Restaurateurs recapture their native countries...and Big Mac & Little Lu's

Many of the restaurants I've reviewed have been launched by people trying to recreate the flavors that they grew up with. Karen Wee Lin Tan Beckman dishes up her mother's recipes at Makan Malaysian Café; Jaedo Ryu uses Bop & Gogi to showcase the bulgogi, kimchi and bibimbop of his native Korea; and at Taita Peruvian Cuisine & Bar, Jose "Pepito" Aparicio recalls his childhood in Peru through ceviche, lomo saltado and aji de gallina.

See also: - Makan Malaysian Cafe could turn you into a roti rooter - Taita takes diners on an unexpected journey through Peruvian cuisine - Bop & Gogi: A fast-casual Korean concept takes off in Centennial

The mission is similar at Big Mac & Little Lu's Seafood Market & Grill, except there it's not the cuisine of another country that owners Paul and Ashley Brock set out to recreate -- but of a coastline.

Find out if their restaurant will appeal to more than just Parrot heads when my review is posted here tomorrow.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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