Other than the wait staff being at best mediocre...the atmosphere, food, and owners are terrific...Our family has eaten there from day one and have long ago lost track of the number of fun and satisfying evening we have spent at Paravicini's...I would imagine over 75.
It's a chain restaurant. Nuff said.
I love reading the independent each week, but wow, I really have to disagree with the review of Tokyo Joe's. Our family use to drive up to Denver weekly to enjoy this restaurant and now that we have it here in the Springs we and all our friends have been going there twice a week and the food has been amazing each time. The place is packed everytime, so it's not just us that feel this way. The staff is so friendly, plus it's a super healthy option that even my kids want to go to often. So Bryce, you really got this one wrong in my and many others opinion. Makes me wonder if they did not advertise with you all or something because your review was so far from what most people are saying about it. Maybe you should give it another try or something ? We love it.
"....and salty, limp fries...."
Egads. IMO that is NOT a "well worthwhile" place to visit.
If a place can't get fries right, avoid it .... fries are so basic, so universal, such a "food 101" kind of thing that no decent place should ever serve salty limp fries.
@MatthewSchniper, that'd be 2,872,800 potential choices.
I love going to Swirl. The atmosphere is great.
I keep going back...and I must say nothing in town holds a candle to it. Just by far the most distinctive, tasty, fresh, and well presented Mexican food in the whole region.
Comfortable, clean, well ordered...I am fussy, and I always leave Q's delighted. Prices are easily fair for the portions and quality.
We all need to chip in and keep them in business...this is not your typical serving line Mexican food with hot floured cheese whiz poured over it. Nothing canned, prepared earlier in the week, or assembly lined. Just fresh, delicious, and yummy!
Love McCabe's BBQ Bacon Shrimp Appetizer too! Their homemade soups are the best. Come out and support this place. They are the real deal!
I want to thank Jason Hann for getting in touch with me to further introduce himself, so he doesn't live on as the "regular guy off the street."
In his words: "Last year during Waldo I started the Volunteer and Support Services Team and that is how I met Bill Layton. I am the Co-Founder of the No Name Community Outreach Group where the majority of the volunteers who helped came from. Just wanted to let you know that the three of us weren't just random."
Noted. And thanks again to Hann and everyone else who pitched in for the community.
I think you missed the part about mouthwash. Or was that just more uninformed bs I smelled?
Is GMF a DUI trap in addition to being a dump?
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.
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