Salida Colorado Restaurant: Currents Steak and Seafood

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Salida Colorado Restaurants: CurrentsSalida Colorado Restaurant: Currents Steak and Seafood

Currents is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The owners, Brad Smith and Chris Tracy are great, the food is all-star, their wine and beer menus is superb and local, and the waiters/waitresses are ALWAYS courteous and fun. 


Although currents' claim to fame is their "surf and turf", they have a great menu. Their burgers are always good and change every day.  One of my saddest moments when I moved to Salida was that was only one restaurant in town who did sushi and they did it once a month. Currents has sushi once a week and it is excellent.

Currents has an impressive menu. Click on the link to view it. Some of my favorites are the fried chicken (not anything like you would imagine), beef stroganof, Pescalini Capatore (an amazing seafood pasta), Chicken fried steak (hope to see it as a is just a special now) and their daily hamburger. Their fish is incredible, whether you do the smoked salmon salad, one of their wraps, or a full blown meal. I have tried them all. Their fish tacos with chipotle mayo are also awesome. 

Their highest complement on steaks occurred when a friend and past client called me after a hard day's work on his vacation home asking about a good steak. "Now I am from Texas, Paula, home of great beef. Is there any chance I can get a good steak?" I sent the to Currents. He was amazed and now tells everyone that the only good steak in town is at Currents! 


Currents Restaurant: The owners Brad Smith and Tracy CookBrad and Chris often us goods from our local butchers and growers. 

They have the best micro brew selection in town. They order a few kegs of great Colorado beers and then switch them out often. I tend to binge on my favorite beer and have been forced to expand my horizons at Currents. And, I am glad I did! I now have new favorites.  


Salida Colorado..Currents Steak and SeafoodCheck out the back blackboard for for their suggested wines and beer. Their sideboard has the local distilleries.


If you don't want to wait or want carry out, you can order online! I love this feature.


Currents is a also great place to meet folks. For lunch, you can meet over a cup of green chili or salmon salad or one of their wraps.

Or, wind down the day at the slopes during their happy hour 3:00 to 5:30. You can get 2 for 1 drinks. You'll see lots of familiar faces if you go there very often.

Salida Colorado: Currents Restaurant


 Take a peek at their facebook page and "like" it for them!


Open for Lunch and Dinner.


122 N F Street, Salida, CO 81201

(719) 539-9514


Salida Colorado Restaurant: Currents Steak and Seafood


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It is not just about buying in this area. it is a statement about lifestyle. Our residents generally are active people, whether it involves horses (my passion), white water rafting, cross county or downhill skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or Contra dancing. Some prefer quiet sunrises, strolls through town and time in one of our fabulous coffee shops or restaurants. Whatever the style, folks appreciate this area for its charm and beauty.


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Our Colorado Mountain river communities: A Snapshot


Salida ColoradoSalida:  As quoted in the 2004 edition of Outside Magazine, Salida is “Sweetly unpretentious” as they ranked it as one of their “Dream Towns and Adventure Hideouts.” You might agree. Our community of 6,500 (9700 counting the surrounding homes) is surrounded by Forest Service and BLM lands, a haven for bicyclists, campers, folks who love to fish, hikers, skiers, nature photographers and hunters. It is a lovely natural setting with several converging mountain ranges  (We have15 peaks surrounding us that reach over 14,000 feet in elevation).

 We are known for being the Banana Belt of Colorado and this area is known as one of the Colorado River Towns. The Arkansas River winds its way through the Arkansas Valley, through downtown Salida and more; creating an invitation to rafters, kayakers, fishers, and “beach lovers” alike.

 Salida’s charming downtown area had the largest historical downtown district in Colorado. We have blocks and blocks of Victorian and other historic buildings. Because so many folks also come here to play, we have many of the advantages of a smaller resort town: great restaurants, 22 art galleries, fabulous boutiques, outdoor sportswear stores, and an array of shops for music, kitchen, sports, natural foods, children, books, knitters, and quilters.



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Poncha Springs COPoncha Springs: Poncha Springs is a small Salida “bedroom community” (population of 474 but a few thousand when you consider the outlying neighborhoods and ranches). Because it was surrounded  by hot springs (99 nearby) and had a strong early  influence of Spanish culture, the community became known as  Poncho (meaning cape and warmth) Springs. In 1924, the town officially became Poncha Springs.


