Azada Mexican Grill

We stopped in to review Azada in April, when everything was first shutting down due to COVID-19 and shortly after our visit, Azada, too, closed its doors. But this downtown lunch spot hasn’t gone away and is now open for takeout and dine-in, specializing in fast-casual, Mission-style burritos plus plates, breakfast burritos and more.

We grab a chicken burrito with cilantro-lime rice, black beans and spicy avocado salsa. Imagine a Chipotle burrito with the volume turned up across the board. The rice has enough lime juice and fresh cilantro that those flavors stand out. Creamy, spicy salsa makes every bite relatively cohesive, texturally, and adds a lip-tingling kick. That juicy chicken has a spice blend that gives it smoke and chile heat.

Are we a little sad that previous standout items like rojo pork or verde beef have left the menu? Absolutely! Those dishes put Azada on the downtown dining map. But there’s no flavor shortage here, not by a long shot.

Griffin Swartzell is a food reviewer and contributor for the Colorado Springs Indy. This Colorado Springs native joined as an intern in early 2014, freelancing until they joined the staff full-time in late 2015.