Moontower Tacos(credit: Moontower Tacos)
Fish tacos make for a delicious and refreshing summer meal. Lighter than traditional tacos, they are just as filling without making for a heavy dish, so it’s no wonder that these coastal Mexican favorites have exploded in popularity in the last decade. With an abundance of Mexican restaurants, Denver also has its fair share of traditional and creative takes on fish tacos. Check out one of these area restaurants for a great dinner that is a departure from the everyday. Bring your friends and make it an event.
Illegal Pete’s
1530 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 623-2169

With delicious beer battered cod on fresh tortillas (soft or hard), the fish tacos at Illegal Pete’s make for an excellent meal. Specializing in Mission style Mexican food from the California border, Illegal Pete’s is a popular hangout in the Denver area. The fast-casual vibe makes for quick service, which is perfect for lunch or happy hour. Each item on the menu is customizable, so you can take your fish tacos with the toppings and salsa that you want rather than having to stick with the menu. Illegal Pete’s has other locations in the Denver area as well, so if you don’t want to go downtown, check out one of the four Denver locations or one of the two Boulder locations.

Moontower Tacos
609 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-1107

Home to a variety of American-style tacos, Moontower knows its specialty and has perfected the art of the taco. Its Mahi-squared taco is a simple fish taco with fresh Mahi Mahi and slaw, served with Chipotle ranch dressing. Those in the mood for a fish taco with the works can try the Baja Fish taco, which comes with an Asian style slaw and guac. Founded by Austin, Texas native Brent Thrash, Moontower Tacos delivers interesting flavor combinations with quick service. If you’re starving, this is a good place to stop for lunch, because you’ll get your food in a snap. It also offers a variety of sauces for different palettes.

Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey
1514 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337

For a tropical spin on the fish taco, check out the pescado taco at Tacos, Tequila, Whiskey. The fish is battered in chipotle and beer for a kick, and the tacos themselves are served with pineapple salsa, which adds a touch of sweet to the spicy taco. It also has a mahi mahi chimichurri taco on the menu for an Argentine spin on a classic favorite. This restaurant is popular with tequila lovers, with more than 35 flavors of tequila on the menu. Stop in for some happy hour specials and try the fish tacos while you’re there.

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Los Carboncitos
722 N. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80214
(303) 573-1617

People who prefer traditional Mexican fare love Los Carboncitos and its homemade tortillas. The restaurant is known for its broad menu, and every dish mixes traditional flavors perfectly. Known for its staple dishes like mole and carne asada, Los Carboncitos also has cheap tacos on its menu. Don’t be fooled by the price, however, as the tacos alone are worth stopping into the restaurant. Once you’ve tried them, you’ll definitely want to go back for some of the specialty dishes as well.

Los Chingones
2461 Larimer St., #102
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0686

Denver-based chef Troy Guard is known for his modern twist on cuisine. He currently owns six restaurants in the city, including Los Chingones – a fusion restaurant in the Ballpark neighborhood. Offering Mexican inspired dishes with a twist (such as a empanadas made with local venison), this restaurant is great for anyone who wants to try something different. Its fish tacos are served with mango-mint chutney and radish slaw. Fans of Guard’s other restaurants will likely be fans of this one, but those who don’t know his work should go for the fine cuisine.

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