t isn’t hard to impress guests in Colorado Springs — take them up the road to the top of Pikes Peak, or walk through Garden of the Gods for easy oohs and aahs. But the natural splendor of the city warrants splendid cuisine to complete the effect. So the next time the in-laws or old schoolmates come through town (or the sublime skyline isn’t inspiring the awe it ought), drop in to one of these eateries for a reminder of how stylish and tasteful our city can be.
Start with the spicy Brazilian shrimp soup — most do, and for good reason. It’s creamy, nutty and delicious. Enjoy the hip, eclectic metal signs and paper cranes decorating the little bistro space, but don’t let them distract from the drinks menu, which offers fine options with or without alcohol.
The Wobbly Olive
Sean and Inez Fitzgerald’s Powers corridor restaurant has impressed with talent both in the kitchen and behind the bar. Chef Supansa Banker, who’s honed her skills at other restaurants around town, crafted the eclectic but approachable menu. It’s right next to a movie theater, too, so it’s perfect for a night out. Bonus: A second location in Old Colorado City
is set to open in second quarter 2018. [location-7]
Four by Brother Luck
Come for the celebrity appeal of chef/owner Brother Luck
’s many TV appearances — most recently on Bravo’s Top Chef
— and stay for the quality food, whether sampling eclectic lunch offerings or going all-in on one of four dinner tasting menus, also available à la carte. For zymurgy enthusiasts, the wine pairings are choice.
This eye-catching building in southwestern downtown Springs hosts a huge events space and art gallery. It’s ready to impress even before diners have the chance to sit at the metal-top tables and bar. That’s when chef/owner James Africano’s splendid food shines, landing at a happy point between familiar and gourmet, with an eclectic twist here and there. Don’t miss out on the cocktail offerings. [location-5]
For any who knew the Ritz Grill in its 30-year run, the transformation that took place between the Ritz’s August 2017 closing and Colorado Craft’s January 2018 opening is staggering. The clean and breezy space alone will impress, but the menu’s packed with appetizers and entrées that range from hip and accessible to refined and elevated. [location-4]
Cerberus Brewing Co.
Last year, Cerberus cleaned up in the Indy’s Best Of Colorado Springs awards
, taking home 12 total, including five gold wins for the quality of the food, the beer and the patio. Chef Mark LeFebvre’s a former Broadmoor chef, and his gourmet touches take brew pub food to levels hitherto unexplored in the Springs. And while brewer/co-owner Joshua Adamski favors the hoppy beers, there isn’t a weak brew on the menu — that includes house-made sodas. [location-3]
The first thing guests at TILL will notice is the sheer size of the building — between the restaurant and the private events space, there’s seating for 300 diners. The mostly white interior and bright lighting only make it feel bigger. Executive chef Ben Hoffer and executive sous chef Hunter Huffman serve up an approachable menu rich with eclectic touches. Pair it with house cocktails or non-alcoholic house sodas. [location-2]
The Penrose Room at The Broadmoor is the only restaurant in Colorado to receive a AAA five-diamond rating and one of only two in the state to get a Forbes five-star rating — it’s the finest fine dining in the state, and the price tag matches. More affordable, try one of nine other on-site eateries, including the eclectic Summit
and locavore Natural Epicurean