By Mark Antonation
By Nathalia Velez
By Jonathan Shikes
By Alex Brown
By Cafe Society
By Samantha Alviani
By Lori Midson
By Mark Antonation
I'm still insulting you, Denver. The initial run of my Taco USA book tour takes me from San Diego to San Francisco, then across the American Southwest, from Tuscon to El Paso to Albuquerque to Santa Fe to Flagstaff to Phoenix to Tucson and a plane trip back home to Orange County...but no Denver. No drive up I-25 to ustedes. Couldn't convince my publisher to fly me out to the Mile High City. Again, Denver loses in the Aztlán sweepstakes.
We'll have a Denver book-signing this year, I promise — maybe at the Tattered Cover, maybe at Su Teatro (maybe at Su Teatro, sponsored by the Tattered Cover?), maybe on a street corner surrounded by burrito coolers. In the meantime, when people pick up this book, they will learn that Chubby's serves the best Mexican dish in this country. When they read about Chipotle, they will see a shout-out to your indigenous burrito tradition. When they devour the introduction, there will be El Noa Noa, the dinner with Tancredo, La Fiesta's fine, if odd, chile relleno. Den-Mex is an amazing Mexican regional tradition, one deserving of further examination — and an acolyte with a national platform, such as the one I'll soon assume in the promotion for Taco USA.
I am an imperfect adopted son, Denver, and I still have much to learn, and much to make up for my transgressions. But I promise to sing your gospel, to proclaim the glories of your Mexican hamburgers and smothered burritos wherever and whenever I go for the rest of my years.
Now, can someone FedEx me some Chubby's green chile in one of those freeze-dried TSA-approved bags? I'm getting homesick.
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Have you any praise for the sister of the cooler burrito?--the parking lot tamale. If you are very lucky, then you will happen upon one of the groups of Mexican ladies who set up illegal but awesome vendor-stations in mall parking lots, usually out of the backs of cars, where for $1 each or so, they deliver you a steaming Ziploc bag filled with fat, succulent pork tamales, fresh as can be, to devour on the ride home, since you simply cannot resist waiting until you get home to unwrap at least one plump, spicy tamale.
As an OC transplant I agree that trying to find a good Mexican restaurant that we are used to in Southern California is daunting to say the least. As I started to explore and sample I also have come to find that Colorado has its own unique flavors. Love the cooler burritos before Bronco games which reminded me of a guy who used to go door to door back in OC selling tamales out of his cooler. I did manage to find a good taco truck, while not El Chavito, it still satisfies while brewery cycling in Fort Collins. Thanks for the tips on some new places to sample in Denver. I'm disappointed that you won't be coming to Denver on your book signing tour because you still owe me a signed copy of your OC a personal history book!
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The only thing wrong with this article is the author hasn't tasted the best green chile in town! We all start with the restaurants that boast they are the best & authentic Mexican restaurant in town. Denver has alot of them. I have tried all the restaurants mentioned in the article except El Noa Noa. And I do enjoy a breakfast burrito from Santiago's! But, the very best "smothered" mexican food in town is La Casa Del Rey in Commerce City. I even do the HOT green chile! I have heard tables next to me say "we drive down from Evergreen", "this is the first place I come when I get out of the airport"! Dog the Bounty Hunter never misses the place when he comes into town from Hawaii. The thing is, once you have learned to love Denver's green chile & you move away, it's always on your mind! I would suggest the author try La Casa Del Rey next time he is in Denver & take Patty with you! And, I don't agree with the comments about Tom Tancredo, but Westword is known for being a bleeding heart liberal. I enjoyed the article!
The best green chili in town comes from my kitchen at home after making a stop at one of those hatch chili stands along Federal in late summer (or early fall). Yum.
thanks, gloria: I won't wait until gustavo's next in town to try that!we'd like to publish your letter in the print edition, too.
Uhh... did you read past the first page? 4/5 of the article is about Denver's indigenous version of Mexican food, and Chubby's Mexican Hamburger specifically - the Tancredo bit is just an intro. Maybe try reading the article before criticizing it.
I can't believe there is just one comment on this as of Friday morning.
I don't dig the Mexican Hamburger the way Gustavo does. But he did a damn good job trying to understand Denver's culture over the course of a few short visits. And the love he expressed for Denver-Mexican food is close to what I feel as a native. This piece gives far more depth and insight to Denver's food than anything Anthony Bourdain and his crew have managed here.