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DENVER-Taqueria Los Tres Reyes, Virgilio's, Taqueria Patzcuaro

Chimayo Joe | Apr 10, 2006 04:05 PM

I was in Denver this weekend and went to these three places that I'd never been before.

Taqueria Los Tres Reyes is in Littleton. Neighborhood joint in a strip mall. Not a dive, but they won't be winning any awards for the decor. The draw for me was that it touts itself as Yucatanean. Ordered the Yucatan Combination Plate{tamale(chicken with slightly sweet finely ground masa), taco de conchinita(flour tortilla), salbute(basically a deep-fried flour tortilla tostada with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, & onion), empanada(with ground beef & topped with fried tomatoe sauce & cheese)}. Everything tasted pretty good but didn't strike me as being especially Yucatanean--nothing citrusy and the ground beef and flour tortillas used. Definitely not the standard Denver Mexican food flavorwise though. Might return if I was in the area but probably wouldn't make a special trip to Littleton.

Virgilio's. Went there for lunch thinking, "Okay, maybe it'll be a little better than other pizza I've had in Denver", but I wasn't expecting to be knocked out. I was knocked out. Split a couple of their personal 8" pizzas with my wife. According to Virgilio, they make the crust on those a bit thicker than on their other pizzas. Well...if Virgilio thinks pizza crust should be a little thinner on their regular sized pizzas I'd be inclined to trust his judgement, but I still thought the crust on the 8 inchers was perfect--tender and light yet crisp and plenty thin enough to suit me. Everything else about the pizza was first-rate. Virgilio's is the only place I'll be eating pizza in Denver. Almost went back for dinner that night. It's that good.

Taqueria Patzcuaro wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be. Don't get me wrong; it was very good but not good enough to make me not try somewhere else(probably El Taco de Mexico next trip to Denver.) Split plates of enchiladas rojo and chiles rellenos(crispy) with my wife. Thought the enchiladas were better than the chiles rellenos--some onion in the enchiladas would have made them truly excellent. Refrieds were probably the best I've had in Denver. Liked the rice better than I usually do because of the potatoes in it.

All in all, a very successful chowhounding visit to the Mile High City.

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