La Sandia is yet another Mexican restaurant to try. Julia and I recently grabbed lunch at the Highland’s Ranch spot.

Where: 8340 Northfield Boulevard, Unit 1690 Denver, CO 80238

Denver 30: 29

Cost: $$

What: A fancier take on Mexican food. The plates are colorful and fresh. The service couldn’t have been better. And the atmosphere, so I’m guessing, would be loud and crazy during the summer when their watermelon margaritas ripen.

Denver 30: 29

Recommendation: The green chile burrito, corn soup and I’m guessing the tableside guacamole — which we didn’t have but I admired from afar — are darn good.

Apparently this is a Richard Sandoval restaurant, which as a newbie to Denver doesn’t mean a whole lot. I’m guess it is like a Sam Fox restaurant in Phoenix — LGO, Chelsea’s Kitchen, etc. Nice work, Mr. Sandoval.