ZEB'S: Best Steakhouse & Best View in Colorado Springs
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.
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The Broadmoor: Haute Cuisine at The Broadmoor mountain resort
The Broadmoor Five Star-rated resort complex dates back to 1918, with a well-deserved reputation for superlative excellence, with pricing to match. It has been called "The Grande Dame of the Rockies". This is a destination resort to spend your 50th wedding anniversary with your loving spouse. There are ten separate restaurants and lounges among the Italianate renaissance architecture of the buildings. The main building is ten stories or more tall with a tower.
To be fair, I only ate in one of the restaurants to choose from, with a group of about 15 friends. There is no reason to believe our excellent dining experience untypical of the other restaurants to choose from here. Our choice was an upstairs restaurant in the main building for an evening supper. Note that under such circumstance, separate checks are a no no, so we all paid for our meal with appropriate tip to one appointed table member, who felt like the Royal Exchequer briefly before settling the bill.
Ambience is old but impeccably kept castle, with furnishings and decor to match. You may be overwhelmed with the grandeur of the place. Experience if even a bit of it, by a great meal as we did. About six of our group were so pleased they went back to dine a few nights later.
Favorite Dish: I chose the wild trout fish dinner. It was preceded by chilled hors d'oeuvres, choice of salads, and warm fresh baked breads. The entree preparation, presentation and taste was perfect, with baby carrots in a sauce. Extensive variety of knockout desserts offered, but I passed on the added calories. Sometimes, discretion is the better part of a slim waistline.
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Luigi's Restaurant: Top Ranked Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
Here is an instance where it behooves you to eat where your boss eats. I was on a business trip to Colorado Springs, one of many trips here, when my boss who was along on this trip said he always ate at Luigi's. So, Luigi's it was. There shall be no disappointment at this friendly Italian restaurant. This place makes you feel instantly at home, with great aroma of Parmesan cheese and other Italian treats of the palate.
It seems that everyone in The Springs but me had or has eaten there. Can be crowded, but very accommodating. Excellent service and just great food. Pastas, pizzas, salads and more. Child friendly too.
Favorite Dish: I ordered lasagna, my test of a good Italian restaurant. Fine salad and prompt service, considering the lasagna needs oven baking. An entirely satisfying meal, almost too filling. You will enjoy and savor your dining experience here.
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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.
Cottage on Kiowa: Best Chicken Salad Sandwich in the US
This is the best place for a good breakfast or lunch in Colorado Springs... I would highly recommend you to come in, and ask for Stephanie.. the owner, and tell her that I sent you...you will get an extra special meal.
Favorite Dish: The Chicken Salad Sandwich, and one of her cookies!
Conway's Red Top
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.
The Briarhurst Manor: One of my FAVORITE Restaurants!
Only a few minutes drive west of Colorado Springs, The Briarhurst Manor is located in the tiny valley of Manitou Springs. The stately Victorian Manor House was built in 1876 by the founder of Manitou Springs, Dr. William Bell, of London England. The finely grained pink sandstone Tudor Manor displays the architecture and landscaping of an English Country House, complete with the bubbling Fountain Creek passing through the estate and offers an unrivaled view of Pikes Peak. The Briarhurst Manor is listed on the National Historic Registry in Washington, D.C. Today you can visit a true glimpse of the old west at this beautifully preserved fairytale mansion. (Excerpt taken from the website of the Briarhurst Manor at www.Briarhurst.com).
The Briarhurst manor is considered a fine dining establishment and you will see some people dressed up, meaning men in jackets and ties and women in nice dresses and / or pant suits, however, you will also see men dressed business casual in dress pants and a shirt or a collared shirt. People also might wear jeans along with a nice collared shirt. They are not strict on their dress code, however you should dress keeping in mind this is a very nice and elegant restaurant. If you are a visitor and did not bring your suit and tie, don't worry! Throw on a casual pair of dress pants and a collared shirt and you will still fit in, after all this is Colorado!!
Meals here average $27-50 depending it seems on the "season" of the meat. For instance, when I ate here in August the Boar was around $45, now it is down to $35 and the Rocky Mountain Elk is $35 a little higher than average (is it because it is hunting season?), have no idea.
Favorite Dish: Update! Went to the Briarhurst with my husband in August of 2006 for our 5 year wedding anniversary. I, of course being me, tried the Wild Boar this time. Very game, although good. A little tough, I asked for it medium rare, but I think it was a little overdone, however it was still tolerable. The price of Wild Boar varies, my meal was $30, however I have seen the boar dinner as high as $50 at the Briarhurst. The meal is marinated boar chops grilled and served with green chili sauce, rattlesnake beans, red chili crepes and roast baby corn with cilantro - lime aioli. A very delicious meal, but be sure you like wild game meats which I think is an acquired taste for some. My husband had the Manitou Beef Wellington w/Mushroom duxelle rubbed aged beef tenderloin baked in flaky pastry sauced with a reduction of shallots, Worcestershire, cognac and demiglace. He gave me several bites of his meal and let me tell you, DELICIOUS! I will be ordering the Beef Wellington the next time around!
