Colorado Springs, Co, at 6000ft high, wasn’t the best place for my running. But that didn’t interfere with my hunt for the best food in town. It had a lot to live up to following Paonia’s produce, but for a small city, it provided a few tasty surprises.
Alex found Jack Quinn’s when he wanted to catch a soccer match. I hit it up when I was craving shepherd’s pie (yeah, it happens!). It serves Irish comfort food, it reminds Alex of Irish pubs in Spain (clean, wooden, green), and it plays football from Ireland and beyond. When I arrived, I wanted more veggies than flesh, so I went for the cottage pie (veggie and barley stew topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar) and Murphy’s Red.
The most important question I ask locals in any town is, “Where is your favorite place to eat breakfast?” This has been known to result in a diatribe about how they never eat breakfast or an ihop recommendation, and I graciously back away. Many times it leads to absolute gems. We first went to Adam’s Mountain Cafe for breakfast. The buckwheat pancakes were simple and sweet and delicious. Then KRCC (public radio with great music!) gifted us some gift certificates, and we returned for dinner. It was a treat, a splurge, a delight. We feasted on 2 appetizers (chick pea cakes w/ tahini sauce; crositini w/ fig, goat cheese, caramelized onions, candied walnuts, and pear); harvest crepes with butternut squash; barramundi w/ cashew coconut curry; Alaskan cod with leek/goat cheese sauce and swiss chard; and finally, tiramisu and chocolate cake.
Finally, if you can’t go to Shuga’s in Coloardo Springs, at least you can go to their website. It alone sold me on Shuga’s. The soup and sandwich fare was good, the drinks were fancy, but the young and cool vibe was just fun on a Saturday night.
Also enjoyed, Raven’s Nest Coffee, Smiley’s Bakery and Cafe, Taste of Jerusalem Cafe, and Poor Richard’s cafe/bookstore/toystore.