El Olvido brings regional Mexican specialties to South Broadway

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Lori Midson
"It's gonna be Mexican, but not Mexican."

So says Jorge Pingarron, who's opening El Olvido in the former Hades Bar & Grill (and South Broadway Grill, and El Ranchito, and, long ago, Mr. Steak) spot on South Broadway. And what he means by "not Mexican" is that he's not going to serve the enchiladas and tostadas that are standard fare at Mexican restaurants in this city.

Rather, Pingarron is focusing on regional cuisine, crafting a menu of ten dishes and dreaming up specials that showcase the food of different states in Mexico. "My family is from everywhere," he says. "We've got a lot of family recipes."

He plans to offer mole from Oaxaca, dishes from his native Acapulco, and a menu staple from Guadalajara. "One of our specialties will be carne en su jugo," he says. "That's meat cooked in its own juices, and then we add some secret things. In Guadalajara, there are restaurants that serve just that, and they're packed."

Pingarron has worked in Denver restaurants for years, and quit his last job just three weeks ago to forge ahead with this project. He cites Troy Guard as his favorite local chef. "I worked with him at Tamayo," he says. "I learned a lot."

Pingarron is now waiting on the liquor license transfer, so that he can open with a full bar. Once that goes through, he estimates that it will be about a month before he opens the doors to his own place. "It's exciting," he says.

Even if it's "not Mexican."

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Location Info

El Olvido - CLOSED

2200 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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The fish tacos are the best I have ever had! I can't make myself order anything else when I go.


 This place is terrible! The food does not resemble anything close to what is described on the menu. I ordered the "Red snapper fish tacos with a special sauce". What I got was warmed fish sticks with lettuce and tomato smothered with ranch dressing. I also got a side of severely watered down guacamole. My wife ordered a "Mixta Salad" with fresh mango, avocado, and other exotic ingredients. There was no mango to be seen. She got a layer of iceberg lettuce topped with a few slices of onion, two slices of over ripe avocado and  two slices of unripe tomato smothered with ranch dressing. There are no "secret sauces" here, just a lot of ranch dressing attempting to hide some very sub- par fare.

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OMG!!! If he has a recipe for "carne en su jugo" anywhere as good as Carnes Garibaldi in Guadalajara he has my business for life.

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