Inexpensive, Fresh Ingredients, Friendly Service
By G. Kunkel
If you live along Colorado’s Front Range you’ve probably driven by a Santiago’s restaurant location. They are a Front Range Mexican takeout food restaurant chain with 19 plus locations. Santiago’s has a line of green chile sauces that can be found in the frozen food section at select King Soopers, Albertson’s, City Market, Avanza, and Walmart stores.
Santiago’s in Lafayette is all about quick, inexpensive, tasty, no-frills Mexican food dining. Walk in the door, and get in line. That is, if you can get in the door. In summer the line may be out the door. As small-town Lafayette is home to two Mexican restaurants that have won ‘Best in Boulder County’ awards, this says a great deal about the popularity of Santiago’s.
While you are waiting in line you have time to study Santiago’s extensive menu. Once you are able to interpret all the abbreviations on the menu, you’re on the way to Mexican food heaven. Menu prices range from $0.50 for a side order of tortillas to $9.00 for a large combo dinner. Most items are $2.00 – 5.00 dollars. Portions are generous. The menu is also online in a pdf file on their website. Not all menu items are available at all locations.
If you order an item with Santiago’s signature green chile sauce, a word of caution. Santiago’s sauces run extremely hot. Really hot. The sauces come in three varieties – mild, medium, and hot. The mild is very spicy, the medium is on fire, and most people don’t have the courage to order the hot. If you’re feeling daring, they will mix the sauces. The favored combination is half mild sauce and half medium sauce. Have a large glass of water handy when you get home with your order.
When you get to the head of the line, place your order and have a seat while you wait. They’ll call out your name when your takeout order is ready. One thing you will quickly notice is that the inside seating in the Lafayette Santiago’s location is virtually non-existent. It truly is a takeout joint. Once your food is ready you can eat at one of the three inside tables or there is more seating at the outside patio. The entire restaurant was expanded and redesigned a few years ago so there is more seating today – inside and out.
The Lafayette Santiago’s location is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast burritos are quite tasty. They have American style breakfast food available too. For lunch and dinner Santiago’s is well known for its burritos and enchiladas. The Deluxe steak burrito is something every burrito fanatic should try. For dessert you can choose between the sopapillas and apple flautas.
The Santiago’s in Lafayette, CO comes highly recommended for Mexican food dining.
104 N. Public Road
Lafayette, CO 80026
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