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12 Must-Try Mexican Restaurants in Denver
Why it’s a hit: Head to Troy Guard’s Mexican hot spot for plates of ambitious tacos (think lamb neck, octopus and rattlesnake-and-chorizo), lots of different salsas, loaded pig-ear nachos and a cleverly executed sweet potato hash with caramelized onions, toasted pepitas and fundido. In addition to Day of the Dead tiled murals, a colorful graffitied wall along the staircase and two bars, you’ll also find a rooftop patio overlooking the city skyline.
Must-order: Crispy pig-ear nachos; empanadas with antelope, venison, elk, wild boar and buffalo; and the lamb neck taco with hummus, grilled onions and tzatziki.
2461 Larimer St.; 303-295-0686
12 Must-Try Mexican Restaurants in Denver By Lori Midson | April 27, 2015
DENVER – Holland Partner Group and Urban Legend have announced the retailers that will lease space in the first phase of the new Belleview Station mixed-use project in the Denver Tech Center.
The project include 678 new apartments and 70,000 square feet of retail space in two buildings at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Belleview Avenue in Denver.
Signing leases for space in the development’s ground-floor retail are:
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When it comes to tacos, Denver has it all. There is the hole-in-the-wall 30 year old spot, the family-owned neighborhood institution, and the modern taqueria who brings inventive flavor combinations into the small tortilla shell. Only you are the judge of what you love, so here are 15 very varied options to choose from.
Note: This list is organized in alphabetical order. If we missed your favorite, drop it in the comments below.
Chef Troy Guard’s modern taqueria offers intriguing taco choices like lamb neck, beer-battered Mahi, and octopus. Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s new guest chef series.
By Maya Silver | Editor
What do heavy metal musicians, inmates, and chefs have in common? A tendency toward tattoos. We’re not sure why ink is such a common sight in restaurant kitchens, but we’re all about it. So we rounded up some awesome local chef tattoos, and got the stories behind the ink.
Executive Chef Matt Selby, Central Bistro Bar
95-percent of my tattoos are food-related … the sacred peach, the dashi bonito fish, the Explorateur cheese label, Wonder Bread … we have options!
Chef Brandon Tucker, Mizuna
The knife is a bit of a nod to my dad–it’s his. The anglerfish doesn’t have much of a story. It’s just an awesome looking fish, and I love the ocean. The salt shaker is a reference to the kitchen, so in a way, it’s a tattoo about my two loves: the ocean and cooking.
By Lori Midson
February 4, 2015
Relationship status: Married, together for almost four years total.
First encounter: They met at TAG. Nikki was interviewing for a job at Rioja and TAG at the same time, and TAG, says Troy, offered her a little more money and a better schedule.
Five words to describe your relationship: Fun, healthy, loving, supportive and exciting.
Ups and downs of working in the same profession: “Not everyone can handle it, but we both love working together, pushing each other to stay on task, holding each other accountable, and we enjoy bouncing great thoughts and ideas off of each other. After all, two sets of eyes are always better than one,” says Troy, who describes their relationship as “amazing.”
Favorite date spots: Troy and Nikki hit up Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria on date night, as well as Sushi Den and Hillstone. “We love hanging at Marco’s with owners Mark and Kristy Dym, the food is always exceptional, and it just has a great vibe with cool staff members,” says Troy. And like most chefs who frequent Sushi Den, Troy notes that you “can’t go wrong sitting at the chef’s counter and letting the guys do their magic.” They enjoy Hillstone in Cherry Creek North for its dim lighting and ability to sneak in unnoticed.
On the horizon: Troy is opening a second Bubu in Lowry on February 10, and another Los Chingones in the Denver Tech Center area in June. And there’s definitely more on the horizon,” he says. “I love creating and giving our staff/managers an opportunity to keep growing with us. Here’s to a kick-ass 2015.”
There’s food, and then there’s food that makes you reevaluate your life. These 10 new Colorado restaurants specialize in the latter.
2461 Larimer St #102, Denver
Los Chingones, as it were, is not for pussies. Maybe it’s the fact that the city of Denver won’t let them display their name outside their restaurant because it’s Spanish for “The Badasses.” Maybe it’s the fact that they’re working on a hot sauce that contains the aphrodisiac cobra blood. Or maybe it’s the fact that their concept is based around catering to adventurous eaters who reject complacency when it comes to Mexican food.
Case in point: their Mexican fundido with homemade rattlesnake chorizo. And while rattlesnake might strike fear into the faint of heart, the way Los Chingones prepares it is impossibly light, both in flavor and mouthfeel, lending itself swimmingly to the fundido. It comes with an extra layer of baked cheese on top for added textural whimsy. The surprising depth of flavor of the snake rattles perfectly with their infamous Pop Rocks margarita, which ignites a sugary explosion in your mouth with every sip; it’s impossible to drink one without smiling.
We’d be idiots if we didn’t continue on with the unexpected-Mexican theme; so we’re also going to strongly suggest you try their confit octopus taco, primarily because a) who else has the balls to put octopus on a taco, and b) because it’s ungodly good. It’s served with a blood orange reduction, pasilla salsa and crispy parsnips, which come together in an ultimate orgy of citrusy saline crunch. But Los Chingones isn’t all rare meats and snake blood — their garden guac is a vegetarian’s wet dream. Featuring charred corn salsa, toasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro and cotija cheese, it’s a refreshing take on guacamole that’s crisp and alive with the delectable balance of creamy avocado and the fleshy bite of toppings.
All this is made infinitely better by the fact that they never freeze anything; their entire menu is prepared fresh daily. Los Chingones also has an awesome rooftop patio. It’s open, modern layout and massive bar make it an awesome place to impress your Tinder date, or meet a substitution for said Tinder date if said Tinder date resembles Chris Farley. Go to it.
Chef’s Favorite Restaurant: “Da Lat Vietnamese.” – Troy Guard, Owner/Chef
“Go Fish Sushi.” – Luiz Ortiz, Head Chef