For dessert I had the White Chocolate Raviolis with Raspberry Habanera Sauce
with Bittersweet dark chocolate pate stuffed into white chocolate raviolis
Set in minted vanilla sauce and raspberry sauce with a hint of habanera pepper. Yes, HABANERA pepper. A treat for the tastebuds, except the white chocolate seemed overly sugary too me, the mixture of the pepper, mint, and raspberry was just wonderful!!
Other dishes I have tried: Sicilian Pheasant -Ringneck Pheasant with olive oil, crushed garlic, fresh basil and tarragon, calamata olives and beefsteak tomatoes, flambéed with white wine.
My husband had the Steak Diane - Colorado beef tenderloin prepared in the style of the Manor with mushrooms, shallots, brandy and demiglace.
Quail Saltimbocca-Bobwhite quail with fresh sage leaves and Italian proscuitto, braised in foie gras - green apple sauce, served with panfried mushroom risotto cakes and found it was very good.
Poor Richard's Bookstore, Cafe, Restaurant, Pub: Poor Richard's
A quaint little bookstore cafe/restaurant serving a full menu, wine, coffees, latte, and pastries. Good food. Elegant food. Service is a bit slow. Excellent used bookstore next store, one of the best in the Springs. Live entertainment friday and saturdays. 3 stars out of 5.
Favorite Dish: The pizza
The Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery: Not a place for an event!
Use caution when renting the gallery for an event. We made the mistake of renting the gallery for a wedding reception. They were understaffed, the food was sub-par, but worst of all, the sound system was so garbled we couldn't even have our dance. To top it off, the bartendar told me that they had problems with the system for weeks - it would have been nice if we had known that prior. 2 people from our event had to go into the restaurant to track down the manager, but she never came into the gallery even once during the night. When I called after the event to complain to the owner, he was extremely rude and actually accused us of breaking the system and threatened to send us a $3000 bill for it. (We hadn't been able to listen to music the whole night, and what finally worked was so garbled you couldn't even hear the words). My advice - spend your money at a place more capable of handling big events such as a wedding reception.
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Jake & Telly's Greek Cuisine
A pleasant dining experience overlooking the historic downtown of Old Colorado City. Outside or inside, friendly staff, and excellent food ... the finest of Greek Cuisine and a fancy wine bar. The food is as good as the service. Delicious menu choices, though higher than normal cost. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 6/24/06.
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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Saigon Cafe: Great Vietnamese!
This restuarant is nice but casual. Another place alot of locals go. It's busy with the downtown lunch crowd. Thank goodness they recently expanded - it's a very popular place.
The staff is very nice and attentive. Food is excelent.
Favorite Dish: What's not good! I do like the pho soups. I also love the noodle bowls.
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.
Jack Quinn's Irish Pub: Decent Irish Fare in a fun pub environment
Jack Quinn's is located in the heart of Colorado Springs downtown on Tejon Street. It is an Irish pub with a restaurant.
The main floor consists of a really gorgeus wood bar (if I remember correctly) I believe of lot of the wood was shipped from England or Ireland. There is quite a bit of seating and there are also little nooks and cranny areas to sit in just like in traditional Irish bars in Ireland. Once past the bar is an area where they serve food. Several years ago they redid the entire upstairs and there is another bar and eating area upstairs also. Be aware that the restrooms are up a long flight of stairs (really fun when you are drinking a lot and have to pee all the time!).
Every time I go I tend to get the same thing -the Irish Breakfast, blood pudding and all, it is about $10 and it is plenty of food for me, rashers, eggs, the works. They have good beer, I usually settle for a Guinness, which isn't my favorite beer but I like to have one occasionally.
Quinn's has music different days of the week and it can get very very lively, a lot of Irish who live in town hang out there, including non Irish alike.
All in all a great time and good food, just be prepared to empty your wallet! The average draft beer can cost anywhere between $4-6 and this is the case with a lot of the bars downtown, it's just more expensive. I'm sure you can stick with Coors light and save a dollar or two.
You can only smoke at the bar, not in the restaurant. I think you can smoke in the restaurant after 9 p.m. because they figure most people are done coming in for dinner and everyone is drinking and smoking at this point anyways! I think it's dumb to reserve smoking to the bar, it's all an open area and it wafts over into the dining area, they have a pretty good ventelation system. I am the type that thinks you should be allowed to smoke in a bar and no bans have taken effect in Colorado Springs (yet).
Favorite Dish: The Traditional Irish Breakfast and the Fish & Chips! With a Guinness of course!
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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.