When Friday arrives with an onset of fried-brain syndrome or coach-induced exhaustion, students need places to relax. Fleeing dorm rooms of dirty laundry and piles of books, they take refuge in restaurants and bars that welcome long stays. These local spots have left an impression on Colorado Springs students.
La Baguette (2417 W. Colorado Ave.) for a European breakfast
"They have the best French croissants and chocolate croissants and cream cheese croissants."
Jess Arnsteen, Colorado College junior
King's Chef (110 E. Costilla St.) for hangover cures, humor and homemade grub
"I watched [the servers] for an entire meal make fun of the lacrosse coach because he ordered hot chocolate and he's over 30 years old."
Jonathon Mattes-Ritz, CC MAT candidate
Memphis Red Hot & Blue (4290 N. Academy Blvd.) for down-home cooking
"It's retro-modern, decorated with guitars and Memphis-style stuff. It has that style where there's a bunch of stuff up on the wall."
Ashley Thiesen, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior
Miyake (3609 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) for cheap, delicious sushi
"When you go there, you're kind of on "Miyake time.' They're calm. There's no urgency and rush. The food is amazing."
Mike Miller, UCCS junior
Phantom Canyon (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) for lunch at a bar
"They have pool for free at lunch."
Joanna Sylvester, CC junior
Old Chicago (118 N. Tejon St.) for sports viewing on 16 TVs and the ultimate beer selection
"It's good for the guys who can drink, and it's also good for those who can't."
Ken Cotter, Air Force Academy junior
Robin Hood (2830 N. Nevada Ave.) for cheap beer and plentiful karaoke
"One day, just for goofs, I went up there and decided to turn "Walking on Sunshine' into a punk song. I was just screaming. It sounded like a ska tune."
Dan Gardner, Pikes Peak Community College sophomore
Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave.) for delicious martinis and food
"Everybody who works there makes an effort to get to get to know their customers ... It's a good place to go if you want to have a good time, but not go crazy."
Ashley Boynton, CC senior
Texas Roadhouse (3120 N. Powers Blvd.) for steak in a relaxing environment
"They give you a basket full of peanuts and another bucket to put the shells in."
Steve Mackinder, AFA senior