Last night, I spent the evening sampling the menu at the new Lakewood restaurant, Sarita, and meeting the owners Sandy and Tony. All I can say is wow! I’m not sure what I enjoyed more – the decor, the food or the owners themselves!
What I love:
- Let’s start with the decor. Sandy came up with the concept and designed everything from the plate mural on the wall to the flatware chandelier in the bar area. The restaurant is decked out in black and white with pops of red. It’s polished and sophisticated but still inviting and bright.
- Next, the food. Ohhh the food. We were able to sample a ton of menu items but there were a couple standouts in my opinion. First, the warm cast iron cornbread. Do I really even need to elaborate on that one? Didn’t think so. Next, the Sarita salad. It was one of those salads you just remember – field greens, candied walnuts, pears, gorgonzola and lemon walnut vinaigrette. So fresh, so delicious. I also loved the risotto that was served with the espresso bison and, though I’m not much of a seafood fan, everyone was raving about the chilean sea bass so I’m sure it was fantastic as well.
- With all of that being said, the star of the night (in my pregnant opinion) was the dessert spread – donuts, olive oil cake, ice cream, a chocolate tart and my favorite, the Navajo fry bread. Seriously, insane. Every single thing was delicious. And, I would know because I more than sampled each and each item.
- Finally, our hosts and the owners, Tony and Sandy, were simply fabulous. The two met at Players (the restaurant that occupied the space before Sarita) about 15 years ago and have been friends ever since. It was so fun hear how they turned their dream into a reality. You can tell how much passion and love they have for what they do and it really comes through in both the restaurant’s food and the atmosphere.
If you are looking for a fun restaurant with a big heart and a ton of good food, Sarita definitely has my recommendation!
Disclosure: I was invited for a complementary tasting at Sarita. All opinions are my own.