By some of these comments, it sounds like someone couldn't be happy anywhere. GMF is an awesome place, with some local government issues negatively impacting the local taven's business. It still is by far the best community in El Paso County to live to be able enjoy the natural surroundings with a populace of mostly great and friendly people.
A pit? You must live in one awesome place to make such a comment and since there's Tejon in your name, I am pretty certain that is far from true.
Maybe, and it seems pretty likely by your posts, you're just not a very likeable person. Don't blame GMF because you're not popular. Start with mouthwash, lower your voice some, try to engage in more pleasant conversation, and recognize that your life probably isn't anything to brag about.
Anyone else who isn't a killjoy, come to GMF, bring a designated driver and go 5 under the speed limit and enjoy a great community.
Gosh Randi, "... so that people like you don't come back." doesn't sound very friendly to me. I guess you're just friendly to people you agree with.
Randi...GMF is a pit, sort of a third world experience from the early '60. Anyone who didn't drop out of school in Jr High springs for the extra gas and goes to Vail or Breck.
TejonTech, yeah, you're right, no reason at all to come to GMF (hiking, biking, friendly people, Bronc Days, lake, playground, history etc...) we should just keep GMF lame so that people like you don't come back.
Wow....sounds like my little home town's Capt. Fun cashed in his coupons and headed West! Breaks my heart 'cuz "Green" used to be some kinda good time!
I have lived here over a decade and just recently found out anything was even there...and when I went in to give the place a try, because I was not a known local it was chillesville. Not going back.
The problem with the bar isn't the food or the new look; it is the town itself that just isn't what it used to be. Sure the past owners of the bar had some failings but people kept coming until the local police force seemed to take it upon themselves to pull over everybody that came to town.
Considering that the local government only seems to exist to try to undermine each other and consistently embarrass the townspeople with petty squabbles, nothing is likely to get fixed anytime soon. Then there's the fact the local restaurants in the area have plummeted in quality (The Pantry excluded) and so now there is really no reason to come to Green Mountain Falls anymore, and therefore no reason to go to the once great bar in an otherwise downward spiral of a town. Without the consumers, of course the portions for food at the bar are going to dwindle. The Pine Gables may rise again someday, but only if the town does as well and not only do tourists come back but so do all of the locals who used to use the place as a playground and who've found other things to do for the last 2 or 3 years rather than sit in empty bars, eat bad 'cuisine', and then get a ticket on the way home.
Probable the best Vietnamese food and menu in the Springs with excellent service and reasonable prices.... We are regulars.
This is one of the last places in Colorado Springs that has not dumbed down to burgers and fries.
We have the fewest good places to eat of any town our size in the country...does everything have to cater to the pants down around their butts crowd.
Carlos' lunch is very competitive and spectacular for treating a good customer to a treat.
When you take a table, you are there for the evening...no one is turning the table and hustling you along.
You pay extra for perfection, warmth, and appreciation. The Broadmoor is out for the buck and they no longer know you by name.
Carlos, Walter's, Marigold's, Paravacini's and the BlueStar are primo local eateries...and well worth every penny more than the mediocrity served up by the chains and on Tejon Street.
It is really still a chain and doesn't stand up to local places like the reasonably new place near the old La Petite Maison on Colorado just west of I25.
Just went there last night-great food. We're glad they moved closer to our home. Worth the visit!
Sinuous meat? That doesn't sound appealing. Is that the adjective you were looking for? And egg flour? What is that?
Great to know our cuisine is spreading out to the world :)
Interesting picture. There is a bottle of Orin Swifts "The Prisoner" along with the $17 entree. The Ritz charges $65 for this expensive wine option. Thats a fairly expensive dinner IMHO, so skip the wine and get a glass of the house red. The entree looks tasty and reasonably priced. Why do restaurants always have to mark up wine and drinks so darn much? They would sell more if they scaled back their prices to a reasonable level. They could offer "The Prisoner" for $40 and still make a tremendous profit, and probable sell many more bottles of it.
"...and whose mother Teresa is the food editor at the Gazette..." best absence of a comma ever. Ever.
"It might remind you of where you ate after church with your grandparents, a place where the portions are huge, the waitresses wear jeans, the food comes up quick and old men saunter in wearing decorated veterans' caps to join each other at community tables."
This is what I was thinking when my husband and I tried it for the first time, yesterday. We moved to CS in 2010 and are here to stay... we love the abundance of restaurant choices in CS, especially the old diners and family restaurants like Big Train. Great food and service! I'll take places like this over noisy, crowded, stuffy, modern, over priced places anyday.
I've been to The Dive twice and also have mixed feelings about it. Personally I liked their Dive Burger but, as the review noted, the soggy, oil-soaked fries were barely edible and nothing I'd eat again. They would go back to the kitchen if I got them like that again...
I also had breakfast there. Some of the intital turn-off were extremely greasy plates and silverware (even the other set of silverware on the table appeared not to have been washed). I though the coffee was barely drinkable, and the home fries were so-so. The omelet, however, was very good.
And I will say that the server (the same gal both times I was there) was very nice and attentive. So, good burger, good omelet, great service. I'm just not sure if that's good enough to outweigh the negatives. It has been over a month since my last visit and thought I'd give 'em some more time to get their food preparation squared away. Looks like I may need to wait a bit longer as your reviewer experienced the same thing my wife and I did. Well, here's hoping they can work things out and survive...I'd like to have an independent litte diner near by.
I forgot the about mentioning the resident fly that has buzzed around customers for as long Dale Street has been open...they have one on each floor and several out front in the waiting area, always very attentive to the customers.
Agreed. The Dale Street has gone down hill. See our blog review: http://foodieclicks.wordpress.com/2013/02/…
Gave up on this over priced under staffed could care less place years ago...the chairs are uncomfortable and the tables always require the waiter to put match books under the legs, never really solving the problem...too late for me, too many other nicer places to go where they actually do things like clean the base boards...yuk.
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