New restaurant: Bellota opens in Boulder with upscale Mexican food

The restaurant: Bellota, 4580 Broadway, Boulder; 720-708-4150;

About: Bellota (“acorn” in Spanish) is a Mexican restaurant from the team behind Boulder restaurants Oak at Fourteenth and Corrida. Its first location is at The Source in Denver.

What’s on the menu: “Lively interpretations of regional dishes deeply rooted in tradition and authenticity with a menu that plays up northern Mexican flavors and ingredients with personal meaning through heritage recipes passed down through generations,” according to the restaurant. The a-la-carte menu features a wide variety of tacos, chicken enchiladas, cochinita pibil, chile rellenos, pork belly with mole sauce, and housemade salsas The bar program includes tequila and mezcal cocktails, margaritas, wine, beers from Ska Brewing.

Who’s cooking: James Beard award semifinalist Manuel “Manny” Barella is executive chef and partner. Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, he previously worked at Frasca in Boulder, Uchi in Denver and Michelin-starred restaurants in Napa Valley. He opened the first Bellota in 2020.

More: The 2,900-square-foot restaurant seats 100 (including the patio) and is “vibrant with bright colors and décor designed to evoke Chef Manny’s native country,” according to a statement.

Opened: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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