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Best New Restaurants in Salida in 2023

Updated: Dec 22, 2023

For a small town, Salida has a thriving dining scene! Locals and tourists rejoiced in 2023 as a handful of new restaurants opened in the area. Add these to your list of best restaurants in Salida!

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Sushi Thai - 123 W 1st St, Salida, CO 81201

Like many city-folk I have always been skeptical of restaurants boasting two cuisines in one. However, Sushi Thai has made me see the error of my ways! Sitting down at what is now one of our favorite restaurants, I have the hardest time deciding whether to order Sushi or Thai. Some of our favorite dishes are:

Sushi: Mafia Roll, Yakusa Roll, Top Model Roll

Thai: Crispy Duck Pad Thai, Lobster Drunken Noodle

The service is excellent and I love the cozy hole-in-the wall ambiance. Whatever you order, this is definitely one of the best restaurants in Salida.

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Iron Chest Steakhouse - 10965 Co Rd 128, Poncha Springs, CO 81242

Started by the same folks that own Currents Steakhouse in downtown Salida, Iron Chest is an exciting new addition to the Poncha Springs community. Like its sister restaurant, Iron Chest offers great steaks and other comfort foods. The decor is modern western and we were fortunate to come on a day where the restaurant invited all the local ranchers to bring their personal cattle brands to brand the bar. We love that this give the restaurant true local spirit!

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Osake Steak and Sushi - 137 E 1st St, Salida, CO 81201

Yes, we got not one, but TWO new sushi restaurants! Osake is also excellent and has a fun rock 'n' roll-themed menu and decor. Also offering thai entrees as well as steak, Osake has something for everyone. I also love the decor in the restaurant and the building itself reminds me of being in Tokyo: what appears tiny at first is actually a very long and thin building, with cool little dining rooms at the back of the restaurant.

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Tony's Waffles and Crepes - 122 E 1st St, Salida, CO 81201

I actually have not had the chance to try Tony's yet, but I am so excited to have another breakfast option in town and the reviews look excellent. The robust menu offers breakfast waffles and crepes as well as salads and paninis for lunch. The restaurant is located in the building that was previously Cafe Dawn and has one of my favorite outdoor patios!

We hope you get a chance to try some of these exciting additions to our town's little ecosystem!



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