My first experience at the King Chef's was pretty good and tasty. While I only got the "enormous" pancake scramble sandwich, I found the place to be reasonably priced, with large portions, friendly staff, and good service. Its nice to have a diner right in the heart of Colorado Springs. I'm guessing its a new addition to the downtown scene, a bar/club stumble from the Springs' main clubs, and having late night hours. They were brilliant in choosing this location. They are known for their green chili dishes. Apparently there is a smaller diner outlet (13 seat original purple castle) on Costilla in downtown that is also a popular place (but with little seating) that I've somehow missed over the last four years partying downtown. This larger Bijou Street location has plenty of seating any day of the week and are now open late on fridays and saturday nights. Apparently they are known for their burgers, burritos, melts, and chili dishes. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A double-story remote restaurant off of Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard - one of the last places you'd expect to find a seafood based restaurant and bar. Its more of a fried grill bar or tavern. Its a pretty well known neighbourhood hangout on the southside of Colorado Springs and is often called "The Hatch" by its patrons. Friendly staff and good service. I've been to the 'hatch' a few times. Always seems to be a popular spot for co-workers going away parties, birthday parties, and events. This visit I enjoyed the Crab cakes - which were pretty good for a landlocked area and at a decent price. Two Maryland crab medallion cakes werved with a side of chipotle aioli for $7.99. Just drank Grey Goose vodka and club soda so can't comment on the beers. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Favorite Dish: Crab Cakes
I like this place even though it gets mixed reviews from all its patrons from those that love it to those that hate it. The waiters do seem to have some coldness and "off"-ness, but once me and my friend toyed with him, he was amicable. The service was quick and cordial, though things were forgotten. Its very high-priced venue especially for the quality and portions. I do like their crepes. Pretty damn delicious. the Seafood Crepe was pretty scrumptuous. The lobster bisque was pretty yummy - but the portions failed horribly in size. The Escargot was dry, and given we complained, they gave us another tray of them to make up for it. Still however, no matter how good I like the crepes, the cost and service wasn't very great. Now we did the dinner. I've had better experiences here with breakfast, even though others seem to complain the most about the breakfast service and offerings. I'll eat there again, as I do like the food, but with the price and hit or miss service, I don't imagine it will be anytime soon. Rating: 2 stars out of 5. (Quiche and Crepes are a 4)
Phone: 719-473-9711 * Fax: 719-473-9715
Well it's definitely an American chain restaurant with over 310 locations in over 44 states. This cookie-cutter establishment was founded by Kent Taylor who wanted to bring good steaks, ribs, and beer to the American population for an affordable price. They wanted to merge the bar-room experience with the family restaurant kind. Peanut shells all over the floor, its a ruggid mess. They hand-cut their steaks and claim award-winning ribs, and blab about home-cookin' and everything being made from scratch. Its a little hard to believe with chains. They offer the expected steaks and ribs, but also chicken, fish, salads, and veggies. The service was good during our visit, however the food was mediocre in my opinion. My dinner mate raves about the restaurant saying its one of her favorite places. To me though the food was the quality you get from chains, perhaps however, I'm biased on the chain experience. The food was decent and affordably priced. Not being a very big fan of country music, can't say I could rate the music high either. Rating: 2 1/2 stars out of 5.
