For the money, probably the best sit-down breakfast place over here on the East side. Only open for breakfast and lunch, though. The Cimarron Hills neighborhood definitely doesn't have a better breakfast place in the area!
Interestingly enough, these chains seemed to exist in AZ as "The Good Egg" - the restaurants were almost identical. So, if you're ever eaten at "The Good Egg" chain, it's basically the same thing.
Expect standard breakfast food, prepared well - omelets, eggs, bacon; corned-beef hash - that type of thing. Decent (if weak) coffee. I see a wide range of people here from families with hordes of small children to seniors enjoying the chance to sip coffee and read the newspaper. The wait staff is very friendly and seem to go out of their way to accommodate everyone; going the extra mile to bring crying children crayons and coloring sheets, etc.
Nice little place!
When it opened, it had potential...a few tweaks here and there...but they tweaked in the wrong direction.
It is now basically a club for some fairly weird people, and if you are not a member of 'the club', you might as well find someplace else because the wait staff will ignore you, find you simply a problem for having woken up in the morning, and a bother for distracting them from the 'club members.'
The beer is interesting if you are smoking dope, but otherwise a good Dales for half the price anywhere else in town should do the trick.
Really, how can you say much bad about Rock Bottom? This location is a pretty decent example of the chain, with a fairly talented and creative brew master. It's your standard slightly upscale pub, with appetizers ranging from seared Ahi tuna to regular bar staples like nachos and wings.
It gets a little crazy in the bar area some nights simply because it's so darn busy and there aren't that many places to go out here on the East side... if you can get the attention of the bartenders, most of them quickly and competently can make simple drinks. If you ask for anything complex, you'll be explaining how to make it.
Beer prices are great during happy hour for the fresh, brewed-on-site beer. Food quality ranges depending on the night; I've ordered steaks here and received both excellent cuts of meat and some that I sent back after losing my appetite... and that was for their most expensive fillet which came to my table fatty and overcooked.
I'd stick with the burgers and standard bar food (pizza, nachos, etc) over anything too fancy.
This is the closest sports bar to my house; the wife and I enjoy going here for the occasional beer and lunch/dinner. The only other options around here are large chains; at least for the Cimarron Hills neighborhood. (Rock Bottom and Old Chicago come to mind.)
This is actually a cute sports bar and the food is decent. A 25oz Guinness set me back $6.99 which I felt was a tad bit pricey, but the pours were excellent and the beer fresh. The food prices were good; I had a decent-sized wrap and a cup of some very tasty chicken-tortilla soup for about $10.
So... obviously the profit margin here is made on alcohol, not food. ;) This is true for many restaurants, though.
A few stand-outs - the Buffalo-chicken wrap with fresh carrots and celery as well as the spicy burger (Dynamite burger, or something like that I believe) are very tasty.
The atmosphere is loud and kid friendly, so don't expect this to be a "quiet date night" kinda place. It's a place to bring the kids, have a beer, and watch some sports - with good food and decent if slightly expensive drinks.
Trinity is unique, and Colorado Springs is lucky to have it. First off - go here for the beer. The food is good, yes, but the beer is really the entire reason to experience Trinity. (I think right now they have a Cucumber-Basil Saison on tap - if you aren't into anything more adventurous than a Bud Light, you probably aren't going to enjoy this brewery.)
For the people who rate Trinity poorly; I'm not sure what they expect out of a microbrewery. Trinity has been rated in the top 25 breweries in the world; again, for a community as small as the Springs is; we're lucky to have a place like this. I don't know anywhere else in the city where I can go get beers as wildly different as Trinity offers with appetizers ranging from thick, sliced bacon slices served with maple syrup to vegan fajitas (which are amazing; and I'm not vegan!) - anyway... five stars.
The posting at the top rings true. The owner has some head issues. Nuf sed.
Trinity has horrible service. We like their beer, but they have no idea how to run a restaurant. They publish hours but stopped service food and beer over an hour early early, both in the restaurant and bar for the last 2 times we were there.
I've had no trouble avoiding Crave based on a review about a year ago that described monster-sized burgers with goofy toppings.
If I want a huge amount of ground beef, I'll stop at Wal-Mart and buy a chubb of it. Nor do I care for idiotic pairings and other strangeness.
High beer prices are a tip off that you're a sheep to be shorn.
If I want a hamburger, I'll go to Ted's; or Smash Burger - which is quite good. Both have beer on tap.
