Monday, May 16, 2011

La Abeja: The Bee's Knees of Capitol Hill

Why does everyone forget about the humble and hard-working bee? La Abeja is a combination tiendita/taqueria/panaderia three blocks from my house that always provides just what we're needing. Need some bolillos and don't want to head to East Colfax? Want some chile seco and can't get yourself to Rancho Liborio? They got you covered.

One thing I don't see many folks of the "lighter skin tones" taking advantage of is the wonderful taqueria that they got going here. Perhaps folks are waiting for Westword's imprimatur before wandering in; I don't know, but if you are, too bad. I'm probably shooting myself in the foot,(and all the other paisanos that know about this place) but let me tell you that this is a great spot to get your weekend breakfast. Beautifuly rich menudo, tasty chorizo con huevo, and of course tacos of all varieties.

Here are a couple of tacos de carnitas I had the other day. Rich, flaky and well seasoned. So come in from the buzz of Colfax, step up to the counter and order yourself something from the big board. Grab a Coca from the cooler and pay. Then find a seat in the comedor, watch the world go by and be reminded why La Abeja deserves your praise.

La Abeja
508 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203


Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tacos y Salsas Downtown

Here it is kids, your first tacos picture from the new Tacos y Salsas downtown. Like the other locations, you'll find that the tacos are loaded with meat. You can choose from the standards: asada, al pastor, barbacoa, buche, and carnitas (nope, no lengua).

Let me introduce you to (L to R) carnitas- moist and flavorful; asada - dry and crisp; buche - tender with some crackle.

I'm looking forward to trying their gorditas, the ones I get on Colfax are awesome. I wish they had tortas, no one else seems to have them downtown. My one legitimate gripe, salsas...where are they? They had a sad salsa bar with two salsas rojas and one verde. None of the rich variety that we've come to expect from Tacos y Salsas. Will we get some in the future? Who knows, but I'll be back to find out.

Tacos y Salsas
1531 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80202

Hours: 10am to 10pm (Friday and Saturday until 3am)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Egg McTaipei or Breakfast at Tao Tao Noodle Bar

Minimalism on a macro scale,
Fried egg; edges crisp, center just soft,
Sesame and green onion bun.
Protection...and a pot of tea.

Tao Tao Noodle Bar

10400 E. 6th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80010


Thursday, May 5, 2011

El Olvido Denver: Take Two

Nope, I couldn't stay away for very long. After our first promising visit to El Olvido (review here), we knew we had to go back and see how the food had progressed. Specifically we were looking for a richer broth and more tender beef. Pues, vamos a ver!

We decided to start of this meal with the quesadilla appetizer. You get to choose four quesadillas, including: poblano, mushrooms, bacon, or chorizo. We opted for two poblano and two chorizo. If you, think quesadillas were an uninspired choice, you would be mistaken. Seriously. The chorizo was good, but the poblano quesadillas were the stars here. If you've had the pleasure of rajas con crema before, you'll know what I'm talking about. Fire roasted poblano peppers, peeled, cut into strips, sauteed with onions and cooked in heavy cream with some sugar. Oh my! Now put that into a quesadilla...heaven! I don't know if El Olvido goes through all that effort, but they got it down.

Next, and surprisingly quickly, came the main event. Carne en su jugo. If you still don't know what this is here's a primer. I managed to restrain myself long enough to snap a picture or two this time. What do we have here? A large plate of beef in broth with a pile of beans in the middle, yes. And what a plate of goodness it was...different and better than our first time. More subtle on the bacon, deeper broth, and richer, more tender beef. Getting closer; definitely progress. When Jorge came out to ask how it was, our enthusiastic "better!" surprised him. But, I think he was happy to hear that his efforts are appreciated in the kitchen.

We are so happy to have this wonderful restaurant in town. The service is friendly and professional. The Jorges (plural) are gracious hosts trying to make their customers happy. Concern? Yeah, where's all the people? We've been there two Friday nights that have been quiet. Too quiet. So, get out there and support the wonderful new addition to Denver's diverse, regional Mexican food scene.

El Olvido
2200 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

News Flash: Tacos y Salsas

Don't often just repost, but this is important: Tacos y Salsas opens downtown!

( 5/10/11 Update: My Review Here )