Bubba Chinos - Closed

1600 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
Bubba Chinos +

Stephen Cummings


  • $
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Leonard Cordova inherited many things from Stella Cordova, his grandmother who cooked at the legendary Chubby's for more than forty years. Most important, he got her green chile recipe. And although he lost the right to use the Chubby's name after a cousin registered the trademark, when he changed the name of his first restaurant on Federal Boulevard to Bubba Chinos, he didn't give up hawking the green chile he makes off her legendary formula. He pours that gravy-thick sauce over almost everything on a menu of what he describes as "authentic Chicano cuisine": burritos with refried beans, chile-cheese fries with Velveeta-like processed dairy, the Mexican hamburger that seems to be native to Denver. Non-smothered items are available, too, wrapped in foil for to-go patrons -- but even when you eat in, your food arrives in a square Styrofoam box. And even without the Chubby's name, Leonard has had no problem building his own following: His spot on Federal is almost always full of people sitting in the bright-yellow dining room covered with sports paraphernalia and graffiti tags, socializing with each other, buying pirated DVDs, occasionally even eating. Leonard's following is so strong, in fact, that there are now a handful of Bubba Chinos around town, with more opening all the time.

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  • Bubba Chinos owner Leonard Cordova makes changes in his business plan
    2 years ago by Laura Shunk

    Two years ago, Leonard Cordova -- founder of the homegrown Bubba Chinos chain and one of the Cordova family members claiming to hold the original, iconic green chile recipe that his grandmother, Stella Cordova, introduced at Chubby ...

  • Bubba Chinos expands into downtown
    3 years ago by Patrick Langlois

    Bubba Chinos, the burrito chain started by Leonard Cordova, grandson of Stella Cordova, the late and legendary Chubby's founder, will open a new franchise location at 1361 Court Place next month. "We're excited to cater to the downt...

  • Now open: Bubba Chinos on Colfax
    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    Plans have been in the works for a Bubba Chinos to move into the old Fanny's flower store on East Colfax since late last year, when Leonard Cordova's expanding empire picked up the lease on the location. After a paint job and patio ...

  • Bubba Chinos will open its newest burrito kitchen on East Colfax
    5 years ago by Jonathan Shikes

    Leonard Cordova, the grandson of the late and legendary Chubby's founder Stella Cordova, plans to open his ninth Bubba Chino's restaurant this spring at the corner of East Colfax and Franklin Street in the former Fanny's Corner flow...

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