I avoid Five Guys; everything there is way too greasy, the burgers are bland and the fries have a burned flavor on top of being the greasiest, mealiest in town. IIRC they use a single step frying method which results in limp greasy fries.
Phatburger was decent, but they closed. It was too noisy in there, and that parking lot sucks.
I think a lot of places intend to be uncomfortably noisy, they want you in long enough to get your money then get you the hell out of there so they can turn the table around for more suckers. When I go into a real noisy place, I turn around and leave; we're not going to sit there unable to hear each other speak as we endure the constant din of lousy eateries.
Picky, ain't I? That's okay, I'm the one paying for it.
Been to RR twice, won't go back.
Cannot find much about RR to recommend it. The burgers are as bland as anything I've ever encountered in a burger and they glop it up with so much junk that you have no idea what you're eating....really, ketchup, mustard AND mayonnaise on a burger? Yuck!
When I want a burger that has real flavor, I'll go to Ted's for a somewhat upscale version, or I'll go to Smash Burger for the quicker, more affordable (and flavorful) version.
Went there for dinner last night...wish I had not. Four dollars for a Dale's Pale Ale...highest price in town. The burgers are okay, but the hype, poorly trained adolescent wait staff who can't make substitutions on the menus even if you pay more for sides not connected with your burger, the lack of good air conditioning, the noise (including pounding on pans when certain orders go out)...the number of employees walking around doing nothing made it feel crowed and mismanaged.
The Blue Star, Springs Orleans, South Side Johnny's all offer a great burger, discount beers, cloth napkins and an attractive wait staff more interested in your coming back than turning the table...and meet your every culinary need...with working air conditioning and seconds on the beer...why was I so stupid to go to a chain, all of which are awful, crowded, noisy and expensive: Smashburger, Crave, Five Brothers...go elsewhere.
Its a gimmick that wears thin quickly. The hamburgers are okay, but far from the best in town. Try the Blue Star or Springs Orleans or even Tony's for a first rate burger done the way you want it. At Crave they are not very flexible and the waiters are unable to swap out menu items like offering onion straws in place of fries...or even letting you buy onion straws if you don't order the exact burger they come with on the menu.
Drifters and Culver's have the very best drive thru burgers. South Side Johnny's makes a good burger...but the chains from Smashburger to Crave to Five Brothers are mostly hype over quality, noisy, crowded, with functionally deficient help more interested in turning the table than giving you a nice experience...and equal in price to the first rate places where you can sit and enjoy your meal for an hour, drink a couple of beers, have cloth napkins, and real air conditioning.
Take the same amount of money needed to eat at Red Robin and eat something really good at one of our many locally owned eateries...and help a small business, protect your health, and enjoy something not out of the freezer and thrown into a deep fryer.
Had the grilled chicken breast burger style & that was absolutely gross, burgers should stay burgers. However try it you might like but for me!
I love the sushi at Jun's, but as the reviews over on the Gasette say, the wait staff is horrible...maybe the worst wait staff in Colorado Springs. They could care less if your food sits on the shelf waiting to be delivered...because they are on break or using the bathroom (yikes, do they wash their hands) and you can just sit and wait until they are in the mood...it is like a little class warfare going on.
The last ime I was there a couple of weeks ago two waitresses argued over who was supposed to serve our table, not because they both wanted to, but because neither of them wanted to...my wife and I felt very unloved....or was it a bother we felt, that's it we were bothering them by coming in.
I do carry out or sit at the sushi bar...just to avoid the bratty girls who expect to be tipped for their insolence...but even then you gavento wait at the cash register for them to take notice you are waiting.
Awesome service and fantastic food. Can't go wrong.
Love their pizza but BEWARE, their location on North Academy has closed, it still takes phone calls but they are redirected to their Powers location, which THEY DO NOT TELL YOU, and you end up DRIVING AN HOUR to get the pizza. Will never be their customer again!
Great authentic food, good prices and Randy is a good person!
It is simply other worldly...and now with the connecting hotel, it is as easy going downtown to leave town. And at Colo Springs rates, not New York's!
Decided to stop and try the food here when we noticed the specials board while strolling through Old Colorado City - VERY glad we did! They had a lot more than just burgers and bar food. We had the Lettice Wraps as an appetizer and tried a couple of the daily specials - I had Chicken Marsala and the wife had the Sloppy Buffalo. Everything tasted great. Relaxed, friendly atmosphere with very good service. Loved the vintage NFL helmets around the bar - will definitely be back for football season also!!
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