My family and I used to love eating here regularly for the past 10 years under several new owners, however the most recent new owners were EXTREMELY disrespectful and rude to me and my entire family. We are RETIRED military, therefore did not get the 10% off, but pulled out our cell phone to check in on facebook for the 10% discount instead...not only did we not get the 10% discount, but one of the new owners said we were annoying him! Very unprofessional....will NOT be eating here again until new owners take over this place.
Tried NJs twice now, once last week and again today, this time to redeem a coupon for a few free slices due to the mishap from last week's visit. Today was much better. The slice of sausage pizza tasted like they had actually recently taken it out of the oven unlike the first visit's luke warm, kinda stale slice.
Here's my love/hate list:
The color scheme, pretty much an eyesore. Red and green stripes? Terrible.
Why New Jersey pizza instead of New York? Who thinks of NJ style pizza over NY style?
Service subpar. I'm all for grungy looking kids running a pizza place, but there needs to be a little more organization, communication and promptness.
Too many items on the menu. Just stick to the pizza and apparently the strombolis!
The concept. Their is a definite need for a pizza-by-the-slice spot downtown.
There's really no need to go beyond pizza and few other items like salad and maybe bread sticks and, again, apparently strombolis. But if I'm in the mood for a pasta this is not the place. They need to cater to the quick-stop business lunch and CC crowd during the day and the inebriated kids walking by needing something cheap to eat at night. The quality is good enough to warrant the low price. If I want to have a nice sit down pizza experience I'll go across the street to IlVicino's. Don't try to compete with them, differentiate by attracting the pizza-by-the-slice crowd.
This place is first rate. It is clean as a whistle. The people who own it are sweet as can be, and so gracious. The food is simply every bit as wonderful as this review describes. Under twenty dollars for two people to have one of the tastiest dinners available in the Springs.
Not that it matters one way or another but I have never replied to any topic on the Indi prior to this one ONLY because I happened to be there that night & because of over hearing what these people ordered did I put the two together.
For guys wearing flip flops & shorts to a well established restaurant it was like they were on vacation!
First off YES it's only appropriate to have the founders photo in the lobby, that's no different then having a deceased relatives photo on your wall. I did not hear nor see anything along the lines of a "fetching" action from the bartender nor did I hear anyone make a "fish milkshake" comment. Perhaps I was just enjoying the ambiance & my dinner once again, I did not really focus on anything else other then while I was waiting between courses. Besides if they disliked the Sunbird SO much why go back for Brunch?! Or was it Brunch then back for dinner?
Side Note: I have been to 2 weddings there & they were beautiful, fun & I would recomend it!
On the Local: 50 miles is pretty extreme. I think 100 miles would be more sensible. I am looking forward to checking it out.
I find this review to be extremely arrogant & with blatant disrespect to the Sunbird as if the "critic" was trying to get back at someone on a VERY childish & inappropriate level using the Independent & Sunbird as their personal choice of weapons. The restaurant may be a little out of date but that's the beauty of it. Having done my research after eating here it turns out the Swordfish that was rudely cut down has ben added to other Specialty Restaurants Corporations menus proving I would not take what this individual has said to heart, try it for yourself & don't be a follower of some tacky verbal barrage!
We tried Sunbird 6 years ago, never went back.
$28 for a chewy sirloin strip steak and $33 for a bottle of K-J Chard taught us to never go back to that clip joint. They clip you real good for the view up on the hill, but it's all downhill from there. Those were prices in 2006. Today, Sunbird charges $38/bottle for K-J Chard, which is outrageous, the clip job continues.
I can get K-J Chard at Costco for $11. Even today, I rarely see K-J Chard over $29/bottle in eateries.
For a lot less money I can go to Saltgrass to get a great steak that's always tender, is cooked to order, with excellent side dishes and where we receive professional service. Saltgrass (and the new Bonefish Grill) manage to pull off one of the most difficult tasks of any upscale eatery chain which uses fresh ingredients, and that is to maintain consistently high performance, standards and customer satisfaction.
We've enjoyed Saltgrass scores of times and will continue to do so, relegating Sunbird to the no-no list.
This was once one of our favorite restaurants in CS. Our *last* time there, the service and overall experience was about as described.
Matt, we've been to Saltgrass many times and NEVER have we been disappointed.
I'd advise people to get grilled veggies with their entree (in place of the usual potato) as they are the best veggies in town, not the rock hard carrots and broccoli that most serve.
But why eat at a fairly run down chain withnanchain attitude wait staff when you have a better meal in an upscale,McLean,mand locally owned eatery for the same price butnwith better taste and service...once here was all I could handle
Bryce is correct in his review. All our beef is indeed from Ranch Foods Direct.
I figured as master chef of the universe you would know that Sysco’s CAB (Certified Angus Beef) beef most likely doesn’t come from Colorado ranchers, in fact we don’t know where it comes from. Too bad there isn’t country of origin labeling required for restaurants. Also Ranch Foods Direct doesn’t give kickbacks for doing business – just good meat. And unlike Sysco and CAB, there is no Pink Slime in the burger.
Oops. That's Uchenna.
Ucnenna Ethiopian Restaurant at 2501 W. Colorado, supplied dinner to one of the evacuee shelters during the fire. I was there when the very gracious owner, Maya, and her family, were preparing the food.
Though it is Sysco, I assure you it is C.A.B. from Colorado ranches. Not everyone is on the RFD teet. Bryce.
I couldn't agree more with the previous comment. I've witnessed firsthand the Layton family in action and they are truly one of a kind.
This is so wonderful. Bill, you and Sally have done so much for the community. Nice to see you getting the kudos you so long deserve. We are proud to call you friend and neighbor - Lorrie & Ty
Great food, but last time we went, it took over an hour to get our entree, by which time we were full and couldn't eat it. We very politely tried to tell the manager about the delay; his response was that we could just take the food home with us. Then he tried to blame our server, even though we indicated that the server had been great. After this wholly insufficient response to our unhappy customer experience, we will not be back anytime soon.
At least they actually HAD guacamole when you went. When I tried it they had no chips or guacamole. You're dead on about the horchata, that stuff was bad - gritty, even.
The proposed Peak Public Market would be a wonderful asset for COS. As a born and raised Seattle gal, I know how Seattleites love and support the Pike Place Market. 30 years ago it was instrumental in the revitalization of the derelict downtown First Ave/Denny Regrade area and a public market near ATB Park can do the same for COS. Kudos to Mike Callicrate for this amazingly bright idea.
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