As someone from Southern Louisiana, I am ashamed to to call this place a "Cajun" restaurant. They can't even spell "Laissez les bon temps roulez" correctly on their wall! The shrimp is NOT gulf shrimp, but a frozen product. "It's not legal to ship Gulf Shrimp out of Louisiana," the owner told us on our September visit. This is complete bull. I order Gulf shrimp from cajungrocer all the time. Secondly, the staff was terrible! They were more concerned about the guest ordering drinks and appetizers through the window to the bar next door, than they were in taking our orders and getting our drink refills. Furthermore, they knew NOTHING about the menu. "Chef"Brunet stood outside the door smoking and talking to someone, who I can only assume was a buddy, for the entire 45 minutes we were at the restaurant.
I order the gumbo, a pathetic soup of chewy shrimp, beef broth, and maybe a 1/4 cup of rice. My husband had the roast beef po-boy made on a hoagie roll that was so stale you couldn't bite into it, and beef so cheap and poorly seasoned it wouldn't even qualify for a fast-food restaurant. The accompanying "au jus" was tin-tasting canned beef broth. The menu also include a jambalya that boasted a tomato based sauce. Not self-respected Cajun would advertise tomato based sauces as Cajun cuisine. This is creole cuisine from the New Orleans area.
After our hopeful attempt to find a restaurant that could serve our beloved south-west Louisiana favorites, we left with, appropriately, a retracted bill and some free beignets for our trouble. They should have kept there flat, chewy treats for some other gullible customer.
Folks are missing a GREAT pizza if they haven't tried Marco's "Pepperoni Magnifico"
What, no green chiles?
Yup, we have to go to Denver for the good stuff. :)
Suzies homemade food is incomparable with Denny's " old crank" it's not Starbucks so no fancy coffee blends but for the average person it's good coffee with darn good food and service for a great price. Worth trying for yourself
Just got back from Ivywild on a Friday. Honestly, what they have here is a gold mine. Great food, great drinks, and an atmosphere that is welcoming, but not fabricated. Being that the school is old, and that the brewery fits in perfectly with the surroundings, the scene doesn't feel pushed on you. It feels very natural. From the bathrooms with the elementary writing on the walls to the brick walls and hardwood floors, to the shuffleboard table, we had one of the best times in years. While the other poster says they've gone away from their original base group, I believe that they've expanded from a small time lounge to a leading contender in the COS nightlife. They may have lost one or two hipsters who only enjoy the original "before it was cool" atmosphere, they have gained 10 other patrons looking for a bar that welcomes dogs on the porch and an amazingly welcoming staff. I feel conflicted in recommending this place as the go to in Colorado Springs, because I don't wanna see it grow into the next unobtainable "Golden Bee" of Colorado, but my experience was flawless, and I wish to see a place that deserves my business flourish.
A great burger and the best french fries I've had in years.
Bristol has basically abandoned and shunned a small but loyal portion of his customer base who patronized his business since the very beginning in the early 90's. There are too many quality craft beer establishments popping up in our community, who want our business. That is where my dollars will now go. I used to love to go to the old tasting room on Tejon, because it was more intimate and the relationship between customers and staff made it homey. Since the move to Ivywild, our group feels largely ignored, Bristol and the new staff just want the almighty dollar. Go luck, Mike, it was fun while it lasted. I wont be back, and other longtime loyal customers feel the same way.
Andre we are so proud of you at the Rabbit Hole and we miss you
, it's hard to get a nice article from Mr. Crawford ;)
So I came in on Saturday and it was wonderful.
We beat th crowd, but your system for keeping things coming and the line moving worked just fine.
The coffee was hands down the best in town...really really just right, flavorful without being acidic.
The food was fresh from the oven...the empanadas were wonderful, especially when topped with your salsa.
I will be back...maybe even tomorrow!
Thanks for your hard work...you deserve to succeed, and we all need to support you so we can have a fun and delicious first class place like this in town..
Good morning Kyndra, there is no minimum to use the Wi-Fi. The empanadas come out by 11 am everyday.
Great...I'll be in. I do like it there, and perhaps you have improved the coffee over the former guy. Good luck! We all want you to succeed!
I'm confused. Is Wi-Fi free or not? Can't wait to try the empanadas...and hoping for some Peruvian ceviche!
Hello TejonTech and thanks for your opinion, but I have to say that we are here for the customers, and the FREE Wi-Fi with a 5.00 purchase it's now free. We will strive everyday to fulfill our customer needs, and hopefully your next review will reflect our commitment with these wonderful community, thanks.
Chef Lui Pagan
The funny thing about this place is that it is always different than it appears...it is run for the benefit and out of the fantasy of the owners, and not really for the customers, other than those who obediently fawn over what the owner has in mind.
It is cliquish and loaded with funny little rules...like FREE Wi-Fi (with a $5 purchase).
Somehow coffee has become a side product in a Latino cafe...it is not just right for anyone except perhaps Pagan.
This guy Bryce should open his own place...I bet it would be awesome
It's a bar with pub food. It can be decent, but there is very little consistency. Burned one day but not the next. Stick with the pizza or a sandwich and a beer. The staff usually seems to have a "don't care" attitude.
Somehow these brew pubs like Trinity and the The Republic are so cliquish that craft beer lovers who have to attend to job and family don't seem devoted enough to warrant attention from the in-crowd servers at these places on their occasional night out with the guys.
I wouldn't trust food connected to the Underground to be much more than you describe.
For me...the Ivywild School rehab offers a much nicer and cleaner setting with proven food and beer for a cheaper price, nicer treatment, and a certainty that you won;t get food poisoning.
I haven't had a single bad meal from there in my MANY visits. Oh noes, it's a chain! Sorry if that cramps your street cred. It certainly doesn't mean it's not worth eating because they have more than one location. Weak.
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