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Ay Caramba!
Cherry Creek's casa of Mexican sandwiches

Denver

Did you know that before The Simpsons corrupted the phrase "Ay Caramba", it was a traditional Spanish expression meaning "Cherry Creek torta shop"? It's true -- just ask any of the guys at this one (they previously opened Limon) while enjoying their South-of-the-border sammies, guac, and tequila 'tails.

The bench seating features "Mexican-embossed leather", while the ceiling's all reclaimed CO pine.

The bar upstairs pours a mix of CO and Mexican beers, plus a special nitro tap of Deschutes Obsidian Stout.

The tequila-heavy cocktail list includes this blanco/ Motherlode Bloody mix/ charred Serrano/ lime juice Roja Maria.

Plain guac is boring, so instead order it as Lena Dunham's worst nightmare: "Fully Dressed", which means with queso fresco/ rojas/ bacon/ toasted pepitas/ charred corn.

All 10 tortas are served on freshly baked bolillo bread from a local Mexican bakery. This chipotle grilled chicken joint gets set off with roasted peppers/ Chihuahua cheese/ adobo chipotle aioli.

The pork in this Cubana is braised for 20hrs in Negra Modelo, just like Rip Torn on his Mexican vacations.

Or opt for the chipotle-sauteed shrimp in this Camaron Diabla if you don't feel like having a cow, man.

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1. Ay Caramba! 2817 E 3rd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Offering 10 different Torta options, Ay Caramba! definitely serves up some of the best sandwiches inspired from south-of-the-border. Pick a sandwich and pair it up with a "Toro" cocktail. Just think, beer, limeade AND vodka.

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