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Now Denver’s biggest taco and tequila festival, Top Taco launched in 2013 as a way to showcase the creativity and culinary talent of chefs across the city. While the festival happens only once a year, diningout.com now offers a place where you can find delicious tidbits on Mexican and Latin food (and drink!) year-round. Dig in, and prepare your appetites for Top Taco 2016!

Taco Tuesday: T|ACO

Fresh margs, $2 tacos, and more!

T/ACO

Where: T|ACO {1175 Walnut Street, Boulder; 303.443.9468} What: $2 Tuesday tacos, offered all day; $4 Hour Margaritas and $6 Flavored Margaritas Why: You love your life For nearly five years, T|ACO has been dishing up authentic, mouthwatering Mexican fare to the streets of Boulder. With a menu of fresh guacamole, cheesy Mexican pizzas, and a delectable selection of tacos—ranging from authentic street fare to north-of-the-border ... Read More »

Taco Tuesday: Los Carboncitos

$1 tacos are calling our name

Where: Los Carboncitos {locations on Sheridan, Pecos, and Sixth Avenue} Taco Tuesday Deal: $1 asada, al pastor, chicken tacos Taco to Try: Al Pastor When on the hunt for authentic Mexican fare in Denver, the approach is simple—all you have to do is turn the corner. Authentic Mexican restaurants have long been the cornerstone of our dining scene, with countless family-owned shops and ... Read More »

Catching Up with Top Taco Favorite Los Chingones

We chat Top Taco, summer menus, and guest chefs

Los Chingones Taco

Troy Guard’s Los Chingones, loosely translating to “the badasses,” took two of the winning spots at Top Taco 3 last week. Walking away with Judges’ Best Traditional Taco as well as Judges’ Best Cocktail, Los Chingones pretty much stole the show. Executive Sous Chef Juan Coronado of Los Chingones RiNo was the evil genius behind the food, while Yoon Chough provided libations. We caught ... Read More »

Tortillas Never Get Talked About

The unsung hero and base for any taco

Dos Santos taco

Not every type of taco has a tortilla (and there are many different types), but most do, and that’s what we are here to talk about. The quality of the tortilla can make or break a good taco. Like the crust of the Mexican food world, it makes all the difference. Tortillas as we know them in Mexican cooking probably originated in ... Read More »

Sneak Peek: Chef Richard Sandoval’s Top Taco Plans

Catch up with what Chef Sandoval's restaurants are serving at TOP TACO this year!

Margarita

Richard Sandoval has been a longtime presence and creative force in and around Denver, from his Asian-leaning small plates at Zengo to his famed Latin brunch at Tamayo. Three of Sandoval’s Denver restaurants will be competing in Top Taco this year, and they gave us a little peak of what they’ll be cooking up on June 23. Tacos La Sandia {multiple ... Read More »

Making Mezcal a Mainstay

Mezcal 101 with Brian Rossi of Adelitas Cocina + Palenque Mezcaleria

Mezcal may still bring to mind the image of two worms spinning lazy, dead circles around the bottom of a bottle until some brave and unfortunate soul takes one down the hatch. But things have changed, and the industry has grown remarkably. Brian Rossi—owner of Adelitas {1294 South Broadway; 303.778.1294} and the new Palenque Mezcaleria, long-time Denver hospitality geek, and agave enthusiast—is ... Read More »

Very Important Tacos

The party inside the party at TOP TACO 3

tuna tacos

Top Taco is around the bend, and this year’s festival will be the biggest-to-date celebration of all things taco and tequila. The new, larger event space will be just across the street from the festival’s previous home of Sculpture Park. More room also means a bigger VIP Lounge, with at least 11 of Denver’s most talented chefs serving up their unbelievably good ... Read More »

Learning Your Latino

Denver’s Latino roots run deep

Colorado Latino Festival

Even with such a massive growth in the population in Denver the past few years, it is probably obvious even to the newcomer that Denver—and Colorado as a whole—has a strong Latino heritage. Top Taco is still five weeks out, and we are getting more excited each day for our favorite summer event to get under way. And what is Top Taco if not ... Read More »

Dana Rodriguez and Vicente Sosa Talk Tacos

Husband-and-wife chef team extraordinaire

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As Top Taco 3 approaches, we are picking the brains of some of the competitors. We sat down with Dana Rodriguez—or Loca as she is known around Denver—and her husband Vincente “Vinny” Sosa of Work & Class {2500 Larimer Street, Denver; 303.292.0700} to talk about what’s happening at one of the summer’s tastiest and rowdiest events. This summer, the pair will open Que ... Read More »

Denver’s Best Salsa Nights

For experts and newbies alike

La Rumba

Originating in the 1970s in New York City, salsa dancing sprung out of myriad long-standing Cuban dance flavors such as Son, the Cha-Cha-Cha, and Mambo. Over time, a hugely wide variety of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean influences also contributed their seasoning to the salsa pot. There is some debate about where the term salsa comes from—whether a reference to many different spicy ingredients that combine ... Read More »