Briarhurst Manor: Fine Dining
Fine dining. Briarhurst Manor was William A. Bell's home, built in 1886 in Tudor Revival style. It's a grained pink Victorian sandstone manor house turned restaurant in Manitou Springs, Colorado (west of Colorado Springs). Fountain Creek passes through the estate and is in the shadow of Pikes Peak.
Food was excellent; I had the pan-seared sea scallops on Risotto and my hubby had the Steak Diane, which was equally superb. The server was very knowledgeable on the offerings, even with the wine list.
Agia Sophia: Agia Sophia
A great little coffee shop and reading library right off of Colorado Avenue in historical Old Colorado City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Old world charm with a great cup of Joe and spiritual benedictine monks chanting in the background. It is truly a place to the heart of what coffee shops began .. a place to discuss business, religion, politics, and philosophy. They take that trait to heart and not only serve great caffeinated beverages, but pastries, desserts, and cafe-style lunch dishes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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Three Margarita's: Three Margarita's
Apparently Three Margarita's is a chain, though you wouldn't really guess that visiting the establishment. They made accomodations for our team of 13 who came and dined with them on the evening of the 9th. Friendly service, great food, and good atmosphere. Definitely could feel and smell the delicious Mexican food they make in the establishment when you walk in. Great free chips and dip all around the table with constant refills. I was filled up just on those by the time the food arrived. Margarita's are good there too. Got the Mango Margarita, which hit the spot to the day. Apparently they have alot of music in the establishment with live mariachi bands a common occurence from 6-9 on thursdays. They boast of having over 100 kinds of tequila. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Favorite Dish: For dinner I tried the Seafood Chimichanga, a Chimi from the coast, rolled fried flour tortilla with prawns, crab, sauteed vegetables, scallops and sour cream covered with a delicious creamy sauce. It was as delicious as it sounds, but much smaller proportions than expected especially when looking at everyone else's enormous plates.
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Sonterra Grill: Taste the American Southwest
Sonterra was Voted "Best New Restaurant in Colorado Springs." by the people of Colorado Springs and I would agree that it is indeed a nice place and the food very taste.
Chief Randy Price named his place, “Sun and Earth”, Sonterra in the language of the base of southwestern food. It is nicely and brightly decorated with great service. Randy Stated "The restaurant was created with the goal of capturing the spirit of the American Southwest in both atmosphere and culinary flair.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Favorite Dish: The tableside made Guacamole salad was as good as it get.
The "Hand Made" tortilla Soup with with mesquite grilled chicken, fresh avocado, cilantro, tortilla strips and cotija cheese was os so tasty.
Tacos Al Carbon I had the Mesquite grilled skirt steak kind served with roasted peppers, fire roasted tomato and avocado salsa, repollo, mixed cheeses and guacamole in hand made and flour tortillas.
DiD you know -- Erakio, who was a native of the Mexican pueblito of Anahuac, near Mexico City created tacos on a barbeque spit using this own method to cook the meats marinaded in a spicy juicy sauce than cooked on the vertical spit than he but a spin to it . This creations became so well know that people began it to call, respectfully, Don Erakio.
Antonio's of Colorado Springs: Don't miss out on the garbage and table settings!
If you want Denny's type food, EAT AT DENNY's and pay less than the $71.00 worth of garbage we ate at 'Antonio's'. The pasta was laughable, a fast food place could have done excellent compared to what we were served.
When we spoke to the manager(John), and by the way, we were very polite about the fact that the food was dry, cold and did not taste right, he replied, "Don't come back, we don't need people like you". If you look at their web site,it looks like this place is a white table type setting, believe us, it's more like a Sonic outside dining.
Save your money. This place is at the bottom. Might as well as served us with plastic tableware along with the plastic plate we were served on. Go to the web site and you would think that the place was a four star restaurant. They charge the prices, just deliver McD's food and atmosphere. HORRIBLE!
Favorite Dish: NONE!
Antonio's (NO LONGER IN BUSINESS!): Nice Italian Restaurant
In general they have good Italian food here. I actually held my wedding reception in their banquet room which holds approximately 40-60 people. We had a buffet with a variety of Italian Foods, full bar, etc. and really enjoyed ourselves.
The restaurant is open limited hours. I believe they are open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. And then they close until 5 p.m. when they open for dinner.
Antonio's has been family owned and operated since it opened in April 1987, and has received much praise in the Colorado Springs region ever since. Come find out why we're frequently voted "Best Italian" in the city, and discover authentic Italian cuisine that you won't find at a chain restaurant!
