Thanks for saving me the trip
Ha ha Beamed ceiling! I heard people call it "Hogan's" as well. It is built in the style of a hogan. Google it.
Communicating with customers!? What a concept! Nothing gets by you brainiacs does it? Brining chicken!? Wow again. Never heard of that! (That was sarcasm) Broasting and pressure cooking are two different things by the way.
great review - on target, would it kill them to marinate some meat!
i don't think we were charged for chips and salsa. i would have remembered that. i do think it's DUMB! that they charge and really dumb that the waitress told you it was to pay for the rennovation. i remember our host was a kid who seemed like he didn't know what he was doing. otherwise, not memorable.
We had eaten for years at Jorges in Pueblo. It was decent. Not terrific, but decent.
Three years ago we walked in after having not been there for for a bit, and were surprised to be charged for salsa and chips. Which goes straight to the first line of the Independent Review. I knew right then something was wrong. Changing. I noted the food in Pueblo was changing at the same time. They always had top shelf beans. Something was changing, and not for the good with the beans. Salsa was getting watery. Plates that used to be satisfying were trending towards mediocre.
We then ate at the Jorge's in Colorado Springs before the rennovation. Wheels off horrible. Everything about it was just gradations worse than Pueblo. Tried it a second time in the springs to give them a chance, a few months later. Nawp. Just as bad. Actually worse because it was disappointing to see them "not getting it". Pueblo continued to go down hill too. We stopped going, after years. We stopped going after the last time when the service was botched, plates were just plain bad, and we were overcharged for To Go desserts. It was a downright bad meal, that last time. I was so fed up by this time, I wrote an email to the owners of Jorges saying we had been long time customers but the last meal was a disaster and we were not just disappointed, we were upset that we had to argue for service for a very poor meal. I never heard back. That ladies and gents is BAD FORM for a business to execute in very poor fashion to a long time customer and then not respond.
Sooooooo, now this review for the apres rennovation in Colorado Springs. Am I surprised? No. I saw this coming three years ago, the changes, the cutting corners, the dwindling service, the mediocre to bad plates. It would do no good to pick apart individual dishes because prior posters have pretty much nailed it. Forget calling it Mexican. When you have been relegated to not even being decent for TexMex, you have fallen very, very far. And Jorge's has fallen very far.
I admit I was really put out when I never received a response to a compassionate, caring customer. So after reading this review which I can only corroborate from many years of experience and then the last 3+ years of tailspin experience, well... we had a birthday dinner a week ago for a long time and very well known resident of the West Side. When we threw out where to go on the West Side to solicit a West Side restaurant, it was rather interesting to hear the group consensus virtually simultaneously say where they didn't want to go first... 'no' to Jorges.
That says something when a group of long time West Siders who want to support west side businesses refuse in that manner. You have got to be doing something very wrong. And Jorges is. I am not ever happy to see poor reviews much less give them. Especially for something that we had participated in for so long. Hence the too long review here. But the Independent review is spot on. Born out by our experience over the last three years at both restaurants. This is not a mediocre dining experience. It is downright bad. How they could have fallen so far is beyond me after being reasonably good for years. Youth? Inexperience? Growth and greed... oh yeah, the prices are NOT in line, not even close, for the food? Way overpriced.
The short of it is finally, I would not take my family there and as it turns out, we didn't for an important birthday celebration. I would like to find something redeeming, just like the reviewer for the Independent, but the review could almost be word for word how dismal Jorges has become. Because the fall from grace has been so far, I am not sure what if anything would get me to go back to Jorges again. And trust me... we gave them multiple opportunities to return to grace.
I'm so happy you told the honest truth. I will not go back to that noisy crap shute. My husband was sick for a week. It took an HOUR to get our check (the manager had to find our server and did not even apologize). Our plates were bland and tasted like old, cheap, re-heated cheese. Because that was what coated everything. I vote for Amanda's Fonda and Salsa Brava.
No offense Christina but I spend a lot of time in ABQ and I find the food pretty weak.
Mexican in ABQ is mostly New Mexican and is very similar from place to place. I have had little luck getting high end food in ABQ/Rio Rancho area. Of course COS you really need to know where to go also.
I agree some ratings especially on the MX restaurants here are lousy. I think you have to go to a hole in the wall say off of Platte to find closer to the real thing. La Carreta usually fits that bill although they can have an off day and I have not been there i a while.
How Muldoon's is up there shows folks don't know what good food is.