What a charming little America meets Europe coffee n' tea house. This little joint is off-center from downtown Springs but a certain treasured find for those seeking a hole-in-the-wall place to hang and do brew, games, conversations, and light meals. Comfy couches and elegant decor, just like sitting in your plush living room. You can get the pot of tea of your choosing for your lengthy visit. Intriguing collections of old photos too to give you some old-fashion entertainment. Great cookies, cakes, teas, and coffees. Sandwiches are quite nice too. Was a perfect place for me and my date to catch afternoon tea and good conversation before viewing the new Star Trek! Thanks Wendy .... Rating: 5 stars out of 5. (visited 5/16/09)
Oscar's in downtown Colorado Springs - is a fun little bar and grille right off the main drag where great meetings occur for happy hour and fun/frolick. It's also one of Colorado Springs' infamous locations for Oysters and being one of the few Oyster Bars in this desert/mountainous/ land-locked oasis. In fact, they bill themselves as an Oyster Bar. Oscar's Oyster Bar and Baithouse is owned by a husband/wife team - Phil and Ashley Duhon. Bringing speciality from livlihood in Louisiana, one can find a unique cooking style for the Rockies. Proud of their menu offerings of steak and seafood, you won't go hungry with the fresh food they have to offer. A festive bar location with live music over the weeekends, a friendly staff, and good potent drinks .... you'll be pleased. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Uwe's German Restaurant
31 Iowa Ave * Colorado Springs, CO 80909 * (719) 475-1611
This little, simply-decorated, German family restaurant apparently has been in business in Colorado Springs for over 15 years with a grand reputation for authentic German fare. They also apparently have live music on Saturdays. Basic German fare on the menu including potato and sausage soup, Weiner Schnitzel, Rouladen, Goulash soup, Frikadelle, Sauerbraten, Hungarian Goulash, and Strudel. Has a full bar with a great selection of German and European beers and a limited wine list. I visited during weekday lunch, excellent service, and quite tasty cuisine. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Fat Tuesday @ the Ritz Grill
15 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 635-8484 *
Fun times during Fat Tuesday. Apparently (news to me this first year I've attended) the Ritz Grill on Tejon street, downtown Colorado Springs throws the area's best Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party in the city. Decked out in costumes and beads, decorations, and Cajun cuisine ... The Grill brings in the Raw oysters, the Craw Daddies, and the Gumbo for your palate's best New Orleans mix. Bringing on the Hurricanes as well - get there early as the place is crowded, also reserve a table for this special event or you'll be standing around outside or in the bar. Hurricanes, complimentary cajun beans n/ rice, and we ordered the raw Oysters cracked on the half shell with Fried Crawfish po'boy and platter. Delicious. Good times. A Head Full of Zombies band played into the night as some bead-winning events took place. Good times. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
1747 S 8TH ST * COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, 80906 * Tel: (719) 477-6997 *
To celebrate my birthday one of my co-workers introduced me to this fabulous little Indian restaurant off of 8th street in Colorado Springs. (Thank you Linda!) They had a enormous selection of a buffet offered. I got all my favorites and some tasty Naan as well. Great service, great food, good atmosphere, and all of your favorites for all you can eat. The Mutter Paneer and the Malai Kofta were my favorites. Great restaurant. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.
Favorite Dish: Mutter Paneer, Malai Kofta
I am sorry to state that Zeb's Restaurant closed later in 2006. I will surely miss it even more! I was quite surprised that VT has not a single restaurant tip covering ZEB'S, a roadhouse in Colorado Springs, so I am about to rectify that! I visited the city on business trips for eight years about five-six times per year. Ask the local natives and employees at the large Company Plant I visited where the best steakhouse is and they invariably said ZEB'S! We would gather there right after work as their cocktail lounge and balcony with an unobstructed million dollar view of 14,110 foot Pike's Peak and the sunsets is stunning! (And of course Zebulon Pike surveyed the peak, hence the name). A well-patronized open after work bar with cocktails, wine & beer served.
This is a very popular family-friendly steakhouse with casual dining atmosphere that also offers seafood and stream fish, chicken, spaghetti & burgers, but their signature dish and house specialty is the barbeque ribs. They also have a Colorado cut huge steak that requires a jumbo oval platter but still overflows it. A gentlemanly challenge to finish it; you won't need another meal for quite a while. Smaller ladies or other cut steaks are also available. Variety of potatoes, baked or fries to be chosen. Never-ending warm bread trays offered. Finger food chilled relish dishes before the entree serving.
There are several dining rooms & a working fireplace for more intimate ambience besides the front bar in this sprawling Santa Fe mission-like building set on a hill overlooking massive Pike's Peak. The interior is rustic wild west decor with cowboy artifacts & wall art that perfectly suits the building. Service is well-staffed, friendly, competent & efficient. A party of 8-10 or more is easily accomodated. Park alongside the left side of the building up the steep hill or behind & above in their large free on-site parking lot. Enter the restaurant from the center of the hill, so don't park on the street or you will have a steep walk up to the entry.
