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Mexican Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Reader: You can't open TexMex in Colorado...

    There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the Denver area -- and especially not in Aurora, where storefront taquerias and seafood spots seem to pop up every day on East Colfax Avenue and South Havana. But does Denver have enough TexMex restaurants? Not according to fans of Rusty Taco, a Texas-ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Taste of Vail and a cooking class that's south of the border today

    Often ranked among the country's best food and wine festivals, the annual Taste of Vail gets under way today and runs through Saturday, April 5. This year's event will host more than thirty chefs and almost 130 wineries; there will be seminars, picnics, dinners, wine tastings, auctions and much much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Happy 40th birthday, Casa Bonita: We love you so much we could puke

    South Park exposed our secret. After an episode aptly titled "Casa Bonita" aired in 2003, the existence of Casa Bonita became known to the world outside of Colorado. Up until that point, Casa Bonita was mostly a regional gem. If you grew up in Colorado, chances are you celebrated at least one birt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Family is just the other guy at the bar at Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Get your dive certification at Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant

    In A Federal Case, I'll be eating my way up Federal Boulevard - south to north - within Denver city limits. I'll be skipping the national chains and per-scoop Chinese joints, but otherwise I'll report from every vinyl booth, walk-up window and bar stool where food is served. Here's the report on thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    La Sandia launches a "Latin Light" menu

    Last month, when I interviewed La Sandia chef Sergio Romo for my weekly chef and tell interview, he didn't mince words when I prodded him about what defines Mexican cuisine: "People think of Mexican food as heavy and laden with calories, but that's the Americanized version. Real Mexican food uses lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Agave Taco Bar will take the place of The Local in Washington Park

    For years -- YEARS! -- I've prayed to the Mexican food gods that someone in my Wash Park 'hood would open a taqueria, or at least a taco joint, saving me from hiking to Federal Boulevard when I want my al pastor fix. And, now, it looks like I'm finally going to get my wish. See also: - Best Taqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Exclusive first look: Ay Caramba! opens in Cherry Creek

    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 Bisque last June, the Cherry Creek North space became available. And since Gurevich held the note to that space, h ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 24, 2012
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    May 24, 2012

    Reader: Which came first? The taco or the truck? Comida or Pinche or T|ACO?

    The talk continues about T|ACO, the updated taqueria with the awkward name that opened yesterday in Boulder. It's not the first hip taqueria in the area, of course. Pinche Taqueria gave the Pinche Tacos concept a permanent home last year. And in February Comida Cantina opened a brick-and-mortar ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Ten Mexican fast-food guilty pleasures

    Mexican fare from fast-food chains usually isn't authentic, healthy or even pretty, but it's irresistible. And we all indulge from time to time -- hitting the window at Taco Bell at 2 a.m. after a night of mainlining vodka gimlets; finding any excuse to grab a sunflower-seed-stuffed veggie burrito a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    3 Monkeys Cantina opens in the former Bistro One space

    I was rather hoping to see a few monkeys when I stopped by 3 Monkeys Cantina, the new Mexican restaurant that owner Alex Waters opened yesterday in the former Bistro One space, which he closed four weeks ago after a four-year run at 1294 South Broadway. No monkeys, no trees. But the new quarters, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Joe's Buffet Mexican hamburger lives on at Taqueria Mexico

    It wasn't until Gustavo Arellano, our Ask a Mexican columnist, started researching the spread of Mexican food in this country -- or what passes as Mexican food in this country -- for his new book, Taco USA, that we realized Denver was not only home to a unique green chile, but was also the place wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Comida launches lunch and (hip-hop) brunch

    When Rayme Rossello first announced her plans to build Comida Cantina, a stationary extension of her mobile concept, in Longmont, she had big plans for brunch: "In my dreams, I'd love to do a 9 to 5 service that's old-style Mexican: long, leisurely, pork dinners and whole roasted chickens served fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Bistro One will close on Thursday and reopen as 3 Monkeys Cantina

    Alex Waters, the owner/chef of Bistro One, is taking a sabbatical, albeit a short one. "My kids and I are heading to the mountains today for a little break, and then it's back to work," says Waters, who will close Bistro One, his four-year-old restaurant, on Thursday and reopen it as 3 Monkeys Canti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Denver's ten best nachos

    Whether our team makes it or not, Super Bowl weekend is always a wonderful time of year. Mostly because it's an excuse to daytime drink on a Sunday while we munch down truly impressive quantities of bar snacks, which vastly enhances our viewing pleasure. The festivities wouldn't be complete, either, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    100 Favorite Dishes: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria

    Lori Midson​ No. 56: Mixiote de borrego from El Trompito Taqueria

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Lori Midson​It's worth taking the pilgrimage to this off-the-radar taqueria to stuff your belly with street tacos, as well as the shrimp diablo, a fiery dish that's jolted with chipotle chiles. Can you guess where I'm eating? Special bonus: Anyone who gives the first correct answer to the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Applebee's is looking for the ultimate Colorado burger -- with Stinkin' Green

    The Applebee's Cowboy Burger​When the homegrown Smashburger decided to create a burger for Colorado, as it already had for Idaho (topped with potato chips) and Minnesota (topped with cheddar bar cheese and garlic-grilled onions), it came up with an iconic combo for the Colorado Smashburger, ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Joe's Buffet, home of the Mexican hamburger, lives on in legend

