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Best Free Chips and Salsa Denver 2007 - Los Carboncitos

Los Carboncitos

Los Carboncitos

3757 Pecos St.

Denver, CO 80211

303-458-0880

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Los Carboncitos is one of the best free-chips-and-salsa joints in town, and we're amazed that they're still just giving this stuff away. Every meal here begins with a basket of fresh chips and a caddy of four free salsas running the gamut from merely hot to truly punishing. Honestly, we've considered on many occasions stopping in, eating a whole basket of chips for lunch and then just walking back out again. And yet every time, the chips and salsas act like blood in the shark pool -- stoking our hunger, firing our appetite and causing us to end up ordering more huaraches and soup than any one person could reasonably eat in a single sitting.
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Al pastor rules
Al pastor rules

After reading about Los Carboncitos in the Denver Post, my wife and I went to the Sheridan store. And no, they don't serve chips there. But they do provide four kinds of salsa--all excellent. And they politely provided us with some broken tostadas to sample the salsas with. The food was terrific--we both had huaraches (mine with al pastor and hers with bistec y nopales [beef and cactus strips]) . We took our two daughters to the Pecos store a couple months later, and they don't serve chips there either. But they do serve the same four superb salsas (which, by the way, are meant in real Mexican food as a condiment, not something to be consumed by the bowl full on chips!). The food there was excellent too. If you want outstanding--and authentic--Mexican food (not merely a huge tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese and swimming in slop accompanied by all the free chips with spiced tomato sauce [salsa?] you can eat), then this is THE place to dine.

Al pastor rules
Al pastor rules

After reading about Los Carboncitos in the Denver Post, my wife and I went to the Sheridan store. And no, they don't serve chips there. But they do provide four kinds of salsa--all excellent. And they politely provided us with some broken tostadas to sample the salsas with. The food was terrific--we both had huaraches (mine with al pastor and hers with bistec y nopales [beef and cactus strips]) . We took our two daughters to the Pecos store a couple months later, and they don't serve chips there either. But they do serve the same four superb salsas (which, by the way, are meant in real Mexican food as a condiment, not something to be consumed by the bowl full on chips!). The food there was excellent too. If you want outstanding--and authentic--Mexican food (not merely a huge tortilla stuffed with meat and cheese and swimming in slop accompanied by all the free chips with spiced tomato sauce [salsa?] you can eat), then this is THE place to dine.

michael kingsbury
michael kingsbury

we went to try the best free chips and salsa and they acted like we weree crazy - they say they dont even have chips on the menu! They brought us some cold tostadas to appease us, the salsas were good, but what are you talking about?!

Nvargas
Nvargas

I ate at the Los Carboncitos on Sheridan last week just to make sure they didn't start serving chips since my last visit. Sorry to say, there are still no chips, but the food is just as wonderful.

penguin18
penguin18

I have eaten at the Los Carboncitos on Pecos at least ten times, never to be served chips with my salsa. Maybe the one on Sheridan serves chips?? I do have to say that the food here is wonderful, and the salsa gives it that extra something.

Kevin
Kevin

I did a double take as well, we stopped in after the St. Paddys day parade for lunch. We sat down and they gave us 4 types of salsa, we then inquired about chips. We were told they don't serve chips. After reading your best of, I thought, they just told us Gringos they don't serve chips. So which is it?

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