Subterranean swank, courtesy Concept Restaurants. Dark wood, deep martinis, burly steaks and a weekly fresh sheet that proves longtime Springs chef Pete Moreno hasn't fallen asleep on the job. For us: Ahi salad at lunch, and Colorado rack of lamb at dinner, please.
Best Of 2011: Power Lunch
Nothing says "You're connected" like being shown to a table in this dimly lit, underground downtown eatery. It's where the downtown power set goes, people like Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte and his top aides, elected officials, developers and others who have a lot of say about how this community is run. But they even let newspaper people in there, and treat them like they're somebody special. From the varied and delicious menu, try a monster-sized chicken fruit salad with walnuts, golden raisins and strawberries topped with Parmesan cheese, or my personal favorite, the bone-in pork chop, sauced with smoked gouda Mornay and served with vegetables and white cheddar mashed potatoes. — Pam Zubeck
Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.
The goods: $3 wells, wines and drafts, $5 select martinis and half-price ($5) on three select appetizers