Saturday, February 15, 2014

Best Soup in Aurora - Caldo 7 Mares

Grade A Award Winning Soup: Lupita’s Restaurant - Caldo 7 Mares (Seven Seas Soup)

11809 E. Colfax Ave.; Aurora; 303-344-0020;
Any place that hosts an airborne Santa Claus over the holidays gets a Grade A in our book. Lupita’s Restaurant is a neighborhood favorite in north Aurora, and not just because a white-bearded man in a big red suit arrives there almost every year in a helicopter. The menu is long enough to muddle your brain, with extensive breakfast options, house specialties, Mexican dishes, shrimp and fish specials, desserts and even a portion of the menu dedicated to burgers and sandwiches. But there’s one menu listing that has stood out for more than a decade: Caldo Siete Mares, or Seven Seas Soup.
A Caldo 7 Mares ready to be served.
As the name implies, the dish is served with seven types of ocean dwellers and is pure salty, spicy heaven for a seafood lover. Garlic, parsley, tomato sauce, chile de arbol and shrimp bouillon are the foundation ingredients for the soup broth. Then, potatoes and carrots simmer in the pot until they’re tender. The seafood includes octopus, scallops, crab and snapper with a side of tortillas to soak up the scrumptious leftovers on a cold winter day. The restaurant is owned by Peruvian native Betty Oxley, who works alongside a half-dozen of her family members. Betty’s mother, Rosa, had the arduous task of cooking for 11 children when Betty was growing up. Betty learned the basics from her mom, and then opened the first Lupita’s on Montview Boulevard in 1994. In 1997, the restaurant moved to its current location on East Colfax Avenue. For Betty and her family, cooking comes naturally. Maybe that’s why the menu is long enough to rival “War and Peace.”
Subtle changes may be made to it, but the soup has been a constant. It’s that
Original article from "The Aurora Sentinel."