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Dinner at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

“We crave Mexican food more than about any other cuisine.  So whenever we move, we have to identify our go-to Mexican spot, one that can make a wide array of dishes and has good margaritas.  Adelitas Cocina y Cantina is that spot for us.  We find ourselves dining there with significant frequency.

All of this is to say that when you’re craving Mexican food near South Broadway, we suggest you explore Adelitas.”

The Denver Advocate | March 2019


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An Insider’s Guide to Denver’s Unofficial Latin American Enclave

“Brian Rossi commands a powerhouse of Mexican food and drink on the corner of East Louisiana Avenue, which began with Michoacán-inspired Adelita’s in 2013. There’s also Palenque, a dim (in a good way) subterranean bar that pours 100-plus mezcals—the largest collection in Denver—and serves Oaxacan fare such as a rich chicken mole.

Top Find: On Mondays at Palenque, five rotating mezcals are available at 50 percent off; pair your discounted hooch with the $9 chorizo-studded queso fundido dip.”

5280 MAGAZINE | January 30, 2019


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Where to Eat the Best Tacos in Denver

Pssst… Where to Eat the Best Tacos in Denver

“Find out where to enjoy delicious tacos, in and around Denver, with our special guide!

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina is dual family-owned and locally operated restaurant that offers traditional Mexican fare from the state of Michocan, Mexico, and tequila cocktails in the Platte Park neighborhood. Adelitas Cocina y Cantina offers a choice of three tacos per order and consistently features specials for Taco Tuesday.”

The Denver Ear | January 18, 2018


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Denver’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2018: Eat Here

Denver’s Top 100 Restaurants in 2018: Eat Here

“Adelitas won the hearts of Platt Park neighbors and South Broadway commuters with its raucous Taco Tuesdays and potent house margaritas that far surpassed the typical premixed standard. But owner Brian Rossi wasn’t content to rest on his tortillas; instead, he continued to present alluring dishes representing regional Mexican cuisine while building a jaw-dropping selection of tequila and mezcal bottles behind the bar. With a second cantina debuting in downtown Littleton, Adelitas stands as proof that Denver diners are hungry for far more than just smothered burritos and ground-beef tacos.”

Westword | September 27, 2018


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MERLE'S OF LITTLETON WILL BECOME A SECOND ADELITAS

MERLE’S OF LITTLETON WILL BECOME A SECOND ADELITAS

“Brian Rossi, owner of Adelitas Cocina y Cantina at 1294 South Broadway, is taking over the restaurant as of August 16 and will open a second Adelitas there by mid-September, after staff training and changes to the interior. The building that Adelitas will occupy was originally an automobile service station before it was converted into Merle’s. ”

Westword | September 27, 2018


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WHERE TO DRINK MARGARITAS IN DENVER

“The South Broadway spot mixes a wicked house margarita, available by glass and pitcher. The two-for-one margaritas on Monday are a steal. Visitors can stop by either in the afternoon or evening during happy hour and sample the house margarita for $5.”

Eater Denver | April 27, 2018


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ADELITAS IS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON SOUTH BROADWAY, AND THAT MEANS FREE AND CHEAP STUFF FOR YOU

ADELITAS IS CELEBRATING 5 YEARS ON SOUTH BROADWAY, AND THAT MEANS FREE AND
CHEAP STUFF FOR YOU

“Some of the best-known tequila and mezcal makers in Mexico are coming to Denver just for this event,” said Tony White, one of Palenque’s lead bartenders (and a mezcal aficionado). “The owner, Brian Rossi, has such a close connection with them that when he asked them to come and celebrate our anniversary, they’re here!”

Denver Post | April 27, 2018


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Where to Find Denver's Top Tacos

Where to Find Denver’s Top Tacos

“Among several traditional taco offerings at this friendly and family-owned Platte Park go-to, the veggie version is a stand-out: sautéed portobello mushrooms, vegetables, cabbage, and pico de gallo on house-made corn tortillas. South suburbanites can also head to the newer location in downtown Littleton”

Eater Denver | April 18, 2018


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The Twelve Best House Margaritas in Denver

“”Use a good brand” of all-natural tequila in your margarita, recommends Adelitas proprietor Brian Rossi. After all, “how many things can you do to a traditional margarita? It’s about the materials that go into it.” We’ll vouch for that simple approach; it landed Adelitas our Best House Margarita award three years in a row, even as the bar staff switched tequila brands, thus tweaking this drink’s backbone, and, more recently nixed all processed sugar, agave syrup and triple sec in its drinks. The restaurant is currently working with Arette tequila, which comes from one of the oldest tequila-producing families in Jalisco. Married to lime and beet sugar cooked down with oranges, it results in a cocktail that’s smooth with a sweet-tart balance, an excellent showcase for the delicate nature of Arette.”

