Denver: Cochinita Pibil at La Calle Taqueria y Carnitas
Why We Love It: Housed in a comfy little two-room cottage along the Valverde stretch of Alameda, this absolute gem gives new meaning to the word "sumptuous." We wholeheartedly recommend every taco on the menu, but since you’ve got to start somewhere, try the cochinita pibil - pork slow-roasted in citrus-achiote marinade (pictured left below the also-amazing chivo, or goat). With one bite, the depth of its rich and tangy flavor seems almost boundless; slivers of pickled onion add sharp contrast should you want it, but the stew-thick mixture is perfect as is. (And don't fret about those lemon wedges - we're sure the lime shortage will be over soon.)
Insider Tip: While the wall-mounted menus are entirely in Spanish, a printed menu at the order counter offers moderately helpful English translations.
Price: $1.50 or $6.95 for five