Colorado Springs Coffee

Coffee wrap-up!

Colorado Coffee Merchants: We discovered this place when we were painting the house because it’s near the Benjamin Moore store where we got paint at least once a week. Great service and coffee.

The roaster at Colorado Coffee Merchants

The roaster at Colorado Coffee Merchants

Latte and moist, yummy scone from Colorado Coffee Merchants.

Latte and moist, yummy scone from Colorado Coffee Merchants.

Dogtooth Coffee Company: Another of our faves.

Cafe latte and cinnamon donut from Dogtooth Coffee Company

Cafe latte and cinnamon donut from Dogtooth Coffee Company

Gold Hill Java:  Even if you never do anything we tell you to do, you simple MUST go to Gold HIll Java for an affogato. It’s espresso poured over vanilla ice cream and it is the living end. Trust me. Go. Now.

Affogato from Gold HIll Java

Affogato from Gold HIll Java

Marika’s Coffeehouse:

Professor Mike at Marika's Coffeehouse

Professor Mike at Marika's Coffeehouse

Marika's Coffeehouse

Marika's Coffeehouse

Marika's Coffeehouse

Marika's Coffeehouse

Latte from Marika's Coffeehouse. They also have several different types of Chai.

Latte from Marika's Coffeehouse. They also have several different types of Chai.

Rico’s Cafe and Wine Bar: Again. It’s the best.

It's a cafe and a bar. Perfect for when one wants alcohol and the other espresso.

It's a cafe and a bar. Perfect for when one wants alcohol and the other espresso.

Or you can get a fancy espresso or hot chocolate drink that has booze in it!

Or you can get a fancy espresso or hot chocolate drink that has booze in it!

There are tons more places to get coffee in Colorado Springs. What’s your fave?

 

Some places to get happy hour drinks and snacks in Colorado Springs

Another wrap-up post- where to get some drinks with your food.

Judge Baldwin’s: another brewpub

Judge Baldwin's in The Antlers Hotel

Judge Baldwin's in The Antlers Hotel

MacKenzie’s Chophouse: great vintage decor, excellent food, and pretty good happy hour specials.

MacKenzie's Chophouse

MacKenzie's Chophouse

MacKenzie's has some nice drinks.

MacKenzie's has some nice drinks.

Johnny’s Navajo Hogan: Johnny, of Southside Johnny’s, did an excellent restoration of this historically landmarked building. Service is fabulous, and the drinks are good too.

The Navajo Hogan is an historic building.

The Navajo Hogan is an historic building.

Johnny's Navajo Hogan

Johnny's Navajo Hogan

Johnny restored the original neon sign

Johnny restored the original neon sign

Red Martini:

The cozy bar at Red Martini

The cozy bar at Red Martini

A blurry picture of their happy hour menu, which is pretty extensive.

A blurry picture of their happy hour menu, which is pretty extensive.

Not sure if anyone ever plays the piano at Red Martini

Not sure if anyone ever plays the piano at Red Martini

Red Martini snack menu, lots of good happy hour specials.

Red Martini snack menu, lots of good happy hour specials.

Happy hour cocktail

Happy hour cocktail

Happy hour cheese plate

Happy hour cheese plate

Happy hour coconut chicken fingers- these are really really good!

Happy hour coconut chicken fingers- these are really really good!

Sonterra Grill:

The very pretty Sonterra Grill

The very pretty Sonterra Grill

Happy hour!

Happy hour!

They have a few really good happy hour food items, including free chips and salsa.

They have a few really good happy hour food items, including free chips and salsa.

Springs Orleans: Good happy hour specials. Don’t forget to go next door to the new hotel, they have a beautiful lobby bar.

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

Springs Orleans

I love happy hour!

I love happy hour!

They kept tons of the original features when they renovated the hotel (Wyndham at the Mining Exchange) and restaurant

They kept tons of the original features when they renovated the hotel (Wyndham at the Mining Exchange) and restaurant

The original tin ceiling

The original tin ceiling

Springs Orleans has a very long wine list- almost all of them are available for happy hour.

Springs Orleans has a very long wine list- almost all of them are available for happy hour.

Swirl Wine Bar:

Nice atmosphere to go with your wine and cocktails at Swirl Wine Bar

Nice atmosphere to go with your wine and cocktails at Swirl Wine Bar

The Famous: if you want to spy on Colorado Springs movers and shakers, you have to go to Friday night happy hour at The Famous.

