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Food & Drink

Top Dining Options In Castle Rock

July 2, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: The Old Stone Church Restaurant)

(credit: The Old Stone Church Restaurant)

(credit: The Old Stone Church Restaurant) (credit: The Old Stone Church Restaurant)

Castle Rock may get lost on the commute from Denver to Colorado Springs but those in the know are well aware of the great spots that are hidden in this seemingly innocent little city. If you look for them, you’ll find several amazing restaurants to check out, for those willing to venture off the highway to seek out some delectable dining options. If you’ve never seen what Castle Rock has to offer, then here is your official list of spots to visit the next time you drive south.

Uniscali Food and Wine
611 N. Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 660-2005
www.uniscali.com

For the best in fresh Italian food with a modern, Mediterranean twist, check out Uniscali Food and Wine. The menu is fairly large and quite impressive with several small plate options like marinated olives, mushroom ravioli and amazing Italian mac and cheese. If you are looking for something a bit bigger, check out the signature dish of Uniscali, the cioppino, a delicious broth filled with shrimp, snow crab claws, mussels and more. It’s served up with saffron potatoes and crostini. Definitely save room for dessert and the affogato, a chocolate gelato with espresso and hazelnut brittle. You’ll also want to arrive thirsty if you get there during happy hour for two-dollar bellinis.

Siena at the Courtyard
333 Perry St.
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-2622
www.sienacr.com

For a more casual Italian experience, check out Siena at the Courtyard in downtown Castle Rock. The brick-oven pizza is the main attraction but there is a full menu of other great dishes from steak to pasta and seafood. In fact, the seafood is flown in fresh from Hawaii every weekend making it the perfect choice on Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll also love the cozy décor with a large fireplace, or a beautiful patio with a huge fountain, perfect for the warm summer nights. Visit on a Tuesday evening to get a bottle of wine for half price.

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Yolanda’s Tacos
204 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 663-9300
www.yolandastacos.com

For the best-kept secret in Castle Rock, you’ll want to check out Yolanda’s Tacos. Yolanda’s offers up the best in traditional Mexican food with plenty of fresh ingredients and the best salsa in town. Order the nachos and you won’t leave hungry. These huge plates of amazing nachos are filled with lots of meat, beans, queso, onion, tomato and cilantro plus lots of Yolanda’s signature salsa. The queso burrito is also another amazing treat on the menu and is always a popular option. Really, no matter what you select, you’ll love anything you order at Yolanda’s Tacos and you’ll leave without spending a fortune at this affordable and fantastic eatery in Castle Rock.

Castle Café
403 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 814-2233
www.castlecafe.com

Since the 1890s, Castle Café has been offering food to hungry workers, ranchers and travelers in the Castle Rock area. Today, it still stands as an icon, serving up the best pan-fried chicken in town with all the trimmings including mashed potatoes and the delicious house rolls. There are other delicious items on the menu at Castle Café (though most people go for the chicken) like house-smoked rainbow trout, green chili, baby back ribs, pot roast and meatloaf. If it’s at all possible, save some room for the homemade apple pie or the white chocolate, black bottom banana cream pie, you’ll be glad you did. Check out Castle Café to see just why this local institution is still one of the most popular spots in town after so many years.

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The Old Stone Church Restaurant
210 3rd St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 688-9000
www.oscrestaurant.com

The Old Stone Church Restaurant was built in 1888, operating as a church until the mid-1960s. The beautiful, historic building was converted into a restaurant in 1975, even the confessional was transitioned into a table for two. The menu changes often and includes fresh, seasonal ingredients and amazing recipes like bacon-wrapped port tenderloin, lamb porterhouse, Colorado ribeye and seared scallops, just make sure to get the truffle fries with whatever you order. The dessert menu is just as delectable, offering sweets like butterscotch bread putting, panna cotta and chocolate mousse. Really, everything on this menu is good enough that you’ll probably want to visit this small, quaint restaurant again and again.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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