Senor Bear

3301 Tejon St.
Denver, Colorado 80211
720-572-5997
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Danielle Lirette

Chef/owner Max MacKissock and executive chef/owner Blake Edmunds, the duo that made the now-defunct Squeaky Bean a legend, have worked on numerous projects together, but Señor Bear is the purest distillation of their intelligence and adventurousness. The original Bean got its start in the same heavily windowed sliver of northwest Denver that now houses Señor Bear, though the latter is larger, lighter and more festive than the early Bean, thanks to sparkling Peruvian mirrors and the soft glow of the long central bar. There’s a temptation to categorize the restaurant as Mexican, given its hefty margaritas and queso fundido, plus carnitas and “el pollo bronco” chicken strips to customize in tortillas with an enticing array of sides. But the menu is more broadly Latin, and the standout dishes – such as Peruvian saltado made with broccoli, not beef, and Oaxacan mole negro with squash -- reveal these subtle influences while showcasing the creativity of the kitchen.

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