I’ll just say it. It can be intimidating to go to Taco Mex if you don’t speak Spanish. It helps to be “in the know” there, not only in the language but to somehow just know and accept what the prices are. I say this because, except for the sign advertising 99 cent tacos, prices aren’t displayed. Nor are descriptions of ingredients. Basically, it’s a lit up picture menu. We typically end up pointing to what we want and hope it isn’t going to cost us (financially or digestively). Good news on both counts every time.
It is those cheapie little street tacos that I enjoy most at Taco Mex. Try several different varieties. If you’re “lucky,” you can order meat from the guys outside of the restaurant, in the parking lot, carving meat from a spindle, heating it up on a giant griddle. Yes, meat cooked under a tent in the parking lot. Just don’t think about it.
Be sure to take advantage of the condiment bar inside with pickled vegetables, lime wedges, hot peppers and various salsas. Load up!
On a recent trip to Taco Mex for a street taco fix, I noticed the plump chile rellenos hot out of the fryer, cooling. I asked if I could buy one just like that without it being smothered. They looked at me like I was crazy but I tell you, that hot puffy, cheesy, spicy thing was delicious! They can just look at me funny every time from now on because that will always be my side dish of choice.
The decor is simple and diner-ish, with a red and white theme. I always have to laugh when I see the white building with red trim and rocks outside it painted a glossy red. How many restaurants do you know of that you can spot by their shiny, red rocks? It’s all part of the charm.
Taco Mex is located at 7840 E Colfax Avenue in Denver.