I had never heard of Mami's Authentic On the Hill in Boulder, Colorado until receiving a call from the local restaurant asking me to come in and review them. Tyler Tiecke moved here from Iowa and started with Jerry Vasquez of Mami's Authentic - the guys have some pretty awesome envisions for the future including a bar, possible food truck and taking over Denver. The food is all made from scratch and after visiting last night and experiencing the soft tacos, I will never go to Chipotle or Qdoba again. This place rocks. Great food, cool dudes and awesome service. Hands down the best authentic Mexican food in Boulder. Plus, have you seen Mr. Tiecke? Not such a bad person to watch make you delicious food. Both Jerry and Tyler were extremely personable, knowledgeable and passionate about their establishment, something most restaurant owners lack these days.
Mami's first started a little over ten years ago. Jerry Delapaz & his mom Elsa Delapaz opened a small restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa. They opened it in honor of Jerry's grandmother who passed away in 1993 with breast cancer. Although he was only nine years old, Jerry remember's how loving of a person she was and how amazing her food was.
Opening a restaurant in her honor and using her recipes made perfect sense for Jerry. Two years ago, they switched the concept from full service to quick service and opened a restaurant in Iowa City, Iowa. Jerry saw the popularity of the quick service burrito joints and witnessed that most had compromised the authenticity of Mexican food. Jerry always felt you could have both. When Jerry opened Iowa City is when I added Tyler and Chance to the ownership team. They've proven themselves to be hard working and have shared the vision and passion that was there when Jerry and Elsa first started. After a visit to Boulder last August, Jerry fell in love with everything about Boulder; the people and atmosphere sucked him and his vision right in. Jerry knew this would be the next location for Mami's.
There is a strong food culture in Colorado as Jerry likes the challenge to bring Mami's to the area that started qdoba and Chipotle. Mami's do things differently though. Their steak is always grilled fresh, they're open late, they serve breakfast burritos all day and they DELIVER. The first five months have been quite lucrative for the boys at Mami's. They're very appreciative of the support and love they have received so far. Tyler, Jerry and Chance look forward to expanding to Denver in the near future & believe there is a growing demand for a place like Mami's that is open late and delivers all day while staying true to the history and recipes the grandmother passed down.
Mami’s origin began over 50 years ago when Estela Rodgriguez, oldest of ten siblings had the responsibility of providing meals for her nine younger siblings while her parents were working in the fields of Piedres Negras, Mexico. Estela developed a love and passion for food at the young age of thirteen, even more so, providing others with a unique and authentic experience while enjoying Mexican inspired meals. She passed this on to her children who have passed it on to their children. The love and passion became more evident to the public in 2003 when her daughters Elisa and Elsa started catering. In 2004, the oldest daughter, Elsa, went public by opening up the first location in Muscatine. In 2011 the business was handed over to her son, Gerardo Vasquez, one of Mami’s special grandchild, who has a great passion for expanding Mami’s recipes to a broader audience.
You need to seriously go to this place now.
Phone: (303) 442-6264