Margarita at PineCreek is still masterful 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
The prix fixe menu at Margarita at Pine Creek always tempts upstairs, but we retire to the downstairs lounge, where I’m reminded of my consummate love for this place. A phenomenal bowl of Gulf shrimp with Creole andouille sausage gravy and white cheddar low country grits ($13) sings with spices, including poppin’ mustard seeds, with andouille smokiness and a rich velvety sauce. Wild mushroom and stout-braised oxtail poutine ($11) bears a soulful stew meat and gooey cheddar cheese chunks over soft onion-potato croquettes to twist the classic. Horseradish adds bite for comfort-food bliss. Butterscotch pot de crème ($7) tastes like a heavenly Werther’s pudding, elegant with crème fraiche. A boozy vodka rhubarb martini ($10.50) lands lemony and faintly gingery, pleasant. The Blueberry-ginger-mint shrub Collins ($8.50) starts expectedly tart, but it’s balanced and refreshing, again with lemon and ginger notes, this time under clean blueberry notes and herbal rounding.
Location Details Margarita at Pine Creek
7350 Pine Creek Road
Colorado Springs, CO


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