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 Howard ColoradoHoward: Howard, part of what is known as Pleasant Valley, is nestled along the Arkansas River as it snakes its way from Salida to Canon City. Some of the early settlers in the area were prospectors (some still pan for gold in the tributaries of the Arkansas).  Besides gold and silver, rhyolite, travertine, and limestone were sought after. Just a bit north of Howard is a tiny community of Wellsville where the locals used to soak on their time off in the natural hot pools. The area became more populated when the Rio Grande Railroad came through. Today, Howard is a charming, quiet ranch community and “bedroom Community” for folks who work in Salida. Many avid fly fishing folks have 2nd homes here. I love this valley.


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Coaldale Colorado


Coaldale: Coaldale, a tiny community just SE of Howard opens up into a lovely, meadow-like area with many horse properties, ranches, and folks who like the open meadows and surrounding mountains. It got its name from being called Charcoal Valley. In the early days, the Pinon Pines were burnt in beehive kilns to turn them into coals used for the silver smelters in Leadville Co and Pueblo CO. Some of the early kilns can still be seen. Every valley in Coaldale has a creek in it and with just a few minutes drive to the west, you can be on national forest trails. Absolutely lovely community.


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This image can be found at Cotopaxi, named after an Ecuadorian Volcano, grew from being a “whistle stop” for the Rio Grande railroad. Now it is known for world class white water rafting and fly fishing. Folks who live around here can commute for work to either Canon City, further east or back to is almost midway between the two. Cotopaxi is a great location for vacation/second home or your primary residence if you don’t mind the commute or can work from home.




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This image can be found at  Nathrop, a quiet community north of Salida has always been known as the access point to Mount Princeton Hot Springs. To this day, folks come to soak in the restorative waters. It is my personal favorite in hot springs because the 104-degree water not only comes into the soaking and lap pools but comes out in Chalk Creek, running alongside the pools. I can spend all day there with a book, adjusting the rocks so that the water is neither hot nor cold. Lovely. Many folks choose to live in the area because of access to the hot springs and national forest.





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This image can be found at Vista: Buena Vista was named after it’s stunning 360-degree views. Folks originally settled here because of the gold mining. Later, families began farming and ranching as they discovered the good soil in the area. The stagecoach and subsequent railroad brought more families to the area. With a population of about 2500 people, the town remains quiet and gracious. It is known as the best kept secret place to stay for folks skiing at the premier resorts near Denver and Aspen…because the town is so friendly and hotel rates are inexpensive. It is a few miles from Cottonwood Creek Hot Springs and Mt. Princeton.


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Crestone...beginning of the sunsetCrestone: Unique, magical and beautiful are words that tumble out of my mouth when I think of Crestone. The tiny town proper is 150 and the surrounding area is no more than 1500 when everyone is home. The magic of Crestone however, is its history. Early on, a rancher was instructed to bequeath parcels of his ranch to spiritual groups around the world which he did. It is now known for having the most diverse spiritual community in the world. Spiritual seekers in North America eventually hear about Crestone. And, it generally takes knowing a local or more than one visit for the fullness of the area to emerge…the 5 creeks heading up into the Sangre de Cristos, the temples hidden in the trees, the lovely residents and the “happening”. The local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, has calendars of event for local happenings that rival a town 10 times its size. If you want a sanctuary, Crestone offers just that.


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Sharon & Bruce Walter
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Paula, I would imagine that Currents was the place to be yesterday in Salida, CO when the Pats were playing the Bronchos in the AFC Title game on Sunday afternoon!

You have a great shout out for them!

Jan 19, 2014 10:27 PM #1
Jeff Stevens
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Great local restaurant post. I'll keep it in mind next time we're there!

Jan 20, 2014 12:23 AM #2
Paula Bradfield
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Sharon and Bruce, you bet thats where folks were for the game. Great game, eh? We are all pretty excited for the Broncos out here in Coolorado.

Jan 20, 2014 09:13 PM #3
Paula Bradfield
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Jeffrey, stop by and tell them I sent you. They would be thrilled. And so will you with the quality of the food, service and Colorado wine/beer/spirits

Jan 20, 2014 09:14 PM #4
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