Event Type

Search More


Ay Caramba! - Closed

2817 E. 3rd Ave. Denver, CO 80206 | Central Denver | 303-284-2052

Location Description:

Alex Gurevich, the owner of Limón, put together the concept for Ay Caramba! almost on a whim, when he wound up with an empty space in Cherry Creek in late 2012. On the advice of a friend, he decided to give the Mexican sandwiches known as tortas a try. With his background, the jump to chile-spiked, crema-slathered sandwiches wasn’t a large one – but it’s going to require another leap to make this into a go-to spot. Though updated, the boxy, two-story space lacks atmosphere; despite an upstairs bar, table service and family-friendly patio, it has a fast-casual feel. And the tortas could also rise another level or two. Although the ingredients are high-quality, scratch-made and thoughtfully prepared, the combinations are tame. Your best bet is to get one of the meatier versions, such as the cochinita pibil, which loads the puffy bolillo, the hoagie-like bread at the base of all the sandwiches, with pork marinated overnight in orange juice, achiote paste and cinnamon, then braised in banana leaves for another twelve hours until the meat picks up all that fruit and spice. Just as good is the barbacoa, with a thick layer of pulled beef, cilantro crema, shredded cabbage and avocado.

Related Stories (9)


  • Cuisine(s): Mexican, Sandwiches
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining

Related Stories

  • Cafe Society: Open and Shut Cases
    When restaurateur Alex Gurevich opened Ay Caramba! in Cherry Creek North in early 2013, it was a bit of surprise, considering that most of Denver's tortas joints are of the hole-in-the-wall...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    Hundreds of restaurants opened in metro Denver in 2013, including spots as ambitious as Old Major and Beast + Bottle, and others as formulaic as several Dunkin' Donuts that, along with...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    A torteria in Cherry Creek? That was the idea Alex Gurevich had when he opened Ay Caramba!, a full-service spot that focuses on the Mexican sandwiches. But while the neighborhood could...
  • Cafe Society: Cafe Society
    This week Gretchen Kurtz tasted the tortas at Ay Caramba!, Mark Antonation continued his quest on Federal Boulevard with a stop at Dalat Vietnamese, and Lori Midson spoke with David Lindberg...
  • Dining: Reviewed
    Ten years ago, getting one of the legions of Atkins adherents to eat a slice of bread was like trying to talk your way out of a parking ticket: impossible. I've tried many times and lost on...
  • Cafe Society: Restaurant Review
    In Mexico, the behemoth sandwiches known as tortas are street food, meals-on-the-go with stuffings of carnitas or breaded steak -- not to mention such standard accompaniments as refried...
  • Cafe Society: Open and Shut Cases
    More than two dozen restaurants made their debut in February, including the long-anticipated Old Major. But Pig & Block Charcuterie wasn't around to greet its new neighbor (or benefit from...
  • Cafe Society: Photos
    Alex Gurevich, who owns Limón, a Latin American lounge in Uptown, as well as My other Bar on Seventh Avenue, wasn't in the market for a third restaurant, but after his ex-wife vacated...
  • Cafe Society: Open and Shut Cases
    Tony Cherry Creek, that swanky enclave full of chic boutiques and restaurants where stilettos and furs far outweigh flip-flops and fleece, is seemingly -- inexplicably -- becoming a...