This week on Denver’s dining scene, the city is celebrating the delightful cuisine of our sister city, Cuernavaca, Mexico — plus, a popular cookie chain is bringing sweet treats to Central Park, In-N-Out Burger is cooking up controversy, and that delicious crawfish you're slurping may not be totally legal. Let’s dig in.
🌶️ Spice Trade Brewing, known for eclectic, globally inspired beers, has introduced a brand new, seasonally rotating prix fixe menu that currently pairs Latin American eats with signature brews — think ceviche paired with a jalapeño Mexican lager. Yum! [Westword]
🧑🍳 Kicking off this Friday through July 31, the Aurora History Museum will spotlight six local chefs and their signature dishes through a free chef speaker series that aims to celebrate the city’s diverse and delicious dining scene. [Westword]
🍺 Casa Bonita will soon tout an exclusive signature house beer on draft — it will be a Mexican-style lager called “Casa Beer” — and they’ve tapped local brewery Ratio Beerworks for the job. [Denver Post 🔒]
🇲🇽 All weekend long, Larimer Square will host Taste of Mexico, a celebration of Denver’s 40-year anniversary with its sister city, Cuernavaca, Mexico. There will be history, food, drinks, dancing, music, and more.
🍪 Central Park is getting its very own Crumbl Cookies! The popular sweet shop opens tomorrow and customers can expect all the fan-favorite flavors, like Key Lime Pie, Peppermint Bark, Caramel Popcorn, Buttermilk Pancake, and more! [Crumbl]
🦐 Did you know that having live Louisiana red swamp crayfish in Colorado is illegal? Neither do most of the restaurants that are importing the Southern delicacy, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are considering changing the current regulations around the invasive species. [Denver Post 🔒]
🍔 In-N-Out Burger has banned its employees from wearing face masks unless they can provide a doctor’s note. The reasoning? To “emphasize the importance of customer service and the ability to show our Associates’ smiles and other facial features.” [Forbes 🔒]