Atomic Tamale's vegetarian and vegan tamales are a south-of-the-border delight

Categories: Veggie Girl

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Although Denver has some of the best Mexican food in the country, vegetarians and vegans alike know it is not easy to find meat-free Mexican meals in this city -- and finding meat-and-cheese-free Mexican food is almost like seeking the Holy Grail. It might take you a couple of passes to locate Atomic Tamale at 649 Santa Fe Drive; it's actually inside La Muerte Apparel, a clothing-and-accessories store that, appropriately, carries Day of the Dead-themed attire, jewelry, purses and more, which is nice, because it gives you something to look at while you're waiting for your tamales. And we promise you this: These tamales are worth the wait.

It's a small kitchen with an equally small menu: Atomic Tamale sells vegetarian tamales (green chile and cheese), vegan tamales (red chile and soy meat) and falafel taquitos. Sorry, meat-lovers. When we stopped by on Sunday morning, Atomic Tamale was running a special: Three falafel taquitos and two tamales for $5. We went with it, ordering one vegan and one vegetarian tamale, which were thoughtfully served on separate plates. The meal was served up in a little cardboard tray with a plastic ramekin of salsa that the proprietor warned us was "hot." He wasn't joking -- and that's a good thing; too many "hot" salsas are actually mild-to-medium, so it was a pleasant surprise to feel the heat with the taquitos and tamales.

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Here's another reason to stop by on a Sunday: Atomic Tamale serves free vegan menudo with every order on Sunday. Yes, free. (And, yes, vegan menudo -- we aren't sure how they do it, but we'll tell you this: Better menudo has never passed the lips of this Veggie Girl. Don't knock it till you try it, is all we're saying.) There was a little table with menudo fixings set up, including corn chips, lime wedges, fresh cilantro and shredded cabbage. The hominy was fluffy, the chunks of "meat" tender, and the broth to-die-for.

We were so impressed that we also took home a dozen vegan tamales for $18 -- and made fast work of those, too.

There are two small tables set out on the lawn for noshing; stop by and spend your lunch or dinner in the beautiful weather while it lasts. Atomic Tamale is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day but Monday -- and we'll definitely be back next Sunday for that menudo. And the Sunday after that. And probably the Sunday after that. Ad infinitum.

Call 303-955-2898 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Atomic-Tamale/252552288100278.

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Atomic Tamale - CLOSED

649 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

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R.R.
R.R.

OMG! My husband just came home with a dozen or more vegan tamales and a cup of vegan menudo! Yes, that is what I said, VEGAN MENUDO. This stuff is delicious---thanks to the owners of Atomic Tamale---and it was FREE (only on Sunday's while supply lasts). Please support this local company and FRIEND them on Facebook too!

Jcabrera77
Jcabrera77

So I am neither a vegetarian nor much of a tamale person.....BUT I AM HOOKED!! I was also able to taste one of the taquitos today....AMAZING! Great Job!! I look forward to watching you, your menu, and your business grow more and more each day......keep it up!!

Jerry Duran
Jerry Duran

I have eaten Atomic Tamales both red & green and both are delicious.  The taquitos are delicious and when you add the salsa even better. You can bet I'll be back on Sunday for the menudo!  Jerry

Owen
Owen

Yay! Better photos!

Amber Taufen
Amber Taufen

I've been trying! (My new phone takes better photos than my old camera. That should give you an idea of what kind of equipment I've been working with.)

Carly
Carly

I've never heard of this place.  Thanks for the heads up!  My vegan friends who live pretty close to this place will thank you too, I'm assuming.

Kdhoodlamb
Kdhoodlamb

This place has some of the best food in Denver period, even with the small menu. I have a feeling with enough demand the menu will expand and I cannot wait to see what more this place has to offer. Not only are the proprietors so hospitable and incredibly nice but their clothing store is also great to shop in. This is an over all amazing place and I can't wait to see what the future will have in store.

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