Hob-nobbing with Oinkety nemesis, John Hazlehurst at The Famous

Hob-nobbing with Oinkety nemesis, John Hazlehurst at The Famous

Snacks at The Famous

Snacks at The Famous

A gigantic plate of french fries at The Famous

A gigantic plate of french fries at The Famous

The Loop: great Mexican food and fab margaritas.

A huge margarita at The Loop

A huge margarita at The Loop

Rico’s Cafe and Wine Bar:

Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar

Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar

Delicious hummus and happy hour wine on the sidewalk at Rico's

Delicious hummus and happy hour wine on the sidewalk at Rico's

Rico's offers 3 and 6 ounce wines by the glass, so you can try a few at a time. And their food is interesting and tasty, too.

Rico's offers 3 and 6 ounce wines by the glass, so you can try a few at a time. And their food is interesting and tasty, too.

 

Shuga’s: Of course, Shuga’s. My Fave. Great food, great atmosphere, great happy hour.

Happy hour!

Happy hour!

Special cocktail for happy hour at Shugas

Special cocktail for happy hour at Shugas

Now go to happy hour somewhere and come back and tell us all about it!

 

The Paint Gallery: A-plus

Fact: Paint makes things better.

And over the last few months, we painted a lot. In fact, I think it’s possible that we painted virtually every interior surface of our entire home.

Don’t worry. We’re not going to go over the painting thing in earnest here (we did that already). We just wanted to give a shoutout to the fine folks at The Paint Gallery.

If you’re ever in need of paint or paint supplies, this is the place. The Paint Gallery is a licensed dealer of the Benjamin Moore brand of paints, and if you care about quality, we highly recommend this paint. Also, the workers there are very, very helpful, willing to talk to you at length about the project you’re working on. They helped us pick colors, gave us suggestions for techniques and tools, and gave us sympathy because we were overworked and sad.

We used to get our paint at Home Depot, but the Paint Gallery has such better customer service, the atmosphere is better, and the paint is superior. Of course it does cost just a little more, but over the course of an entire house, it probably wasn’t more than $100 more expensive. Totally worth it for the customized attention and better paint.

The Paint Gallery in Colorado Springs is the best spot in the city for your painting projects.

The Paint Gallery has virtually any color on earth available to sample.

 


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Where would we be without cat pictures?

PJ the cat

PJ the cat

We’ve had a pretty lame year. In the middle of all the other crap that’s been going on, we had to have PJ put to sleep. He had Chronic Renal Failure for three years and was doing well with lots of medications, subcutaneous fluids twice a day, and lots of other care. But in March he developed a mass in his lung that was on the verge of abcessing. Mike was out of town at the time, but I decided to do it anyway because it was a Friday and I was worried it would progress over the weekend and he would be suffering. He was 18 and a cat that was full of life and mischief.

PJ was a really good traveler and we took him lots of places, to L.A. several times, on a road trip thru the western states, even down to Texas.

PJ was a really good traveler and we took him lots of places, to L.A. several times, on a road trip thru the western states, even down to Texas.

Road trip warrior PJ.

Road trip warrior PJ.

All the way to the end he had a lot of energy and was always into everything.

All the way to the end he had a lot of energy and was always into everything.

He was often hanging out with his buddy Cookie Puss

He was often hanging out with his buddy Cookie Puss

The was toward the end when he started to lose his energy.

The was toward the end when he started to lose his energy.

Shortly after PJ died, Gus decided he wanted to live with us. So now he does.

Shortly after PJ died, Gus decided he wanted to live with us. So now he does.

My brother Chris has an insane cat. He's a bengal and is 18 pounds of pure muscle.

My brother Chris has an insane cat. He's a bengal and is 18 pounds of pure muscle.

His name is Jim and he is both sweet and hardcore.

His name is Jim and he is both sweet and hardcore.

Cookie Puss and Gus are really good friends and hang out next to each other all the time.

Cookie Puss and Gus are really good friends and hang out next to each other all the time.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned!

Our favorite Colorado Springs restaurants

We got so busy in the last few months we were in Colorado Springs that we didn’t have time to do very many posts. So I’m going to do a few Colorado wrap-up posts in the next few weeks before embarking on full force Chicago entries.

These are some of our favorite restaurants in The Springs. Give them a try if you haven’t been.

