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Everywhere in Mile High to celebrate not-Mexican independence

Published On 04/28/2013 Published On 04/28/2013
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1. T|ACO 1550 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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2. Mezcal 3230 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

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.

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3. El Diablo 101 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

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.

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4. El Camino 3628 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

This Highland eatery is dedicated to remaining an unaltered community space in the heart of a neighborhood that is getting hipper by the second. Purchased in the 90's, El Camino is a popular mainstay for Denver natives and tourists alike -- the exposed brick, tables crafted of recycled rail-car wood, and complete menu are all composed of local elements, holding true to the tavern's community-oriented manifesto. It serves fantastically fresh classic Mexican dishes -- infamously good guac, enchiladas, and tacos al pastor -- along with a brunch menu filled with churros, dios mio (french toast topped with plantains, eggs and bacon), huevos rancheros with handmade corn tortillas, and plenty of extra spicy Bloody Marys. Between the extensive all-day menus, the weekend tequila tastings, and the fully stocked bar, El Camino is in no danger of losing its Highland acclaim.

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5. Margs Taco Bistro 1519 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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6. Lola 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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).

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7. Black Crow 1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Northwest)

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.

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8. Tamayo 1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

This Larimer Square spot is a culinary canvas on which Chef Richard Sandoval blends earthy flavors of his native Mexico with creative cooking techniques to craft Tamayo’s modern Mexican cuisine. The substantial menu consists of starters, soups and salads, tacos, enchiladas, chef specials like chicken mole poblano and grilled striped bass wrapped in corn husk, and guacamoles, including traditional, bacon, tuna tartare, and spicy crab varieties. Equally extensive is the tequila collection (there are over 100 options); opt for homemade serrano- or prickly pear-infused tequila, or, if you’re like us and can’t choose just one, order a flight like the Casamigos, a trio of blanco, reposado, and añejo.

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