Westword | May 5, 2017


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Adelitas and Palenque Ditching Processed Sugar and Agave Syrup in All Cocktails

“We’ve long lauded the Adelitas house margarita; it was our best margarita in the Best of Denver issue for three years running, and this year, after a winter tweak that introduced a new tequila to its blend, it was one of our ten best house margaritas in Denver. But now agave spirits maven and Adelitas and Palenque owner Brian Rossi has changed his formula again, and this time much more dramatically: Rossi decided to ditch processed sugar and agave syrup behind his bar, which means that the house margarita and all of the other margaritas and cocktails on the Adelitas and Palenque menus are getting fundamentally reimagined.”

Westword | April 24, 2017


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Twenty-Something for Twenty-Somethings: Affordable Margs and Eats at Adelitas

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, the Mexican restaurant at 1294 South Broadway opened by Brian Rossi in 2013, is nearly always a packed joint. Whether you’re going for taco Tuesday or any other day of the week, you need to come knowing you’re not the first to discover the goodness of Adelitas. View your wait time as an opportunity to take advantage of a pre-dinner drink and inhale the contagious energy of the restaurant. Stand tall at the guest-filled bar in front of the wall of illuminated spirits ready to be chosen for a drink. You will need to tap into your “Help me, I’m thirsty” face to order your first drink: the award-winning house margarita. The margaritas are simple — Arette tequila, lime juice and sugar-beet simple syrup infused with whole oranges — but when chased with a lick of the salt rim, it quickly becomes obvious what all the hype is about.”

Westword | April 18, 2017


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27 Tacos Every Denverite Needs to Try

27 Tacos Every Denverite Needs to Try

“It goes without saying that a lot has changed in the three years since our last comprehensive survey of the Mile High City taco scene. But we’re just as happy to say that a lot hasn’t. Every single champ we named back then, from the longaniza at Taco Mex to the fried swordfish at Machete, remain knockouts today — they just happen to share the spotlight with several other winners, whether models of Mexican tradition or exemplars of contemporary inspiration. (Bonus shout-out to Adelitas Cocina y Cantina for hosting the best Taco Tuesday in town bar none.) ”

ZAGAT | May 1, 2017


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Slip ’em the Toungue – 5 Great Spots for Lengua

Slip ’em the Toungue – 5 Great Spots for Lengua

The Lowdown: Adelita’s on South Broadway is known for its incredible selection of tequilas and mezcals. Providing yet another marvelous rendition of the traditional style the lengua tacos ($8.95 for a plate of three, served with rice and beans) are served with a house made tomatillo salsa that makes any other addition (including limes) entirely unnecessary. Providing both heat and a perfect touch of citrus, the salsa takes the beef tongue — simmered in onion, garlic and spice — to the next level. Visit on Tuesdays when all tacos are available for a dollar, with the more decadent lengua still costing a mere two.

303 MAGAZINE | April 27, 2017


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Happy National Margarita Day!

“Known for its authentic southwestern Mexican food, this Platt Park spot’s margaritas offer the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Try the Soldaderas Skinny, a classic margarita made without the sweet triple sec (don’t worry, you can’t tell), which is only $5 during happy hour (3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, daily). Use the dough you saved to indulge in Wednesday’s $5 chimichanga special.”

5280 MAGAZINE | February 21, 2017


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Denver's Happiest Hours

Denver’s Happiest Hours

At Adelitas, daily specials rotate and include $1 tacos all day Tuesday. Happy hour also runs daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $4 margaritas and $7.50 ceviche.”

Eater DenverFebruary 15, 2017


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Brian Rossi of Adelitas Talks Tequila, Mezcal, Palenque... and Ice Cream!

Brian Rossi of Adelitas Talks Tequila, Mezcal, Palenque… and Ice Cream!

