What: An Austin-based taco joint’s first out-of-state expansion to Denver.
Where: 1085 N. Broadway, Denver
Neighborhood: Golden Triangle
When: Opens February 2. Grand Opening Party on February 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. with free tacos, drinks and giveaways. Regular hours: Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Tacos are far from a foreign food in Denver. From the traditional Mexican styles you find at Tacos Jaliscos and El Taco De Mexico to the chef-driven servings from Pinche Tacos and Los Chingones, there’s bound to be a spot that will fill tortillas with just about anything your palate desires. Denver’s love of tacos has yet to waver and certainly isn’t diminishing anytime soon. Your taco options in the city are about to grow by number (and portion size) with the addition of an Austin cult favorite, Torchy’s Tacos.
Torchy’s started in 2006 in Austin as a simple food truck, but is now dishing up tacos at 35 locations throughout Texas, and now Denver—its first out-of-state store. Its devilish theme can be seen throughout the Broadway location, with trident-shaped red door handles, vibrant red traffic reflectors lining the walls, silver candelabrum light fixtures, and the Torchy’s devil logo. However, it’s not a satanic thing. Rather, it’s all representative of the fiery food (example: the habanero Diablo hot sauce) and edgy vibe, with “Damn Good” being its motto spelled out with vanity lights in the back bar.
The fast-casual concept features 20 signature taco options all priced between $2.25 and $4.75. A full bar serves up beers on tap as well as house margaritas and other cocktails to sip with your tacos. Diners will find some more traditional options like the green chile pork taco ($4.50) with spicy and savory green chile-simmered pork carnitas, queso fresco, pickled red onions, and cilantro served up on corn and flour tortillas with a side of tangy tomatillo sauce. Vegetarians get their stake in the menu with options including fried avocado ($3.75) and fried portobello mushroom tacos ($3.50) .
The menu’s true homage to Austin comes in the form of Torchy’s breakfast tacos—specifically, the migas. This version of the traditional Tex-Mex breakfast combines scrambled eggs and crispy tortilla strips with green chile, pico de gallo, avocado, and mixed cheeses served on your choice of tortilla (we recommend a flour tortilla). The surprising star at Torchy’s, however, is the green chile queso and chips ($5.25). Try one of the warm, house-made chips dipped into a rich and thick green chile queso topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and Diablo hot sauce, and you’ll be hard pressed not to order it every time you come back.
While this may be the sole Torchy’s location in Colorado right now, it won’t be for long. There are plans for four more stores to open throughout the year. Fans of the Tex-Mex favorite will be able to dig in on the damn good tacos in Fort Collins, Stapleton, Greenwood Village, and Westminster. Whether you’re in Denver proper or a little bit outside, Torchy’s plan will take care of your taco craving.
All photos by Danielle Webster