Hacienda Colorado is a homegrown chain, one that’s coined the term “Mountain Mex” for its food. So while you’ll find traditional Mexican dishes on the menu, they’ve all been given a local twist – and you may find that your tacos and burritos have been stuffed with local ingredients, from marinated meats to fresh produce. The atmosphere is more Mountain than Mex, with a lodge feel (complete with fireplace) and a big outdoor patio. But once you take a sip of one of the 120 tequilas stocked by the bar – or try one of the specialty margs, including a few frozen varieties – you’ll quickly be transported south of the border.
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July 24 is National Tequila Day, a manufactured American holiday for a Mexican spirit. Bring on the margaritas! Denver is full of bars and restaurants that specialize in all kinds of margaritas: sickly-sweet or clean and bright, mad...