Our regional Mexican cuisine
Based on other entries, it’s not a stretch to say that Denver cuisine is rooted in Latino cuisine. Our city boasts countless Mexican restaurants, so it only makes sense that nuanced, regional Mexican food can be found. And lucky for us, Oaxacan cuisine is a unique import. Tarasco’s New Latino Cuisine epitomizes this underrepresented plate with staples such as posole and tamales. The true winner at this Federal mainstay, however, is the mole. While we won’t blame you if you order the seven-chile variation, the bittersweet mole verde is what defines Tarasco’s.
Dim sum or pho on Federal Boulevard
Those who write-off Denver’s food scene as purely rice, beans, and a certain green sauce haven’t been down Federal. What it’s lacking in progressive envelope pushers, it makes up for in decades-old, family-run Chinese, Vietnamese, and Mexican joints that appear out of nowhere in the endless sea of strip malls. Favorites include the overwhelming dim sum of dumplings, steamed buns, chicken feet, and fried shrimp balls at Star Kitchen, and pho joints like Pho Duy and Pho 95.