One Mom’s Award-Winning
Traditional Mexican Cuisine
“The secret lies in mom’s recipes,” is an all too common phrase spoken at many household dinner tables. There is just something special about the way moms cook for their families. One such mom named Rosa Linda, extended her motherly love in the form of cooking to the general public, creating a cuisine now known by all those most devoted mexican food lovers.
Serving Denver for more than 25 years, Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe has been cooking up dishes from Rosa Linda’s recipes, acquiring awards all along the way. While these traditional Mexican dishes were commonplace on the Aguirre family’s dinner table, to an outsider, the cuisine of Rosa Linda’s is nothing less than award-winning. For a full taste of some of Rosa Linda’s “Especiales de la Casa” (House Specialties), guests can dig their fork into the dish appropriately named the “Best of Denver.” The specialty dish includes an award-winning shredded beef, chicken, or traditional cactus burrito, and one chile relleno smothered in a more than generous helping of homemade red or green chili. For those who abide by the gluten free lifestyle, Rosa Linda’s famous chile rellenos are made gluten free, along with a long list of other menu options.
Others looking for a healthier mexican food option, typically hard to find at any normal mexican food joint, will be happy to discover Rosa Linda’s Certified Healthy Menu. This healthy menu was made with the Smart Meal Seal that was created by the Department of Public Health. Even if you are not on a health kick, you will no doubt be tempted by the award-winning cactus grilled with onions, tomatoes and a dash of Rosa Linda’s secret spice. An ample dousing of red or green chili makes this traditional dish straight from Mexico a treat that almost tastes too good to be “healthy.”
For a less healthy finish, wrap your hands around a light and fluffy deep fried sopapilla crowned with cinnamon and sugar, and sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar to make it that much more irresistible. With a little honey drizzled (or poured!) on top of that, you won’t be able to avoid the temptation to lick your fingers clean.
After all is said and done, a meal at Rosa Linda’s will introduce you to that traditional mexican cooking that is normally kept behind closed doors, within the home kitchen. The Aguirre family’s desire and willingness to share this homemade cuisine with their Denver community is a blessing, particularly for those always on the search for genuine mexican cuisine.
Rosa Linda’s is located at 2005 W. 33rd Ave Denver CO 80211; Tel: 303-455-0608.
Now for the Denver foodie trivia question to see how educated of a foodie you are!
Which menu item at Rosa Linda’s has won the most awards by Westword Magazine?
Tune in this coming Friday for the answer!
The answer to this past Friday’s blog question: “True/False: Corner House’s executive chef got his start in the kitchen at an early age making pancakes at Village Inn. …Answer: False, Corner House’s executive chef Matt Selby began his culinary career serving up burgers and cheese sticks in Bennigan’s kitchens before moving on to some of Denver’s best restaurants including Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben’s Food Service, and Ace.Eat.Serve.