According to most restaurant critics, the perfect southwestern-inspired meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic southwestern cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $30 worth of Sante Fe–style Mexican fare and drinks at El Tesoro, tucked in the downtown Depot Arts District.
El Tesoro, which is translated as "the treasure," is a restaurant-gallery hybrid, a cultural treasure for both belly and brain. The menu of Mexican tastes infused with Santa Fe flavors gives robust nods to the red and green chiles grown inside hollowed-out gourds in the Rio Grande Valley. Spicy green chiles add tasty tension to melted white cheddar, Cojita cheeses, and sweet mango in El Tesoro's mango-quesadilla appetizer ($7), and refreshing lime-marinated ceviche ($6) enlivens any languid tongue just in time to taste main dishes. Carne adovada, tender pork slices marinated in ancho-red-chile sauce ($16), is a house specialty, as is the fire shrimp ($16); both are served with calabacitas and black beans. Rinse down rations with a margarita, or if you have a dry-clean-only esophagus, wash down unwashables with a slice of Mexican cheesecake ($5).
El Tesoro's artistic, Spanish-style confines have also housed a number of craftsmen and artisans through the years, including the renowned Colorado Spring's interior designer Marshall Morin. The building's rustic tile floors, kiva-inspired fireplace, and art-garnished walls set the stage for an intimate, imaginative repast, whether you enjoy it cuddled closely with a romantic interest by the fire or creatively order and eat double for an imaginary friend. El Tesoro also has a beautiful garden patio, so diners can enjoy their meals by summer starlight and use outside voices.
The Gazette gives El Tesoro four stars out of five, saying:
- The posole, which comes as a side with many plates, is some of the best I’ve had anywhere. – Nathaniel Glen
- You will love their food, and gallery. It's great service, great atmosphere and a great night out! – GCtraveler19, TripAdvisor
- Always a favorite whenever we are in Colorado Springs, it is one place that I always yearn for it whenever I am looking for some good New Mexican style cuisine. – Doc D., Yelp
Downtown Colorado Springs
10 N Sierra Madre St.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903Get Directions