Thankfully, the original location of Garibaldi is still going strong at 3298 South Broadway in downtown Englewood, for those of us who have become addicted to the quekas (enormous grilled tacos filled with meats, cheese and sauce), pambazos (salsa-drenched tortas), tlayudas and nopales rellenos.
Yes, the Golden Triangle Garibaldi served burritos, tacos and enchiladas, all very well made. But the house specialties came from Mexico City, and included a variety of street food and higher-end dishes, so you could indulge in a hamburguesa tropical stacked with pineapple and ham, or explore the Azteca menu loaded with pre-Colombian ingredients: nopales, potatoes, chiles, blue corn tortillas, squash and tomatoes. Seasonal favorites included huitlacoche and squash blossom quesadillas, something rarely found in other Denver restaurants.
All of this is still being served in Englewood, and Cruz has just added breakfast hours there, so the original Garibaldi is now open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day but Sunday. Thanksgiving is even on the table, with lamb barbacoa, complete with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, salsa, limes, tortillas and soup, available for pre-order until November 20 for you to take home to your family.
If you had planned on trying out the Golden Triangle Garibaldi but just ran out of time, or if you're a fan of the Englewood original but don't make it down south that often, let this closing be a reminder that great food isn't always enough to attract attention, and that there's no such thing as security in the restaurant business.
I hope I'll soon see you on South Broadway under the Conoco awning, where Jesus Cruz and his family are still serving up good comida.