Sink Your Teeth Into Aurora's Diverse Restaurants

Institute of Culinary Arts
Institute of Culinary Arts

From farm-fresh veggies to an Irish pub, Aurora has a buffet of restaurants that will indulge the senses of any resident or visitor.

Farmers Who Share

Fruits, produce, meats, cheeses, breads, bakery items and honey are all on the menu at the Aurora Farmers Market – with jewelry and flowers thrown in for an added treat.

The market, held Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon at the Aurora Transportation Center, is in full swing from June through October. And along the way, visitors may find farm days, antique shows, country music days, and arts and crafts booths.

A second Farmer’s Market will run Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through September at Phillips Park, and if all goes well, a third location may be added.

Founded on Fun

Part restaurant, part sports bar, part recreation center, The Foundry can be described in a variety of ways. But for its customers, The Foundry is always called fun.

The 34,000-square-foot establishment – housed in a renovated movie theater – has a dining room, two sports bar areas, a cigar and martini bar and a recreation area.

The Foundry is a popular spot for business events, rehearsal dinners, receptions and holiday parties, Graham says. With 18 large-screen projection televisions positioned throughout the facility, The Foundry hosts its share of sports fans.

The Luck of the Irish

With one of two locations in Aurora, the Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant is a different local flavor that any visitor should sample. Ballydoyle’s menu sports an impressive array of seasonal Irish cuisine such as the Dubliner, a grilled sirloin steak served over a bed of mushrooms, the Irishman Sandwich made with angus beef, cream cheese, an egg, and Irish bacon, Dinny’s Irish Fry with Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, two eggs and toast, or just have an plate of Shepherd’s Pie.

The Pub usually has a list of bands regularly performing as well as an open mic every Wednesday night. At Ballydoyle’s, Irish legends live on through the merriment of good food, good ale and fine music.

An Epicurean Delight

Chef Amaury’s Epicurean Affair – they don’t call it an eclectic cuisine for nothing. In order to retain the eclecticism, Chef Amaury’s three to five course menu changes weekly. One week serves up a five-course menu consisting of smoked duck, tomato soup, Alaskan halibut, sirloin steak and a blueberry tart. Another week could serve a four-course menu of a salad, a New York strip, a plate of assorted cheeses and a choice of desserts.

Prices generally range from $30 to $60 per guest. Along with offering cooking classes and an extensive wine lists, Chef Amaury’s Epicurean Affair is a wonderful restaurant to visit for a memorable dining experience.

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