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The Paris of southern Colorado Not long 

The Paris of southern Colorado Not long ago, Colorado Springs was overwhelmingly middle-of-the-road, white-bread, read-from-the-script bland in many facets of community life. Lately, there's considerably more diversity, variety, spice, color and tang.
click to enlarge Deb Wagner - Old Colorado City - Speech pathologist -  - Whats the best place to go on Saturday night? - I like this coffee shop called The Java Buddha. Its a very - pleasant spot to spend the evening. - Describe the culinary scene in Colorado Springs. - Every town is has its chain restaurants, but we also - have some locally owned ethnic places that serve - excellent Italian, Thai and sushi. - Name an undiscovered Springs treasure. We - have some beautiful, still-undiscovered, relatively hidden - hiking trails. Im not going to tell you my favorites - they wouldnt be hidden any more. - What kind of restaurant does this town need? - We could really use a few good curry houses. - Theres a few Indian spots, but nothing like in the U.K., - where they have this huge strip of outstanding curry - houses. - Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? A - chef. Im a lot more into food than alcohol.
  • Deb Wagner
    Old Colorado City
    Speech pathologist

    Whats the best place to go on Saturday night? I like this coffee shop called The Java Buddha. Its a very pleasant spot to spend the evening.
    Describe the culinary scene in Colorado Springs. Every town is has its chain restaurants, but we also have some locally owned ethnic places that serve excellent Italian, Thai and sushi.
    Name an undiscovered Springs treasure. We have some beautiful, still-undiscovered, relatively hidden hiking trails. Im not going to tell you my favorites they wouldnt be hidden any more.
    What kind of restaurant does this town need? We could really use a few good curry houses. Theres a few Indian spots, but nothing like in the U.K., where they have this huge strip of outstanding curry houses.
    Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? A chef. Im a lot more into food than alcohol.

click to enlarge Jose Alvorado - Ivywild - Tech specialist -  - Whats the best local weekend night spot? - Southside Johnnys, primarily for the music. A band - plays there a lot called Martini Shot, a group of high- - school teachers out of Pueblo. - Rate the Springs culinary scene. Its getting - better, but you have to get out there and discover it. - Unless you read the Independent, you dont hear much - about these spots. - Name an undiscovered local treasure. A small - coffee shop/gallery named Cucuru. It features a diverse - group of artists and genres, not just the old worn-out - Western art scene. - What style restaurant or bar is this town in need of? - One that provides decent jazz, an American art - form that gets little play around here. - Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? A - bartender. I love to eat, but I love socializing even more.
  • Jose Alvorado
    Ivywild
    Tech specialist

    Whats the best local weekend night spot? Southside Johnnys, primarily for the music. A band plays there a lot called Martini Shot, a group of high- school teachers out of Pueblo.
    Rate the Springs culinary scene. Its getting better, but you have to get out there and discover it. Unless you read the Independent, you dont hear much about these spots.
    Name an undiscovered local treasure. A small coffee shop/gallery named Cucuru. It features a diverse group of artists and genres, not just the old worn-out Western art scene.
    What style restaurant or bar is this town in need of? One that provides decent jazz, an American art form that gets little play around here.
    Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? A bartender. I love to eat, but I love socializing even more.

click to enlarge Jamie Dunston - West side - Stay-at-home mom -  - Whats the best Saturday night spot in Colorado - Springs? Shugas. It has good food, nice - atmosphere, good wine. - What ethnic food is best in the Springs? I love - the Mediterranean Caf, but I cant think of a specific - best cuisine. - What sort of restaurant or bar is needed here? - More restaurants with good food and a kid-friendly - environment  like Poor Richards, which provides a - spot for kids to play while the adults eat. - Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? Id - rather experiment with food and create dishes than pour - drinks for people getting drunk.
  • Jamie Dunston
    West side
    Stay-at-home mom

    Whats the best Saturday night spot in Colorado Springs? Shugas. It has good food, nice atmosphere, good wine.
    What ethnic food is best in the Springs? I love the Mediterranean Caf, but I cant think of a specific best cuisine.
    What sort of restaurant or bar is needed here? More restaurants with good food and a kid-friendly environment like Poor Richards, which provides a spot for kids to play while the adults eat.
    Would you rather be a bartender or a chef? Id rather experiment with food and create dishes than pour drinks for people getting drunk.

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