8 Colorado Springs Hot Spots to Try Now

By Ruth Tobias  |  August 20, 2014
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In the past few months, Colorado Springs has exploded with new eateries. If you're planning a trip to the Garden of the Gods, the U.S. Olympic Training Center or any of the city's other major attractions, consider this your guide to some of the most interesting food and drink in the area.    

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1) Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen 

This eight-month-old sibling of Denver’s Southern Hospitality resembles a sprawling country estate, complete with a "bourbon room" full of more than 100 selections and a patio for kicking back over after-dinner cigars — although you have to BYO until the owners receive a license to sell them on the premises. The menu is hefty too, combining down-home classics like fried pork chops, catfish po’ boys and chicken and waffles. There are also modern twists like brisket egg rolls and sweet potato-white chocolate pie. 13021 Bass Pro Dr., Colorado Springs; 719-219-1830

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2) The Breakfast Club

How to brighten the day of any ’80s kid? Take them to this few-months-old cafe to soak up Brat Pack memorabilia along with classic American breakfast and lunch dishes named for songs of the era. “Hungry Like the Wolf,” for instance, is a heaping three-egg platter with bacon, sausage, ham, home fries, baked beans, grits and a choice of bread. Don’t overlook fresh-baked goods like chocolate-coconut muffins and cinnamon rolls either. 11425 Black Forest Rd., Colorado Springs; 719-999-5351

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3) Chaang Thai

Since April, this strip-mall newcomer has been basking in the praise of locals who appreciate its serene decor and the Thai chef-owner's expertly handled curries and stir-fries. The lack of booze is a minor downside. But a sweet and milky iced tea does just fine when you’re downing a fiery order of pad nam prik pow. 7525 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs; 719-594-4471

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4) Garden of the Gods Gourmet Market & Cafe

Though the business has been around in one form or another for years, the current owners have turned it into something special with a recent relocation. Buzzy yet quaint amid farmhouse accents, the eatery concentrates on simple, fresh breakfast fare like multigrain pancakes in coconut syrup or leek-potato hash with shredded pork, over-easy eggs and green chile. Lunch could be curried chicken-salad sandwiches or the quiche du jour and lovely desserts from the in-house bakery. Then grab turkey tetrazzini or shepherd’s pie to-go for dinner. Come fall, the chef will begin hosting weekly multicourse get-togethers as well. 210 S. 26th St., Colorado Springs; 719-471-2799

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5) Green Man Taproom & Beer Garden

Housed in a century-old stone church with picnic tables on the lawn, this craft-beer bar boasts more than 40 taps to feature an ever-changing roster of breweries both local and far-flung. There's white IPA from the Springs’ own Lofty Brewing, watermelon kölsch from Boulder’s FATE, Kronenbourg from France and porter on nitro from Utah’s Wasatch. Wine, spirits and food are limited, but the good times aren’t: the owner hosts trivia games, tap takeovers and live bands on the regular. 320 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs; 719-237-2711

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6) Mountain Pie Co.

You’ll find the couple behind the Sunday Market Downtown mobile kitchen dispensing handmade savory pastries each week. Choose from steak-and-stout, bacon-and-egg or veggie-coconut curry — all of them encased in flaky crust for $7 a pop. Follow Twitter for menu updates and more. 719-650-7344

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7) Ristorante del Lago

The Broadmoor’s newest destination epitomizes the rustic elegance of Italy. With a wood-fired rotisserie, a glassed-in room for aging imported meats and cheeses (pictured top) and a deep regional wine list, the Adam Tihany-designed dining room whisks guests off to the Boot over plates of salumi, fresh penne alla Norma, terrific saltimbocca and more. See more here. 1 Lake Ave., Colorado Springs; 855-634-7711

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8) Skirted Heifer 

This cute, colorful Downtown burger joint isn’t missing an industry trend: from its grass-finished beef and locally baked buns to its furnishings built from reclaimed wood to its low-waste packaging. That said, the kitchen could kick off a new craze with its method of draping extra cheese over the patties on the flat-top grill to yield a browned and bubbly “skirt." Try a house specialty like the Hangover with cream cheese, Bloody Mary sauce, peachwood-smoked bacon and a fried egg, or build your own from myriad toppings, including curry ketchup, beer mustard and roasted garlic. You can choose as many as five before à la carte pricing kicks in. Fries and frozen custard make it a major meal. 204 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs; 719-635-3276