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Old 12-15-2014, 12:20 PM
 
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What do they cut their salads with?
If you want to replicate the Casa Bonita salad at home get a head of iceberg lettuce, find the white parts of the lettuce and ensure at least half make it into the salad. Slice up some unripe tomatoes and put them on the lettuce. Top with a can of Fancy Feast Cat food and you are done!
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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As for your knock on Denver's Mexican food scene, what style of Mexican are you after? There a bunch of good hole in the wall places if you are after authentic.
That wasn't a knock, it's just my honest opinion. Would you prefer unilateral praise?

The kind that you get in mexico, outside of the resorts. Or in San Diego if you pick the right places, and at one or two places in the Bay Area, and nowhere else. Think... street tacos, lengua, fresh mariscos, and hand made tortillas and torta buns, among other things. I have found a few decent hole in the wall places in Colorado which were ok about certain dishes, but they don't have table service and are not where people go when they want to "go out".

Admittedly, I rarely eat out anymore anyways because it's usually over-priced, heavy, extremely caloric, loud, crowded and a real hassle with kids anyways. Still, as far as food goes, I'm not going to recommend Colorado for anything other than campfire cooking and/or freshly-hunted elk no matter how many urbanophiles get in a twist about it. If someone wants to know about the handful of exceptionally good places around town (none of which serve mexican to my knowledge), there are already threads about that.

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If you want to replicate the Casa Bonita salad at home get a head of iceberg lettuce, find the white parts of the lettuce and ensure at least half make it into the salad. Slice up some unripe tomatoes and put them on the lettuce. Top with a can of Fancy Feast Cat food and you are done!
Amusing, but exaggerations don't really help people form accurate expectations.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The kind that you get in mexico, outside of the resorts. Or in San Diego if you pick the right places, and at one or two places in the Bay Area, and nowhere else. Think... street tacos, lengua, fresh mariscos, and hand made tortillas and torta buns, among other things. I have found a few decent hole in the wall places in Colorado which were ok about certain dishes, but they don't have table service and are not where people go when they want to "go out".
SkyDog- I agree with otterprods on this. I am from Texas and have been extremely disappointed in Mexican food here, including several places in Aurora/off Colfax (whose names escape me) where I would expect to find something better. I lean towards Tex Mex, of course, but I know I won't find that.

But, I would love to hear any of your suggestions. We are always willing to try out new places. Like Otter, I am especially interested in places that are "sit down" dining quality and family friendly.
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Old 12-15-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I lean towards Tex Mex, of course, but I know I won't find that.
yes, Tex-mex is its own thing and is quite good. New Mexican can be very good too, but most places here serve some kind of hybrid of two or more of those styles which is not really good as either.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:06 PM
 
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Amusing, but exaggerations don't really help people form accurate expectations.
Considering you haven't been to Casa Bonita, you should probably visit before coming to the conclusion that my description was inaccurate. You may be surprised.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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If you want to replicate the Casa Bonita salad at home get a head of iceberg lettuce, find the white parts of the lettuce and ensure at least half make it into the salad. Slice up some unripe tomatoes and put them on the lettuce. Top with a can of Fancy Feast Cat food and you are done!

Sorry just had to add to this because I saw a picture of the beloved CB salad and it jogged my memory. It also comes with some canned Pinto Beans, shredded cheese, a couple of onion slices, sour cream and a dollop of canned Guacamole. I might make this for dinner tonight! My cat will be super mad though that I stole her Fancy Feast.

To see a beautiful photo of this heavenly salad, here you go:
http://bethpartin.com/wp-content/upl...d-Feb-2011.jpg
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default CB is awesome!

As of this very instant in time, Casa Bonita has 666 reviews on the Yelp
Casa Bonita - Lakewood, CO | Yelp
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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I've heard it's complete crap. I have zero interest in going there.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Considering you haven't been to Casa Bonita, you should probably visit before coming to the conclusion that my description was inaccurate. You may be surprised.
I said exaggerated, not inaccurate. Unless there was literally a pile of cat food on it (in which case please cal health dept asap) then your description was exaggerated and not accurate. All I'm really saying is that if it's really that bad (and i'm sure it is) stating the facts will get the point across better than exaggeration.
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Old 12-15-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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It is truly hard to underestimate the awfulness of the food at Casa Bonita. I thought "oh, how bad can it be?" before I went. And the answer was truly appallingly bad. Not just flavorless, that would be a step up.

But yeah, the kids love it, mine has been hounding me to go again ever since we went the first time.
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