History lesson

There was a small spot on the wall where some paint had chipped. Looking closer at it (and maybe picking away some more paint), we found a floral pattern.

After a few minutes of picking, we got out the razorblade scraper and uncovered two layers of what we think is probably original wallpaper (1910) and a “renovation” wallpaper from the 1930s. Why do we think this? Good question. Thanks for asking.

  1. Original looks Victorian, and since our home was built right at the tail end of that era, it’s not unreasonable that they’d use that style of wallpaper.
  2. The old newspapers we found in the wall are from 1928, which leads us to believe that there was some remodeling done then. So it would make sense that the second layer would have been done about that time.

Ever peel off skin after a sunburn? It’s some seriously addictive work, and the joy when you get a particularly large piece is indescribable. And what started out as a small peeling ended up being nearly an entire wall. What we’ll end up doing with it is still a decision we’ll have to make. We’ll probably end up having this one corner of the room preserved like it is, with the vintage wallpaper, then paint the rest.

Wallpaper in our new home.

Wallpaper from, what, 1910ish?

Wallpaper we found in our home.

The blue floral print is the second layer, from 1930s or so. We're just guessing, though. Could be anything.

Shhh. It’s a secret.

Sometimes, when you find a treasure, you want to show everyone, shout it out: Hey, look at this great thing!

But then there are times when you want to keep it to yourself, when your secret is too precious to share.

So it’s with a troubled heart that I tell you about Detz Cafe in downtown Colorado Springs (211 E. Cucharras). We love it, and we’d like it if you love it, too, but we also don’t want it to become so popular that it’s ruined. Maybe it’s best that there are no reviews of it anywhere. Maybe it’s best that the Yelpers haven’t discovered it. We like it just the way it is.

In the back of my mind, I’ve always known about Detz. It’s always been there. I just always thought it was closed or defunct. And sometimes, I think I must have thought it’s just a building that’s part of the Jiffy Lube next door. It’s nearly invisible. But since we’ve been moving, and since someone can’t seem to figure out how to attach the stove to the gas supply, we’ve been eating at Detz nearly every day.

I can tell you it isn’t any kind of incentive to fix that stove.

Detz serves perfect American comfort food: corned-beef hash; pancakes; burgers; meatloaf. They take credit and debit cards, and they’re open every day except Saturday (still, open on Sunday in this town is a victory). The service is wonderful. Go ahead and try Detz, if you must. But don’t ruin it.

Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The no-frills Detz Cafe. Notice the log trim above the walls. Nice touch.

The Philly sandwich, with onion rings, at Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The Philly steak and cheese sandwich is delicious. Try it with onion rings.

The Philly sandwich, with onion rings, at Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The Philly sandwich at Detz. Behold its beauty.

Cheeseburger at Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

Adrienne is a connoisseur of the cheeseburger, and she gave the Detz burger a thumbs up. Detz uses Ranch Foods Direct beef, and it was cooked perfectly. Me, I liked the shredded lettuce.

Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

Detz looks like it's out of business for some reason. Something about their sign or their building. Something.

Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

If you've been downtown, you've probably seen this sign. Or have you?

Blueberry pie, Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

Judging from the remains on this plate, we might have scarfed down some pie after gorging on other food.

Blueberry pie, Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

Ah, yes, looks like someone had the presence of mind to take a picture of the pie before it was devoured.

Pancakes, Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The single pancake. In addition to being a connoisseur of the cheeseburger, Adrienne is also a savorer of the pancake, and she says this rivals Maggie's for the best in Colorado Springs.

Hot turkey sandwich, Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs

I am a huge fan of the hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes. Detz did not disappoint.

The Early Riser breakfast at Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The Early Riser breakfast at Detz. I think I've just overdosed on AMERICA: pancakes, coffee, bacon, scrambled eggs, ketchup. It's like eating an American flag.

Dinner salad, Detz Cafe, downtown Colorado Springs.

The dinner salad at Detz comes with the retro crackers.

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Sunset magazine shows the COS some love

It’s always nice when Colorado Springs is recognized nationally for something that’s not about right-wing craziness.

And so here’s a small piece by Sunset magazine on downtown that gets at what we’ve been saying for years: It’s pretty cool here.

The Sunset article mentions many of our favorites: Nosh, Poor Richard’s (owned by our next mayor, Richard Skorman), Shuga’s and the Fine Arts Center.

So in addition to being Santa’s favorite city, we also have a pretty cool arts scene and a thriving downtown.

Take that, Pueblo!

Colorado Springs

A cool downtown and a great view.

 

La Baguette, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

There are several La Baguette’s in Colorado Springs (actually I think there are four but we’ve only been to the downtown and Old Colorado City locations). My favorite so far is the one in Old Colorado City.

I’ve been a couple times before just for coffee but recently I’ve been a few more times and am more and more impressed each time. A few weeks ago Janel and I wanted to meet for coffee in OCC. When we got there, she decided she was hungry. I wanted coffee, she wanted food, so La Baguette seemed to fit the bill. They close at 6:00 and it was like 5:55. We peeked in the window and started to walk away when someone came over and told us we could come in, it was ok. We told them we wanted to eat and they said it was fine. They even let us stay after they officially closed and the manager (owner?) went home. She instructed us to stay as long as we wanted and when we were ready to leave to go get one of the bakers to let us out. I love businesses that love money!

Janel and her eclair at La Baguette in Old Colorado City

Janel and her eclair at La Baguette in Old Colorado City

After the eclair she had some French onion soup and a delicious French roll

After the eclair she had some French onion soup and a delicious French roll

The best eclair in town at La Baguette in Old Colorado City

The best eclair in town at La Baguette in Old Colorado City

Opera cake from La Baguette in Old Colorado City

Opera cake from La Baguette in Old Colorado City

Recently Mike and I went back. I first had a delicious almond croissant and a cafe latte.

Almond croissant from La Baguette, Old Colorado City
Almond croissant from La Baguette, Old Colorado City
This quiche was really really good. And crustless! I’m going to try and make crustless quiche one of these days. Look at the lovely salad and tasty fresh grapes it came with. I do NOT like the salad dressing at the La Baguette downtown but the salad dressing at this location is perfect.

Tomato quiche from La Baguette, Old Colorado City
Tomato quiche from La Baguette, Old Colorado City
Mike had his fave, French onion soup, along with a turkey and swiss croissant sandwich that also came with those yummy grapes.

Turkey and cheese croissant salad from La Baguette, Old Colorado City
Turkey and cheese croissant salad from La Baguette, Old Colorado City

So, great customer service, delicious food, and the best desserts in town. Check it out. And let us know if you’ve been to any of the other locations and what you think of them.