“Tending bar first tickled Brian Rossi’s interest in tequila, but a trip to Mexico — and then several trips after that — fueled a raging passion for all booze distilled from agave plants. Four years ago, Rossi opened Adelitas Cocina y Cantina to share that passion with the Mile High City, establishing a haven where adventurous drinkers could learn more about mezcal, tequila and other agave spirits. And last year he unveiled Palenque, his homage to Oaxacan mezcalerias, behind Adelitas on South Broadway. In both spots, he leans on chef Silvia Ayala to turn out regional Mexican specialties: Adelitas features cuisine from Michoacán, while Palenque pulls its menu from Oaxaca. We recently caught up with Rossi to chat about what it’s like to drink mezcal in Mexico, why he only carries the products of small distilleries behind the bar, and what you should look for if you want to drink great agave spirits.”

WestwordFebruary 15, 2017


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Brian Rossi on Agave Spirits, Adelitas and Changing the Winning House Marg

Brian Rossi: With a ton of reading and a lot of visits to Mexico, I have been able to learn about agave spirits. I have learned which companies use good or bad business practices, as well as how certain brands are produced, and who uses additives and who does not. Within the regulations of tequila, producers are allowed 1 percent per volume of additives, such as glycerin, flavorings and color additives. Although I do need to carry some of them, I choose not to support them on a volume basis. ”

Westword | January 10, 2017


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Photos: Mezcal and Oaxacan Cuisine at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

“Mezcal is finally beginning to earn respect in Denver, as was evidenced last night at a mezcal dinner hosted by Brian Rossi, owner of Adelitas Cocina y Cantina. The dinner featured the spirits of Nuestra Soledad and El Jolgorio, and proved enough of a draw to fill the dining room at Adelitas as well as the new Palenque Mezcaleria, a separate bar with a side entrance. Asis Cortés, who is a sixth-generation mezcal producer in Oaxaca, Mexico, presented cocktails and tastes of his family’s mezcal alongside dishes from several Denver chefs and one visitor from Los Angeles.”

WestwordJune 17, 2016


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South of the Border on South Broadway

“The vibrant energy of the restaurant is especially appealing on $1 Taco Tuesdays, and the friendly staff makes warm recommendations, like the pineapple-topped Tacos Al Pastor. The bar serves as headquarters for a bevy of reasonably priced tequila options. The award-winning house margaritas, a bargain at five bucks, are well-balanced—not cloyingly sweet or revoltingly tangy—with fresh-squeezed lime juice, agave syrup and triple sec, and you know there’s some Cimarron tequila in them.”

Colorado Avid Golfer | June 3, 2016


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Adelitas Owner Opens Denver’s First Oaxacan-Style Mezcal Bar

“Palenque will be a temple to agave spirits — specifically to the liquid treasure from Oaxaca known as mezcal, of which some 75 different labels will be represented. Rossi wants the mezcaleria to be an educational center where guests can learn about the history and many different variations of the smoky, traditional beverage. So, for example, bartenders may suggest several different versions of espadin (one of about a dozen varieties of the maguey plant) mezcal from different villages in order to highlight the terroir and technique of each. ”

Westord | May 17, 2016


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The Grind: Adelita’s Cocina y Cantina

The Grind: Adelita’s Cocina y Cantina

“If critical accolades are your thing, consider this: Adelita’s has won Westword’s Best of Denver Best House Margarita for three years in a row and was also nominated for Best Restaurant on Broadway, Best Tacos, Best Tamales, Best Gluten-Free Menu and Best Vegetarian Green Chile this year alone. If all you need is a friendly recommendation from a Grinder who knows her Mexican food, then take it from me–Adelita’s is a must-go for anyone who loves Mexican cuisine.”

Du Clarion | April 12, 2016


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Drink of the Week: The Smoking Barrel at Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

“Just one look at the drink menu at Adelitas and you quickly come to this realization: It’s not just margaritas anymore. At this Platt Park Mexican restaurant and bar, Nathan Schmit is taking tequila — and especially the increasingly popular mezcal — to new places, creating drinks that resemble the more austere, understated cocktails of New York and Los Angeles. His new cocktails are stripped-down blends of spirits that are unadorned with syrups and juices, allowing them to speak for themselves. In fact, for his latest cocktail, the Smoking Barrel ($10), he reaches out even further — across the world and back in time — to bring the spirits of Italy, France and Scotland into a boozy union with mezcal.”

Westword | December 29, 2015


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Denver's 6 Most Crave-Worthy Bowls of Pozole

Denver’s 6 Most Crave-Worthy Bowls of Pozole

“At Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina, a rollicking Mexican joint on South Broadway, the super-popular pozole (pictured below), a family recipe, is stained crimson from the guajillo chiles and served with traditional sidekicks of onions, cabbage, cilantro, diced radishes, plenty of lime and either flour or corn tortillas. If you want to turn up the heat, swirl in a spoonful of the simultaneously spicy and fruity habanero salsa.”