Favorite Dish: For lunch the spinach basil chicken salad is good. Also, the turkey avacodo club sandwich is very good. Dinner any of their pasta entree's are very good. I don't have a particular favorite.
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Caspian Cafe: Eastern Mediterranean flavors
The Caspian Cafe serves dishes inspired by the cusines of the eastern mediteranean and persia. They're conveniently located at the I-25 and Garden of the Gods intersection.The interior is charmingly decorated and spotlessly clean. The service is professional and unobtrusive. Reservations are recommended but not always necessary. We visited on a Thursday evening and there were plenty of tables available. Also on Thursdays, they have belly-dancing.
They serve lunch and dinner.
Favorite Dish: My husband and I began our evening with manhattans. Excellent, strong, we didn't specify and they served them up. We started with the baba ganouj, and I wanted to try the mussels in the saffron tomato cream sauce, but was saving room for dessert. At any rate, the dip was delicious and served with pita wedges and lavosh. Entrees come with soup or salad. The soup choice that evening was classic french onion. We both had salads with greek dressing. They offer three dressings: greek, orange vinagrette or pomogranete vinagrette. For my entree, I had the lamb tagine with artichokes and tomatos. It was served on rice and was fantastic, I really enjoyed it. My husband ordered the moussaka and found it very satisfactory, not to nutmeg-y. I was saving room for dessert, as I'd heard the orange saffron caramel creme was to die for. It did not disappoint. Creamy and rich with a delightfully mellow flavor, nothing too strong or overpowering.
All in all, for two cocktails, two glasses of wine with dinner, an appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert, the total came to $78.00 and we were very pleased and still talking about it the following day. We will return.
Everest Nepal Restaurant: Very nice Indian/Tibetan Restaurant
I liked this restaurant. I seek out cultural places in Colorado Springs because I don't think Colorado Springs has ENOUGH culture to it. Sure, CS is a great town, but hip hop night clubs and Irish pubs just are not enough culture for me.... I NEED DIFFERENT! So Everest Nepal Restaurant is a nice place to go and feel kind of spiritual doing it. Nice simple restaurant, large window is nice to sit by and watch people walk by downtown. There is also a outdoor sitting area where you can eat in the warm months.
Everest Nepal is the same with some of the other Indian restaurants I have eaten in, VERY SLOW service. I think this is just the way it is, you have to be very patient. We waited about a half an hour and had to ask for our bill after realizing they were not going to bring it to us. They may or many not come pick up your credit card, we went up to the bar to pay for the meal.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the chicken curry and rice dish and the warm Chai (they had it spelled CHIA on the menu, not sure if it was spelled incorrectly or if that is the true spelling) tea with milk and sugar as an after dinner drink.
Craftwood Inn: For a Very Special Evening
We go to Craftwood Inn for special occasions. It's a very special treat. The restuarant is historic and very cozy. Even though the restuarant is very nice, you still don't have to dress up to eat here. You'll find this is the case with almost any restuarant in the CO Springs area. It's a VERY casual city.
Favorite Dish: I like to try the game dishes. I've had elk, antelope, wild boar, bison - and all were amazing.
I have to say - the best dessert I've had in my life is the Jalapeno White Chocolate Mousse
with Vanilla Tuilles and Raspberry Sauce.
The Craftwood Inn: Excellent Game Meats!
Great service and a fantastic fine dining experience! The Craftwood Inn has a very cozy, Colorado lodge feel to it, large fireplace in the dining area and small rooms that make your eating experience feel more intimate and cozy-I loved it.
Built in 1912, it stands today as a symbol of a different type of pioneer. While most think early Colorado was filled with cowboys, cavalry, Indians, trappers, traders and miners; there was another pioneer spirit whose ghost still walks the streets of Manitou Springs. It was the artist and the craftsman who also came to Colorado seeking freedom and creativity in a natural setting.
Roland Bautwell built The Craftwood Inn and The Onaledge Bed & Breakfast, both fine examples of English Country Tudor. In Bautwell's time, Colorado Springs was known as little London. He was an Englishman, an architect, a builder, a photographer and a coppersmith. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement that moved from Europe to the Americas at the turn of the century. The movement was man's humanistic and artistic response to the industrial revolution. Taking the technology of the day and utilizing it for artistic expression within a natural environment was the central theme of the Arts and Crafts movement. For many, Colorado was the ideal setting for such endeavors.
