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The Bite

Out With the Old, In With the New

The head of Bella's kitchen, Daniel Orozca, has stayed on, and Herz himself can usually be found roaming the dining room, checking on things. "I get to see kids who came to Uncle Sam's and visit with them," Herz says. "This is a little easier than it was there, though. Here we have 200 seats, and the atmosphere is more comfortable for families. And, I'd say, for me."

Also back -- after a fourteen-month hiatus -- is Marrakesh Restaurant, with the same location (1951 South Havana Street in Aurora), same owners, and same bargain lunch. I love the $5.95 all-you-can-eat buffet, which features three or four of Marrakesh's Middle Eastern creations (with any luck, one of them is the heavenly chicken with olives and onions braised in lemon juice), as well as two vegetable sides, salad and delectable sticky buns for dessert. With good food and a delightful decor -- silky patterned fabrics hanging from the ceiling and imported brass everywhere -- this restaurant would be a delightful ethnic-food escape no matter where it was located, but in the culinary wasteland of Aurora, it's especially welcome.

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