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Kumbala: Barbacoa and Pozole Served at The Well

Colorado Jill

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(Colorado Springs, CO) Kumbala is one of four restaurants in the new downtown Colorado Springs food hall, The Well. This kitchen serves authentic Mexican fare specializing in barbacoa and posole, and it is an eatery to add to your must-try list.

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The barbacoa tacos have tender, moist, slow-roasted beef topped with salsa verde and a fresh slaw of shaved cabbage, slivered radishes, and fresh cilantro. The lightly seasoned beef blends perfectly with the fresh tangy slaw.

The carnitas is a slow-cooked, citrus-flavored pork topped with the same salsa verde and slaw. Both options are delicious, but my favorite is the barbacoa.

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The Pozole Verde arrives steaming hot with pumpkin seed green salsa and Kumbala slaw. This dish is a hearty vegetable medley of squash, onion, peppers, and hominy with the option to add chicken or carnitas - a myriad of flavors that co-mingle in perfect hominy!

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Kumbala has a house-made Jamaica & Hibiscus tea that is prepared fresh daily. It is a sweet, slightly tart, dark red drink reminiscent of cherry juice on first taste. It is initially quite sweet, but as the ice melts, the flavors mix well.

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After ordering, there are numerous seating options both indoors and out. The restaurants at The Well share a communal dining space, so those visiting with a group can order from different kitchens and sit together.

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Street tacos and patio dining are a perfect pair. The all-season outdoor dining area has a fire pit and heaters for the cooler months and large shade umbrellas for the warmer season. There is free Wi-Fi, an outdoor TV, and plenty of seats.

To make your trip even better, register for the free Downtown Colorado Springs Patio Party Passport. Every time you visit The Well, check in to earn an entry for the weekly gift card giveaway. Winners are announced every Thursday through September 30th.

The Well is a vibrant community environment with a great patio and excellent, authentic Mexican fare at Kumbala. It's worth a visit!

  • Location: 315 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs
  • Kumbala Menu

This article is the second in a ten-part series exploring the food and community experience of the downtown Colorado Springs food halls. Go here to read the first article on Co.A.T.I.

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