La Palapa Bar & Grill's offerings happily fly under the radar 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Signage in the shopping center parking lot as well as our receipt still say Yukon Tavern, but this spot’s been La Palapa Bar & Grill for quite some time now. Menus only come in Spanish; mariachi music livens the dimly lit space, complete with a thatched bar-top; pool tables occupy the rear; and spirits include quality top-shelf tequilas. We nab a bottle of Estrella Jalisco ($4), which only arrived stateside in 2016, lesser known than Corona and the like but basically identical: light, crisp and malty-sweet. Caldo de siete mares ($15) lands molten hot, a traditional fish stew stocked most notably with baby scallops, octopus bits and shrimp; its mild broth benefits from Mexico Lindo and Salsa Huichol sauces set tableside. Mohara con pappas fritas ($10) delivers decent thick-cut fries and a whole grilled tilapia cut along its flank with crosshatches for easier picking (still, be mindful of pin bones). Though nicely crispy, it lacks much seasoning; again the hot sauce bottles assist nicely. 
Location Details La Palapa Bar & Grill
Eddie's Rock 'N Roll Bar & Grill
Colorado Springs, CO


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