Entering Dos Santos Taqueria de Mexico is akin to entering a spare yet earthy chapel in the southwest. A humble sanctuary with weathered wood table tops, dark stools hewn from beams… bare brick… steel… concrete floors… metal cups and plates… “Sanctuario” folk-art lines one wall, adding dots of muted color.

Then the tacos arrive.

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We can see where the O.M.F.G. raw tuna taco got its name.

Like a flower, lovingly crafted by human hands, the tacos float on high and land before you like a gift from heaven… The O.M.F.G. is a colorful, beautiful flower of food; fresh raw tuna with toppings nestled on a lettuce cup. It redefines “taco”!

The Del Mar with fish or shrimp and Arrachera beef tacos are served on traditional corn tortillas, piled high with fresh and flavorful veggies. And a crown of wafer thin onion straws. Messy, finger-licking good food.

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Back left – Del Mar with Shrimp, Center – Arrachera Steak , Back right, Del Mar with fish. Front – the O.M.F.G.

As I savor each bite it hits me…At Dos Santos, the calm space graciously allows the food to capture your full attention and engage your senses. The foodDos Santos - Table interior is the star. One or two tacos make for a light meal with chips and salsa. But if you’re truly hungry, order three.

Service was attentive, fast and friendly. The beer list is nicely stocked with local brewer Station 26 (the seasonal Tangerine Cream Ale is great for lunchtime sippin’!).

One nitpick: the chips and salsa. The two salsas were served cold from the fridge, muting their flavors. The super thin chips break too easily in the chunky salsa. But that’s splitting hairs.

We can’t wait to go back and try the “GUAK” menu, especially the “fresh fruit and bacon” version. (Hopefully served with thicker chips!)

Dos Santos is reasonably priced and casual. The large outdoor patio is inviting.

There’s free on street parking and it’s on the RTD bus access (Route 20). A B Cycle station is nearby at 17th and Franklin.

Pay your respects and check out Dos Santos, located at 1475 E. 17th Avenue in Denver.

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