Thai Satay, The Front, Heart of Jerusalem 

Dine & Dash

click to enlarge Heart of Jerusalem

Heart of Jerusalem

718 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1325, i75775.wix.com/hojcafe

HOJ wasn't our original destination — our first choice couldn't serve food because of an electricity-connection agreement with the building next door that had somehow left them without power. So we headed for the corner stalwart, one of two locations owned by Hussein Abukhdeir. The pleasant restaurant features beautiful hanging lights and a casual atmosphere set off by impeccable service.

I think we got yesterday's shawarma, though, as the pita wrapping our Beefofel ($7.99, a combination of beef and lamb) had a crust so hard you heard it when it broke, and the shavings of meat reminded me of calcified bacon. The Veggie Plate ($8.99) was better, with a creamy hummus flecked with cooked garbanzo beans and really incredible heart-shaped falafel, delicious and rich with a nutty crunch. Finish it off with a thumb-sized bit of baklava (99 cents) oozing honey and cinnamon. — BC

click to enlarge The Front

The Front

1670 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 527-0171, thefrontcs.com

On Dec. 1, The Front, that strip-mall Italian joint near Tinseltown, switched ownership from the Pignatiello family to Travis and Jessalyn Lawley. The menu remains mostly the same, though some classics have been added. You can still expect pizza, pasta and a gorgeous hidden dining room, full of dark wood and French press coffee, that remains one of the city's best-kept secrets. (I mean that literally: You enter into what looks like a Domino's and go through an unmarked door into some impressive ambiance.)

For simple to-go, grab the Colorado Sweet & Heat ($15/large), a pie peppered with sweet Italian sausage from Sara's Sausage in Palmer Lake, and a heavy smattering of roasted green chilis. The topping balance is off, leading to the feeling that you're eating cheese enchiladas or something, but the flavors are killer and you can't argue with the chewy dough. — BC

click to enlarge Thai Satay

Thai Satay

821 Cheyenne Meadows Road, 540-8288, thaisataycs.com

Since he opened in 2011, I've encouraged Thai Satay owner Gary Sanova to expand his Indonesian offerings (reflective of his birthplace) since he's the only guy in town with any at all, to my knowledge. On a recent visit, he insisted customers were "afraid" to try those new-to-them plates, that they just don't sell. So, sadly, we have only ourselves to blame, C-Springs.

Nonetheless, Sanova's forged ahead with some menu updates. His spicy shrimp coconut noodles soup ($8.90) launches out of a vegetable stock and coconut milk base enhanced with shrimp paste. Next comes a flavoring array to include lemongrass, galangal and typical Thai spices, saturating thick rice noodles, zucchini, green onions and plump prawns. Trying to burn out a stubborn cold, I ask Sanova to increase the Thai chili load to a Thai-hot level. He obliges. Even my feet sweat at the table, and many a Kleenex dies at my hand. All is well in that moment. — MS

  • Dine & Dash

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Dine & Dash

Readers also liked…

Popular Events

  • Sunday Bloody Brunch @ The Gallery Below

    • Sun., Oct. 23, 1-5 p.m.
  • Military Job Fair @ DoubleTree Hotel

    • Wed., Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Viking Fair @ Viking Hall

  • Bach, Britten & Bourbon @ Ivywild School

    • Tue., Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m. Pay-what-you-can
  • Delicious Downtown Food Tour @ Downtown Colorado Springs

    • Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Continues through March 26 and Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. Continues through March 31.
    • Buy Tickets

More by Matthew Schniper

More by Bryce Crawford

Most Commented On

Top Viewed Stories

All content © Copyright 2016, The Colorado Springs Independent   |   Website powered by Foundation