Zagat | October 22, 2015


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Nine Taco Tuesdays To Try In Denver

Nine Taco Tuesdays To Try In Denver

“Denver is a taco town, especially on Tuesday when countless bars and restaurants offer unbelievably cheap deals on all kinds of Mexican food. Here are ten of Denver’s most inexpensive Taco Tuesday offerings.”

Eater Denver | July 14, 2015


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Think and Drink Tonight at Warm Cookies, Adelitas

“From brews and budgets to mezcal and Mexican food, two tasty events this evening are guaranteed to make you think — and drink.”

Westword June 23, 2015


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10 Killer Steaks in Denver for $25 and Under 

Carne Asada from Adelitas – Rubbed with a slew of different seasonings, marinated to seal in the juices and requisitely charred, the excellent skirt steak ($14.95) at Adelitas is paired with a cheese enchilada draped with mole, rice, refried beans and a sphere of guacamole. It’s a top seller that goes best with one of the joint’s potent margaritas.”

Zagat| June 8, 2015


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Agave Grows Up

Agave Grows Up

“Adelitas is now expanding those shelves to make more room and satisfy the demand for tequila, a spirit that’s been gaining respect in the past 10 years, Rossi says. “Now people are more educated about agave distillates, and we are seeing a rise in hand-crafted artisanal brands.” Adelitas prices its tequilas from $5 to $125.”

Cheers Magazine | April 8, 2015


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There's a Lot to Like at Adelitas and Dae Gee

There’s a Lot to Like at Adelitas and Dae Gee

Can Adelita’s compete in Denver’s ultra-competitive taco scene? Westword food critic Gretchen Kurtz thinks so. The restaurant is polished, with specials like Taco Tuesday, Tamale Thursday, and 2-for-1 Margarita Monday. Simply put: It’s ran by a family who knows what people want. At Adelita’s, diners come for “the complete package – the ambiance, the deals, the energy – and not just the food.” But, let’s talk a little bit about the food, some of which is “very good.” Kurtz cited the guajillo-laced pozole, which is a family recipe filled with freshness and crunch; the mole, which is “full of flavor;” and the sopapillas and churros, both of which are “addictive” and “hard to turn down.” But the carnitas were overwhelmingly greasy, and the fat mesa pancakes, chiles rellenos, and the batter on the poblanos “tasted like old oil.”

Eater Denver | December 15, 2014


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Sips: The 17 Best Restaurants on National Tequila Day

Sips: The 17 Best Restaurants on National Tequila Day

“We recommended that you head to Adelitas Cocina y Cantina back in March, but now there’s even more of a reason to drink the eatery’s two-for-one house margaritas. The family-owned Mexican restaurant is also offering $15 Tequila Fortaleza flights.”

5280 Magazine | June 24, 2014


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Adelitas Turned One, Expanded with El Guapo

Adelitas Turned One, Expanded with El Guapo

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina the restaurant named after a strong female warrior, turned one on April 29. Co-owner and manager, Brian Rossi, took over a space that was home to three different restaurants in two years and managed to shape Adelitas into a Mexican restaurant that is thriving twelve months in. In the kitchen Silvia Ayala, the main female soldadera or soldier, whips ups creations from family recipes from her hometown of Michoacán, Mexico. Her unique recipes give this restaurant the edge to compete against the other Mexican restaurants in the area. ”

Eater Denver | May 12, 2014


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Go Now: Adelitas Cocina y Cantina

“Although the space at 1294 S. Broadway, has gone from Bistro One to Three Monkeys Cantina to Adelitas Cocina y Cantina in just under two years, the latter has staying power. This family-owned Mexican restaurant, which is named for the brave women soldiers of the Mexican Revolution (today the word also refers to women of great strength and courage) has the Ayala family and veteran restaurateur Brian Rossi behind it.”

5280 Magazine | March 4, 2014


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Try the carne asada tacos at Adelita’s, and get tix to Del Maguey dinner

“There’s no way I could duplicate the savory, smoky, slightly tangy flavor of Silvia’s carne asada tacos. They were so good, we ordered more, even after we had tried almost every taco on the list. At least it was Tuesday, when most tacos are just a buck at Adelita’s (the fish and shrimp are more). But I’d happily pay full price ($8.95 for three) for these bewitching three-bite wonders.”

Denver Post | June 13, 2013


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