I've always had GREAT food there. I've been going there for years. My wife and I set in the Plane, but when we're in a group(10-15 people)we set in the Resturant.
I've been coming here since I was an undergrad at UCCS in 1996. A fellow student, who was recovering from a DH in the Army, lived across the street and we ate at the North End often. Now, I visit a few times a year with an old professor...it's our place. Yes, it's a hole in the wall. Yes, the service can be slow. Yes, the food is excellent.
If you haven't been here, go.
I admire the single mother owner of North End Diner. It takes a lot to raise children and run a business, but it take more out of you to run a restaurant. I did it once and it was too demanding and customers are fickle.
Because of my diet, I enjoy eating there. The omletes are good and my husband has a great breakfast. If I don't want breakfast, then the staff will fix me something special without a hassel.
It is often true they take more time than is necessary, but I think of it as if 'mother' is cooking- you can't rush things. So yes, don't eat there if you have an appointment in an hour. And, don't be afraid to get up and help yourself to another cup of whatever you're drinking. They don't mind and I like helping myself.
What you probably don't know is they hire people trying to get back on their feet in society. So enjoy your next meal there, be kind while you let them know how they can make your visit more enjoyable.
It's rare to have a family owned business these days with all the pressure of franchises. I take people there to share the at home atmosphere and to support the dying breed of family owned businesses. How about trying them with this information in hand.
I don’t work there and am not friends of the owner, but I know who he is. I am a local and frequent the downtown. The King’s Chef is what small business ownership is all about; choice – the choice to not put up with credit card fees and the choice to not put up with rude customers. This is not Taco Bell / corporate America. I know to bring cash and I know my money is staying local. Being a long time customer it appears that the owner and other employees work hard for that money too. No, the food is not health food. If you want a salad go to Souper Salad. When I want some great green chili or I just want a nice indulgence and breakfast or lunch visit with some friends I go here. An occasional “Grump” or “Thing” (large breakfast items) after an early morning bike ride isn’t bad either. I have been in there with and without my young daughters and have always been treated well…and my girls are always treated very sweetly. Then again I try my best to treat people kindly and fairly and therefore generally get that in return. No silver spoon here. I would definitely recommend the King’s Chef.
The Indy didn't give King's Chef a Best Of Award; the Indy READERS did. It's a democratic process that involves voting so KC must be doing something right.
If it was possible to give zero stars I would have. To say that the owner is rude is the understatement of 2010. He was the rudest, most unprofessional hostile and ill tempered man that I have had the unfortunate occurrence of running into. Part of running a business means public relations and while I think the chef gets away with bad behavior under the guise of that "diner experience". The food quality is absolutely sub par save for the Green Chili. The burrito I ordered was badly cooked, dry and tasted like garbage. The restrooms were filthy and the employees attitude went beyond the diner charisma. Caveat Emptor - You will get better food quality, service and attitude at the Taco Bell 2 blocks down.
I seriously can't believe the Indy gave this a Best Of....
I thought the wait staff were rude, and the food was gross.
haven't been in years but their pies were alwys amazing!!!
What a wonderful flight!
A large group of us went in with our aspiring kid pilots. They flew the plane to various places while the rest of us enjoyed some adult beverages. It's amazing the plane's cocpit is still there.
Everyone enjoyed their food although my wife wants to go back for the teriyaki salmon with a sweet pineapple salsa. And the kids keep wanting to go visit the plane again.
They serve absolute garbage in there. I would never ever waste my time or money there again... ever! The only positive thing I can say is they do sit you at a table, in chairs. Although I'm surprised they don't just toss the "Food" on the floor to complete the presentation.
Wow. I read through these reviews to see if I would like to eat here. Not a chance. It's pretty clear the folks that work here are adding horrible responses to the PAYING customers comments about the place. If your too thin skinned to take bad reviews and LEARN from them, then you are equally unwilling to improve. Maybe there is some truth to the bad reviews about the food. Maybe I'll just go somewhere else to eat, easy enough.......
