Mister Oso opens in RiNo with wild takes on taco salad and barbecue taco platters

Smoked meats, duck-fat-fried tortillas, a taco salad kind of like the one your mom made when you were growing up, only better: These are some combinations you might crave from a new Latin American restaurant on Larimer Street.

Mister Oso is the latest opening from the restaurateurs and chefs behind LoHi’s Señor Bear. Get it? They’re like big, bilingual brother restaurants.

Culinary Creative, the restaurant group that owns this heavyweight pair, also runs Bar Dough, Ash’Kara and Maine Shack in Highland, Morin downtown and Tap & Burgers across Denver.

But Mister Oso, which opened Nov. 14, is different in that it’s based off Señor Bear’s Pan-Latin American success, this time a little more casual and with a strong barbecue component.

Translation: Smoked meat platters by the quarter-, half- and whole-pound like you would find in a barbecue shop, with veggie fixings and salsas and warm tortillas to pile everything on right there at the table.