Westminster, Colorado has a rich culinary scene that is constantly changing, ensuring that there is always something new to try for locals and visitors alike. While Southwestern cuisine may dominate the show, Westminster also has a number of excellent seafood grills, not to mention an international selection of Italian, Indian, Polish, and Japanese restaurants. Here’s some of our top picks for eating out in Westminster.
An import from the Lone Star State, the Saltgrass Steakhouse is a raging success. The Saltgrass provides exceptional hospitality and food, which harks back to the plains of Texas at time a when ranchers cooked over an open campfire. For diners looking for some ‘surf ‘n turf,’ the obvious choice is the rib eye steak served with jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and basted with BBQ sauce.
Restaurant, American, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, $
Los Arcos’s owners, the Luevano family, came to the U.S. from Mexico with the dream of sharing their food culture. Having been able to expand to three separate locations, they are undeniably doing something right. Homegrown family recipes ensure that dishes, from the giant shrimp cocktails to the green chile tamales, pack plenty of flavor and habanero zing. With over thirty years in the business, the Luevanos have had time to expand and tailor their menu to the delight of the Westminster locals. Their excellent dessert menu features Mexican flan, Bavarian cream filled churros, and the pinnacle of their creations: the cheesecake burrito.
Hana Matsuri Sushi
Restaurant, Japanese, American, Sushi, Vegetarian, $
The chefs at Hana Matsuri have got to two main priorities: to get hold of the freshest fish, and to attain the subtlest balance of flavors possible. Since opening in 2009, this Westminster restaurant is slowly getting the recognition it deserves. The kitchen serves up artfully prepared sushi, and the fish dishes are packed with flavor, such as the cod roasted in sweet miso and served with burdock salad. There are non-pescatarian options abound as well, with pork chops marinated in the house sauce, and beef carpaccio served on a bed of rocket.
Cracovia Restaurant & Bar
Restaurant, Polish, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, $
For an evening of fine Polish cuisine, cold beer and live music, there’s really only one place in town. The Cracovia Restaurant & Bar is family run by Lester and Marie Rodzen, with more Rodzens to be found serving up craft and mixed drinks at the bar. All the food is made on site, so anyone with a craving for pierogi or stuffed cabbage rolls won’t find a finer, fresher option in all of Denver. The homemade mustard will delight your taste buds; there is no better accompaniment to a plate of Polish smoked sausages and sauerkraut.
Despite being a landlocked state, Colorado has its fair share of amazing seafood, and the Westminster area is no exception. The Bonefish Grill has got something for everyone. The specials are creative, offering swordfish and pumpkin ravioli topped with feta, sage and shallot brown butter. The drinks menu is equally dynamic with a cocktail of vodka, blood orange liqueur, muddled blackberries and lemon juice served up in a glass made of nothing but ice.
Kachina Southwestern Grill
The kitchen at Kachina, run by executive chef Jeff Bolton, serves an impressive array of dishes hailing from the southwest. Using locally sourced produce, the culinary team is constantly innovating, producing combinations such as Texas quail in poblano pesto and Colorado bison empanadas with chipotle honey-agave. The sharing of Southwestern cuisine doesn’t stop there though, as Kachina holds beer tastings and offers cooking classes for all those keen to get slicing, chopping and braising. Whether it is Tequila Day, Bison Day or Thanksgiving, Kachina Southwestern Grill can always be counted on for culinary excellence.
Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Market & Grill
Market, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Cajun, $
There are no freezers in Big Mac & Little Lu’s Seafood Market & Grill, just one of the widest arrays of fresh seafood to be found in the Westminster area. Family owned, and family run, the bustling restaurant is the place to go for anyone in the mood for lobster rolls, teriyaki tuna burgers and coconut-fried shrimp. Any questions about how the dishes are prepared can be directed to the kitchen staff, who are more than happy to oblige with their prepping and marinade methods. The pasta dishes are exceptionally good, a case in point being the spicy shrimp linguini served in a rum cream sauce.
Diner, Pub, Irish, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer
A tight ship is run at the The Exchange Tavern, where the family-run Irish pub excels in flame-baked flat breads and hosting lively quiz nights. The tavern offers an extensive brunch menu for those slow and easy Sunday mornings. The cooking draws on different cuisines, Southern, Mexican and recipes from the old country are blended into the burritos, spuds and scones on the menu. A place where guests are welcomed like family and attended to with service that is second to none, it is no surprise that the Exchange Tavern was the Winner of the 2014 OpenTable Diner’s Choice Awards.
Sano’s Italian Kitchen
Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Vegan, $
Sano’s Italian Kitchen is run by experienced hands, which shows in the positive reception the restaurant has received from the local community. Sano’s serves classical Italian dishes such as homemade pasta with meatballs or sausages. With daily main course and dessert specials, regular customers are offered variety if they ever feel tempted to stray from the oven-baked lasagna and layers of provolone cheese.
Jewel of India
Restaurant, Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Asian, $
Traditional cooking from the state of Punjab, the Jewel of India offers up a wealth of Asian spices to compete with the many cuisines diners have to choose from in the Westminster area. Winner of numerous awards for culinary excellence, the Jewel of India has a menu that entices from beginning to end. Vegetable samosas and dal soups can be followed by any number of curries, all accompanied by piping hot onion bhajis and the special house chutneys. For those who like things hot, the lamb vindaloo is a good choice. For those with milder tastes, try the kormas with the meat or vegetables of your choosing.
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