We just released our annual edition of the the Best of Denver
, and for the 35th year in a row, Best Green Chile was one of the most hotly-contested categories. And once again, it's inspired a heated conversation. While D'Corazon took top honors
from the editorial staff, readers chose Santiago's as their favorite. But that didn't satisfy fans of other spots, who were quick to weigh in with their picks. Where was El Mirador, Efrain's, Jus' Burritos? Says Mary:
D’Corazon is a great restaurant and yes, always packed, but best green chili, NO! La Loma is great and, yes, Santiago’s! Brewery Bar, no mention, what is up with that?! Benny’s??? Oh my, so many great missed opportunities, Westword! I am surprised you are still printing!
This list is null and void because it doesn’t include the green chile from Tamales by La Casita. Santiagos isn’t even in the same category.
There will be arguments every year. We miss The Riviera in Glendale!
Jay served up a few surprising options:
Okay, believe it or not, the two best green chilies in town: Latke Love, which is Jewish soul food so go figure, and 5281 at Quincy and C-470. Honorary mention to Q's Pub, Kipling and Chatfield.
Josh thinks you need to go further afield:
The best green chili in Denver is in New Mexico.
Grown in NM, perfected in Denver.
Comments former Denver food critic Thom Wise:
Oldest "click bait" in Denver Best Of history... Fans of NM green chile will never like the CO version, which is generally made with pork and tomatoes. It can be thick like a stew, or thinner for throwing on top of a burrito. The basic NM is with Hatch chiles and (gag) cumin. But c'mon, it's all what you like or what you were raised on... Finding agreement? Never.
Moved to Arkansas, went to a restaurant called The Colorado Grill, asked for green chilli and they where dumbfounded. False advertising.
Keep reading for more on green chile.