Matador is congenial spot with killer drinks
Getting together on the day after Thanksgiving with Society of American Travel Writers buds who live in or visit Colorado at this time of year is something of a tradition. Rich Grant of Visit Denver can always be relied on to pick a cool place to gather. This year, This year, we met at the Matador Restaurant & Tequila Bar that opened just a few weeks ago in the heart of Highland, one of Denver’s most wonderful neighborhoods.
Tasty Tex-Mex food, a busy bar and window filled with tequila bottles are noteworthy in this congenial corner restaurant. The tequila selection is imposing, whether straight with lime or fashioned into margaritas or other cocktails. I ordered a Top Shelf Margarita, a tall, limey cocktail that packed a Rio Grande Restaurant degree of wallop, and that means strong.
We sat at a high-top table with a gas fire in the middle — a bit of overkill on a warm, sunny afternoon, but I’m sure fabulous on a cool winter evening. In addition to baskets of chips with piquant salsa (chipotle, I thought) , soft-shell tacos — a choice of flour or corn tortillas, hit the spot.
Price check: Happy hour tacos are $5; cocktails are $6-$10.