Foodography! Pinche Taqueria opens today in Uptown

Lori Midson
It may be Halloween, but today also marks the opening (finally!) of Pinche Taqueria, Kevin Morrison's taco-hustling brick-and-mortar -- the follow-up to his taco wagon, which was one of the first mobile street food slingers to hit the streets of Denver.

"We loved the response that we got from the public when we rolled out the taco wagon," says Morrison, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Nancy. "People would always come up to us and ask, 'Where's your restaurant?' plus we wanted to incorporate tequila and whiskey into what we were doing, and we could only do that if we opened a restaurant," he adds.

The 1,400 square-foot space, housed in a historic, red brick building originally occupied by a hotel -- and most recently, Colorado Free University -- showcases reclaimed wooden tables, three of which are communal; weathered hard wood floors; mosaic glass pillars; a bar that seats eight; exposed brick; and an open kitchen, from which Morrison and his staff are hustling a dozen different street tacos, along with chips and salsas, shrimp cocktail, guacamole, queso fundido, and numerous breakfast/brunch dishes, including hash, chicken and waffles and tortas.

"The menu is designed for grazing, and while the emphasis is still on tacos," notes Morrison, "we're doing several other dishes and seasonal specials that use ingredients native to Mexico -- but with modern twists." And the cocktail program -- impressive for a taqueria -- was designed by Johnny Ballen, owner of the now-closed Squeaky Bean (and, just in case you're wondering about Squeaky Bean, Ballen is this-close to inking a deal on a new space). "Johnny designed all of our specialty cocktails and chose all of our whiskeys and tequilas, most of which are small-batch, and he'll be here, behind the bar, until the Squeaky Bean opens," says Morrison.

Morrison, who will open Pinche Taqueria at 3 p.m. this afternoon, held a series of soft openings last week, and we were there to capture snaps of what he's serving.

If you go, here are the taqueria's future hours: Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday though Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

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Most delicious carnitas in Denver!


Can't wait to hear where Squeaky Bean springs up!


A coctail program at a toco joint?


I don't get these places (see El Diablo & Mezcal). I can think of 15 different places to getter better Mexican for half the price within 10 miles of here. 

Jim Rome
Jim Rome

Right.  I like paying a premium price to avoid people like you who rant and rave how their is better more authentic down the street for half the price.  Try something then judge it based on its merits.


The 10% 

Vote For Pedro
Vote For Pedro

Yo Cheech.  Why don't you try it before you open your ignorant boca. Pinche Bobo!

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