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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

Sounds like the owner made the above comment.

83 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by hippityhop on 04/23/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

This reporter is a reporter and a damn good one! He had a brand new waitress as his server (That should have been trained, before being released out into the wild) As for the Tiramisu, that gets nothing but positive feedback, so long as you don't read this review. I feel like Matthew, went out of his way to give open, honest feedback, as we should expect from someone in his current position. He has reviewed me before, and given me some praises and ripped me as well. That is how we as service industry professionals grow, and learn to provide better services to our patrons. I hope Matt continues to cover the food service industry in this exact manner, it may help grow an already evolving food culture in this town we all call home. Thanks Matt

41 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by ThisguyMark on 04/23/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Flame out

This was once one of our favorite restaurants in CS. Our *last* time there, the service and overall experience was about as described.

37 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by gregR on 07/18/2012 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Flame out

We tried Sunbird 6 years ago, never went back.

$28 for a chewy sirloin strip steak and $33 for a bottle of K-J Chard taught us to never go back to that clip joint. They clip you real good for the view up on the hill, but it's all downhill from there. Those were prices in 2006. Today, Sunbird charges $38/bottle for K-J Chard, which is outrageous, the clip job continues.

I can get K-J Chard at Costco for $11. Even today, I rarely see K-J Chard over $29/bottle in eateries.

For a lot less money I can go to Saltgrass to get a great steak that's always tender, is cooked to order, with excellent side dishes and where we receive professional service. Saltgrass (and the new Bonefish Grill) manage to pull off one of the most difficult tasks of any upscale eatery chain which uses fresh ingredients, and that is to maintain consistently high performance, standards and customer satisfaction.

We've enjoyed Saltgrass scores of times and will continue to do so, relegating Sunbird to the no-no list.

34 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 07/18/2012 at 11:15 AM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

This reporter clearly does not understand food or the underlying techniques...kudos for looking up some FRENCH techniques coupled with talking out your rear end. FYI a béchamel sauce is one of the mother sauces that starts with a roux to thicken and then milk is added (also called a white sauce). An Alfredo sauce is a butter & heavy cream mixture fortified with Parmesan (or other hard Italian cheeses) and possibly herbs. Alfredo is not made with a roux and is not thickened with flour. Seriously, did you expect a sauce made with a 4 to 1 cream and butter ratio to be light? (1/4 c. butter to 1 c. cream with 1 1/2 cups cheese) WTF?
I actually laughed when the reporter mentioned that the chopped fresh basil on his Eggplant Parmigiana was cut irregularly or sprinkled on haphazardly. After all, a chiffonade is folding the basil leaf and cutting it into thin strips. While this may be a reasonable complaint in a three star Michelin restaurant, an in evenly cut or sprinkled garnish in this market should not be worthy of a mention.
How can this reporter give a honest evaluation when he can not tell a mother sauce from a Alfredo sauce? I suggest he learn to discern the difference before perusing the index of a Julia Child cookbook in a failed attempt to sound educated.

32 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by Gail Sowder on 04/26/2014 at 12:53 AM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

I, too, was very disappointed. French Fries are my favorite food. Literally. And I was hoping for yummy. Mine were not. I'd like to think that I could differentiate between fresh cut and frozen, but maybe I'm mistaken. I'll have to test that one out. I didn't like these fries. They were clearly frozen dumped out of a brown bag in my sight, so we have to give hurrah's for transparency! I was disappointed in not being able to put my own salt and vinegar on.

In my book, best fries in town are at Manitou Brewing Company, but I'm going to try Green Line Grill soon.

Mr. CEO, I have to call you out on one accusation you make. Taking a negative restaurant review and saying it " really only injures the local franchisee who is a local business person trying to make their way." seems a little unfair. Restaurant reviews are not personal with no desire to hurt a person or the franchisee, but simply reflect a review of the food and service received by the reviewer. I'm most certain that no one, in reviewing this franchise, had an intent to harm this franchisee -- simply to comment on french fries that were not to their liking.

