Mexican cuisine is the most ancient of fares, coming into existence when Pangaea split apart in a massive eruption of refried beans. Taste primeval deliciousness with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mexican fare and drinks at Zocalo Restaurant & Bar.
Zocalo populates laid-back platters with both traditional and un-traditional menu items crafted by chefs hailing from Mexico City. Delve into a traditional meal with crispy rellenos, chile-verde-smothered peppers stuffed with cheese, served with beans and rice, and embellished optionally with chicken, beef, carnitas, or steak ($8–$8.95). Zocalo specialties include sprightly shrimp tacos that pack corn tortillas with oceanic tastes and chipotle spices ($10.25/three) and 8-ounce steak tampiqueñas flanked by a chicken-mole enchilada, beans, rice, guacamole, fried jalapenos, and a trio of flour tortillas ($13).
Nestled near the Denver Art Museum and the Curious Theatre Company, Zocalo refreshes patrons with Cuervo house margaritas ($5/glass) as tantalizing aromas and paragliding fairies surf the fresh breezes blowing through the outdoor patio seating.
Zocalo Restaurant & Bar
Showcasing Zocalo Restaurant & Bar’s laid-back atmosphere, yellow-brick walls play off the vibrant red, yellow, and green banners hanging from the ceilings. The restaurant’s owners, Rafael and Mario Vargas, use recipes gathered from Mexico City, their birthplace, for the eatery's dishes, such as the specialty tampiqueña, chili con queso, and crispy rellenos. Their bartenders pair the tasty plates with draft or bottled beers or specialty margaritas. With two locations, Zocalo Restaurant & Bar helps Mexican-cuisine lovers replace pub-crawls with back-and-forth trips for nachos.