In 1940, The Craftwood became a restaurant. In its heyday the cuisine was exquisite, attracting dignitaries and celebrities in search of fine food and ambience. Cary Grant and Bing Crosby lunched by the window seat and Lawrence Welk and Liberace were also frequent guests. An owner of the Hope Diamond leased the entire estate one summer as did Harry Truman's daughter on another occasion.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the Pheasant en Crute dinner which is a Boneless breast of Pheasant stuffed with celery, zucchini, Colorado Harvest Moon and Smoked Gouda, wrapped in phyllo pastry and baked. Served with light Fontina cream sauce and roasted garlic linguine. Delicious!
We also had the appetizer tray that allowed us to sample the many different types of meats you will find at the Craftwood Inn: Combination Appetizer ... Pistachio Pesto Ravioli, Roulade of Bison, Wild Game Quesadilla and Sautéed Loin of Ostrich. I see that it has increased in price from $25 to $35! It is an expensive appetizer plate, but I really enjoyed trying the different types of meats, especially the Ostrich!!
Regional Colorado Cuisine
Wild Game: Elk, Venison, Buffalo, Caribou, Wild Boar, Ostrich, Pheasant and Duck
Full Service Bar
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Jun Japanese Restaurant: Great Japanese Restaurant
My husband and I found this restaurant in the yellow pages and decided to go. It was the best japanese restaurant we have ever been to. My husband, who has been to Japan, stated that it was just like one of the restaurants he ate in while he was there. The staff was friendly and the service excellent. The menu serves both sushi and cooked meals and all were reasonably priced. My husband had the sushi, which he stated was excellent. I had gyoza and chicken teriyaki; both were excellent.
Favorite Dish: My husband loved the sushi and recommends the mackeral. He stated that it was the best he has ever had.
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Michelle's Ice Cream
*** UPDATE *** As of 2007, Michelle's has closed its doors for good. Apparently something about hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes?
Michelle's is a great spot in downtown C-Springs for wonderful ice cream and chocolate. It has been in this location since the 1950s. They have great shakes and sundaes (including a huge sundae that feeds about 30).
You can't beat Michelle's after a long day of sightseeing on a hot summer afternoon!
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Sushi Ring: All you can eat sushi
A great litle hole-in-the-wall down by Southgate in the southern part of Colorado Springs where you can get all you can eat sushi for a price. If you're not up for that price of $24.95 all you can eat - then you can order a la carte. Quick delivery and sensational tastes. The little restaurant has a diner style with Elvis impressionism. It is open mondays through friday 11 am to 9 pm and saturdays from noon to 9 pm, and sundays noon to 8 pm. Its not a typical sushi restaurant as it has the kitch of the Elvis era. This is in part because the owner is a former "Elvis" impersonator known as Takashi "Elvis" Kishimoto. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. One of my favorites.
Favorite Dish: All you can eat!
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Tomo Sushi II: Tomo Sushi II
A little hole-in-the-strip-mall Sushi chain restaurant in the northern part of Colorado Springs with standard Japanese fare. Good atmosphere, good service, and for a lunch rush not bad timing. I went with the lunch Bento Box which consisted of 1 pc jumbo shrimp and 3 pcs of vegetable tempura, gyoza, miso soup and salad, 4 pcs California Roll, 1 Tuna nigiri, 1 Salmon nigiri, 1 Shirome nigiri, and 1 shrimp nigiri - not badly priced but the sushi and other dishes didn't stand out as anything above and beyond most sushi restaurants. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Thai Basil: Thai Basil
A little hole-in-the-strip-mall Thai chain restaurant in the northern part of Colorado Springs with some intriguing delicacies, decor, and taste. Its more a higher priced "artsy" fusion restaurant than actually a place to get an affordable true Thai meal. The food has style and looks fabulous, but its pretty generic Pan-Asian cuisine. But that's to be expected with a chain. Chains are notorious for cookie-cutter menus, food, and offerings. Not to say that this place is a cookie-cutter replica of its Denver counterparts ... the food is good, just not above average. The menu selections however are a bit more variable than other Thai restaurants in town, especially if you like Thai seafood. They do know how to spice their dishes in an extroadinary Thai hot - hell the receipt even mentions 'Kill me already'. The atmosphere is good. For lunch i was instantly seated and service was swift and friendly. I enoyed the Mussels appetizer, Pad Thai (thai hot), and a Thai Ice Tea. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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