Monday, October 7, 2013

La Comida, a new Mexican Restaurant in Denver

The Source, at 3350  Brighton Boulevard in Denver recently opened in the RiNo (River North) district.  The building was formerly a 19th century foundry that has been converted into a space featuring two restaurants and smaller store fronts selling artisan products - meats, cheeses, breads and pastries, wine and other spirits, coffee, imported gourmet items and local produce.
My husband and I tried the upscale taqueria, Comida (meaning mid-day meal in Spanish).  The menu features small plates representing street food found around Mexico.  The spaces are divided by using aluminium 2 x 4's and creating an industrial feel.  It really work well in that it defines the space but also allows one could see beyond the restaurant into the public areas and other store fronts.  Weather permitting, the front windows are large glass and metal garage doors that can be opened.
I tried the Agua de Jamaica Margarita.  A combination of agua de Jamaica (fresh hibiscus water), tequila, agave, orange, lemon and lime.  It was refreshing but a bit too much ice and not enough drink.
The guacamole was very tasty with a bit a heat served with some perfectly freshly fried corn tortillas.  An aficionado of guacamole, I found the lime juice a tad over powering.
Your order is served family style.  The open face tacos above were Stellas Pork Carnitas (slow cooked pork shoulder with smoked Gouda and sweet potato mash - I had them hold the pineapple habanero salsa - not a fan of pineapple) and Camarones a la Diablo (spicy shrimp over jalapeno grits with pico de gallo salsa, avocado, lime, house crema and cotija).
The Griddled Tacos on the top of the plate were two Bacon and Jalapeno, a Stella Pork Carnita and a Roasted Chicken.  The pork Carnita, Camarones and Bacon were the most flavorful.
Len had one last small plate, the Chorizo and Onion Gordita.  A delicious combination of chorizo and red onion escabeche with roasted garlic mash and salsa verde.  The chorizo was perfectly seasoned and not greasy at all.
The service was fast and it is only minutes from downtown.  Next time I plan on trying one of their quesadillas and the Raja Gordita. 
Buen Provecho!

La Comida
Open daily - 11am - 10pm.

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