I was going to open a restaurant in this town but I think it would have to be in the Broadmoor area. A lot of folks either don't want to pay for good food or don't know what it is. That includes service, too. Getting my salad with my entree makes me want to go ballistic but I guess some folks are okay with that.
Christina - Jose Muldoon's is generally rated among the tops in the "Best of" reports. Given the general cardboard with enchilada sauce served there, that gives you an idea of the 'judgement of the population'. Colorado in general is very disappointing relative to good Mexican whether it be Tex-Mex, southwestern or old Mexico and COS is at the bottom of that list. There are a few that are okay, but none stand out.
If you order a plate with multiple tacos or enchiladas, and ask for different meats in them, they charge you extra ($1 per different meat.) This is the only restaurant I've ever seen this practice - most places are happy to let you have one chicken taco and one beef, at no extra charge.
Your review is spot on; I totally relate to your statement, "To the apparently satisfied 89 percent of Urbanspooners — I'm speechless." When I lived in Albuquerque, I relied heavily on Urbanspoon ratings to choose new locally-owned restaurants to try, and the ratings were generally accurate. When I relocated to Colorado Springs about three years ago, however, I realized that the local Urbanspoon ratings don't seem to hold any water. When many of the top-rated places are chain restaurants, you have to question the general culinary judgment of the population.
glutton not gluten lol
I've been able to finish pretty much every plate of food that I've eaten since I was in High School. I'm not a gluten, but I see it as a way not to let food go to waste. However, that all changed when I ate at Jorge's yesterday afternoon for lunch! It was awful. The chicken in the taquitos was dry, the rice was dry, the beans that came as a side tasted like they had been there for weeks. I could not finish my plate. A business needs to know when the main reason why they are in business is not working. Mexican food for Jorge is not working!
Pre-renovation, Jorge's was one of my favorite places. Now, it's terrible. La Carreta is the place to be for great mexican food now.
If I could possibly rate them lower, believe me, I would. You know, for New York style pizza, they used to be alright. They also used to have tolerable prices. But, I made the mistake of listening to my loving wife and ordered 2 pizzas from them last night. A cheese and their Chicken Hot Wing pizza. Just the Chicken one was $20 alone!!!!! And believe me when I say that it wasn't worth it... It was thinner than paper. Barely any toppings and the crust was so dense that I had to take a break because my jaw was tired. It was ridiculous. They charge $14 for just a cheese pizza!!!!! Come on!!!!!! Then to top it off, gouge me with a $2.50 for delivery? Man..... I wish I could roll back time and make a better decision.
DO NOT ORDER HERE!!!! Go with Blackjack Pizza. They have changed so dramatically that I am amazed. Great flavor, super prices, and I always have plenty of leftovers. We had none with Borriello's paper thin pizza.
Companies do give out samples. They are looking to put their products in potential consumers' hands. They wouldn't do it if it didn't work one of the place that always worked is "Official Samples" search online
Hi know the facts,
To your first point, the U.S. Department of Agriculture told NPR that only some 30 percent of poultry sold in the United States is enhanced, not "every piece of chicken" as you write.
To your second, I suppose you are technically correct that the restaurant was merely selling its customers bad chicken strips when they could, potentially, have been selling them terrible ones.
To your third, we agree: Lots of restaurants source crappy food.
So Bryce, you think the "14% solution" in the chicken is the reason for the taste? If you knew what you are talking about the solution in those tenders is actually better than industry standards. The average piece of chicken, every piece of chicken, has between 25 to 30% solution injected to keep the chicken from drying out. But then if you really knew what you were talking about you would praise the restaurant for providing its customers with a higher quality product. And do you really think that the frozen foods served to you are different than any other restuarant? Again if you knew what you were talking about, you would know that the majority of products coming to most restaurants are frozen. Get over yourself and take some time to learn about the industry you are supposedly reviewing.
It's rare you write a review that's so positive, but these guys deserve ever bit of praise you've given. Good job.
@anonymous......too scared to list his name. Your post requires no comment. We all have our opinions and taste levels depending upon our culinary cultural experiences. Your childishness in your pathetic language says everything about you. I am Italian to the core. You can be civil in your comments, or did you come from the gutters of some out of the way town!
We went to Spicy Basil during their grand opening and were seated right near the busy kitchen area - Our waitress was amazing, kept checking in and was polite and fun with our young daughter. The food (Pad Thai, the Beef and Brocoli, and the Fried Rice) was delicious and came out piping hot. The house side that came with the Gyoza was great, though the soy that also came was just soy. Overall we had a great dinner, and really enjoyed all of it from service to food. I am surprised to see you had such a different experience.
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