Papa Jose’s

Mexican in Pueblo

Here’s a dirty little Colorado secret: the Mexican food is very often underwhelming. But this town, called Pueblo and down south of the Arkansas River, was part of Mexico until relatively recently. Translation: feel free to get your hopes up, because Papa Jose’s will oblige.

It does tacos and burritos, enchiladas and tostadas, tamales and green chili by the pint. The savory aroma wafts from this Mexican greasy spoon all the way out to the street. There’s a reason it’s popular at lunchtime.