Colorado Springs loves its Mexican food. There are dozens of free-standing restaurants, taco stands and food trucks all putting out traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex, and a uniquely Colorado Springs variety of Mexican. Salsa Brava, with two locations in the Springs and one in Denver, has taken a contemporary approach to Mexican food beneath the slogan, “Eat Fresh, Live Well.” Traditional dishes such as burritos, enchiladas and carnitas are featured in new, innovative ways. There’s a tapas menu, gluten-free and vegetarian offerings, and even clean eating and paleo-inspired menus. And lard and MSG are banned from the Salsa Brava kitchens.
What makes it great:
Salsa Brava’s trio of homemade salsas is a great start. Or maybe begin with this: a chicken quesadilla (in a tomato basil tortilla) with fajita chicken, roasted red peppers, green chilies and bleu cheese aioli, or Baja rolls with white fish with guacamole, cabbage, Chipotle tartar sauce, tomatoes, cheese, and green chilies. Salsa Brava takes the traditional up a notch with portabella and spinach enchiladas, blackened sea bass tacos, and carnitas glistening with a citrus glaze.
Who will love it:
Anyone who loves Mexican favorites will be at home here, along with those looking for Mex with a twist. Salsa Brava’s Cleaned Cooked menu, and Paleo-inspired menu appeal to those looking to eliminate grains and fill their plates with lean meats, fruits and vegetables. The restaurant’s tableside guacamole with onion, cilantro, lime and its signature seasonings is popular as well. Yucatan lime chicken soup, spinach enchiladas with cilantro cream sauce, chicken adovada with smoked bacon and creamy chipotle sauce.. all are popular here. At its two locations in the Springs and one in Denver, Salsa Brava sponsors a running club, the Nacho Ordinary Run Club, offering food and drink specials for runners who join a 5K run in the neighborhood. Salsa Brava even offers frequent runner cards, with discounts and free stuff. (Second location: 9420 Briar Village Point, Colorado Springs, 80920).
Directions, fees and regulations:
Salsa Brava is located at 9420 Briar Village Point and at 802 Village Center Drive in Colorado Springs. The restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (closed on Sundays). To get to the Briar Village location from downtown, take I-25 north to the Briargate Parkway exit 151. Turn left on Chapel Hills Drive and take the first right onto Briar Ridge Point and the next right to the restaurant. To reach the other location, take I-25 north to exit 148; turn left on S. Rockrimmon Boulevard. Turn left onto Village Center Drive and turn right to stay on Village Center; the restaurant is on the left.
After the first club run, runners get a Nacho Ordinary t-shirt; after the third run, a menu item; after the fifth run, an Agave Underground shot glass; after the seventh run, a menu item, and after the 10th run, a one-month membership at Orange Theory Fitness. The group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Briargate location, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rockrimmon exit.
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