Best New Restaurants 2014

March 2014


Neighborhood: Ballpark
Opened: December 2013 

Chef-restaurateur troy guard is a busy man: He opened TAG Burger Bar in 2012 (there’s a second location pending) while already running TAG Restaurant and TAG Raw Bar. Then, in late November, he and pastry chef Noah French debuted Sugarmill, a dessert bar and cafe near the funky intersection of Broadway and 24th Street. Not even a week later, he opened Los Chingones, a vibrant ode to Mexican cuisine, right next door to Sugarmill. The bright and loud eatery falls squarely in between cantina and taqueria with 20 hot and cold dishes plus 11 tacos. The flavors are bold and items carry the trademark twists that Guard has become known for: Octopus tacos come drizzled with a blood orange glaze; nachos are topped with crunchy, shredded pig ears; a fancied-up guacamole stars chorizo and pickled jalapeño. In short, Guard employs unexpected ingredients in unusual ways—and at Los Chingones, he puts a new spin on an age-old cuisine. His next task? Tweaking the steak house model for his soon-to-open Guard & Grace at 1801 California Street. 2461 Larimer St., #102, 303-295-0686, facebook.com/loschingonesdenver


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