BEST OF TELLER 2022: Hidden Treasures — Dining | Mail from Pikes Peak

STREET TACOS SERVED ON MIDLAND AVE

Serrano Food Truck, Woodland Park, 719-687-7150

Drivers have been known to slam on the brakes when they see Serrano’s Food Truck parked outside the BierWerks brewery on the main street in Woodland Park. Pepe Serrano’s truck is back after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions.

Of the mouth-watering Mexican dishes on the menu, the most popular item is street tacos, Serrano said.

But the choices are enticing, especially for people who crave Mexican food. Chili Con Queso, for example, is a creamy cottage cheese dip spiced with jalapenos. Or try the Carne Asada, a steak marinated in special seasonings and grilled until moist and tender.

On a chilly day in early June, when the temperature reached 65 degrees, tourists and residents gathered around picnic tables to enjoy food fresh from the truck. Many picked up a mug of frosty beer from the brewer to go with it.

The food truck serves from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For those who prefer to dine indoors, Serrano’s has a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1079 E. US 24 on Safeway Square in Woodland Park. Serrano’s also offers a catering service.

—Pat Hill

MEXICAN CUISINE IN THE HIGH COUNTRY

Baja Billy’s Restaurant & Cantina, 233 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719-689-2142, broncobillyscasino.com

I’ve been meeting my siblings and their families at Baja Billy’s Restaurant & Cantina, upstairs from Bronco Billy’s Casino, for years. Together we fill several tables. The canteen offers sit-down meals and delicious Mexican cuisine, with excellent service at fair prices and without too much fuss. It’s a great place to meet friends and family and have a chat.

The menu includes all your favorite Mexican dishes – tacos and burritos, chimichangas and quesadillas, flautas and fajitas, enchiladas and nachos with a variety of salsas and dips – as well as fish and shrimp dishes, combination plates and my favorite, a vegetarian menu. Specialty dishes include Pollo Relleno, Tampiqueña and Camarones al Limon Verde. Visit the website for promotions, days and times.

The menu says “All menu items are prepared fresh. No canned beans here! It shows in the quality of the food.

—Norma Engelberg

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