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Rico’s Eats & Treats bases menu on Mexican street food favorites 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Newly opened Rico’s Eats & Treats — in the spot most recently hosting Baba’s Burgers & Gyros — comes to us via the same ownership as neighboring D’Colores Folk Art & Apparel. We’re told they’re originally from Oaxaca, but based this more general Mexican menu on favorite street food from travels elsewhere. Take for example Loco Chips ($4.50), a bag of Fritos cut open on its side, into which cucumber slices, wheat flour-coated Japanese peanuts and Valentina hot sauce go for an easy, salty snack. Or buttery, mayo-lathered, chili-powdered, queso-topped elote (corn-on-the-cob; $3.50), as good as it sounds. Al pastor street tacos ($2.75 each) rate okay but unremarkable, not pineapple-enhanced enough for flair; while an asada torta ($7; $1 extra for avocado) chews messy with mayo (and our added, spicy house chile rojo) on a nice, toasty bolillo roll; the chewy steak cuts could use a touch more stylistic salt and char. Rico’s house horchata and jamaica ($3 each) are non-cloying and perfect, though. 
Location Details Rico’s Eats & Treats
935 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs/Ute Pass
Manitou Springs, CO
375-8976
Mexican/Tex-Mex/Southwestern

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