Family-owned restaurant serves Pan-Mexican cuisine in Sunnyside neighborhood
Just a few slightly jetlagged days after I returned from the Riviera Maya, I was hit by a longing for Mexican food — Mexican food, not Tex-Mex, but purer stains from the south-of-the-border repertory. My withdrawal was assuaged by an invitation to visit Paxia Authentic Mexican Cuisine, a fairly new restaurant in northwest Denver’s Sunnyside nieghborhood. Paxia (pronounced “pashya”) means “peace” in Nuhuatl, one of the many tongues now or previously spoken in the current Mexico. Owners Ignacio, Roberto and Ceasar León know the food of their native country, and they prepare it well and send it out in style. The restaurant is spacious and lively, the menu is wide-ranging with dishes from various regions and it seemed to have gained traction with locals.
The dinner my husband and I enjoyed (and mean really enjoyed) was a media event, with so many specialties combined into rapid-fire courses that it was difficult to keep everything straight enough for detailed captions. I don’t want to get anything wrong so I’ll let the images that follow speak for themselves. The meal started with killer margs and tableside guacomole and ended with three killer desserts. Items we sampled inlcuded faboulous margaritas, a trio of salsas (jalapeño/tomatillo verde, chile morita and spicy chile de arbol, in order from tamest to hottest), molcajete (a stew of meat or seafood with veggies served bubbling hot in a lava rock bowl), shrimp ceviche, pork tamales, chicken enchiladas and oh, so much more.