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Top Mexican Food In Denver

October 18, 2011 2:37 PM

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Denver is known for having great Mexican food, and without a doubt there isn’t a shortage of great restaurants in the area. It depends on what you’re in the mood for; Authentic, Traditional, Tex-Mex, Fresh Mex, Southwestern Mex, or New Mex or whatever you want to call it!  Here are some of the best.
lola Top Mexican Food In Denver



1575 Boulder Street
Denver, CO
(720) 570-8686
Lola offers diners a taste of Coastal Mexican. Chef Jamey Fader’s menu is creative with fresh and seasonal ingredients.   The guacamole is prepared tableside to the diners liking, and served with house made chips to die for!  Lola will always have fresh fish dishes with infused spices, artistic chutneys, and inventive sauces.  Sunday evenings family style paella begins at 5 p.m., and Tuesdays the 4 course tasting menus is only $25, with the menu changing monthly. Not to be missed is brunch on Saturday and Sunday, from chicken and waffles to crab and avocado benedicto; the menu will spice up your weekend.  

losdospotrillos Top Mexican Food In Denver


Los Dos Portillos

8251 South Holly Street
Centennial, CO
(720) 529-0299

10065 West San Juan Way
Littleton, CO
(303) 948-1552
Los Dos Portillos is a great suburban traditional Mexican food find. Friday Saturday and Sunday are the only days you can get the delicious Tacos de Carnitas. Flavorful and lean and topped with avocado slices is a local favorite. The menu is large so your favorite is sure to be found on the menu, food is flavorful with the right amount of spice. If you are in the mood for great Mexican Los Dos Portillos is worth a try, don’t let the long line deter you, the service is fast. For dessert the sopapillas are delicious.

jackngrill Top Mexican Food In Denver


Jack n Grill

Multiple locations
Jack n Grill is a New Mexico inspired restaurant that has won many accolades locally and nationally. Without a doubt, it’s a Denver Landmark for fantastic Mexican food.  What is so fun about Jack n Grill is the unique menu. Don’t miss the Elote En Vaso (Corn-In-A Cup) for a side dish. It is exactly that corn in a cup with the flavor of spicy butter and parmesan cheese. The ground beef and potato hard tacos and the chile rellanos battered with egg are some of the best in Denver. The burger menu is imaginative with southwest flavor like fresh green chile, guacamole, and cheese, but don’t forget the green chile smothered fries!

littleanitas Top Mexican Food In Denver


Little Anita’s

Multiple locations
For over 30 years, Little Anita’s has been serving up Authentic “New Mexico” cuisine. A bonus is you receive a “free” sopapilla with your entrée but that is not the only reason to try Little Anita’s. The family recipes for the red and green chilies and salsa are a great base for the tasty menu. The tamales are packed with pork and thick with texture, blue corn enchiladas, stuffed sopapillas and burritos worthy of being drenched in Chile. Can’t decide; order it “Christmas” where you get both red and green Chile! Little Anita’s is high on the list of breakfast burrito lovers as well. Little Anita’s has 5 locations to choose from for fast, convenient and affordable Mexican food.

rosa lindas Top Mexican Food In Denver


Rosa Linda’s

2005 W. 33rd Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-0608
A north Denver tradition for over 20 years Rosa Linda’s is authentic and delicious. The Super Nachos are a perfect blend of chips, beans, cheese and jalapenos a must to start if you dine at Rosa Linda’s.  Mexican desired traditions are found like burritos, tamales, enchiladas, and chile rellanos.  If you’re feeling adventurous, try Cactus Soup or Chicken Mole that is simmered with 5 chilies, chocolate and peanut butter. Breakfast is served all day the Burrito de Chorizo is delectable with homemade chorizo and scrambled eggs in a warm tortilla smothered in red or green chile. Rosa Linda’s is generous to the Denver community serving a free Thanksgiving Feast to the needy for the past 24 years.

– By Blair Brooks, contributor

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  • Alfonso

    80% of the food is not even close to be called Mexican. It can be called Mexican inspired. You want authentic, watch Richard Bayless on youtube. Otherwise, please don’t be missled.
    Paella is from Spain, and sopapillas doesn’t exist in Mexico.
    The worst missleading of all: Taco Bell. Sorry to spoil your “Mexican” experience.
    Watch the travel channel’s Bourdain and Zimmern, those guys really know how to live the experience.

    • ShutUpToolbag

      Wow, you are so cool. I wish I could be like you and know more about Mexican food than anybody else.

    • matty

      Sopapillas were thought to have been invented in New Mexico, when it was still “old” Mexico, but can be found in Chihuahua and Sonora. If you would actually go to Mexico and not just comment about it on “teh interwebs” maybe you’d learn something.

  • steven

    Torres’ is the best mexican restaurant

  • David

    El Alamo – Aurora is the best.

  • Leslie

    There are so many decent places in D. Try to stay away from Blue Bonnet, Benny’s and Morrison Inn. You might try DiCorazon, La Cueva, El Jardin or La Loma.

  • Bira44

    Tacos Jalisco, 38th and Tennyson. Real Mexican food that is really good. You can tell how good it is by trying to find parking space nearby … that and eating there.
    Great place.

  • Pktrkt

    El Jardin is the best!

  • Summer

    Dicorazon? How long since you have been there? The last time I went the food was barely above Casa Bonita fare. One person ordered a chicken quesidilla that was literally dripping in grease. And it is so noisy in there you can’t even speak normally to the people at your table. No thanks. I agree with the rest of your list but can no longer recommend the downtown Dicorazon.

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