Gourmet cuisine that won’t break the bank: Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

“Boulder is definitely a foodie town,” confirms Pica’s Mexican Taqueria owner, Trent Davol.

Trent and his wife opened Pica’s Boulder in 2010, nine years after the original made its debut in Jackson, Wyoming. He describes the cuisine as “casual but good food at a good price point.”

Chef and Pica’s mastermind, Andy Parazette, hails from southern California and worked as a chef in restaurants throughout The Golden State. When he was given the opportunity to open his own restaurant in Jackson, he jumped on it.  What started as a 1,200-square-foot space has since doubled in size and become a staple in Jackson’s food scene, with it’s Boulder location sure to follow suit.

The menu Parazette designed was inspired by La Super-Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara, the famed go-to taco joint of Julia Child. Everything down to the tortillas are made by hand, making food-conscious Boulder the perfect home for Pica’s second location. Pica’s Boulder prides itself on offering gourmet Mexican at a casual price, the most popular items being Tacos al Pastor and Grilled Shrimp Tacos. “It’s rare to see al Pastor made on a spit,” says Davol, “but that’s the way we do it.”

Pica's eco-friendly front counter.

Pica’s eco-friendly front counter.

Pica’s has a few noteworthy quirks, too. Customers are greeted by a one-of-a-kind bookshelf made from recycled pieces found at Boulder’s ReSource. Little Horse Books stocks its shelves with reads and restocks it regularly. “We sell a few books every day so I guess that proves books aren’t dead,” says Davol.

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Collection of Little Horse Books housed in Pica’s entrance.

 

The front counter is constructed of recycled materials and even Pica’s tables are made out of reclaimed doors. Unique works of art by Karen Yust add a south of the boarder flare to Pica’s bright walls. “We don’t ever want them to go,” says Davol, “but she always makes new ones to replace the ones that sell.”

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One of the gorgeous Casa de Yuste pieces displayed on Pica’s walls.

Davol claims it’s no coincidence Pica’s opened in the same month as the 2010 World Cup. A former soccer player himself, Davol says Pica’s is the Boulder spot to celebrate the 2014 World Cup. The Davols have their eye on Louisville and Lafayette for future Pica’s locations. For now, you can grab some of this gourmet grub just off of Arapahoe and Conestoga or spot Pica’s Mexican Taqueria at the Louisville Downtown Street Fair. It’s open from 11:00am-9:00pm Monday-Saturday but that’ll change in mid-February. The restaurant will open its doors on Sundays starting February 9th.

For Pica’s specials, check out Boulder Source’s events page.

One thought on “Gourmet cuisine that won’t break the bank: Pica’s Mexican Taqueria

  1. Nice writeup. I love this easy, friendly place. The food is ultra fresh and flavors and presentation wonderful. I come to Boulder only occasionally and make a point of eating lunch here. Nice patio for the warm months, too.

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