We've raved about Tocabe before -- it won a Best of Denver award in 2009, and former restaurant critic Jason Sheehan gave it a stellar review. And even better: Tocabe is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly.
Fair warning: The fry bread mix does have some milk in it, so vegans will want to steer toward medicine wheel nachos -- red, white, yellow and blue corn chips topped with a trio of different beans, plus whatever toppings you like: tomatoes, red onions and salsa are safe choices, or cheese for dairy-eaters. (And carnivores should enjoy the bison options, including ground or shredded.)
There's almost always another occupied table in the venue, unless you're showing up at a really odd hour; after lining up at the counter to order, have a seat at one of the basic tables and take in the decor. The purple ceiling has wavy sheets of metal hanging from it, and the mosaic-style brick and lit up left-hands on the walls provide just the right touch of detail. On a recent Saturday night, there was a line almost out the door, and snagging a table was difficult -- thankfully, in the summertime, it's easy to find a spot on the patio, with wrought-iron tables and chairs and a little extra room to bask in the sun.
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The fry bread is definitely worth trying if it suits your dietary needs. Pictured above is the American Indian tacos, a piece of fry bread topped with black beans and chili beans, lettuce, tomatoes, corn salsa and green chili.
The stuffed Indian tacos are another favorite: Diners choose what they'd like to put inside, and the kitchen cooks up a calzone-style fry bread that you can then top with lettuce, salsas and a squeeze of sour cream on top.
The deliciousness is served up in metal pie plates lined with paper, and there's an array of extras you can add at the condiment bar. Tocabe also offers beer and wine, natural sodas and more; the restaurant is located at 3536 West 44th Avenue. (The crew is working on finding a second location; we will definitely keep you posted as we hear more.) Learn more or view the full menu at www.tocabe.com.