Oh, Dear Mexicans. Where Art Thou?

May 25th


I will not make this blog for the next year: WHY COLORADO IS BETTER THAN ARIZONA. Or, sadly, WHY ARIZONA IS BETTER THAN COLORADO.

With a few small exceptions.


Mexican Food — Colorado vs: Arizona

Christo, almighty. Mexicans! Where are you? I miss my bretheren, especially those who know how to run an amazing restaurant with a healthy, fresh and tasty menu. The lack of quality Mexican food in these parts is dumbfounding. For my Arizona friends, get on your knees today and thank the heavens for Gallo Blanco. Or Barrio Cafe. Or Ajo Al’s. Or even my former employer Rosita’s. Because everything in Denver so far has been a fancy version of Macayo’s. Yellow cheese. Runny refried beans. Green chile that is called “Bronco sauce” because somehow, it comes out orange. ORANGE.

Mmm... guac


Score one for Arizona.

(Unintended benefit: I’m eating a lot less Mexican food. Hola, pants that fit.)

On the other hand, my new homestead has no rumors of a certain former Alaskan resident buying a ginormous McMansion in the dusty hinterlands of north Scottsdale. Perhaps the only way Arizona politics could get worse, on a day when the news included sheriffs in the county jails being arrested not only for running drugs for prisoners but also being impregnated by drug king pins (you cannot make this nonsense up), is the addition of the Palin family to the foray. Apparently she wants to take Kyl’s senate seat. Palin and McCain both representing my home state?

Score one for Colorado.


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  1. you may just need to find your city’s “little mexico” {for lack of a better way to put it}. here in Omaha, there’s plenty of Mexican restaurants that are … well, they are.

    but if you want REAL and AMAZING mexican food, you head to South Omaha, down on 24th street. but if you didn’t know this, you’d think we were lacking as well!

    here’s hoping you find yourself some good mexican food, and quick!

  2. I remember eating out at a Mexican restaurant in Oregon for the first time. They asked me if I wanted enchalada sauce on my enchalada. I was so shocked I think I sat there with my mouth gaping. Needless to say we haven’t found any amazing mexican food around here. You will just have to make your own.

  3. There are plenty of Mexicans in Denver and there are plenty of shitty Mexican restaurants in Phoenix. You just have to look and find the good ones (Mexican neighborhoods might be the place to start…).

    Also, i sort of love that Mother and Daughter Palin have such a love/hate with each other that they are both moving to Phoenix, but in houses that are an hour apart from each other.

  4. Sarah May 25, 2011

    πŸ™‚ we have some good mexican here – perhaps not all as authentic and I certainly miss some places in AZ as well but let me know if you want some recommendations πŸ™‚

  5. You should check out Real de minas. Great mexican grill. I know what you mean about the food in Co, when we lived out there my hubby got sick many a times eating from taco stands!

  6. Rachele May 25, 2011

    We have great Mexican here. It sounds like you are just making the mistake of staying in Golden for Mexican. Try Tacos Jalisco. It’s over by Lakeside Amusement Park and Sloans Lake. On Wadworth and 38th (ish)….it’s kind of a drive for us Golden/Lakewood residents but worth it!
    Address: 4309 w 38th ave, Denver, Colorado 80212. Their salsas are super yum! And the chicken burrito and menudo!! Mm!
    Ps don’t be put off by the fact that it looks like a total shit hole from the outside…and on the inside too.

  7. You mean they don’t have a La Pinata equiv? I may have to reconsider my visit πŸ˜‰

  8. Seriously, Kelli? Don’t complain until you have moved to MICHIGAN! We have actually traveled over an hour in search of amazing food…per friends, only to get the worst stuff in Phoenix. I desparately miss Pollo Fundido from Via De Los Santos. No one here has even heard of it πŸ™

  9. Try Rosa Linda’s (in LoHi) or Taqueria Patzcuaro (also in LoHi-ish). Lots of people like Jack N Grill, but I’m not a huge fan. I’m sure there are tons more hole-in-the-wall-but-really-authentic places on South Federal!

    I fully intend on doing my Rosie’s Best of Denver list before I move πŸ™‚

  10. Carolyn May 25, 2011

    Sorry, Kelli, but I am sitting here laughing at your post. That is the one thing that we dearly missed in CO…good Mexican food. Just to give you an idea of how bad we found it, we thought we had died and gone to heaven when they opened a Garcia’s not far from our house. Make sure if you get anything with beef in it, you ask if it is ground or shredded…our experience is that it was mostly ground. πŸ™

  11. Rachele May 25, 2011

    I agree with Rosie: Jack and Grill is not so good…I have been several times and have yet to figure out what the big deal is with that place.

  12. Southern Cali, Baby–come on over anytime for some numminess… :)xoxo

  13. Sounds like the Indiana version of Mexican food, ugh. I agree wholeheartedly about Palin. I am hoping that it is still some nasty, unconfirmed rumor. And I thought that Bristol, or whatever the kid’s name is, was moving to the big lights of L.A., now that she had a little success on Phoenix cowtown radio. At least I hope that isn’t a rumor. We have enough right-wing issues here without throwing Palins into the mix.

  14. I grew up in Denver’s “barrio,” and there really aren’t a ton of great Mexican places because people tend to make it themselves. Healthy Mexican can be super-challenging. You can find some decent taco trucks on South Federal. Chubby’s on 38th & Lipan is good for ghetto Mex (do NOT go to any other Chubby’s). I like Torres on South Federal & Arizona (?). It’s not tremendous, but it’s decent. La Loma on 26th & Alcott is okay. Rosalinda’s is decent.

    My recommendation? Make your own. It’s cheaper, more satisfying, and much healthier. Avanza on Federal & Louisiana is a super cheap grocery, and you can find pretty much everything you need. Or find a Mexican granny. Save your restaurant time for some awesome Asian food. South Federal is full of perfect spots.

  15. Alaina May 25, 2011

    You captured the political landscape perfectly! My mistake is that I THOUGHT it couldn’t get worse. Big sigh!

  16. Don’t mix mexican food and politics, or you soon will find yourself throwing up…..

  17. How funny, the hubster and I are always pining for Colorado Mexican food. Portland has one restaurant that passes muster with us, otherwise I make my own. Juanita’s on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and El Taco de Santa Fe (6th & Santa Fe) used to be good. I don’t know if they’re even there anymore. Good luck!

  18. Zack Rueben May 26, 2011

    Lame Kelli. Why don’t you like Sarah Palin. I’m super excited about her and having her run in 2012. Go Sarah Go! Plus it’s about time we had a woman President.

  19. I would miss Mexican food too! (And, well we’re not on the same page with the rest of your post, but you already probably knew that!)