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Best Green Chile Denver 2008 - Jack-n-Grill

Jack-n-Grill

Jack-n-Grill

2524 Federal Blvd.

Denver, CO 80211

303-964-9544

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Readers' Choice: Little Anita's
Until everyone gets it through their heads that real green chile means roasted, chopped green chiles, a little liquid and nothing else, Jack-n-Grill is going to keep winning this award, because it remains the only place in Denver where you can get authentic New Mexican-style green chile — along with killer vaquero tacos, giant breakfast burritos and cups full of roasted, cheesy corn. What's more, during chile season, owner Jack Martinez (who began his career as a green-chile importer) and members of his family are standing right out there in the parking lot, tending to the jet-fuel tumblers, roasting bushel after bushel of the good stuff for anyone wise enough to stop by and pick up a bag.
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11 comments
marty gasporra
marty gasporra

saw you on the tv, how can i get your recipe for the chile verde?

Jane Blair
Jane Blair

Well....I might have to argue with that a bit. The addition of about 100 pounds of pork roast (OK, not quite 100 pounds), a few tomatoes, a bunch of jalapenos & serranos, and a few spices make green chili a taste treat that's hard to beat. Just reproduced my ex-father-in-law's green chili recipe and smothered a giant burrito with it (one per person)...fed about 15 Colorado friends who come down here in the winter (as do I)and ALL agreed this was the best burrito they'd ever eaten!So There!

Kristen
Kristen

This place is gross, gross, and GROSS. I watched a cook melt a plastic bag filled with chicken on the grill. Food was served with plastic and all!

Chester
Chester

Yeah right. We went there on Westword's recommendation. It sucked.

peg
peg

Sorry but I gotta beg to differ here, real chile verde has tender chunks of pork simmered in a flavorful, spicy and slightly thickened sauce. I have tasted Jack and Grill's and while I like buying my New Mexico roasted chiles there during chile season, their green chile doesn't hold a candle to mine.

Dave
Dave

Well, I have mixed feelings about this place. I have had some amazing meals here and being from New Mexico I am really picky. I have also had some dreadful experiences mostly involving totally incompetent service and lousy margaritas. Add that to the arrogant owner and you might be better off at Little Anita's

Amy
Amy

Chubbys? Ew. Not even in the same league as Jack N Grill. The last time I walked into a Chubbys I saw one of the cooks wiping snot off his nose with his gloved hand! Santiago's is decent because it's hot but it's nowhere near as good as Jack N Grill.

I'm pretty sure they use pork in cooking their green chile, don't they? That is the traditional New Mexican way to do it. The meatless version was created for vegetarians.

Quinn Radway
Quinn Radway

You crazy? Green Chili is a pork sauce. Go to PUEBLO for some REAL green chili. Just roasted chilies and liquid?? Who does this writer think they're fooling. Not me mister.

e.
e.

too bad the management contenues to be poor year after year. only go if you can wait awhile. and ask for tyour check.. and sometimes reorder.

green CHILI Lover
green CHILI Lover

Haha, well THIS ISNT NEW MEXICO!!!!!!!!! CHUBBYS SANTIAGOS Etc. make the Taste of COLORADO. not to down jack n grill, i have been there and the food wasgood, unlike the service, this should be the best newmexico style green chile

Jan
Jan

Jack N Grill - One restaurant that knows it's "Chile," not "Chili"

As native New Mexicans, we can attest to the fact that Jack N Grill is the best New Mexican food in Denver - maybe in Colorado. And the reviewer is right: New Mexican green chile is not made with flour, so it is not a "sauce" like some folks seem to expect. To each their own, but we love Jack n Grill because it tastes like home.

One of the best things about them is that you can ask for a taste of the chile that day and if it's not hot enough, you can ask them to make it 1X, 2X, 3X or "nuclear." They don't make it hotter by adding jalapenos, either . Service is always busy, but always friendly.

Their $2 breakfast burrito to go is the best value in Denver and a great way to start your day - if only they would open at 6:30 AM instead of 7 so I could pick them up during the work week.

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