Of course something as subjective as the best restaurant in Salida is all opinion. There are dozens of restaurants in and around Salida, most of them very good. You can almost NOT go wrong with any of them. If you have only a day or two for your Salida stay, I can promise you any of these dining establishments will please you.
Presented in alphabetical order….
Amicas Pizza and Microbrwery – A great pizza and beer joint in downtown Salida. Still known by locals as Il Vicino. this Sicilian style (thin crust) pizza place offers a dozen or so interesting and non-standard pizza topping combinations. Including my favorite the Margherita – a thin crust pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella and basil. A nice size pizza for $9. In addition to the great pizza, they have calzones, super size salads and a few amazingly rich desserts. The have an onsite microbrewery with a number of award winning beers, something for everyone. Even a non-alcoholic root beer. Amicas Pizza and Microbrwery
The Bounty Restaurant – Conveniently located on Highway 50, Country Bounty is a good choice for a quick tasty sit down meal. A large and varied menu from typical American cuisine like hamburger and french fries to tasty and unique items like an Asian Style Vegetarian Wrap. Their main claim to fame is their desserts, many freshly baked pies, with super ice cream topping. In fact, you could skip the meal and just have a large piece of wholesome Dutch Apple Pie ala mode, delightful – go ahead, you are on vacation. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner – 7 days a week. Main courses $12 – $20 with plenty of less expensive but tasty items. The Country Bounty Restaurant
Laughing Ladies Restaurant – Another long time Salida favorite. Located near the stoplights in downtown Salida, Laughing Ladies is on the gourmet and expensive side. A seasonally varied menu of fresh food, sure to please even the most discriminating diner. The restaurant is small, offering limited seating and cozy dining atmosphere. Good wine list and slow casual dining make this a good choice for dinner after a big day at Monarch or riding the crest trail. Main dishes for dinner are $12 – $22. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday – Sorry. Laughing Ladies Restaurant.
Little Cambodia – Salida’s newest restaurant, this micro cafe has only a few tables, but great, healthy and authentic Asian cuisine. The menu is always growing, and always fresh ingredients and freshly prepared. Their latest creation, Braised Short Ribs served with jasmine rice and baby bok choy cannot be beat. Entrees start at $8. Although you can certainly skip the full plate meals and have a light meal of spring rolls, with super hot Tai sauce. Take your meal out onto the sidewalk table, or walk across the street and enjoy your meal along the Arkansas River. You don’t need to live in Asia to enjoy the fresh food and street dining scene. Little Cambodia
The Fritz – A delightfully new and fresh restaurant located just across from Riverside Park downtown. The Fritz serves American cuisine with a unique twist. Serving light sandwich fare for lunch, and full plate meals for dinner. Inside and outside dining make the Fritz a great option for hot summer afternoons and cool evenings. Meals range from $9-$14+ depending on time of day and size of meal. A nice choice of beer and wine add to the dining experience. These days, the Fritz is the scene, be one of the locals. The Fritz