Well, I’ve been resisting mentioning it, but Sol Azteca is gone, gone, gone. The sign has been ripped off for weeks, and the restaurant has been closed, its doors locked, probably disappointing between eight and 10 would-be customers over the last month.
It didn’t close in time, however, to rob Diagonal Plaza of all Mexican food. No, not before 100 Percent Mexicano opened up.
As a mostly-vegetarian, I was a little concerned by this blurb in a great story about Mexican culture in the area by Aimee Heckel:
Before, Camden says people who wanted real menudo (a popular Mexican soup) or lengua (beef tongue “spiced to perfection”) had to drive to Longmont or Denver.
Just because if you’re good at lengua and menudo, odds aren’t good that you’re also good at veggies.
Boy was I wrong. This place is delicious. The green chile does not include pork, and so it’s safe to smother one of five or six veggie options — and here’s what I wrote for a little blurb for last Sunday’s paper:
This little gem is hard to find and surprising on a number of levels. Oftentimes, a Mexican restaurant’s authenticity rises proportionally to its vegetarian unfriendliness. Not here. When we went, there were four or five veg-options and the two we chose had plenty of flavor —and fresh vegetables. More of a novelty than you’d think! Carnivores won’t be disappointed either, from what we hear.
So get on over there and try it out. I want to know how you meat-eaters rate it compared to local favorite El Rey. Get back to me!