Cherry Creek's casa of Mexican sandwiches


Cherry Creek's casa of Mexican sandwiches
Cherry Creek's casa of Mexican sandwiches


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 (Cherry Creek)

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.