perfect place for wine buffs, as they offer more than 100 labels. They don’t skimp on the rest of the drinks menu either, as they also supply hand-made cocktails and a great selection of beers. Their famous ‘Not Your Mama’s Grilled Cheese’ includes 4 different types of artisan cheeses, as well as the option of adding asparagus, fig and bacon. The same care and innovation is found throughout the menu in dishes such as shrimp risotto and flatbread pizzas.
Café Terracotta has a timeless decor of exposed brick and wooden flooring. It is the ideal spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have recently instated a ‘pastry special’ offer a good selection of sweet breakfast foods and desserts. The menu takes its inspiration from all over the world: from the seafood of Scandinavia to the spicy flavors of Mexican cooking. The cafe also both morning and evening cocktails.
Romano’s Italian Restaurant is a classic family restaurant that offers Italian favorites at a reasonable price. The restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere enhanced by traditional decor, particularly in the Tuscan-style banquet room which is available for events. The restaurant offers classic home-cooking serving a delicious seafood menu which includes crab and shrimp alfredos. Portions are famously hearty, but make sure to leave room for the generous selection of ice-cream and gelato.
Bacco Trattoria is the alternative option for Italian food in Littleton. It swaps the homey vibe of Romano’s for a more extensive menu and creative interpretations of well-known Italian dishes. Serving traditional meats such as roast chicken with Italian classics such as risotto and adding chocolate syrup to salads is rather unusual, but this sense of adventure has made Bacco’s a huge local hit. They also offer gluten and dairy free options. The restaurant can get busy, but you can tuck into freshly-baked bread with pesto butter while you wait for your main dishes.
Merles has used the original layout and signage of a converted garage in order to create an automobile themed restaurant. The menu offers classic American-style dishes, including Tex-Mex tacos and bison burgers, along with dishes such as truffle fries and quinoa salads. The restaurant’s highly original decor is best appreciated in the summer months, when you can sit outside the wide garage doors on the patio and enjoy the house special sangria.