DENVER: GB Fish & Chips, Tacos y Salsas
I had a couple of inexpensive meals in Denver last weekend, both pretty decent.
GB Fish & Chips--Hole-in-the-wall on south Broadway run by Brits from, I think, around Newcastle. Had the cod(best by far), shrimp(good), and scallops(fair). I'll stick with the fish next time and probably give the tilapia a try along with some cod. The chips came perfectly cooked and unsalted(dunno if that's authentic manner but there was salt available at the table.) The place was very busy, but the service was efficient and quick. Bare-bones decor which was pretty much as it should be for this type of joint.
Tacos y Salsas(Federal Blvd location)--Another place that's not much for decor although they do seem to like bright colors. Had three tacos: adobada(very good), carnitas(very good), barbacoa(good flavor but too many chunks of fat making it a bit too unctuous for my tastes.) Wish I'd ordered a taco or two more because they aren't very big. The several salsas were also very good but not labeled on the salsa bar, and having a degree of color-blindness makes it difficult for me to describe them, but since they're all available my advice is to just sample them all. Favorite was orangy in color, somewhat hot, and may have had some toasted corn meal blended into it. Wouldn't mind having the recipe for that one. My wife had a chile relleno plate which didn't measure up to the tacos. Chile relleno was the soft very eggy batter style and the chile pepper itself was overly mushy and tasted like it may have come from a can. Refrieds tasted like they'd been extended with something. Rice was okay. Seems like the prudent thing to do is to stick to the tacos y salsas there.
Definitely would return to both places.