The Mile High City has no lack of Mexican restaurants, but they’re not all created equal. Some are downhome traditional, such as Patzcuaro's, while others, including Lola Mexican Fish House, are upscale-contemporary by design. A few fuse both styles and are places where you can get hearty chicken enchiladas as well as delicate pan-roasted mahi-mahi. Tamayo falls in that category. By its nature, much of Mexican cuisine is gluten free, and south-of-the-border dishes have long been vegetarian friendly, centered as many are around chiles, rice and beans, to say nothing of chips, salsas and guacamole. Mexican is in many ways the Latin version of comfort food, its dishes warm, filling and recalling a welcoming home where someone’s grandmother has been in the kitchen all day preparing for guests to arrive. While you can find Mexican in almost every Denver neighborhood, the northern neighborhoods stand out, giving diners a wealth of choices including El Chingon, Patzcuaro's, Lola's, La Loma and Paxia. For those who prefer their spicy dishes accompanied by Mexico’s renowned national spirit, tequila, there are many options as well. Tequila is front and center in its many forms at these restaurants, from affordable and best mixed in a margarita to carefully aged and perfect for sipping. It may be cliché to say Denver’s Mexican restaurants offer something for everyone, but that doesn't mean it's not true.
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