5. Everything at Thai Street Food Restaurant
For years, Utumporn Killoran ran a cart on the 16th Street Mall, slinging wicked curry for downtown diners. And then a couple of months ago, she quietly opened an actual restaurant out in Aurora, where she serves up those curries as well as a number of other Thai dishes, dusted with enough pepper to melt your face off -- if you ask for it. The only catch? The place is just open on Saturdays, so plan accordingly.
4. The parrillada at Caminito Tango
Weekends in Argentina frequently revolve around a country asado, where friends and family get together and throw meat and offal on the grill for a day-long fiesta. Caminito Tango channels the spirit of this tradition with its parrillada, a massive pile of sausages, chicken breasts, ribs, intestines and sweetbreads. It's a real taste of the Southern Hemisphere, as I report in my review of Caminito Tango
, and while we've managed to order it on a weeknight, this dish is officially only a weekend thing.
3. Brunch at Beatrice & Woodsley
The heady environs of Beatrice & Woodsley make for an interesting meal any time you choose to visit, but we're particularly fond of stopping by this enchanted forest-themed restaurant for brunch. Between the sweet monkey brains pastry, the open-faced Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich, the pancake-wrapped pigs in a blanket and the kick-ass seasonal charlottes, the daytime menu on the weekends is stellar. And if you're not a mimosa fan -- the restaurant makes a blood-orange version -- a half-dozen special morning cocktails should be enough to make you rise and shine.