From its rolling prairies to its purple mountains majesty, Colorado is full of natural beauty. But this state is also home to many manmade marvels, too: Everything from Coors to Jolly Rancher candies to some of the country's best craft beer has spilled out of this state's culinary creativity. One o ... More >>
First things first: The Original Chubby's outpost that just opened in Westminster is not officially related to the original Chubby's, the iconic Mexican joint that grew out of the Chubby Burger Drive Inn on West 38th Avenue, which Stella Cordova bought in 1967 and where she kept working four four de ... More >>
The new sign outside 4500 Washington Street caused more than a few drivers to slam on the brakes -- not just because they suddenly realized they needed some fiery Bubba Chinos green chile, but they wondered what had happened to the longtime tenants of the building, Muneca's Mexican Restaurant and Do ... More >>
At ten this morning, Julian Cordova's second Original Chubby's restaurant finally opened on Santa Fe Drive -- and business has been brisk. Cordova opened his first Original Chubby's in Thornton in 1987; he insists that his two restaurants -- in addition to the original Chubby's that his grandmother, ... More >>
The Bubba Chinos that opened last summer in a space near City Hall that has been many, many restaurants over the years has closed, too -- for "renovations," according to a sign on the door that says the place will reopen in ten days. But if it does, it doesn't sound like it will get a warm welcom ... More >>
The Bubba Chinos that opened downtown last year is currently closed, reportedly for "remodeling." Leonard Cordova, a grandson of Stella Cordova, founder of the original Chubby's , started the homegrown Bubba Chinos chain; this location at 1361 Court Place was a franchise. See also: - Bubba Chinos e ... More >>
Confused about which Chubby's is which? Join the club. The Original Chubby's that is slated to open next week at 14th and Kalamath is a second venture by Julian Cordoba, who opened the first Original Chubby's in Thornton in 1987. But the true original Chubby's is still the spot that got its start as ... More >>
An Original Chubby's is about to open at 14th and Kalamath, and as evidenced by the sign already in the window, it wants you to know that there's no connection between this restaurant and any with similar names -- except at other Original Chubby's up in Thornton. See also: - Original sin: A Chubby' ... More >>
When Stella Cordova passed away three years ago, did she take her green chile recipe with her? That's what one reader thinks, and another suggest thats no matter which member of the Cordova family is making the green chile, no matter where he or she might be making it, the chile is more mean than gr ... More >>
It's prime green chile season, which means things are smokin' at Chubby's-like outlets all over town. But which Chubby's has founder Stella Cordova's original recipe? Back in 1967, Stella noticed a "Cook Wanted" sign at the Chubby Burger Drive Inn at 1231 West 38th Avenue. At the age of 59, she go ... More >>
Look closely at that sign in the shadows. Looks like an Original Chubby's is going into the former home of Mercedes Mexican Restaurant at 1385 Santa Fe Drive, doesn't it? Julian Cordova, the same person who owns the Original Chubby's at 8330 Washington Street in Thornton, is opening this new place, ... More >>
Green chile, meet cheeseburger. Downtown Denver, meet Bubba Chinos. The latest location in the chain started by Leonard Cordova, grandson of the late Stella Cordova of the original Chubby's, will open tomorrow at 1361 Court Place, just steps from City Hall. And first-day customers will receive free ... More >>
"Denver has the most gabacho gabachos in the United States," Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, proclaimed yesterday, name-checking Tim Tebow (briefly), John Elway and Tom Tancredo, with whom he'd debated immigration eighteen months ago on the same Su Teatro stage.
Gustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, returned to the Su Teatro stage last night, where eighteen months ago he'd discussed immigration with Tom Tancredo. Before that debate, Tancredo and Arellano had met across the street for dinner at El Noa Noa. And no matter how he feels about Mexicans, "Tan ... More >>
Bubba Chinos, the burrito chain started by Leonard Cordova, grandson of Stella Cordova, the late and legendary Chubby's founder, will open a new franchise location at 1361 Court Place next month. "We're excited to cater to the downtown crowd. There aren't many lunch options over here," says franchi ... More >>
From northwest Denver, with love. Chubby's has made the New York Times -- and not surprisingly, it's thanks to Gustavo Arellano, author of the weekly column Ask a Mexican as well as the new book Taco USA. In that scholarly tome, which traces the rise of Mexican food in the United States, Arellano ca ... More >>
Outposts of Bubbachinos -- the burrito-and-green-chile chain owned by Leonard Cordova, a grandson of the original Chubby's owner, Stella Cordova -- have expanded so quickly in this town over the last few years, we can barely keep up.
