Tequila Joe’s, which was voted Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita by the Parker Chronicle, serves up authentic Mexican eats, all accompanied by an extensive collection of spirited tequilas. Whet an appetite with the roasted jalapeños ($7) before diving into more traditional Mexican fare including burritos, chimichangas, or the highly revered chimichanga burrito. Tequila Joe’s innovative specialties include the Margarita Shrimp, served with spring vegetables ($15), and the Steak Ranchero, accompanied by beans and rice ($13).
Father-and-son team Liberato and Ricardo Garcia grew their family business into a local franchise rooted firmly in a passion for authentic Mexican recipes served in festive surroundings. To that end, the eatery takes its name from a joyous exclamation heard often in Mexico during lively nights on the town, when meeting a good friend on the street, or after successfully completing a high-five. This joie de vivre is evident in Ajuua’s colorful cuisine, from its guac-covered nachos to its top sirloin smothered in strips of bell pepper. Diners sip chilly margaritas as they tuck in to plates of bacon-wrapped prawns, sautéed pollo a la crema, or hearty chorizo con huevos.
Tortillas and salsas are handmade in each Cost Vida store, and the executive chef has designed a menu around ingredients that have never seen the inside of a factory or a dehydrated astronaut snack pack, including fresh cilantro, mangos, tomatillos, and all-natural proteins such as sweet pork and baja shrimp made fresh daily. Dishes consist of Mexican staples such as burritos and tacos filled with cheese, meats, and beans, and lighter fare includes salads packed with veggies, salsas, and guacamole. Traditional Mexican desserts end meals on a dulcet chord with flan, key-lime pie, or sweet cinnamon tortilla.
Today’s spicy Groupon invites you to a sultry south-of-the-border rendezvous at a hotel made out of Chihuahua cheese. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of traditional Mexican tastes at La Sandía, an ethnic eatery from famed restaurateur and Denver magazine’s 2009 Person of Power Richard Sandoval.
Though lunchtime showcases classic Mexican dishes such as flautas, enchiladas, and quesadillas, Las Brisas' dinner menu features a whole new level of inspiration and taste. For more than two decades, the kitchen—under the direction of Chef Ricardo—has churned out inventive Latin-fusion cuisine that draws on flavors from the Mexican coast, as well as Spain, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. He concocts a cavalcade of entrees, ranging from swordfish enchiladas to saffron-infused Spanish paella and fresh Mediterranean salmon. Friday and Saturday nights are as special as a puppy’s first words, with his crew flooding the dining room with the smoky aromas of slow-roasted baby-back ribs and succulent Spanish prime rib. Though many of their menu items are wheat-free by nature, Las Brisas caters to dietary restrictions with a special gluten-free menu that's available upon request.
Before an audience of excited patrons and supporting cast of bloody marys, wine, and imported and domestic bottles, 10 domestic and handcrafted brews dive from taps into chilly glasses. A menu of pub grub complements the adult libations with classic burgers, Mexican favorites such as tacos and enchiladas, and Italian delights including grinders, pizza, and pasta. Fatigued golfers and complacent dry cleaners grow alert at the sight of the Pueblo Slopper, in which green or red chili and shredded cheese ooze over a thick cheeseburger and crisp fries. A covered patio in back shields diners from hot sunbeams, while the front side of the grill boasts outdoor seating that's open to seagull serenades. Flat-screen televisions peppered throughout the space flicker with sports match-ups, and nightly events—such as live music on Fridays and Saturdays and karaoke on Wednesday nights—help customers stay on key without having to eat with a tuning fork.