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Andrew Zimmern says Den-Mex defines Denver

Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, just published his list of the "Best Ethnic Food in the U.S." on the Food & Wine website, and Denver rates high for its "Den-Mex" -- a term coined, as far as we can tell, by Gustavo Arellano, the Ask a Mexican columnist who praised this city's Mexican food in Taco USA. That 2012 book lavished lots of praise on Chubby's, and Zimmern does, too; he also loves El Taco de Mexico.

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Here's Zimmern's section on Denver:

About a third of Denver residents listed themselves as Mexican American on the 2010 Census, so it's no surprise that nearly every local food writer you talk to says that if there's a food that defines Denver--it's Den-Mex. The signature of Den-Mex is green chile, a spicy bright orange sauce with the consistency of gravy, made from Colorado chiles, pork, lard and tomato. You can check out Chubby's for a late-night after-the-bar gut bomb commodity burrito, but for truly amazing flavors El Taco de Mexico is a must. Denver's quintessential taqueria, the authentic spot serves the best menudo and tacos in the city. I bet there isn't another restaurant in town that utilizes as many varied techniques of meat cookery as well as the grandmoms do behind the counter at ETM."The signature of Den-Mex is green chile, a spicy bright orange sauce with the consistency of gravy, made from Colorado chiles, pork, lard and tomato," he writes. "You can check out Chubby's for a late-night after-the-bar gut bomb commodity burrito, but for truly amazing flavors El Taco de Mexico is a must. Denver's quintessential taqueria, the authentic spot serves the best menudo and tacos in the city. I bet there isn't another restaurant in town that utilizes as many varied techniques of meat cookery as well as the grandmoms do behind the counter at ETM.

When he visited Denver last fall for Bizarre Foods, Zimmern not only feasted on tacos from El Taco de Mexico and what he then called "stoner food" at Chubby's, but also tried Rocky Mountain oysters at Euclid Hall, downed sausages at Biker Jim's and ate a multi-course meal hosted by the Denver Adventurous Eaters Club at Parallel Seventeen.

But can any adventure beat a meet-up with those cleaver-wielding grandmoms at El Taco?


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