The gist: Taquerias – make that great taquerias – dominate the Denver culinary landscape. But when Torchy's Tacos, a cult-favorite, Austin-based chain, announced it was expanding to the Mile High City, there was a collective fist bump. And when it finally opened in the midst of a Colorado snowstorm last week, hundreds of fans braved the elements to get a taste of the newest taco in town. Here's what to know before you go.
The food: The joint's "Damn Good Tacos" slogan isn't an exaggeration. More than 20 Americanized tacos, all with cheeky names, grace the menu, and while excessive overflow seems to be the name of the game, the combinations equate to riots of flavor. Take the Dirty Sanchez with soft-scrambled eggs, a fried poblano chile, escabeche carrots, guacamole, cheese and creamy poblano sauce. (If there's any complaint, it's that the corn tortillas fall apart far too easily.) Along with tacos, there are a half-dozen salsas; a grande burrito; green chile queso; street corn topped with ancho aïoli and queso fresco; scratch-made brownies; and deep-fried chocolate chip cookies crowned with cherries.
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