Reader: If you want real Mexican food, go to Federal or Colfax

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Take a seat at El Tepehuan.
On Monday, we shared the sentiments of a reader who can't find good Mexican food on South Broadway. Since then, other readers have been offering their own thoughts -- not just on spots to try (or avoid), but also of attitudes toward Mexican food in general.

See also: Are there any decent Mexican restaurants on Broadway?

Says John Paul Rojas:

Most mainstream joints are mediocre at best. If you want real Mexican food, you need to venture on over to South Federal or East Colfax. Most of you gringos won't even bother with going and I don't blame you: They aren't exactly yuppie- friendly and they only speak Spanish. Fine by me. Keeps you a-holes from gentrifying all of the Denver metro areas.

El Tepehuan is pretty darn good and hey, guess what? it's been there far longer than most of the places mentioned besides El Tejado ( which is pretty darn good, too) even though they both carry gringo foods such as nachos and burritos. I would imagine finding good Mexican food is similar to Chinese people finding good Chinese. It's here -- you just have to know where to go and what to order. That menu thing is meant for the tastebuds of gringo Americans. I'm going to guess most of you don't like tripas (cow intestines) or barbacoa (roasted cow's head). So is there good Mexican food on South broadway. Yes. It's all a matter of perspective, tastes and comfort level.

And then there's this from Timothy:
If you live in Denver and complain about how far you have to travel to get good Mexican food, you are a snobby asshole.
When you want good Mexican food -- anywhere in metro Denver -- where do you go?

Location Info

El Tepehuan Mexican Restaurant

3457 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Here's where not to go, and I know I was a sucker for trying it in the first place—Mexi-chain from Seattle?—that is, The Matador in Highlands Square. What a shame the shuttered Heidi's couldn't have ended up as someplace more worthy of the corner location. 


Los Carboncitos on Sheridan and 6th for some huarachas.  Torres on Federal and Florida is a bit nicer, also good.  El Tapatias in Belmar and (patio) in Golden are good eats, and for the gluten-phobes, try Moose Hill Cantina.


Los Gallitos in Commerce City (approx. 64th and Quebec) - now you wanna talk about real deal Mexican food.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

The best Mexican food and restaurants are in Cabo San Lucas.

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

As always, Dave B has some goodies. I also have to give some "dap" to -

Los Pastes Deli & Bakery [Parker/Peoria in Aurora] for its tasty Hidalgo-style empanadas (or more properly, pastes)

Mayan Manjar [in the old Maria Empanada location at Mississippi/Sheridan] for its delicious Yucatecan items

Tarasco's [Federal/Virginia] for its yummy morisqueta and other Michoacán creations

And last, but certainly not least, Taqueria los Tres Reyes [West Littleton/Windemere-ish] for even more Yucatecan delights.

I hear that a certain Westword writer (y'know, the one with the to-die-for curls) really likes that last one too. :)

davebarnes topcommenter

El Chingon on Tennyson for higher-end Mexico City style.

Chili Verde on Federal (but they started out on Tejon) for Puebla style.

La Concinita on West 29th for cheap Tex-Mex and a great patio.



Dave I went there last night as it had been many many years.  The food was very good and could not believe how cheap!!

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