While June 20 is the first day of summer, the season doesn’t truly kick off until the first taco festival—Top Taco Denver. Last Thursday marked the lauded festival’s 3rd anniversary of slinging tacos to Denver’s fanatics of the folded treats. Top Taco isn’t just about binging on tacos and tequila. It’s also a chance for chefs, bartenders and restaurants around Denver to put their best foot forward in several categories: best creative, traditional and veggie tacos, and best cocktails.

The Rosedale serving up tacos and tequila at Top Taco 2016.

The Rosedale serving up tacos and tequila at Top Taco 2016.

Below is a list of winners from judge’s choice and people’s choice for each category.

Judges’ Choice

Creative
1st – Dos Santos
2nd – Pinche Tacos
3rd – Kachina Southwestern Grill

Traditional
1st – Los Chingones
2nd – Comida
3rd – Machete Tacos & Tequila

Veggie
1st – Biju’s Little Curry Shop
2nd – Pinche Tacos
3rd – Sol Cocina

Cocktail
1st – Los Chingones
2nd – Leña
3rd – Solera

People’s Choice:

Creative:
1st – Pinche Tacos

2nd – Kachina Southwestern Grill
3rd – Machete Tacos & Tequila

Traditional
1st – Dos Santos
2nd – Pinche Tacos
3rd – Machete Tacos & Tequila

Veggie
1st – Biju’s Little Curry Shop
2nd – Comida
3rd – El Camino Community Tavern

Cocktail
1st – Dos Santos
2nd – Pinche Tacos
3rd (tie) – Kachina Southwestern Grill, Machete Tacos & Tequila

Prepping octopus for tacos.

Prepping octopus for tacos.

Bottled cocktails with garnishes at Top Taco.

Bottled cocktails with garnishes at Top Taco.

Smoked watermelon cocktails.

Smoked watermelon cocktails.

Tacos lined up for the taking.

Tacos lined up for the taking.

Top Taco 2016

Top Taco 2016

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