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upscale Mexican or Southwestern in Denver

What are your favorites? I need to choose a spot for a leisurely dinner for four adults. Any recommendations for ingredient-driven, seasonally-inspired, or innovative regional Mexican or Southwestern in the Denver area, preferably closer to downtown? Thanks.

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  1. Zengo is outstanding.

    Zengo @ 1610 Little Raven Street, Denver, CO 720 - 904 - 0965.
    http://www.richardsandoval.com/#inicio

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    Zengo
    1610 Little Raven, Denver, CO 80202

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    1. re: Littleman

      Zengo looks exactly like the kind of place I had in mind -- except that we are all coming from elsewhere including some New Yorkers and I see that there is a Zengo in New York. I was hoping for someplace different than what we could get at home. What's unique to Denver?

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      Zengo
      1610 Little Raven, Denver, CO 80202

      New Yorker Restaurant
      60 West Market Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

      1. re: david kaplan

        I actually like Tamayo at 14th and Larimer better than Zengo. It is also a Richard Sandoval restaurant, but at least there's not another one in NYC.

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        Tamayo Restaurant
        1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202

        Zengo
        1610 Little Raven, Denver, CO 80202

        1. re: david kaplan

          If I'm not too late, El Diablo's new in the Baker District and quite good so far.

          http://www.eldiablorestaurant.com/

          http://www.denveater.com

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          El Diablo
          1429 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

          1. re: tatamagouche

            Your suggestion was too late -- but I'm coming back to Denver shortly and will be sure to try El Diablo. Thanks!

            I don't see any detailed reports on El Diablo, only one brief mention. Have you been? Favorite dishes there?

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            El Diablo
            1429 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

            1. re: david kaplan

              Yep...really like the beef cheek enchiladas, the duck in mole negro, all the different beans, the tacos de barbacoa...chipotle salsa's very good...

              Also, the cocktails are much better than I thought they'd be.

              Can't post a link to an individual blog post but the address has changed.

              http://www.ruthtobias.com/denveater

              1. re: tatamagouche

                A real winner. Loved the mole negro and the poblano taco best of all.

            2. re: tatamagouche

              Checking out El Diablo reminded me of Mezcal out on E. Colfax. Still there?

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              Mezcal
              3230 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80206

              El Diablo
              1429 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

        2. Does it really need to be "upscale"? Seems to me really good mexican / colo-mex / new mex - mex or even Tex Mex food is rarely "ingredient driven" or white tablecloth.. but it is a unique cuisine hard to find outside this geography.

          I'd tell 'em to dress down and go to La Fiesta...

          http://lafiestadenver.com/

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          La Fiesta Cafe
          102 E Main St, Sidney, MT 59270

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          1. re: e_bone

            FYI - La Fiesta is only open for dinner on Friday nights.

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            La Fiesta Cafe
            102 E Main St, Sidney, MT 59270

          2. Tarascos, on Federal a few blocks south of Alameda. Very creative, ingredient driven chef, highlights are goat soup and the mole de siete chiles.

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