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¡Tacos Nuevos! Denver's Ten Best New-School Tacos

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| Photo: Adam Larkey

There are two ways to go with tacos: the old-school, authentic, street variety, which are much beloved throughout the city. The second is the new-school, modern, high-end approach that's taken hold in Denver. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, these ten places represent how local chefs are bringing innovation to the palm-sized culinary canvas that is the taco.


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1. Pinche Tacos

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1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 475-1337
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Born as a food truck, Pinche proved so popular it became a brick-and-mortar spot in City Park, with another added in Highlands. In addition to serving up tasty tacos like pork belly and braised beef tongue, Pinche gets down with tequila and whiskey, making the restaurants as fun as any street party.

2. Los Chingones

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2461 larimer st
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 295-0686
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Troy Guard's taqueria has been going hard since it opened in November. A $10 lunch special will get you chips, salsa, agua fresca and three tacos, with intriguing choices like lamb neck, beer-battered Mahi and octopus.

3. Comida

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3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 296-2747
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Two brick-and-mortar cantinas (at The Source and in Longmont) and the original hot-pink truck assemble tacos with uncommon ingredients, including chorizo and red onion escabeche, Negro Modelo-braised sirloin over smoked gouda sweet potato mash, and a griddled soft corn variant with bacon and jalapeño.

4. Table 6

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609 Corona St
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-8800
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Three words: chicken-skin tacos. At this ten year old far-from-Mexican eatery, executive chef Carrie Shores playfully combines fried chicken skins, celery root blue cheese slaw and house-made Frank’s-style hot sauce, all wrapped up in freshly griddled masa tortillas.

5. Tamayo

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1400 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 946-1433
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The two-story space in Larimer Square not only offers rooftop views, but a number of gourmet tacos created by chef Richard Sandoval. The signature smoked brisket taco features house-smoked beef, creamy chile slaw, avocado and pickled onion served on corn tortillas.

6. Moontower Tacos

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609 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-1107
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Breakfast burritos be damned. Here, atypical tacos of both the breakfast and lunch variety are served from the Moontower truck and its stationary restaurant in Capitol Hill. Fried chicken, panko-battered avocado and even waffles make for some unique ingredients.

7. El Camino

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3628 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 889-7946
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Tex Mex favorites abound in the hacienda-styled Highlands Square spot, and the signature al pastor tacos are not to be missed. House-marinated pork shoulder, pan-seared with fresh pineapple and topped with salsa de arbol, red onion and cilantro.

8. Margs Taco Bistro

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200 Fillmore St
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 321-6274
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When billing yourself as a taco bistro, you better deliver the goods. Three locations (Cherry Creek, LoDo and Uptown) come through with unique variations on the Mexican staple, including bánh mì, caprese, and Philly cheesesteak.

9. Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

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1294 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 778-1294
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Among several traditional taco offerings at this friendly, family-owned, Platte Park go-to, the veggie version is a stand-out: sautéed portobello mushrooms, vegetables, cabbage, and pico de gallo on house-made, handcrafted corn tortillas.

10. El Chingon

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4326 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 248-3641
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The original Arvada strip mall location has been transplanted to Tennyson Street, where it continues to serve the simple, focused Mexican fare beloved by loyalists. Case in point: the chicharon taco, adorned with pork green chile and Oaxaca cheese.

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1. Pinche Tacos

1514 York St, Denver, CO 80206
Born as a food truck, Pinche proved so popular it became a brick-and-mortar spot in City Park, with another added in Highlands. In addition to serving up tasty tacos like pork belly and braised beef tongue, Pinche gets down with tequila and whiskey, making the restaurants as fun as any street party.
1514 York St
Denver, CO 80206

2. Los Chingones

2461 larimer st, Denver, CO 80205
Troy Guard's taqueria has been going hard since it opened in November. A $10 lunch special will get you chips, salsa, agua fresca and three tacos, with intriguing choices like lamb neck, beer-battered Mahi and octopus.
2461 larimer st
Denver, CO 80205

3. Comida

3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Two brick-and-mortar cantinas (at The Source and in Longmont) and the original hot-pink truck assemble tacos with uncommon ingredients, including chorizo and red onion escabeche, Negro Modelo-braised sirloin over smoked gouda sweet potato mash, and a griddled soft corn variant with bacon and jalapeño.
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80216

4. Table 6

609 Corona St, Denver, CO 80218
Three words: chicken-skin tacos. At this ten year old far-from-Mexican eatery, executive chef Carrie Shores playfully combines fried chicken skins, celery root blue cheese slaw and house-made Frank’s-style hot sauce, all wrapped up in freshly griddled masa tortillas.
609 Corona St
Denver, CO 80218

5. Tamayo

1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
The two-story space in Larimer Square not only offers rooftop views, but a number of gourmet tacos created by chef Richard Sandoval. The signature smoked brisket taco features house-smoked beef, creamy chile slaw, avocado and pickled onion served on corn tortillas.
1400 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80202

6. Moontower Tacos

609 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
Breakfast burritos be damned. Here, atypical tacos of both the breakfast and lunch variety are served from the Moontower truck and its stationary restaurant in Capitol Hill. Fried chicken, panko-battered avocado and even waffles make for some unique ingredients.
609 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

7. El Camino

3628 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Tex Mex favorites abound in the hacienda-styled Highlands Square spot, and the signature al pastor tacos are not to be missed. House-marinated pork shoulder, pan-seared with fresh pineapple and topped with salsa de arbol, red onion and cilantro.
3628 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

8. Margs Taco Bistro

200 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206
When billing yourself as a taco bistro, you better deliver the goods. Three locations (Cherry Creek, LoDo and Uptown) come through with unique variations on the Mexican staple, including bánh mì, caprese, and Philly cheesesteak.
200 Fillmore St
Denver, CO 80206

9. Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

1294 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Among several traditional taco offerings at this friendly, family-owned, Platte Park go-to, the veggie version is a stand-out: sautéed portobello mushrooms, vegetables, cabbage, and pico de gallo on house-made, handcrafted corn tortillas.
1294 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

10. El Chingon

4326 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
The original Arvada strip mall location has been transplanted to Tennyson Street, where it continues to serve the simple, focused Mexican fare beloved by loyalists. Case in point: the chicharon taco, adorned with pork green chile and Oaxaca cheese.
4326 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212

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