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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Appetite

Re: “Almost fine dining

Okay, as an avid reader of the indy, and especially the food restaurant reviews, I wonder why foodjunkie thinks that the reviewers are only attacking Palmer Lake restaurants. I have read his/her comment about La Zingara and now this one. This person just enjoys seeing his/her words on screen, attempting to put someone else's work down. What does this person do other than criticize someone else's opinion? If it weren't for everyone having an opinion, then he/she would have absolutely NOTHING to say. Just a word to the wise, before you post to the indy, foodjunkie, proofread your statements, "I have noticed in California and NY lots of restaurants going to this method for costs, not having to hire a person specializing in desserts, and for flexiblty." Flexibilty is misspelled.

Posted by Avid Reader on 05/03/2011 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Little Italy

I don't get it. They buy an old restaurant, don't change anything and invite the paper to write about the same old thing? What is special about using the other guys menu and only offering something new once a week? Sounds kinda stupid. After re-reading, it seems she liked a few items; the soup, ravioli, dessert, the artichokes minus the dip oh and the service. This aint a franchise, they don't have to keep the same menu. Why so sensitive? Haha It's like wearing a hand-me-down prom dress and asking everyone "How do I look?" Well you look old and out of date. Retract the claws!!!

Posted by Avid Reader on 05/02/2011 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Little Italy

Not sure what Monika's problem is either. After reading this review I went last night, Friday, to see for myself. First the vines, not "dusty", they have small amount of fuzzy on the vines to make realistic. If she had gotten close to see for herself she would have noticed this. Second I touched them and my fingers came off clean. The leaves, vines and backs of the leaves all clean. So to call a restaurant "dusty" is WRONG!! She should be ashamed of herself for saying something so false. By the way they did not look like they had been cleaned that day so unless they cleaned them after she came and before this review came out she was misleading her readers. Then the food the "special" for the night Friday was as stated a creole italian mix. I did not have it but found it funny that they seemed to have missed "special" as the rest of the world does as "SPEICIAL". Not sure if this lady smokes or what but her taste buds must have been left in the car for my dish and stole a bite of my wife's dish all had flavor. So just another review attacking Palmer Lake restaurants and the food, just because they are not in the Springs, is wrong. She missed it, missed your neighbors. I hope the other's take notice and maybe they can not get attacked too. We will be back and again we enjoyed it immensely.

Posted by foodjunkie on 04/30/2011 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Little Italy

My husband and I happen to love La Zingara. The Darnell's are always friendly and personable. It is obvious they care about your business. Their staff is trained in how to serve - an art itself these days (without having to pay an arm and a leg). The food is delicious and consistent. I am certain Monika is confused. We found the former owner's restaurant in Old Colorado City to be as she described La Zingara. We took our entire extended family to their restaurant during the holidays. Out of 12 meals, 2 were given a thumbs up - the rest were average or below with service the same. We will take La Zingara any day!

The Brandt's
More loyal patrons of La Zingara

Posted by Brandt on 04/30/2011 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Almost fine dining

Okay Folie a Deux, I owe you an appology. I agreed slightly with this review till I saw the most recent one about your neighbor, La Zingara. I have taken a different view of your place and this papers review. I will explain. First your menu tops out at 32 but most items are less than that so three $$$ is not correct. If you look at most restaurant sites, reviews and papers the range is 15 to 30 and you fall in that category. And when does price make up fine dining status, thought it was the food, service and atmosphere? Second after dining with you on Thursday, your 1/2 price wine night, I did notice you PAINTED AND STILL PAINTING, great, this was needed. But to the real reason the food. I am not sure of what Mr Schniper talking really about. I tasted horseradish, and more would dominate the whole dish. Second I noticed you have changed some menu items. I must have come during a transition time but still saw some favorites. The wine sauce my spouse had with her elk was not sweet and not bitter either so you must have fixed it or like the other review of your neighbor taste buds not working for these so called "critics". I do appreicate your explaining on why you use locals for some of your food.."I agree". Some people specialize in foods and desserts are diffently one of those. I have noticed in California and NY lots of restaurants going to this method for costs, not having to hire a person specializing in desserts, and for flexiblty. With the size of your place I can only imagine how hard it would be to have a person just to make desserts in house. The bread, not old not hard nor the butter pokey. Problem solved or no problem just another person after Palmer Lake. Thanks for a fantastic night and we will see you again soon.

