El Olvido - Closed

2200 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
El Olvido +

Hunter Stevens


  • $$
  • No Parking
El Olvido calls itself a Jaliscan eatery, and while that's a stretch -- the menu lacks posole, birria and torta ahogada, three famous Jaliscan dishes -- its carne en su jugo ("meat in its juices") is the real thing. The rest of the menu is devoted not to the green-chile-smothered burritos so common at this town's Mexican restaurants (and nonexistent in Mexico), but the enchiladas suizas popular in Acapulco, seafood dishes imported from the Mexican coast, and Mexico City tacos. The recipes come from owner Jorge Pingarron's family members, who lived all over Mexico -- though he split his time between Acapulco and Mexico City when he was growing up. As a result, sitting in the sun on the patio at this restaurant and listening to salsa or classic rock or other Latin American tunes while drinking a big marg makes you feel like you could almost be on a beach in San Diego -- or at the better part of a not-so-good resort town in Mexico.

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  • El Olvido has closed on South Broadway
    3 years ago by Patricia Calhoun

    The big question isn't why El Olvido closed, but how this Jaliscan eatery stayed open as long as it did. No sooner had it taken over the former home of Hades at 2200 South Broadway in the spring of 2011 than the city started a massi...

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    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

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  • El Olvido serves up a delicious carne en su jugo
    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    Carne en su jugo starts with the broth. Traditionally, it's made by slowly boiling a cow's head, though that practice is fading even in Jalisco, the original home of the dish — whose name translates literally as "meat in its j...

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    4 years ago by Laura Shunk

    In a town full of Mexican restaurants that serve enchiladas, tacos and green chile-smothered burritos, Jorge Pingarron was certain about one thing: He wanted to open something different...

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