30 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sarah Bowles Stacy on 10/10/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

This company has closed down franchises in New Jersey and Texas. Apparently customers nationwide are coming to the same conclusion concerning these french fries. Clearly these comments are NOT made to hurt anyone as a previous commenter mentioned but rather to bring product inferiority to the public.

26 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by FrenchFryLover on 10/11/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

Why the hell would anyone pay good money to become a franchisee just to sell pre-made frozen french fries - one of the easiest food items to make from scratch? This is wrong on so many levels. Why not just open a liquor store and be done with it, sell to the addicts, no cooking required, easy money.

26 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 10/01/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

We went in about a week after the filming ended , as Woodland Park residents we were very curious. The interior was much better, the service was about the same . As for the food, my husband ended up with an indescribable case of gas after eating a clam dish. It was a very unpleasant for both of us.

25 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Bonnie Hobart Pyle on 04/23/2014 at 6:49 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

I went to French Fry Heaven on my recent trip to Colorado Springs and I was very disappointed with the taste of the fries. To be honest I can make better fries in my oven with Ore Ida. Sorry Scott that is the truth.

22 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Julitta Coerbell on 10/04/2014 at 9:01 PM

Re: “In-N-Out Burger announces Colorado Springs location; people freak out

We can not wait to enjoy our favorite In-N-Out burgers and fries. Yum

21 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Tammy Ray on 11/30/2017 at 4:18 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

For those looking to find a much better option, as the reviewer suggests, here's Potato Potato's location guide and menu:

21 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jah Dave on 10/02/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

Wow! This reporter is a dick! He had a brand new waitress as his server, of course she doesn't know everything. The waitress immediately asked the chef, after being questioned about the sausage, where it is from. As for the Tiramisu, Mangia has remarkable Tiramisu, home made daily, that gets nothing but positive feedback. I feel like Matthew, the reporter, went out of his way to rip Mangia a new one. Ramsey may not have given Mangia the kind of improvement a small town restaurant needs, but the owner, Julie Watson is doing a damn fine job getting it back on track!

21 likes, 90 dislikes
Posted by starrgal13 on 04/23/2014 at 12:04 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

Twice cooked fries or nothing for me. If I want Ore Ida's I will make them at home.

18 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 10/04/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “In-N-Out Burger announces Colorado Springs location; people freak out

I just hope they plan on initially opening enough stores in the springs. Can you imagine the hell that would ensue if they initially opened only a single location?

17 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jon Hansen on 12/02/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

People this isn't a first from the world of Kitchen Nightmares, just because Ramsay goes in a does a face lift doesn't mean the owner completely changes. It says above the chef departed in November, which was probably the Ramsay chef that he called in as a favor. So Ramsay was there in Aug 2013 and the chef left in November, probably was those 4 months you could get a good meal in the restaurant. Even in the episode Julie said the food was bland before the relaunch, she probably went back to the bland when the chef quit. It's like anything else, you can only help a person so much, they have to figure out how to do it them self, I guess Julie didn't.

17 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Trinityftl Trueblood on 05/24/2014 at 7:10 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

I ate there with a friend a couple of weeks after the show was filmed, and I don't think I've had a worse restaurant experience in my life. I'd say that this review is a bit generous in its praise of this hell hole.

17 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Berkeley Davis on 04/26/2014 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Stir Coffee & Cocktails’ strengths lie in its coffee shop roots

Just want to say, the books are real.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Danielle Lavina on 11/29/2017 at 7:48 PM

Re: “French Fry Heaven feels corporate through and through

Better fries at the Mediterranean Cafe on Kiowa.

16 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Patricia C Mulkey on 10/01/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “A Woodland Nightmare

This reporter needs to get a life. It's a restaurant. If he doesn't like it and it offends him so much to go there, maybe, WOW, he should just stop going there. Mangia has been in business for almost six years, they're obviously doing something right.

16 likes, 64 dislikes
Posted by woodlandparkian on 04/23/2014 at 2:13 PM

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