Casa Bonita: A MUST SEE in Denver

Somethings never change.

And, sometimes that is a good thing.

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A Denver MUST

Casa Bonita in Denver is one of those things. Since I was a child Casa Bonita has been the choice of “where do you want to go for your birthday?” And, it was the place we took out-of-state relatives from the East Coast who were visiting our newly adopted city.

So, keeping with tradition of taking the out-of-towners, the Grandparents invited us to go there for dinner.  My brother Tim joined us as well as two other nephews.

Casa Bonita

Sometimes memory places a funny trick on you. A place seems larger in memory or more fun. . .but Casa Bonita was exactly how I remember it!

Casa Bonita

It is what is inside the restaurant that is so cool and worth the visit. The place is set up like a Mexican village at night with “adobe” walls and “buildings, lit palm trees, dimly lit caves. . .and cliff divers!

A cliff diver getting ready to jump from the rocky cliff.

A cliff diver getting ready to jump from the rocky cliff.

The center piece of the restaurant is a 30+ foot waterfall that spews into a small (but deep) pool and every 15 minutes or so a diver (sometimes as part of a storyline such as the trainer trying to catch the escaped gorilla) jumps from the cliff.

The goofy trainer will end up jumping off the cliff!

The goofy trainer will end up jumping off the cliff!

Now, a disclaimer here. When you are from San Antonio, the Mexican fast food fare of Casa Bonita will hardly hold a candle to even the most mediocre of the River Walk touristy establishments. But you seriously don’t go to Casa Bonita for the food. . .well, maybe the unlimited sopapias drenched in honey.

The whole place is fun and other-worldly and leaves the kids absolutely memorized–and sticky with honey.

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I think everyone in our group was slightly surprised that none of mine ended up in the water

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But, then again. . .there was that fountain right outside the restaurant as we were leaving. . .

Casa Bonita

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