I agree with the last comment. A lot of whiners that are trying to compare local good food restaurants with their accustomed fast food life stlye. If every whiner on this blog would have contacted a manager I sure their pathetic complaint would have been handled.. Most of these people could not even boil water. Meanwhile I going for some green Chili at the diner
Awful. That's the only way to describe the only experience I had in the airplane. My wife and daughters took me here for my birthday a while back. I am a pilot and flight instructor so they thought it might be fun for me. The plane is, of course, separated from the main building and the staff has a lengthy walk to and from the main building for almost anything. After placing out order we did not see our server again for over 20 minutes. After watching several other diners get their food when they had ordered after us I asked another server if they could find out what was going on. It turns out that our server had 'had enough' and walked out without telling anyone. I worked in restaurants for 17 years, this happens. The problem is, no one noticed. They found our food which was sitting in the kitchen, pushed to the side for who knows how long and brought it out. Needless to say it was mostly inedible but not one person apologized or offered to replace the food or even the gesture of a complimentary dessert. While I was in the restroom someone dropped of the bill which I paid in cash and we left. Its not a very bright way to run a business.
I love all these whiney complaints about the Chef. No credit cards? Bring cash. Only thing good is the green chili? Take that silver spoon in your mouth out. Can out cook King Chef Chef Davenport? Huh...I never heard of you and you arent up there with any of the great chefs in town. Maybe you should prove it to us and open your own joint.
The Chefs got what all you cry babys don't...soul. Maybe ya'll should go back to Golden Corall where the great Chef Davenport is out cooking all our great downtown independent restaurants for only $9.95 for the all ya can eat buffet.
Viva la chef!
The only good thing about this place is their chili, but you can buy that at Whole Foods. Finny thing is, it costs about $2.00 LESS at Whole Foods, versus at the restaurant.
This place is turning into quite a royal joke, and it deserves a greasy death. Went to eat here, and of course, was told they dont take a debit card for payment-but, but wait here it comes-we have an ATM inside the restaurant that our customers can get money from, and thats at the rate of $2.50 cents a pop for a withdrawal to pay for your meal. Lets all put our collective genuis' together, and guess who owns the ATM. Maybe the owner, or the owners business acquaintance? I could be wrong completely, but doubt it. If I am not, then the owner can step up to the plate (pun intended) and tell us who owns it-it's on their property I am sure they know.
You see all these people here waiting for a seat? Well yer taking up two seats and you're only orderin' one thing. So goes the $5.00 shared plate charge explanation from one of their staff. I realize the server is only following policy and didn't make the rules, and in the past we've never been charged extra $5 for sharing. I actually understand this policy at the original location on Costilla, but not Bijou. Oh well, I just had to vent. Smiley's has better food anyway.... just nowhere to sit... Smell ya later Chef...
Author; Jesse D.
Phone number; 719-459-5996
Is it the altitude or what? I just read the Gazette's food section and saw King Chef and their nomination for Colorado's best breakfast in food net's magazine...
I am utterly appalled. How horrible is the Colorado palate that this greasy abomination slathered on a plate has Colorado natives raving? Well i say shame on you Colorado Springs. How can you let this represent us as a whole when there is so much better out there? I mean even a national corporation can produce better slop, are we feeding a bunch of brainwashed easily impressed pigs? Or are we feeding the proud distinguished citizens of Colorado?
All i see from this situation is that quantity overrides quality. for example i can cook up a bunch of burnt Russet potatoes and you people think I'm a professional chef. If I put my Heart and Soul into a dish that bursts with flavor yet is slightly small I'm nobody. You see Coloradans have been set into the corporate fling, Value.
If you can get more for your buck it wins awards, but if you can cook with outstanding ingredients and produce an outstanding product customers say "7.99 for a zucchini sandwich? well i can get more elsewhere..." The main point i bring to you is this.... YOU COLORADO, have lost your love of flavor,impressive ingredients, and bold presentation. An since have given in to a family sized platter of flavorless mush,over-spicy chili, and burnt over buttered potatoes, because its more food for less money. I can out-cook King Chef,and Nosh and i can prove it, so i say shame on you Colorado Springs,for sacrificing your palates to save money.
Sincerely, The Colorado guru of flavor
CHEF Jesse Davenport
@ Joshua, if you think $9.50 for a 1 POUND burger (a double) is expensive, you need to go back to farmtown USA. Their regular (1/2 pound burger is $5.50). http://thinkinbinary.com/King/Menu.pdf Lesseeee..... a 'Double Quarter Pounder' Meal at McD's is about $7.50, so the same price for inferior food. Who sucks now?
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