Asian-fusion restaurant opens at Wind Crest to rave reviews

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June 13th, 2018
Wind Crest Dining department has opened a new restaurant, Burtons

Wind Crest Dining department has opened a new restaurant, Burtons

Wind Crest is spicing things up with the opening of Burton’s, an Asian-fusion style restaurant on campus at the Highlands Ranch, Colo., Erickson Living community. 

“It’s fresh, it’s different from our other restaurants, and it’s what our residents resoundingly asked for,” says Dining Director Tom Carlson.

As the result of surveys and focus groups, the Wind Crest dining team held a soft opening followed by a grand opening in mid-April. At both, the restaurant was full, and it’s been buzzing ever since.

“Burton’s is a great addition to what we currently offer,” Carlson says. “At Wind Crest, we pride ourselves in creating an exceptional dining experience for the people who call this great community home, their guests, and our visitors.”

What’s on the menu

The menu is an eclectic mix of Asian-inspired dishes.

Starters include fresh takes on spinach and artichoke dip served with a side of crispy tortilla chips; egg drop soup; and a shredded cabbage slaw with bell pepper, carrots, and scallions in a light Asian vinaigrette.

Starter and entrée salads offer lighter fare, or add chicken, shrimp, salmon, or tofu for a little more substance.

The fish and seafood dishes all sound enticing, especially the baked coconut run cod, Thai shrimp curry, and miso-glazed salmon. Carlson says salmon is so popular at Wind Crest that they offer it twice on the menu—also as a grilled-to-order option.

A variety of chicken and pork options are sure to please, from the tantalizing hoisin-glazed pork spare ribs to the familiar General Tso’s chicken to a juicy Chinese honey-roasted chicken quarter brushed with a soy, ginger, and apricot glaze.

Various cuts of beef round out the menu and include New York strip, rib eye, a Korean-style beef short rib, and Asian-style flank steak.

Two vegetarian options—vegetable stir-fry and vegetable fried rice—can also be adapted to include chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu.

If that’s not enough, you’ll want to save room for dessert—coconut rice pudding, banana upside-down cake, no-sugar-added chocolate cream pie or tropical delight pudding, or an ice cream or sorbet. For those on a gluten-free diet, Burton’s offers a decadent flourless chocolate torte and crème brûlée.

“In developing this menu, our dining team really took into account our community members’ tastes, their desire for a theme restaurant, and any dietary restrictions,” Carlson says.

Perfect timing

Burton’s and its sister venue, Mile High Café, opened just in time to accommodate the new community members moving into Mt. Rosa Court. The residence building features 126 new apartment homes and was nearly completely sold out when it opened in May.

Mile High Café, a casual eatery offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is located in The High Line Overlook Clubhouse.

“It’s great that Tom [Carlson] and his team were able to get two more restaurants open in time for the opening of Mt. Rosa Court,” says Sales Director Jason Atwell. “We have such a great variety of dining options. You could eat at a different place on campus nearly every day of the week.”

Wind Crest’s dining venues now include Burton’s, Mile High Café, Windows Restaurant, Timberline Tavern, the Flyin’ B Cafe, and The Fireside. And The Marketplace offers quick to-go options and conveniences.

“Each one of our restaurants is unique—the food, the atmosphere, the environment. We have choices, which really makes Wind Crest stand out,” says Ken Pinkham, who visited Burton’s with his wife Karen when it first opened and several times since then. “We have excellent chefs, and they do a fabulous job.”