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Reader: Do people who complain about another taco joint also complain about another pizza place?

Rafael Najera just opened Agave Taco Bar in Washington Park, in the former home of The Local. Najera is the longtime executive chef of Washington Park Grille and Max Gill and Grill, and Agave is owned by the same pair who own those two restaurants. And what's on the menu at Agave? "The kind of food I grew up eating in Mexico -- the kind of food that I've been eating forever and will always eat," he says. "I think the neighborhood is going to like what we're doing."

And, of course, a few people will quibble. See also: - First look: Agave Taco Bar opens in Washington Park - Cantina opens in the Golden Triangle - The ten best spots for margaritas in Denver

Here's how Eric greeted the news:

Great. We were running low on Mexican food joints.
Others complained about the similarity in names -- how many other joints in the area have Agave in their titles? -- and menus -- ditto for fancy tacos.

But gabyyy responds:

So all the people complaining about stolen menus must think that both Machete and Pinche Tacos stole their menus from the original Denver taquerias on Federal, right? Cause let me tell you, lengua, al pastor, etc tacos, guacamole, queso fundido, and so on are not original to anyone. If you want the source of flavored tortillas, go to Mexico.

And no doubt, the people complaining OH NO MORE MEXICAN/TACO JOINTS surely say the same every time a new pizza place opens up. Or a new Italian/Chinese spot. Right?

I think I'll just wait and try the menu myself...

Have you been to Agave Taco Bar yet? What else does the Wash Park neighborhood need?

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