CS readers should not take this paper as a good word. Get up there and try for yourself. I know you will be surprised as I was about how off they are on both places.

Posted by foodjunkie on 04/30/2011 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Little Italy

Okay folks: time for Monika's editor to step in and defend her honor.
Really, I'm fine with you calling her a butcher (if you only knew ...), but implying that she has a vendetta is pretty ridiculous. I know facing tough criticism is difficult for a restaurant (and its fans), but to think that nothing other than a vendetta could be responsible for a negative review is silly.
Like we aim to do in all of our reviews, Monika detailed what did and didn't work at La Zingara, citing examples. I'm the one who assigned her the review and she hadn't visited La Zingara prior or had any unpleasant run-ins with Steve Darnell outside of the eatery that would have spawned an evil vendetta.
As for not calling ahead to see which days the specials were served, it is a step that neither Monika nor I thought would be necessary. From Darnell's e-mail invitation for us to come review him, he failed to mention that caveat, giving us the impression that they were generally available.
Read here yourself from his early February email:
"...Yes the menu is still the same but I have been adding new dishes that I run as specials. I have added Creole Pasta Jambalaya, Blacked Chicken Fettuccini and a Penne Duck Ragu to name a few that are big hits. I have also changed our house seasoning and made changes to the sauces. I smoke my own Tasso ham for some of the Creole dishes since I can't buy it here."
As you can see, the phrase "adding new dishes that I run as specials" sounds pretty regular and expansive, not limited to one night. Regardless, we didn't let this "set the tone for the bad review." We simply stated that it was a "bummer for us" that we didn't get to sample what Darnell was bragging about. Our budget and deadline didn't allow for us to make a third drive to Monument for that unfortunately.
But that too is an aside to the fact that Monika found the main Italian items lacking. That's her opinion and of course some loyal patrons will disagree. Welcome to the subjective art of food reviewing.
I trust Monika to wield her cleaver with integrity and proper justification.

Posted by Matthew Schniper on 04/29/2011 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Little Italy

My question is: Why didn't Ms Randall call ahead to see what days the Creole specials were being served? Specials are just that, "Special" not served everyday and not on the menu.

It seems like her failure to prepare for the review set the tone for the bad review. Or maybe George is right, maybe it is a "vendetta".

Posted by Problemsolver on 04/29/2011 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Little Italy

Although I have not tried this restaurant, I do believe that everyone is entitled to an opinion. George, we are glad to hear that you enjoy the food at La Zingara, but to criticize someone because they share their opinion is a bit childish don't you think. The owner of the restaurant agreed with some of Monika's comments so maybe you should read the article again, then make a comment.

Avid reader of the Indy.

Posted by Avid Reader on 04/29/2011 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Little Italy

Wow, it saddens me to see Monika's review. I am on a very restrictive diet and the owner has gone above and beyond to meet my needs. I have been served a variety of dishes that never lack flavor. The creole dishes are also very tasty and I have been offered them almost every time I've visited the restaurant. I do have a tendency to go on Friday nights, which may be the reason they are always on the menu. The service is top notch, making me feel they are there to serve just me. I have recommended several of my friends, especially those on a limited diet to La Zingara. Please go and see for yourself if Monka's claims are true.

Mona Sullivan

Posted by monamarie on 04/29/2011 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Little Italy

I have been enjoying a weekly meal at La Zingara since they opened. I'm not sure what Monika's problem is, but it certainly sounds like she has a vendetta. I grew up on Italian cuisine on the south side of Chicago, and I have been very happy with La Zingara. I don't know who put the bee under your bonnet Monika, but I certainly don't think your review was fair or accurate. If you get bored with creating lame reviews, maybe you could switch occupations... a "butcher" possibly.

