Latigo opens in Ballpark, reviving what Denver lost when Paxia closed

This month chef Ignacio Leon, of Paxia fame, added another restaurant to Denver’s food scene.

Ceviche at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Ceviche at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Ceviche. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This month chef Ignacio Leon, of Paxia fame, added another restaurant to Denver’s food scene.

Latigo — which sits just next to Coors Field at 2229 Blake St. — follows its now-closed forbear as an eatery specializing in high-end but traditional Mexican fare.

Menu items include Leon family recipes like molcajetes, a dish from central Mexico, dating back to Aztecs, with stewed tomatoes, garlic, jalapeños and onions served hot in a mortar and pestle made from volcanic rock used to grind grains, corn and to prepare salsas and guacamole.

It also includes more familiar dishes like enchiladas, fajitas and carnitas.

Take a look inside:

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Head chef and owner Ignacio Leon (left) and his nephew and sous chef Raul Leon address members of the media at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Head chef and owner Ignacio Leon (left) and his nephew and sous chef Raul Leon address members of the media at Latigo’s press preview. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Latigo’s dining room. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Pastel de salmon at Latigo's press preview, Oct. 18, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) latigo; food; lodo; ballpark; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Pastel de salmon. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hours are 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ashley Dean contributed to this report.

Kevin Beaty

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