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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Appetite

Re: “A Green Mountain Falls 'classic' — Blue Moose Tavern — comes up short

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.

6 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by m&m on 05/29/2013 at 11:44 AM

Re: “A 'new' Saigon reopens on the east side

Probable the best Vietnamese food and menu in the Springs with excellent service and reasonable prices.... We are regulars.

Posted by djrmddmd on 05/04/2013 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Carlos' may be out of reach for many, but exclusivity certainly has its highlights

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 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.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 04/17/2013 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Hacienda Colorado's many fine attributes display why it's grown into a giant

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.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 04/10/2013 at 5:14 PM

Re: “A 'new' Saigon reopens on the east side

Just went there last night-great food. We're glad they moved closer to our home. Worth the visit!

Posted by What's the Word? on 04/05/2013 at 5:26 PM

Re: “A 'new' Saigon reopens on the east side

Sinuous meat? That doesn't sound appealing. Is that the adjective you were looking for? And egg flour? What is that?

Posted by Lalahartma on 04/03/2013 at 1:26 PM

Re: “A 'new' Saigon reopens on the east side

Great to know our cuisine is spreading out to the world :)

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Aaron Mai on 04/03/2013 at 4:47 AM

Re: “Ritz Grill gets a much-needed overhaul, to sweet effect

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.

Posted by Arnold Ziffel on 03/26/2013 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Decadent design at moZaic

"...and whose mother Teresa is the food editor at the Gazette..." best absence of a comma ever. Ever.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by maclark999 on 03/15/2013 at 1:45 PM

Re: “A ride to remember

"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.

Jenny :)

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jenny Schlosser on 02/21/2013 at 9:28 AM

Re: “West-side neighborhood diner The Dive feels up and down

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.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by David Perl on 02/18/2013 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Halfway House: Dale Street Café needs work, but could shine

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.

Posted by TejonTech on 02/09/2013 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Halfway House: Dale Street Café needs work, but could shine

Agreed. The Dale Street has gone down hill. See our blog review:…

Posted by Ron Mast on 02/07/2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Halfway House: Dale Street Café needs work, but could shine

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.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by TejonTech on 02/07/2013 at 7:10 AM

Re: “Talkin' turkey

Hey there Turkey man... this is pretty impressive... enjoyed reading about your adventures in turkey raising... find it rather interesting... no wonder you like what you do... why not!!! and you get to ride horses as well... not a bad life at all.... not at all...
need help...just say "Attraversiamo"... I am there! lou

Posted by Eleanor Kalejs on 02/05/2013 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Should-be-famous Amos

I had lunch there today it was WONDERFUL. Make sure to try the fried Orka and the jerk chicken and the 3 ribs. I love, love this place. Go Amos and Lunita and the beautiful children!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sandra Pöhlmann on 02/02/2013 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Good Karma: Enlightenment found in Manitou Springs

I was taken here to eat the other week (as a Buddhist monk, I dug the name). Their Reuben was delicious, and generous proportionate to the price. The coffee was good, and the atmosphere nice.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Venerable Sangpo on 01/30/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Should-be-famous Amos

This place is great. His main dishes are great. Best BBQ in the Springs and the sides are amazing. It is easy to tell that he loves to cook. Give Amos a try!

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by oldoddandintheway on 01/11/2013 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Should-be-famous Amos

Great food - Amos does it all himself and he clearly cares that his customers are pleased by his food. This place is hard to see from the street, but simple to find; its nondescript exterior hides a treasure inside. You are missing out if you skip this!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by helens on 01/11/2013 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Ground truth

Yeah great review and great place, just an off ramp off the Santa Fe trail it makes a great stop off for a pleasant bike ride with great coffee, food and a cool atmosphere. Been a few weeks since my last visit so will have to make a bee line to see all the latest developments and enjoy another coffee. After a recent article Urban shared on the differences between a latte and a cappuccino I will be taking more notice of the pour

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Simon Trevena on 01/03/2013 at 10:18 AM

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