Hot dining spots

by name Newspaper - Published: January 3, 2014 | 12:00 am 0

BRIAR MART

3.25 stars

6799 N. Academy Blvd., 80918, 528-8516

Briar Mart has a new location on North Academy Boulevard, where the old Mission Inn used to reside. There are funky round booths in the front where you can eat, although most folks get their meals to go. The atmosphere is still a little funky, half grocery store and half diner, but the food is impeccably fresh and reasonably priced.

DISHES NOT TO MISS: Gyros plate ($6.99), mazeh platter ($7.99)

THE DIVE

3.75 stars

3043 Pikes Peak Ave., 80904; 358-9646; www.719thedive.com

The Dive, tucked into the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and 31st Street, is a little rough around the edges, but in a good way. The interior has some kitschy signs on the walls, but it is mostly just a clean, no frills place. The focus is on the food, big helpings of hearty, homemade favorites that will stick to your ribs and fuel you up for a long day. Not every dish hits a home run, but those that do make it worth the trip.

DISHES NOT TO MISS: Dive burger ($9.99), smoked beef brisket sandwich ($12.99)

NARAI THAI RESTAURANT

3.75 stars

805 Village Center Drive, 80919; 531-5175; www.narai-thai.com

NaRai Thai is a snug Thai restaurant in the Rockrimmon area. There are plenty of options on the menu to help warm you up, although the spice levels are played down, even for "Thai hot." Your server will not only know the intricacies of the menu, but will usually be able to help you choose a dish to suit what you're craving.

DISHES NOT TO MISS: Spicy chicken spring rolls ($7), Thai sweet and sour fish ($13.95), garlic chicken noodles ($10.50)

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