Pleasant restaurant with Caribbean-Mexican menu spices up Longmont
My husband, our friend John and I ate at Tortugas when it first opened some years back in an old house just west of downtown Longmont. I wasn’t blogging about restaurants, collecting menus or photographing food back then, so all I remember was a pleasant, casual quasi-Island ambiance, good food and great drinks. Between then and now, the restaurant endured a fire and increasing competition in the Longmont area. We returned not long ago with our friend Mike. Despite the passage of time, the casual, breezy ambiance I remembered is still there.
The room is simple and pleasant, and the mstly Caribbean, partly Mexican food certainly is tasty, with enough spice to waken the taste receptors but not so much to deaden them It evokes the spirit of the tropics when it’s cold outside, and when it’s warm, the restaurant matches the climate. They do an especially good job with seafood, which means they don’t overcook it — and that is not to be taken for granted in the shadow of a Colorado turkey processing plant. I don’t know whether every single entree comes with the same side dishes — a pile of rice topped with black beans and a swirl of crema — but cameon the entree plates on our table.
Price check: At dinner, appetizers, $7-$8.50; entrees, $12-$21; sices,