Paxia, sibling to Los Carboncitos, takes Mexican food upscale

Paxia, sibling to Los Carboncitos, takes Mexican food upscale
Mark Manger

When brothers Cesar, Roberto and Ignacio Leon said they planned to open a new restaurant last year, they didn't suggest it would be yet another Los Carboncitos, the successful taqueria on West 38th Avenue that has spawned a few locations in the Mile High City.

Instead, they intended to fill a gap they saw in Denver's Mexican dining options: establishing an upscale restaurant that would go beyond street food, offering a menu of Mexican dishes that belonged in a full-service, special occasion-worthy joint. And last August, they unveiled that eatery -- named Paxia, for "peace" -- in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Los Carboncitos has been one of my favorite Mexican joints in the city since I first ate there almost five years ago, so I was eager to see what the brothers had done with their new spot. For this week's review, I returned to Paxia, eating my way through much of the lunch and dinner menu, both of which are vastly different from the eclectic board at the taqueria located just a few blocks away.

How was the food? Find out tomorrow, when the review is posted here.

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