Leonard Cordova's Bubbachinos empire has been on an expansion tear this year, with locations opening in Boulder, on East Colfax and at 88th and York (though Cordova says that Bubbachinos franchise is no longer associated with his company). Yesterday, he added another one: the thirteenth Bubb ... More >>
Cordova's Original Recipes moves its green chile operation into MVP's Sports Bar & Grill.Many of Stella Cordova's dozens of grandchildren have attempted to capitalize on the matriarch's iconic recipes introduced at the original Chubby's on West 38th Avenue, creating spin-offs all over the cit ... More >>
Laura ShunkPlans have been in the works for a Bubba Chinos to move into the old Fanny's flower store on East Colfax since late last year, when Leonard Cordova's expanding empire picked up the lease on the location. After a paint job and patio renovation, the place finally opened this month.
Happy 4/20, Denver. We suspect that many of you will be partaking in weed-related activities today, and guess what? A number of restaurants are ready to serve all of your subsequent needs, offering up 4/20 deals to help you stuff your blazed face (or your sober face, for that matter) for chea ... More >>
It's full speed ahead for Leonard Cordova and Bubba Chinos. The restaurateur has four or five more locations in the pipeline for spring, and two new stores just opened today. One is at 88th and York in Thornton. The other is in the University Hill food court in Boulder, a subterranean space ... More >>
Mark MangerThis week, I reviewed the original Bubba Chinos location at 160 Federal Boulevard, where Leonard Cordova serves up a version of the green chile that his grandmother, Stella Cordova, made legendary at Chubby's. He's used that sauce to turn his own restaurant concept into an expandin ... More >>
Mark MangerOver four decades ago, Stella Cordova took over the Chubby Burger Drive-In from its owner, and she soon turned Chubby's into a Colorado icon, renowned for serving the gravy-like green chile she'd learned to make while growing up in Pueblo. Stella passed away in 2009 at the age o ... More >>
Leonard Cordova, the grandson of the late and legendary Chubby's founder Stella Cordova, plans to open his ninth Bubba Chino's restaurant this spring at the corner of East Colfax and Franklin Street in the former Fanny's Corner flower shop. The Mexican burrito place will bring the quickly gr ... More >>
The late Stella Cordova at the Original Chubby'sGustavo Arellano, author of Ask a Mexican, is working on a book on the history of Mexican food in the United States, and this past summer he invited readers to "tell me your favorite local Mexican restaurant and what makes it so bueno" -- in 25 ... More >>
This former Bubba Chinos at 28th and Fairfax could become a dispensary.Would-be medical marijuana dispensary owners are snapping up empty restaurant spaces around town. The former Buca di Beppo at 1400 Market Street is turning into Farmacy, and the space at 5151 East 28th Avenue that formerly ... More >>
One of my first columns was about the way green chile changes on the way from southern New Mexico to Denver -- from the pure verde kick in Hatch to the thin, soupy sauce of Albuquerque, and the steady thickening as you travel north along the green chile trail until you reach the gelatinous go ... More >>
Stella Cordova, the woman behind Chubby's.Stella Cordova celebrated her hundredth birthday on April 20. But she's the one who gave Denver the gift: Chubby's, the old drive-in at 1231 West 38th Avenue that she turned it into a neighborhood icon, as well as a purveyor of the town's hottest, meanest g ... More >>
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"We're not models! We're real people!" Dig in.... Today in Cafe Society: • Simms Steakhouse update. • Giggling Grizzly clan plan to turn Public House into Lizard's Bar & Grill. • A full weekend of food fun. • In answer to your question, D Bar. • An early peak at the Streets of SouthGlenn ... More >>
Back in 1967, Stella Cordova was working as a cook at Chubby Burger Drive-In at 1231 West 38th Avenue when its owner, Bill Gray, asked if she wanted to buy the place. Even though she had a big family and little money, she took him up on his offer, paying on the installment plan. Today, more than fo ... More >>
First, the bad news: The Chubby's at 4460 Morrison Road is the latest victim of a tanking economy.And now the good news: Everything inside is for sale -- cheap -- including a meat grinder that I'm coveting. And the better news: The original Chubby's is still going strong. For a taste of Stella Cordo ... More >>
Letters from the week of 12/6/2007
Family matriarch Stella Cordova spills the beans on the Chubby's restaurant empire.
For the Cordova family, the forecast is always chile.