Colorado Grill

A staple of Mexican food in Hot Springs

Story by Brad Hudgens — Photography by Mara Kuhn

7:25 p.m. … Reviewing spring break plans!
It’s interesting how moods can change, and how this can affect where we wish to dine. “What are you in the mood for?” has been a dining question asked many times. I am guilty of regularly deciding the restaurants that I frequent based on my current “mood” for a specific style of cuisine and, also mood-important, the atmosphere. Colorado Grill has an atmosphere that I love! Its dark wood floors and dark rough brick, with a Mexican mountain painted mural, that is built around a center bar and multiple levels is worth getting in a dining mood. Just as important is their really good Mexican food!

As a starter, Colorado Grill’s Spinach Dip is one of the tops in Garland County. This is a white cheese dip with garlic seasoned spinach. I could literally drink this stuff! However, after tasting their fresh chips and knowing people may be watching, I usually just dip. This is consistently scrumptious; very dip-endable.

Another nice appetizer is the Avocado Rolls. Red crispy hand-rolled corn tortillas are then stuffed with fresh avocado, onion, poblano and cilantro, and served with a tomatillo honey dip. The quesadillas are superb, offering several styles. A very popular choice is the California Quesadilla. These are made with jalapeño flour tortillas filled with shrimp, bacon, Jack cheese and a chipotle ranch … YUM!

COLORADO GRILLColorado Grill is well known for their three soups: Aztec, tortilla and shrimp. All three are excellent! The Aztec Soup is a Colorado Grill original. A tasty spicy broth has chicken breast, southwest veggies, Jack cheese and sliced avocado. My second favorite is the Shrimp Soup that is cooked with potatoes and carrots. CG’s tortilla soup is a good version of the Mexican classic. You can get the soups to go, they are broth-taking!

My strong opinion on the best entree is Poblano Chicken. This is a grilled chicken breast sautéed with poblano peppers, onions and mushrooms, then topped with Monterey Jack cheese. The Poblano Chicken is served with grilled southwest veggies and rice. I love this! A close second is the Chicken Rockefeller. The Rockefeller is a chicken breast with shrimp and spinach, sautéed with a roasted garlic sauce and then topped with Jack cheese.

The Grilled Tacos Street Style are a solid choice. Served on soft corn tortillas with your choice of grilled steak, chicken or shrimp, cooked any of three styles: Al Carbon (onions and peppers), Ala Parilla (pico de gallo and chipotle butter) or Asada style (onions, poblanos and cheese).

The wraparound full bar is a nice meeting spot, and Colorado Grill has an extensive drink menu. The restaurant is a top location for large groups and parties. And speaking of top location, I especially like the upstairs balcony dining area. Rebecca, the manager, works hard to make sure you have a great experience.

With so many Mexican restaurant options in the Spa City, it’s too easy to get comfortable with one or two favorites. I hope you will place Colorado Grill, located downtown, on your short-list. So get in the mood tonight for Colorado Grill!

A few happenings in Hot Springs dining: Jason’s on Amity Road has closed and there’s no current info on the owner’s plans, or the building owner’s (family to the prior restaurant owner) plans. COLORADO GRILLAlso new is a rumored Indian/Pakistani restaurant where Vina Morita was previously located in downtown. Vina Morita has reopened in the Springs Hotel, just past the Arlington. Lots going on in Hot Springs National Park with an awesome selection of amazing restaurants, so eat out often!

8:50 p.m. … Have a safe and memorable time with your family!

Story provided by Brad Hudgens

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