If you have read any of my West Coast travel taco posts, you probably came across my queso-loving, adventure-seeking, hiking-partner-for-life friend, Carolyn. We were reunited recently for an epic backcountry adventure. Before heading off to Wyoming to backpack the Teton Crest Trail, Carolyn and I spent the weekend in her current home city of Denver. We had three full days of hiking, boating, and, of course, tacos.
After a 7 mile out-and-back hike to Lake Isabelle at a max elevation of 10,908 ft, I was ready for sleep and rest since I was still adjusting to the high altitude. But, as you know, I do not sit down often and I had to get some happy hour socializing time in before calling it a night.
What made this first part of my West Coast adventure even better was that our friend from Philly, Taylor, was also with us for the weekend prior to Carolyn and I leaving for Wyoming. Taylor, Carolyn, Carolyn’s Denver girlfriends, and I made our way to Acova in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood for a girl’s night out.
Acova caught our eye with its 3-6pm Happy Hour everyday with $3 off any appetizer. What REALLY caught my eye specifically was the street tacos and elote. Both the tacos and corn were listed under the app section, score!
The street tacos consisted of achiote-braised pork, pickled onions, griddled cotija, and jalapeno crema on a corn shell. I completely skipped the taco description on the menu where it listed that the cotija cheese was griddled. I LOVED the cotija cheese prepared this way. It took the texture of the taco up a notch. That brick of sizzling, bubbly cheese in each bite made this taco memorable. With all the meat and juices from the taco, I thought for sure the shell would break, but it held together surprisingly well. Although the taco had an abundance of braised pork, it seemed a little dry. The taco definitely was not lacking in heat and I think this taco would benefit with a cooling agent like a crema. The pickled onion was not overpowering which was good. I would give this taco a 3 but close to a 4 as I would recommend this taco. Especially during happy hour!
I am learning that I am a sucker for cotija! Bring on the cotija Denver, I can handle it.
Price: 2 street tacos for $8 ($5 during HH)