It is hard to leave home, especially a home as unique as Texas in terms of temperature, lingo and food. While many of your favorite Texan meals seem to be absent in the plains of Denver, one transplant has compiled a list for “y’all” so “y’all” don’t have to go scouring Southwest for cheap tickets every time you need a breakfast taco or a kolache.

Santiago’s – Breakfast Tacos

Santiago's Denver- courtesy of Raymond Lavon Pipes

Santiago’s Denver. Photo courtesy of Raymond Lavon Pipes Facebook.

Where: Multiple locations

Santiago’s serves “breakfast burritos,” but don’t let the name fool you, Texas transplants. We know these as the coveted breakfast tacos. These “‘burritos,” to speak to the local language, come in all the hometown favorites: breakfast with eggs and meat, bean and cheese, carnitas, steak and many more. The food is authentic, so stick around and enjoy some churros and sopapillas.

Torchy’s Tacos – Tacos

Torchy's Tacos. Photo by Danielle Webster.

Torchy’s Tacos. Photo by Danielle Webster.

Where: 1085 N. Broadway St., Denver; 8281 E. Northfield Blvd., Denver.

This taco joint recently expanded to Denver from its home base in Texas a sought-after hot spot on Broadway. Torchy’s Tacos boasts an eclectic menu with tacos including barbacoa, fried avocado, Jamaican jerk chicken and poblano chile. They are committed to responsibly sourced ingredients, protecting our mother Earth, and of course, “damn good” tacos. With the newly opened Stapleton location and a forthcoming Greenwood Village outpost, Texas transplants need not look further for a taste of home.

Glazed and Confused – Kolaches

Glazed and Confuzed, photo by Lindsey Bartlett. (26)

Glazed and Confused Doughnuts. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Where: 5301 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80246

Coloradans might seem thrown off when the word “kolache” is mentioned. These treats hail from the Czech Republic, but they are beloved by Texans young and old. Kolaches are simply dough filled with savory or sweet items. Glazed and Confused kolaches are a trip back home. Their take on kolaches is signature donut dough filled with jalapeño, bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and a brat. Be sure to call ahead as they are baked to order.

 Adelita’s Cocina y Cantina – Margaritas

Photo courtesy of Adelita's Facebook Page

Photo courtesy of Adelita’s Facebook Page

Where: 1294 S. Broadway, Denver

Texans remember their first sweet sip of a cool margarita—usually at weekly dinners at their favorite Mexican restaurant. For that sought-after sensation, look no further than Adelita’s. The house marg is enough to transport Texans to the Lone Star State, but they also boast a wide range of reposados, añejo, mezcal and more. With two happy hours from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, it is a great place to get your margarita fix.

La Loma Restaurant – Tex Mex

la loma

Tacos at La Loma. Photo courtesy of La Loma.

Where: 2527 W 26th Ave., Denver

Family owned and operated since its humble beginnings in a small brick house, the food tastes like traditional Tex Mex found in the small corners of a quiet Texas town. They have all the staples: Fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and tortilla soup with some surprising additions, such as tequila shrimp. They are moving to a new downtown location toward the end of summer, but don’t be deterred—the food will be the same home-cooked Tex Mex it has always been.

Smokin Yard’s BBQ – Barbecue & bonus: Shiner Bock

Photo courtesy of Smokin Yard's BBQ Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Smokin Yard’s BBQ Facebook.

Where: 2736 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs

Take a trip to mountains and get to know the local hobbies such as skiing and hiking any and all of the 14ers. On the way, stop for a midway BBQ meal in the mountain town of Idaho Springs. They have your favorite, Shiner Bock, on tap as well as local craft beers for the second round. The authentic southern barbecue menu is complete with pulled pork, ribs, brisket and tons of sides, including baked beans and chili. Top it off with their house made barbecue sauces on every table. Be sure to stop by in the summer to get a seat on their porch overlooking Clear Creek and take in the beauty of the mountains.

5 Responses

  1. Texanite

    Was excited by this article, then saddened by the recommendations.

    That’s no kolache, and sausage ones are just one variant – hill country kolaches also are more like fruit danishes.

    I haven’t yet found a place in Denver that really reminds me of Texas bbq, given these kinds of standards: http://www.texasmonthly.com/list/the-50-best-bbq-joints-in-the-world/

    I wish I could suggest alternative places, but in general, I haven’t found any of these locally 🙁

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    • Caitlin Plante

      Thank you for your comment. We appreciate the feedback.

      Yes there are many types of kolaches (we are so lucky). As stated in the above article we acknowledge the existence of many other types and specify this kolache as Glazed and Confused’s take on the Texas favorite.

      I am sorry to hear that. I hope that you can find some places you enjoy.
      Thank you.

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  2. Debbie

    I will try the recommendations, as I have only been here four months. It is appreciated but as Dorthy said: ‘there’s no place like home’. I know it’s true but if you can kinda get me there; I can trudge thru till I visit TEXAS again!💗🇨🇱

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