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Tres Chiles Opens Breezy Mexican Eatery on Tennyson Street

Tres Chiles is now open on Tennyson Street.
Tres Chiles is now open on Tennyson Street. Mark Antonation
The transformation of a Berkeley real estate office in an old Denver home into a modern Mexican restaurant took a little over two years, but Tres Chiles is finally open at 3900 Tennyson Street.

Tres Chiles was built by owner Nicolas Medina; the restaurant was unveiled earlier this month for soft openings but is now in full swing — just in time for warm spring weather. The dining room boasts rows of roll-up garage doors on the south and west sides, turning the space into one giant covered patio when the doors are up.

click to enlarge The back half of Tres Chiles was an old two-story home. - MARK ANTONATION
The back half of Tres Chiles was an old two-story home.
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click to enlarge Owner Nicolas Medina at the host station, which is built from the front end of an Indian Tata truck. - MARK ANTONATION
Owner Nicolas Medina at the host station, which is built from the front end of an Indian Tata truck.
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click to enlarge Tile accents liven up the bar. - MARK ANTONATION
Tile accents liven up the bar.
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click to enlarge A barbacoa burrito smothered in green chile will be familiar to northwest Denver neighbors. - MARK ANTONATION
A barbacoa burrito smothered in green chile will be familiar to northwest Denver neighbors.
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click to enlarge Tres Chiles doesn't have a patio, but the entire dining room opens up when the weather is nice. - MARK ANTONATION
Tres Chiles doesn't have a patio, but the entire dining room opens up when the weather is nice.
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The menu and atmosphere capture the best of the old Northside neighborhood and the current growth on Tennyson Street. The building is modern and breezy, fitting in well with new neighbors like Kazan Ramen Bistro and Vital Root across the street, but serving a menu that will feel familiar to neighbors. Tacos, smothered burritos, enchiladas, rellenos and fajitas are all there, with a few eye-catching extras along the lines of ceviche, aguachile, caldo tlalpeño (chipotle chicken soup) and bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with cheese.

At the bar you'll find a Tres Chiles beer made by De Steeg Brewing just down the street. Medina says that De Steeg will also be serving the mildy spicy beer, made with three kinds of chiles, at its brewery taproom.

Tres Chiles is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Medina adds that he'll see how these hours work for the neighborhood and adjust as needed in a month or two. In addition to the main bar and dining room, the restaurant also has a small private room upstairs available to book for special occasions. Call Tres Chiles at 303-477-2555 or visit the restaurant's website for more details.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation