Denver Restaurant Guide

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El Tepehuan Mexican Restaurant

Known to regulars simply as El Tep, this Englewood staple has been serving the neighborhood since 1978. In 2015, it closed its original location, with plans to reopen a few blocks farther south. Cravings grew nearly out of control as almost two years passed before El Tep finally debuted in its new home at the corner of South Broadway and West Hampden Avenue, in a large space with colorful walls and tables, wooden chairs that bear the restaurant's name and piñatas strung from the ceiling. The return was embraced by longtime fans who were desperate for another taste of the eatery's green chile. Served as a plate with rice and beans or smothering burritos and large, crispy chiles rellenos, El Tep's chile verde has a smooth, thick consistency with a punch of heat and a deep, roasty flavor. Instead of larger pieces of pork, there are shreds of tender meat throughout, a sure sign of a chile cooked low and slow.
Molly Martin
  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Parking: On-street
  • Takeout
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