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Los Carnales takes up legacy location in Old Colorado City 

click to enlarge Los Carnales' lengua torta. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Los Carnales' lengua torta.

They say change comes slow, but the shift from a 61-year-old Dairy Queen to a Mexican restaurant hasn’t disrupted life in Old Colorado City too much. This location, which shares a name and ownership with a Pueblo restaurant, doesn’t churn out ice cream like its predecessor, but hey, the food’s good. Diners fill the small, no-frills dining area when we visit, but we order a lengua torta ($4.84) and an avocado pork burrito ($6.03) to go.

Of course, we’ve already left before we discover we got a carnitas burrito ($6.03) instead of avocado pork, but it’s not a deal-breaker. The chewy bits of pork bear huge, powerful onion notes and some chili depth. It’s a gut bomb, but someone has already made this their “cheat day” indulgence, make no mistake. Our lengua torta comes with impressive depth of flavor, piling up a modest amount of cooked-tender cow tongue with creamy guacamole, lettuce and tomato, all wrapped up in a tender bolillo roll.

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