George Wilkins
Loyal patron of La Zingara

Posted by GWWilkins on 04/28/2011 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Shake, rattle and rolls

I had heard this place had super fresh fish with an Elvis twist so I checked it out at lunch today. I just had a Rainbow Roll, not all you can eat. The fish was indeed very fresh and it was topped with sweet tobiko. All was fine until I went to pay the bill. Instead of being charged $10.95 as on the menu, I was told the price was $12.95 because of the new computer cash register. I asked why the menu was a different price and was told "all prices have gone up but they don't have a new menu yet." They insisted on charging me a price 20% higher than advertised. Isn’t there a law or something about price switching? Anyway, I will never go there again and am telling everyone I know not to either.

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Posted by Red Dragon on 04/22/2011 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Grinders, no gab

Wow. Fantastic, friendly service. Great quality meats. My fave sub shop! A lot of sandwich for the price. The type of subs you get in New England are so hard to find anywhere else. I am so happy to have found this place! Highly recommend!

Posted by hethalondon on 04/22/2011 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Almost fine dining

Always striving to improve our food and service at Folie a’ Deux, after Matthew’s review, we took several of his comments to heart. We agree with his review regarding spicy foods, and personally love eating spicy Cajun, Southwest and Texas foods; however, in response to our customer feedback, we “toned down” some of our spicier sauces and sides. As ever, our goal is to provide exceptional dining experiences for our regular and new customers, and we welcome all feedback from our guests.

Posted by Folie a Deux dining on 04/09/2011 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Mindful munching

Smoky Red Pepper Hummus
This recipe makes an attractive, chunky hummus with a nice finish.
Blend together:

* 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
* 1 clove of garlic
* 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
* ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
* 1/8 teaspoon of smoked paprika

Stir in:
1/3 cup minced red pepper

Allow the flavors to blend overnight. This is especially tasty with raw veggies, nan, or unsalted tortilla chips.

for more recipes please visit

Posted by meigan1cameron on 03/25/2011 at 10:31 AM

Re: “... and a show

We have eaten here twice in the last couple of weeks and have enjoyed the good food and excellent service. It beats going to the chain restaurants that are on Garden of the Gods.

Posted by Chow Hound on 03/17/2011 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Don't have a cow

I live in the Stetson Hills hood and went there this past December after it opened. I wanted lunch and beer. After just looking at the menu, there was nothing that made me want to eat there. The bartender was attentive, short tap beer list. I asked her when was Happy Hour, figuring I could make it a nice spot to stop one the way home sometimes since, it is about 4 blocks from the house. She couldn't and did not bother to find out for me. What really ticked me was that there was some guy walking around who seemed to be a manager or owner talking to a few people, probably his friends who came in. He never approached me and my partner and said hi, or welcome in, is it your first time here. We were ignored - and the place was not packed. I know if I was the manager of a new "neighboorhood" bar, I would greet everyone who came in for the first few months, ask if they lived by and welcome them, etc.

So, I won't go back to this new "neighborhood" bar. I'll stick with Fox and Hound and Rock Bottom or this place called my very own bar in my very own house.

Posted by Slim on 03/05/2011 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Don't have a cow

Hi Powers that be,

Thanks for writing. I can see that you're confused about how bad food works, so here goes: Bad food is bad regardless of where you drove to it from.

Take care.

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Posted by Bryce E. Crawford on 02/28/2011 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Don't have a cow

another west side review of an east side establishment.
This place is awesome. Gotta get over the I-25 barrier. Or better yet stay on that side with your Manitoid neighbors.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Powers that be on 02/26/2011 at 6:05 PM

Re: “From soup to Nosh

was going to check out the Le Bistro's Warm Chocolate Fondant -- and just realized they are closed! darn

Posted by mocat on 02/18/2011 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Lyons' roar

Really folks - if you haven't tried this new version of NOSH, it's fabulous. You don't have to drive to Denver or Boulder (anymore) for some creative cooking using local ingredients. Well done!

Posted by Rational on 01/11/2011 at 4:43 PM

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