Best Of 2012: Diner
Best Of 2012: Green Chili
Best Of 2012: Late-Night Dining
My husband's cell rang at top volume at 3 a.m., waking us from fitful sleep. It was a close friend letting us know it was time to evacuate. From our Manitou Springs balcony, we could see the flames of the Waldo Canyon Fire licking the hillside above our home. We finished packing and drove to my office; it was late, and we didn't want to wake anyone. But my dark office offered little solace on that terrifying night. So we got in the car and drove down the street to King's Chef. Whether at Costilla Street's famous purple castle, or its roomier new location on Bijou Street, King's Chef offers a delightful mix of stylishness and nostalgia. It's populated by hipsters, but the food doesn't tiptoe anywhere near wilted arugula salads. This is where you go for a cheeseburger the size of your head, or a pile of eggs and hash browns smothered in green chili so hot it will make your eyes water. Comfort food? Given the chili, that might be a stretch. But I can attest that at times, King Chef's offerings can certainly be comforting. — J. Adrian Stanley
Pretty much everything you've ever wanted a diner to be, at all hours, with consistency. A perennial Indy Best Of dominator for a green chili featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel and sold in Whole Foods Market. Get The Thing or The Grump in the a.m., a Reuben at lunch.