    Joe's Buffet once occupied this Santa Fe storefront.​The space at 753 Santa Fe Drive -- most recently occupied by Club 753 -- is once again dark. But the address deserves some time in the spotlight for one very good reason: It was here that the Mexican hamburger, a major Colorado contribution ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Richard Sandoval restaurants celebrating Mexican independence all week

    Toast Mexican independene at La Sandia's tequila bar.​Richard Sandoval may have trademarked the term "modern Mexican cuisine," but he's celebrating the past with a week's worth of specials to commemorate the 2010 Mexican Bicentennial -- the 200th anniversary of the independence movement, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Jack-n-Grill's Jack Martinez on mariachi bands, why frog legs aren't his thing and common sense

    Lori Midson​ Jack Martinez Jack-n-Grill 2524 Federal Boulevard; 2630 West Belleview Avenue 303-964-9544; 303-474-4242 www.jackngrill.com This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jack Martinez, owner/exec chef of Jack-n-Grill. To read part one of that Q&A, click here. Six words to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Jack-n-Grill's Jack Martinez on red and green chile, kitchen drama and alfalfa sprouts

    Lori Midson​ Jack Martinez Jack-n-Grill 2524 Federal Boulevard; 2630 West Belleview Avenue 303-964-9544; 303-474-4242 www.jackngrill.com This is part one of Lori Midson's Q&A with Jack Martinez, owner/exec chef of Jack-n-Grill. Check back here tomorrow to read part two of that interview. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    The Sprout House serves veggie-friendly mobile food

    ​With all the food trucks and carts revving up, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to cater exclusively to mobile vegetarians and vegans. That someone was Trevor Smith, who now parks the Sprout House downtown at the corner of 17th Avenue and Lincoln from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Mi Cocina v Mi Cocina

    ​If you can't stand the heat, get out of la cocina. Back in 1995, Saul Sierra was a nineteen-year-old high-school drop-out and dishwasher when he opened Mi Cocina Grille at 4935 West 29th Avenue with the help of his mother. Three years later, he sold that location (it's now LaCocinata) and o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Chef Sean Yontz to lead Mexican culinary tour in Oaxaca

    Lori Midson ​After my fourth trip to Oaxaca, arguably Mexico's most vibrant food city, I'm still convinced that it's one of the most magical places on earth. The open-air markets, which seem infinite in scope and scale, are extraordinary, the people of colonial Oaxaca are some of the most int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Lori Midson ​I love a good tamale, and at this Denver stalwart, the tamales, smothered in a piquant green chile, are just as good now as they were back when Westword bestowed them with a Best of Denver award. Can you guess whose tamales have withstood the test of time?

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Street tacos, tortas and burritos at the new Socorro's

    Lori Midson​"I kept seeing all those taquerias along Federal Boulevard and thought if they can do it, so can I," says Joyce Schaefer, owner of Socorro's, a new taqueria at 19 Easy Bayaud Street. Schaefer, who also runs Joyce's Famous Pizza, 2035 South Broadway, hails from Socorro, New Mexico, ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010
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    December 1, 2009

    Leobardo's Taco Shop adds another 24/7 option for night crawlers

    Lori Midson​And the 24/7 taco shop revolution continues! Right on the heels of Tacos Rapido, which recently opened at 2800 West Evans, comes Leobardo's Taco Shop, 825 South Federal, a kitschy roundish shack with a triangular roof that has eight inside stools, give or take, and a couple of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Ask a Mexican asks for local Mexican restaurants

    Gustavo Arelleno, author of Ask a Mexican, is getting ready to travel around Estados Unidos to do research for his upcoming book on the history of Mexican food in the U.S.-- and he could use your help. He's looking for favorite Mexican restaurants, and is running a contest for the best suggestions. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Culinary memo to IACP conference-goers: Eat ethnic

    El Taco de MexicoBetween April 1 and 4, more than 700 professional foodniks -- writers, editors, columnists and critics, culinary directors, cookbook authors, food stylists, recipe developers, nutrition experts and food and restaurant PR flacks -- are expected to share in a little culinary cam ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 3, 2008

    El Noa Noa

    Order in the courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    March 24, 2005
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    March 25, 2004
  • Food & Drink

    March 27, 2003

    Best Cheap Fish Taco

    Jalapeño Mexican Grill

  • Dining

    March 6, 2003

    The A List

    Lola's fans have discovered the joy of Mex.

  • Dining

    September 26, 2002

    Small Bites

    Pico de Gallo

  • Dining

    June 6, 2002

    A Taste of Freedom

    Salvadoran immigrants have a hunger for the good life.

  • Food & Drink

    April 4, 2002
  • Dining

    January 31, 2002

    The Bite

    Chile Today

  • Dining

    February 22, 2001

    Mouth by Southwest

    Julia Blackbird's is flying high.

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Flour Power

    The queen of torts takes a cooking class full circle.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best upscale tamales

    The Painted Bench

  • Dining

    June 15, 2000

    Say What?

    So far, La Fabula is too much talk and not enough action.

  • Dining

    January 6, 2000

    Seafood, Eat It

    Los Reyes brings an underappreciated taste of real Mexican cooking to Denver.

  • Dining

    May 8, 1997
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    July 11, 1996
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    November 30, 1994
  • News

    September 14, 1994

    CHILE DAYS AHEAD

    HOW AN OLD FAMILY RECIPE STOKED THE FIRES OF A NATIONAL FOOD OBSESSION.

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