My husband, who moved to Colorado in the ’70s, recalls several Taco Houses scattered around the Denver metro area. Now there are two (South Federal in Denver and Wadsworth in Lakewood). Founded 55 years ago by one Gerald H. Bevelhymer, a name one would not associate with the creation of a Mexican restaurant, the remaining two are still family-owned and family-friendly. My husband and I stopped at the Lakewood location on Sunday, so I finally got to try the simple, tasty and inexpensive dishes, and I also give The Taco House lots of credit for serving on crockery, not styrofoam or paper that ends up in the landfill.
The Lakewood location is right next to the new rail station on the W-Line slated to start carrying passengers on April 26, and unless someone succeeds in buying the property and adjacent “under-utilized” parcels, as real estate developers put it, the quality and price should draw more and more customers to The Taco House for eat-in or take-out.
The lines will be the longest on Tuesday and the 20th day of every month (I’m sure there’s a reason), with all-you-can-eat food for just $8.95 per person. There are only limitations on guacamole.
Price check: Enchilada, burrada, burrito, taco, tortilla, tostada and tamale items and salads, $1.09-$5.55; combination dinners (with refried beans, rice and flour tortilla), $3.54-$6.99.
Iconic South Broadway restaurant has modernized its menu
When my husband and I were dating, I was living in Boulder and he was in Englewood, so as often as not, we would meet in Denver. He loves the entire Tex-Mex/border food/Mexican cuisine continuum, and we went to the Blue Bonnet Cafe on Denver’s South Broadway as often as anyplace else. After the obligatory chips and guac and/or chile con queso, he always ordered one of his favorite combination plates, and I usually ordered a single-item entrée. It’s been a while though, and since our last visit, the Blue Bonnet has updated its enormous menu but without cutting down the portion size, inflating prices or dulling the “Cheers!”-type friendliness that has kept people returning for nearly 45 years. And when they leave, customers are likely to have a load of leftovers to take home. Many regulars who prefer not to add Styrofoam to-go boxes to the landfill come prepared with their own Tupperware.
Claire Walter's Colorado-oriented but not Colorado-exclusive blog about restaurants, food and wine events, recipes and related news.