Adam’s Mountain Cafe:

Honey pot at Adam's Mountain Cafe

Honey pot at Adam's Mountain Cafe

Adam's Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs, CO

Adam's Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs, CO

Veggie Enchiladas at Adam's Mountain Cafe

Veggie Enchiladas at Adam's Mountain Cafe

Insanely good brownie from Adam's Mountain Cafe

Insanely good brownie from Adam's Mountain Cafe

Borriello Brothers Pizza: 

Veggie Pizza from Borriello Brothers

Veggie Pizza from Borriello Brothers

Downtown Burrito Company:

Downtown Burrito Cart Man!

Downtown Burrito Cart Man!

Mediterranean Cafe:

Mediterranean Cafe

Mediterranean Cafe

Mediterranean Cafe's food is good if you can abide their idiotic hours.

Mediterranean Cafe's food is good if you can abide their idiotic hours.

Falafel at Mediterranean Cafe

Falafel at Mediterranean Cafe

The fries at Mediterranean Cafe are good but not as good as Taste Of Jerusalem's

The fries at Mediterranean Cafe are good but not as good as Taste Of Jerusalem's

Cucuru Gallery Cafe:

The outdoor space at Cucuru Cafe and Gallery

The outdoor space at Cucuru Cafe and Gallery

A tasty veggie sandwich from Cucuru

A tasty veggie sandwich from Cucuru

Lemon cake and cheesecake from Cucuru- yum!

Lemon cake and cheesecake from Cucuru- yum!

Detz Cafe: (not sure what’s going on with the pictures on this website, they’re for sure not of their food):

Everything is good at Detz Cafe

Everything is good at Detz Cafe

Calicrate beef burger from Detz Cafe

Calicrate beef burger from Detz Cafe

Perfect french toast from Detz Cafe

Perfect french toast from Detz Cafe

Mmmm grilled cheese from Detz Cafe

Mmmm grilled cheese from Detz Cafe

Gold Hill Java:

Egg salad sandwich lunch special from Gold Hill Java

Egg salad sandwich lunch special from Gold Hill Java

Healthy Mediterranean wrap from Gold HIll Java

Healthy Mediterranean wrap from Gold HIll Java

Go right away to have the most amazing affogato at Gold HIll Java!

Go right away to have the most amazing affogato at Gold HIll Java!

Heart Of Jerusalem:

Falafel from Heart Of Jerusalem

Falafel from Heart Of Jerusalem

Heart of Jerusalem

Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Lunch at Heart of Jerusalem

Jake and Telly’s:

Soup and appetizers at Jake and Telly's

Soup and appetizers at Jake and Telly's

Janel enjoying some apps at Jake and Telly's

Janel enjoying some apps at Jake and Telly's

Lofty’s:

Chicken salad from Lofty's

Chicken salad from Lofty's

Reuben sandwich and pasta salad from Lofty's

Reuben sandwich and pasta salad from Lofty's

 

McCabe’s Tavern:

Cheeseburger and cider at McCabe's Tavern

Cheeseburger and cider at McCabe's Tavern

French dip from McCabe's Tavern

French dip from McCabe's Tavern

The Melting Pot:

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Paris Crepe: (You must go to Paris Crepe. Check out our official review with more pics)

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Paris Crepe

Pizzeria Rustica:

My parents enjoying Pizzeria Rustica's patio

My parents enjoying Pizzeria Rustica's patio

Locally sourced antipasto tray

Locally sourced antipasto tray

Shuga’s: By far my favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs, or really, just about anywhere. We’ve written a ton about them on this blog.

Shuga's has an excellent happy hour

Shuga's has an excellent happy hour

Fabulous sandwiches at Shuga's

Fabulous sandwiches at Shuga's

One of the daily pasta specials at Shuga's

One of the daily pasta specials at Shuga's

Fancy roast beef sandwich at Shuga's

Fancy roast beef sandwich at Shuga's

Smiley’s:  Another place we’ve written about before, here and here.

Breakfast at Smiley's

Breakfast at Smiley's

Smiley's cute decor. They've recently expanded to the space next door, doubling their size- shorter lines now!

Smiley's cute decor. They've recently expanded to the space next door, doubling their size- shorter lines now!

 

So there you have it, the first of my Colorado Springs wrap-up posts. Be sure to visit these places and let me know what you think!