Exclusive first look: Moontower Tacos opens in Capitol Hill

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All photos by Lori Midson.

Y'all know how I roll: Tacos rule my universe, and now, there's a new spot -- Moontower Tacos -- giving me (and the rest of you who agree that tacos are the equivalent to enlightenment) another reason to ballyhoo their virtue.

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Moontower, which took over the former Thai Mango space at Sixth and Grant, opened last Friday, and it couldn't be more taco-centric if it tried, although these aren't the tacos that are dispensed at every taqueria on Federal. Owner Brent Thrash is from the great town of Austin, Texas, and that, says his general manager and chef, Scott Branning, is where the inspiration comes from. "There are tons of killer taco spots in Austin, and Brent wanted to create a place like that here -- the kind of taco place where he grew up eating, with high-quality food that packs a lot of flavor, combined with quick service," adds Branning, who hails from Alabama.

And his menu, which touts twenty tacos in all, some of which are breakfast tacos, is definitely not traditional -- and that, declares Branning, is the whole point. "These are uniquely American tacos, with lots of Americanized ingredients and our own twists." If you need proof, consider the "Doggfather," a housemade waffle, flattened like a tortilla, that's crowned with hand-breaded chicken, bacon strips and maple syrup. "We both love chicken and waffles and wanted to figure out how to make chicken and waffles into a chicken-and-waffle taco," explains Branning. It's inexpensive, too: $3.75 for a taco that doubles as dinner. In fact, nothing here is small -- not the tacos, not the queso, not the jalapeno creamed corn, not the chimichangas, and nothing on the menu is over $5.

A full liquor license is forthcoming, notes Branning, and while there's no physical bar, the restaurant will serve beer, wine and frozen margaritas.

And if you're curious about the name, it stems from a couple of different things. Thrash went to college at CU Boulder, and he and his buddies nicknamed their house "Moontower." In addition, in lieu of regular street lights, Austin has 31 towers that provide artificial light at light, and is the only city in America that still operates with that system.

Moontower Tacos is open daily for lunch and dinner; for more info, call 303-832-1107. In the meantime, here's first look at the space, the menu, the tacos and more.

Location Info

Moontower Tacos

609 Grant St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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redbear008
redbear008

This is a rip off of Torchys Tacos in Austin. http://torchystacos.com/ Torchys started back around 2006 as a trailer park eatery. They have a few locations around Texas. The queso, heck even the bowl it's served in is the same. But Torchys is way better. I live in Denver and was shocked when I came across this place last week. The set up inside it the excat same, too!!  Everytime I fly to Austin to visit it's a must I go to Torchys. I hope they open one up here and show Denver how Tacos are really done.

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

hells YEAH ...and walkin' distance too!!

barslinger
barslinger

I have been at this spot twice since its opening last week.  Very good both times and second visit the food arrived twice as fast, so I am hoping that is positive improvement.  Lots of sauces and will try the breakfast tacos tomorrow.

barslinger
barslinger

I have been in twice since they opened and love the food. While it is early and details always need to be worked out.  I food arrived in a reasonable time on the first visit and very fast on the second, I will assume that is a sign of positive progress.  There were more sauce options than I expected so will have to work my way through the list.  Hoping they keep up the good work and will give breakfast a try tomorrow.

barslinger
barslinger

I have been at this spot twice since its opening last week.  Very good both times and second visit the food arrived twice as fast, so I am hoping that is positive improvement.  Lots of sauces and will try the breakfast tacos tomorrow.

barslinger
barslinger

I have been in twice since they opened and love the food. While it is early and details always need to be worked out.  I food arrived in a reasonable time on the first visit and very fast on the second, I will assume that is a sign of positive progress.  There were more sauce options than I expected so will have to work my way through the list.  Hoping they keep up the good work and will give breakfast a try tomorrow.

tacotacotaco
tacotacotaco

I live what they've done but I think the price points are too high, breakfast tacos should be served all day and the menu could use some polish.  

David C Peterson
David C Peterson

Wow!! A Torchy's Tacos clone comes to Denver. I hope it is as good.

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