What does independence mean to you? How does independence taste to you? If the answer in the past has been anything but "amazeballs", you're going to the wrong Mexican places (also, using the wrong adjectives!). Never fear: we've rounded up the area's best Mexa-raunts and listed them by extremely academic category.
that band with that lighting candles song because mama something something something a great place to enjoy the humidity-free Mile High weather before catching a Rockies game with a cold marg and barbacoa tacos.
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This Denver branch of the two-locations chain T|ACO, pronounced Tee-Aco, is much bigger than the Boulder spot, and good thing because this place will likely be packed thanks to its menu of cheap tacos, fresh chips & salsa, and even a Saturday-Sunday brunch offering. If that's not enough, they've also got a list of killer cocktails and a bunch of tequilas to help you wash it all down.
With nearly 300 tequila options, happy hour 7 days a week, and delicious food including fajitas, fish tacos, and huevos rancheros, East Colfax joint Mezcal has all your Mexican cravings covered.
Devilishly good Mexican eats await you here, like the Panza de Puerco (braised pork belly and roasted chile pico de gallo) and award-winning margaritas. Holy molé.
This Highland mainstay has a menu filled with fresh, local ingredients that go a long way toward crafting their delicious tamales, grilled fish tacos, and massive nachos. Even better, they have $1 Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays from 3pm onwards for tequila tastings, and an until-2pm weekend brunch menu.
Although we tend to think of tacos as inherently Mexican/Latin, the guys behind MTB want to challenge our predispositions by introducing our tastebuds to "world tacos," full of flavors from places like Italy, Morocco, and Thailand. The results? Pretty outstanding. The menu includes caprese, bahn mi, Korean pork, and blackened tilapia tacos. So if you don't have a passport, you can at least pretend to have journeyed across the globe after sampling the 'international' cuisine at Marg's Taco Bistro.
This go-to Mexican spot sports sweeping city views, table-side guac, and other traditional Mexican fare, and a daily 4-6p happy hour (Mondays are happy hour all night!) featuring $4 sangria. Step things up with a Fuego Verde cocktail (Corazon blanco, muddled jalapeno, agave).
Black Crow is a food truck located right outside the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in downtown. From a retrofitted Airstream BC is serving an impressive selection of tortas (barbacoa, chorizo), tacos (pork, shrimp), and all the necessary sides like nachos and Mexican street corn, which, no, isn't slang for some sort of narcotic. It's also got on-site outdoor seating where you can enjoy your food, choice of tequila shots, and some sun.
The Larimer Square Mexican spot you know and love now looks like a million bucks, because that's exactly the amount they spent on renovations. But that wasn't the only part of this extensive makeover: the folks behind Tamayo also decided to add 60 bottles to their already-impressive tequila selection and to change the menu up a bit. They're now featuring street-food-style tacos (including a brisket one), queso fresco-coated corn, and an innovative take on quesadillas. Extreme Makeover: Cantina Edition was a success.