La Abeja

★★★★☆
  • 508 E Colfax Ave

    Denver, CO 80203

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  • 303-832-1911

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Ok. Where do I begin this describing this little journey into my favorite border hopping eatery in the shadows of the Golden Arches? Let's start with the good stuff. Clearly, that's the finger licking, tongue numbing comidas (meals).

Satisfied is not even close to the spiritual lift I get most every time when I lunch here. Sure I could eat at all sorts of high brow joints like McDonald's or Tom's Diner, which one could find just blocks away on this sad part of Colfax, but why would I dare go any further when I have the chance to experience God. Yes, that's right. Dios. In all the carne asada, frijole mashing and holy enchilada embodiment she takes on here. I can be having the most stressful day at work, and just 5 minutes later, I have boarded the bus to all points south and I cross into this fantastic little jalapeno-loving nirvana!

La Abeja takes me back to my Tijuana jaunts enjoyed on liberty from the Navy whilst in San Diego, where I only dreamed such good tacos would travel so far north without a green card. I am here to say, God is alive and well and busy stirring up an olla (cookpot) of frijoles and rolling out the masa in the tiny kitchen in central Denver where all this bounty is first blessed.

The portions are just right and cheap enough so that if you have to have a little more to cure that sad feeling you get walking in this neighborhood, you can do so without breaking the bank.

Their traditional baked goods are soft and delicious for a Mexican bakery. I mean, who thinks of Mexico first when they think of pastries? All the baked goods are not bad at all. But I think you're better off to ask for what was freshly made. The "day old" is mixed in right with the newly baked and the fresher the better when it comes to these treats. Don't forget the bakery treats are not overly sweet, just as "pan dulce" or "sweet bread" should be.

You must enjoy the wonderful Mexican made Coca-Cola in real scratched up, murky looking glass bottles. It's almost as if they stowed away on the back of some avocado truck last winter. And the Horchata, now that takes me to Mexico without a passport for sure. Mom why didn't we have this everyday when I was growing up? Would it have rotted my teeth any worse than that Tang you used to put in my baby bottle? .. Anyway, I digress. Both of these drinks are perfect to swish down some spicy beef tacos or ass-burning green chile, especially since they don't serve any Mexican beer or margaritas here. Trust me, it's safer that way. Sure, a few more calories per ounce in these drinks than most cervezas, but a lot less black eyes and bruises. I know, my parents owned a "beer joint" and I've heard the stories.

The prices are just right and that's certainly part of the charm of this little patch of heaven. While non-Spanish speakers may feel out of place, they can rest assured the food is fabulous, their order will be repeated with an accent, and they won't have to wait long to fill their bellies. You can order things mild too if you like.

The staff is friendly, with one very sad exception. There is a regular 30-something female worker who I won't name (only because I don't know it, otherwise I would) who probably has not realized how her endearing demeanor keeps the tables turning so damn quickly. At first I thought it was me, until the lady who works across the street at McD's complained to me about her attitude one day while we were standing together waiting to fill our master chile cleanse prescriptions. Despite that, there are times when this little angel isn't working and it saves me from having to order mine to go, and allows me to live up more of my Mexican daydream... Ahhh, Yum!

2
★★★★☆

Ok. Where do I begin this describing this little journey into my favorite border hopping eatery in the shadows of the Golden Arches? Let's start with the good stuff. Clearly, that's the finger licking, tongue numbing comidas (meals).

Satisfied is not even close to the spiritual lift I get most every time when I lunch here. Sure I could eat at all sorts of high brow joints like McDonald's or Tom's Diner, which one could find just blocks away on this sad part of Colfax, but why would I dare go any further when I have the chance to experience God. Yes, that's right. Dios. In all the carne asada, frijole mashing and holy enchilada embodiment she takes on here. I can be having the most stressful day at work, and just 5 minutes later, I have boarded the bus to all points south and I cross into this fantastic little jalapeno-loving nirvana!

La Abeja takes me back to my Tijuana jaunts enjoyed on liberty from the Navy whilst in San Diego, where I only dreamed such good tacos would travel so far north without a green card. I am here to say, God is alive and well and busy stirring up an olla (cookpot) of frijoles and rolling out the masa in the tiny kitchen in central Denver where all this bounty is first blessed.

The portions are just right and cheap enough so that if you have to have a little more to cure that sad feeling you get walking in this neighborhood, you can do so without breaking the bank.

Their traditional baked goods are soft and delicious for a Mexican bakery. I mean, who thinks of Mexico first when they think of pastries? All the baked goods are not bad at all. But I think you're better off to ask for what was freshly made. The "day old" is mixed in right with the newly baked and the fresher the better when it comes to these treats. Don't forget the bakery treats are not overly sweet, just as "pan dulce" or "sweet bread" should be.

You must enjoy the wonderful Mexican made Coca-Cola in real scratched up, murky looking glass bottles. It's almost as if they stowed away on the back of some avocado truck last winter. And the Horchata, now that takes me to Mexico without a passport for sure. Mom why didn't we have this everyday when I was growing up? Would it have rotted my teeth any worse than that Tang you used to put in my baby bottle? .. Anyway, I digress. Both of these drinks are perfect to swish down some spicy beef tacos or ass-burning green chile, especially since they don't serve any Mexican beer or margaritas here. Trust me, it's safer that way. Sure, a few more calories per ounce in these drinks than most cervezas, but a lot less black eyes and bruises. I know, my parents owned a "beer joint" and I've heard the stories.

The prices are just right and that's certainly part of the charm of this little patch of heaven. While non-Spanish speakers may feel out of place, they can rest assured the food is fabulous, their order will be repeated with an accent, and they won't have to wait long to fill their bellies. You can order things mild too if you like.

The staff is friendly, with one very sad exception. There is a regular 30-something female worker who I won't name (only because I don't know it, otherwise I would) who probably has not realized how her endearing demeanor keeps the tables turning so damn quickly. At first I thought it was me, until the lady who works across the street at McD's complained to me about her attitude one day while we were standing together waiting to fill our master chile cleanse prescriptions. Despite that, there are times when this little angel isn't working and it saves me from having to order mine to go, and allows me to live up more of my Mexican daydream... Ahhh, Yum!

Pros: real Mexican food-- really!

Cons: the woman at the front counter

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I love this little gem on colfax. it is family owned and has all the best mexican sweets. they also serve simple and inexpensive mexican food. this is a wonderful place to have breakfast, the staff is very nice and the food is honest and good. it isn't very fancy, but you will always be greeted with a smile.

2
★★★★☆

I love this little gem on colfax. it is family owned and has all the best mexican sweets. they also serve simple and inexpensive mexican food. this is a wonderful place to have breakfast, the staff is very nice and the food is honest and good. it isn't very fancy, but you will always be greeted with a smile.

 

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