Reservations are suggested. Supper hours of operation noted below. Not for breakfast or lunch.
Favorite Dish: The smoked barbeque pork ribs are available in either full or half-slabs. The meaty half-slab can be incredibly filling with sides including salad & breads. The bread trays are continually refilled. The barbeque sauce is excellent & takeout is available for call-aheads. You will smell the smoky barbeque before you enter the building. For those with less to spend, the burgers or spaghetti dishes are a good bargain & servings are huge.
This is a classic American-style restaurant with a Western theme. The food and service are excellent. And it's not just for tourists; I observed many locals here.
Favorite Dish: I had the Trout Almandine, which was very nice.
Nestled in a shopping mall off of Filmore is a upscale decorated sushi and hibachi place. Relaxed and traditional Chinese dining is offered with great service and taste. Jun hosts a large sushi bar and four teppan grill tables that seat up to ten guests each. THere are also five beautiful tatami tables, situated on a raised platform, that are available for the more traditional Japanese dining experience which requires removing your shoes! Reminds me of Lucy Ho's in Tallahassee, Florida which was always a favorite Sushi restaurant of mine. The waitress was friendly and met our needs, with very friendly service. We tried the Vegetable Tempura, California Rolls, Unagi, Lobster Roll and Sake. Delicious. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Favorite Dish: The Lobster Roll!
A quaint and artsy little house cafe/restaurant off of Dale street with a great patio and dining area. Full bar, wine list, and contemporary European and American cuisine with Asian fusion. Adorned with original oil paintings and master craftsman sculptures they claim to be one of the most romantic getaway bistros in the city. We tried their signature soup - the Dilled Cream of Artichoke which was fabulous. I had the grilled eggplant sandwich which was delicious! Wonderful service. Top rating: 5 stars out of 5!
Meadow Muffins is probably the best non-dance club in town for the college age crowd... or at least it was 10 years ago or so. It's really more about nightlife and beer drinking than food, so including it as a restaurant tip gives it an unfair disadvantage as it caters to the drinking crowd that likes an occasional meal rather than the eating crowd that enjoys an occasional drink.
We used to love Meadow Muffins on their so-called "Dollar Days" when many items, even their wings and tasty burgers were just a dollar or two. Now they call Tuesdays "Menu Madness," but many of the great specials have survived the changes.
For food, be prepared for a slightly unusual setup. There's a counter between the bar and the dining room where you need to place your order. Give them your name, and when the food is ready they will broadcast your name, often with a rude comment across the entire bar, then come up and get your order.
For nightlife, stick aroudn until after dinner and the place gets pretty lively. The downstairs area has a small dance floor, and the rest of the bar and dining room area fills up fast. By 9 or 10 pm many nights the place is packed.
In existence since 1944, Conway's Red Top is a Colorado Springs tradition. In fact Mr Conway started out working at the restaurant, then purchased it in 1962 and added their name to the sign. They are famous for their giant hamburgers--a single 1/2 patty that stretches to fill a bun that is about six or eight inches wide.
The menu is relatively simple with mostly your standard fast food items such as hamburgers ($6), cheeseburgers ($7), and chiliburgers ($9), with fries, but they also offer unique toppings like mushrooms, guacamole, bacon, and even ham. They also have a few special appetizers such as fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, and several of "Grandma Esther's" homemade soups and stews.
The original location on South Nevada Avenue was demolished in 1957 for construction of Interstate 25, but the replacement location survives to this day as the oldest Red Top. In 1977, Conway's Red Top opened its second location at 3589 N. Carefree Circle, and in 1982 the third location was opened at 390 N. Circle Drive. The fourth location opened in 1999 at 1228 East Fillmore, and the fifth restaurant in Pueblo at 112 West 2nd Street opened in 2002. In 2003, the latest expansion took the restaurant chain to Colorado Springs' east side on Powers Blvd, but this location closed in 2006.