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Best Green Chile Denver 2007 - Jack-n-Grill

Jack-n-Grill

Jack-n-Grill

2524 Federal Blvd.

Denver, CO 80211

303-964-9544

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Over the years, patriarch Jack Martinez has tried a lot of things to build his business at Jack-n-Grill. He's expanded the menu, he's expanded the building, gotten a liquor license, franchised his concept and done everything short of handing out dollar bills to get people in the door. But in truth, he's never really had to do much of anything, because anyone who knows chile knows that Martinez (once a New Mexico chile importer himself) has the best, most consistent supply in Denver of the sweet-hot, smoky southern New Mexico green that defines both that culture and that cuisine. The best thing on Jack-n-Grill's menu is anything with green chile on it, and in season, the faithful line up for a block outside Jack-n-Grill so they can take home a sweating plastic bag of freshly roasted chiles.
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Kate
Kate

I am amazed at how people feel about their food, especially mexican (new mexican) style cuisine. Jack & family run the BEST restaurant in all of Colorado. I have been in the restaurant business for 15 years and I love going out to eat. We have many wonderful restaurants in Denver with great service & food. Jack N Grill is like home, but better. Fresh ingredients, made to order, family atmosphere--but more like your best friends house. I love green chili & have been to every mexican style restaurant in Colorado & many parts of California & New Mexico--Nothing compares! DO NOT compare their beans to anyone else's; these beans are so DAMN good, not refried, not hard or bland. My Favorite Dish is the Albuquerque Breakfast with Bacon (thick & crispy!). I charge someone with finding a better green chili or a better restaurant--it is not possible.

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson

Green chili is so subjective - what is great to one person may turn off another person. Try it and decide for yourself. Don't order the posole, though, if what you really want is the green chili. Also, it helps to know the difference between NM-style green chili and Colorado-style. Both styles have fans. Anyway, I wonder how many of these 'reviewers' are actually rival restauranteurs dissing this place to try and build business for their own establishment. Hmmmmm.

Mario padilla
Mario padilla

Great authentic NM food. I love the salsa and the green chili combined with the red chile is to die for on the enchiladas. Great huevos rancheros, too! Thank you for bringing the flavors of New Mexico to Colorado!:)

True NM
True NM

This place has always been a disappointment to me. My familia has been in NM for hundreds of years, and this ain't authentic. There is butter in places there shouldn't be, and meat in chile is FAR from authentic. I keep thinking I should just open my own NM joint, not just a place (like Jack-n-Grill) that panders to what Coloradans *think* New Mexican food must be like.

New Mexico
New Mexico

Wow. Someone complaining about broth with hominy in it. It's called POSOLE! Surprised she even knew what hominy was! Jack-n-Grill is authentic, great New Mexican food. Raised in NM, and transplanted to CO.......this is a great restaurant and the people very friendly.

Fude
Fude

"a broth with hominy", I guess you must be talking about the posole (which you can add their green chile into). Their bowl of green chile is very good with more actual chiles in it and it has a good "sting" to it (something most quasi-mex places lack). The style (New-Mex) is different than a Colorado style bowl though (posole or chile). A great typical Colo. bowl can be found at El Toro on Colorado Blvd just north of I-70 (Santiago's in Brighton or one of the other non-franchised family stores is also pretty good). No posole at either place although the menudo at El Toro is good.

Julie
Julie

Did I miss something? Jack n Grill is overpriced- who needs a burrito that big anyway and I would say that's the worst "green chilli" I've ever had. A broth with hominy- does anyone even like that? and a few pieces of chili and pork. Weak! If you want normal basic simple Mexican- how hard is it to put meat and beans into a shell and slop it on a plate- and the best chips and salsa (free!) go to La Cocinta, just down 29th almost to Sheridan.

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