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El Toro

4957 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
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  • Daily 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • $
  • Full bar
  • Lot available, On-street
  • Not accepted
  • Call restaurant to order/pay, Curbside pickup
  • Wheelchair accessible, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Lunch
No bull here, just beans and rice — good beans and rice, courtesy of Ed Garcia, whose family founded the beloved Mexico City Lounge. The decor boasts velvet paintings, paneling and an enormous TV in the corner; the menu is slightly less elaborate, featuring basics like tacos, beef and bean burritos, and menudo seven days a week. But they're famous for — and proud of — their greasy tacos. Be prepared: This little joint is cash only.

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