A strong appetite, average palate, and weak writing, mixed with outdoor adventure.

A strong appetite, average palate, and weak writing, mixed with outdoor adventure.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

South Park Saloon

Alma, CO, located at 10,500 feet and home to approximately 200 people, would not be considered a hotbed of culinary creativity. Yet, for people who spent several hours slogging up Quandary Peak in high winds and low temperatures, its offerings are not to be passed up.
Within the shadows of numerous high peaks, the South Park Saloon offers up American and Mexican food, as well as pizza. A surprising cultural polyglot for a space that identifies more as a bar than an eatery.
Depleted of electrolytes, we (Alan and I) started with chips and salsa, knowing that it would get to the table within seconds and deliver a much  needed shot of sodium. The multi-colored chips were coated in coarse salt and pepper and paired with a chunky salsa. Chunky to the point that you wondered if the tomatoes were sliced not with knives, but via a series of karate chops.
We had hit that point where any food was bound to be excellent. Tostitos with Pace salsa could have landed in front of us and we would have sworn  it was the rapture. Knowing that, this was still a solid effort, and obviously not something that had just been dropped off by Sysco.
Next up was the pizza, which considering it was baked at 10,500 feet, was impressive. It was far greasier than any pizza I have recently consumed, but with a solid hiking effort behind us, it was put down guilt-free.
In summary, should you find yourself in need of sustenance after having climbed Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron, Bross or Quandary, or have spent the morning at the Bemrose Ski Circus, stop in as it is better than the offerings in Fairplay.

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