Where to Eat this Weekend: El Camino

April 1st, 2011 Posted by Culinary Connectors, Denver, restaurants No Comment yet

Every time I walk into El Camino, I feel instantly cool.  Maybe it’s the chandeliers made from vintage beer cans, the funky artwork, or the hip music. After letting my coolness settle in, Shannon greets me. She is beyond friendly, energetic and knows her cocktails.  She insists I try the grapefruit mojoito instead of the always-perfect house margarita made with the finest agave tequila and fresh squeezed limejuice.  I am not a fruity cocktail kind of girl, but Shannon is never wrong.  The Grapefruit Mojito is a wonderful balance of tart and sweet, without giving me a sugar rush from an overdose of simple syrup.  The perfect compliment to my cheviche, which arrives looking fresh and tasting like I should be on a beach, toes in the sand. After drifting back from my daydream, I decide on the Carnita Tamales. My Tamales come out as though they have plated with care and thought, looking like the ingredients used came straight from the local farms and meat purveyors El Camino supports.  The carnitas are flavorful, not greasy, and sing with a perfect balance of spice.  Although a generous portion, it’s not too heavy.  I clean my plate and I’m stuffed with happiness, knowing I am supporting a fully green restaurant that recycles all bottles, cans and cardboard (not an easy feat in this business), 100% wind powered, and most of the decor made also from recycled products.  Nearly every night El Camino has specials to match any diner’s requirements, $1 street tacos on Tuesdays, 1/2 off bottles of wine on Wednesdays, DJ’s spinning on Thursdays and weekend brunch complete with a flamenco band. I am once again reminded that this place is cool.

El Camino

3628 W 32nd Avenue

Denver, CO 80211

720. 889. 7946

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