The other day, Father's day, to be exact, my family and I set out to celebrate what should be considered a stunning achievement: I have been a father for over 2 years and my kids are (1) still alive, (2) have all their limbs, and (3) have not spent any time in jail. It's really more than I could ask for and brings tears to my eyes. Besides getting eight pairs of socks to commemorate the occasion, I got to pick a breakfast celebration location. That's how we found ourselves pulling up to a strip mall on 2925 W. 38th Ave just East of Federal.
how they hide some of the city's finest gems. I used to get surprised by this but I realize now, after 12 years in this town, that is just the way it is out West. Of course some of our city's finest eats are in the ugliest of strip malls: South Federal and basically all of Aurora are essentially one big strip mall. But I digress. It wasn't just that there was a good restaurant in this Sunnyside strip mall, it was also a telling representation of what this part of Denver is becoming.
On one end was our destination: El Valle Mexican Restaurant, and on the other a hip, line-out-the-door brunch spot. The parking lot, too, showed the diversifying diversity (that is, the gentrification) with Subarus on one end and big pick-ups on the other. The sad difference was, there was no line out the door at El Valle; in fact it was empty.
other restaurants in nearby hoods-- in fact El Valle was displaced from nearby LoHi not too long ago. If it were to altogether disappear, regardless of what the ethnic makeup of the neighborhood ends up being in the next five or ten years, that would be a shame.
Don't get this El Valle confused with Aurora's El Valle, but either way, you can't go wrong