I wish it was a real trip to Guadalajara, but instead it was only a day trip to the restaurant Guadalajara with my friend Kathy. Kathy and I needed a break and we needed some good girlfriend time, so we decided on going out to lunch. We wanted to go some place new, so I literally just went to the “net” and searched for restaurants close by. We decided on Guadalajara in Westminster, not knowing anything about it at all. We were both very pleased with our choice. Guadalajara is an authentic, family owned and operated restaurant that has been in business for 16 years and counting. Business is booming too. The restaurant was started by Mr. Montes in 2004. Mr. Montes and his staff pride themselves on serving “some of the most authentic Mexican food in Colorado. Many of [their] recipes have been passed down from generation to generation giving old school traditional Mexican food straight from grandma’s kitchen” and some have been given a modern twist by their chef. Mr. Montes was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and when he came to Colorado he brought some of his favorite traditional recipes to share with us, in his restaurant Guadalajara, named after and to honor his birth place.
Like a lot of restaurants now, they have gone to a log in, virtual menu. I am not a fan of those, but then I am also a dinosaur too. These logs are good for some people, and definitely have their place, I suppose, but NOT everyone is comfortable with or has the capability to have this as the only type of menu to read from. I definitely fall into this category. You can also read a more traditional menu online and as we found out as we were leaving, they also have a traditional menu outside and on the wall above the kitchen too. This is good to know for next time, and there will definitely be a next time.
As soon as we walked through the doors, the staff greeted us with big smiles. They were very friendly and very helpful. The restaurant was spotlessly clean too. It was all very inviting and welcoming.
After munching on fresh made, warm chips and a delicious spicy fresh salsa, Kathy ordered the #1 – which was a combination plate that included a bean burrito, a beef tamale and a chili relleno.
I ordered something a little different. As you know, I am all about trying new things. So I ordered the #13, which was a roasted pork and bean burrito. The pork is actually served outside of the burrito, for an interesting change of pace.
Both dishes were fabulous, and the homemade freshness made them even better. Everything is made from scratch and made fresh everyday. As you can see, the portions are HUGE! You will definitely NOT leave the restaurant hungry, that’s for sure. Needless to say, we both brought home doggie boxes, and there was still plenty left over for us to enjoy yet another time.
Guadalajara is located at 2835 W. 72nd Avenue in Westminster, Co 80030. You can call ahead and order for either pick-up or dine in at (303) 426-9540, or you can contact them online at guaralajaramexicanrest.com. But just like any restaurant, the best experience comes when you enjoy it in person. Kathy and I both decided we will most definitely be going back for more. Thank you for a much needed break and a delicious dining experience.