From September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the legacies, traditions, and history of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central or South America.
The 15th of September is significant because it marks the independence day of several Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Furthermore, on September 16 and 18, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days.
President Lyndon B. Johnson brought about Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, which was later enhanced by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15. It went on to become law on August 17, 1988.
With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some Latino-owned restaurants in Colorado.
Here is a list of five Latino-owned restaurants around Colorado you’ll have to check out all year round:
Arceo’s Mexican Restaurant, Colorado Springs, CO
First on this list is a genuine, family-friendly restaurant in Colorado Springs that is open all week round and serves truly authentic fare. Find delectable burritos, quesadillas, and tamales, as well as kid-sized options and vegetarian plates! For dessert, don’t miss out on their deep-fried ice cream.
Location: 1605 South Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs CO 80906
Los Dos Potrillos
Next up is a high-end restaurant, Los Dos Potrillos, which has several locations in Colorado, and serves authentic Mexican cuisine to Coloradans. Any Mexican foodie will find their favorite dish at Los Dos Potrillos, which has a large menu and flavorful fare. Tacos de carnitas con avocado are a local delicacy. The sopapillas are definitely a satisfying conclusion to any meal at Los Dos Potrillos.
Check out one of their four locations: 10065 W San Juan Way, Littleton, CO 80127
The motto at Inca Mexican Restaurant is “Mi casa es su casa.” The Rodriguez brothers arrived in America in 1984 after leaving a small village in Mexico. Inca now has locations in Colorado and Washington State.
Address: 2413 S College Fort Collins, CO, 80525
La Diabla Pozole y Mezcal
This is the first restaurant in Denver to specialize in pozole, a traditional Mexican soup, but that isn’t the only reason to go. You can order pozole verde, blanco, rojo, negro, or vegan with chicken, chicarron, or cabeza de cerdo. If soup isn’t your thing, La Diabla serves some of the best tacos in town, with a selectable bone marrow add-on that you should always request. The tequila-heavy cocktail menu is also appealing, as is the mezcal list, which includes a selection of one-ounce pours so you can sample your way through the Oaxacan spirit.
Address: 2233 Larimer St Denver, CO 80205
Efrain’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Efrain has owned and operated restaurants in Boulder, Longmont, and Lafayette for over 30 years and is proud and excited to bring his unique style of Northern Mexican cooking to Colorado. Efrain’s dishes are prepared in the authentic Northern Chihuahua style, which he learned growing up in a high altitude desert region. The chilies are hot, and the flavors are bold!
Address: 480 Canyon Boulevard Unit M-1, Boulder, CO 80302
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