This is a very local place with a friendly atmoshere. Perpetually understaffed, prepare to wait. Drinks depend on bartender, but are surprisingly small for the price, which rival front range prices (and often even pricier). Small and intimate but a beer garden outside in the warmer months. They'll even play some Dead for ya if you ask.
Favorite Dish: Wings and pork sandwich are best, but nothin special. hey, it's a bar....
I've generally found Bensen's a better place for the beer then the food. In the summer, they have a beer garden set up outside, which is a very comfortable place to relax. They have a great beer selection and a full bar.
Favorite Dish: They do serve food. They make homemade shrimp fritters, that were more hush-puppy-like and lacking in shrimp. They also serve a spicy chipotle/cream cheese dip that's got a lot of flavor. The menu also includes normal bar standards, ie, chicken strips and fries. Mind you, that's just the starters. We never actually ate a meal here. We prefer nibblies with our beer.
Amica's is both a micro-brewery and pizzeria. They excel at both. My husband loves their IPA and I favor the wheat beer. All the pizzas they serve have been delicious. They also have calzones and salads. The salads are huge and could easily be shared.
Historic downtown Salida is located off hwy 291 away from the main drag of hwy 50. You don't even need to blink in order to miss it. You really have to know that its there. Highway 50 is known as the Loneliest Road in America for a reason.
Dakota's is a small local place that serves great southwestern food. The menu is mostly steak and such, but the crabcakes with a mayonaise based sauce were delicious. Ditto for the green chiles stuffed with smoked provolone and served with a side of rice and beans.
I was told by the owners of the b&b where I stayed that Dakota's is one of Salida's best. I didn't have time to try any others, but I'd highly recommend this place.
Favorite Dish: Stuffed green chiles. Not too spicy, but lots of flavor.
Salida had a surprising number of dining options for a town of its size, but we found ourselves at the Country Bounty on several different occasions. Terrific place for family dining, and it seemed the locals ate there, which is always a good indicator.
Favorite Dish: Don't remember for sure, it's been a long time. Their web site sure makes it a point to talk about their home-made pies.
Bongo Billy's Salida Cafe is an awesome coffehouse/restaurant that was long overdo in salida. A great extensive health conscious menu coupled with a great coffe line-up. Salads and sandwiches, vegetarian delights, bakery goods in a beautiful setting. Performing arts every week is a nice cultural treat.
Favorite Dish: Veggie Burger with a ceasar dressing....mmm mmm good. Fresh roasted coffe beans are killer.
The small town of Salida is not well-endowed with great restaurants, but this one is actually pretty damn good. The food is good, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere is wonderful. This restaurant has a full bar and patio dining.
Favorite Dish: I have a bad habit of always getting the same thing at any given restaurant. I always get the Carne Asada burrito, which is delicious. Their menu includes traditional mexican dishes as well as exotic seafoods such as octopus nuts and squid brains. Just kidding, but they have octopus, squid, prawns, several types of fish, and lobster.