457 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
The Denver institution, owned by Gary Mobell, continues to offer an extensive and fresh menu on South Broadway. Fresh fish tacos are served with mahi mahi, rubbed with red chile and grilled with fajita vegetables. Cheese is minimal, flavors are bold and servings are ample. For those with food allergies, gluten-free allows diners to enjoy many menu items that were otherwise forbidden. Blue Bonnet offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $2.25 tacos and half-price drinks, and Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to close. On Tuesdays, two tacos and a margarita are under $10.
1610 Little Raven St., Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
Richard Sandoval’s restaurant empire always offers a little of the unexpected. Blending international flavors and techniques, the tacos at La Biblioteca are packed with flavor and interesting ingredients. Pork carnitas are slow cooked and served with chile pasilla salsa, avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo. Skirt steak and wagyu chorizo are combined in house-made tortillas with black beans, won bok, cotija cheese, pickled fresnos and crema. An extensive tequila selection offers rare sipping tequilas and tasty margaritas, and a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. keeps prices low with $5 margaritas and $3 bites. On Tuesdays, take advantage of $2 tacos in a few varieties.
2461 Larimer St., Suite 102
Denver, CO 80205
Downtown Denver hot spots keep migrating north, and Troy Guard’s new Mexican restaurant is the latest to open north of the Ballpark in the “RiNo District.” Serving familiar Mexican favorites with Guard’s flair for the extraordinary, the taco selection is extensive. Standouts include octopus with cabbage, orange, crispy parsnip and pasilla chile along with an unexpected vegetarian option of butternut squash with kale, goat cheese and pumpkin seeds. Taco “happy hour” is Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $2 tacos. Stop in on a Tuesday before 6 p.m. and order five tacos for just $10.
3496 W. 32nd Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
Owners Nate Opper and Zak Melang recently opened the Matador in the charming Highlands Square neighborhood. The restaurant offers fresh Mexican and Tex Mex favorites along with a curated selection of more than 100 tequilas and an extensive margarita menu. Pork tacos al pastor are a signature with house-marinated pork shoulder, pan seared with fresh pineapple and topped with salsa de arbol, red onion and cilantro. The décor is reminiscent of a Mexican hacienda and the bar features cozy seating around a fire pit. Happy hour is offered daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Taco Tuesday can be enjoyed in front of the fire pit or one of the flat screen TVs with two tacos for $5.
1400 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
Tamayo reopened last spring after an extensive redesign. The two-story space is located in Larimer Square and has views of the mountains from the enclosed rooftop seating area. With an extensive Mexican menu, the taco selection offers chicken, pork, brisket, fish and beef tenderloin. A signature as well as a favorite, the smoked brisket showcases house-smoked beef, creamy chile slaw, avocado and pickled onion served on corn tortillas. Tacos are $2 every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until close at the bar and rooftop lounge.
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