Please vote for us!

Voting ends on Wednesday August 31st for the CSIndy Best Of The Springs– so go vote and earn a chance to win an iPad! Of course we’d love you to vote for us- Oinkety- as best local blogger, and Pink Kitty Studios for best photographer, best place to buy an over the top gift, and best naughty business. Since you have to vote in at least 15 categories, here are our other faves!

1.Best Wait Staff: Detz Cafe.

2.Best Restaurant for Tourists: Paris Crepe.

3.Best French Restaurant: La Baguette. The one on Chestnut.

4. Best Patio Dining: Shuga’s.

5.Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Taste of Jerusalem.

6.Best Food Truck: Phat Hattie’s.

7.Best Burger: Drifter’s.

8.Best Place for Ice Cream: Dogtooth Cafe.

9.Best Local Beer for Winter: Bristol’s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, of course good luck getting any.

10.Best Breakfast: Smiley’s.

11.Best Caterer: Blue Sage Catering.

12.Best Place for an Over-the-Top Gift: Pink Kitty Studios.

13.Best Photographer: Pink Kitty Studios.

14.Best Naughty Business: Pink Kitty Studios.

15.Best Local Twitterer: @barelyescape.

16.Best Local Blogger: Oinkety!

Thank you!

Gunning for second place

It’s that time of year again, where we shamelessly ask for your vote on The Independent’s annual Best of Colorado Springs survey.

Last year, we tied for third with then-Business Journal writer John Hazlehurst and decided that he must be destroyed. He has since moved to the Indy, which means that while he still pens a regular column, we have not seen any Hazlehurst-specific “blog.” Consider yourself destroyed, Mr. Hazlehurst.

The first-place winner was a coupon thing, so whatever with that. Who can compete with bargains? The second-place winner is a member of Big Media, and who can trust Big Media?

It’s time for Oinkety to be the Springs’ No. 2 blog.

You have to vote for at least 15 things for your ballot to count. Here’s a sampling of what we voted for:

  1. Best Wait Staff: Detz Cafe.
  2. Best Restaurant for Tourists: Paris Crepe.
  3. Best French Restaurant: La Baguette. The one on Chestnut.
  4. Best Patio Dining: Shuga’s.
  5. Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Taste of Jerusalem.
  6. Best Food Truck: Phat Hattie’s.
  7. Best Burger: Drifter’s.
  8. Best Place for Ice Cream: Dogtooth Cafe.
  9. Best Local Beer for Winter: Bristol’s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale, of course good luck getting any.
  10. Best Breakfast: Smiley’s.
  11. Best Caterer: Blue Sage Catering.
  12. Best Place for an Over-the-Top Gift: Pink Kitty Studios.
  13. Best Photographer: Pink Kitty Studios.
  14. Best Naughty Business: Pink Kitty Studios.
  15. Best Local Twitterer: @barelyescape.
  16. Best Local Blogger: Oinkety!

Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:

  1. Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
  2. Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
  3. Best Restaurant for Dining Alone: Adrienne would rather go to Shuga’s alone, and I prefer Poor Richard’s.

In fact, for just about every category, Adrienne picked Shuga’s. Best Happy Hour; Best Patio; Best Place for a Wedding Reception; Best Appetizers; Best Soup; Best Bartender (Kevin); Best Place for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail. Someone has a Shuga’s addiction.

Vote for Oinkety or this cat will cry

We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our continuing mission: Cheeseburgers

Here’s the thing about cheeseburgers: There’s no perfect one. Trying to find The Best is futile, and the right thing to do is to simply try them all. Then try them again.

I like thick, drippy sit-down-restaurant burgers, flimsy drive-in burgers, burgers with a beer. Or a shake. I like chipotle burgers, barbecue burgers, jalapeno burgers. Bison? Sure. I even like the iconic McDonald’s cheeseburger.

We had, at some point, thought we should put together a comprehensive collection of the Springs-area’s cheeseburgers, along with our thoughts on each. But it was too much for us. The cheeseburger landscape here is simply too vast, too overwhelming for this humble blog, though we do address the cheeseburger frequently.

But Bryce Crawford over at the Indy took on the task in this week’s issue. (It’s important to note that Mr. Crawford has the backing of the mainstream media, with a budget of probably thousands and thousands of dollars, so we really can’t compete on that level.)

A few things: One, he didn’t mention Drifter’s, which was a huge mistake. I’m surprised his car wasn’t vandalized. Thankfully, readers pointed out his error. Two, the Indy put this up online as a PDF, virtually guaranteeing that fewer people will read it. Weird. Three: In the entire review, I didn’t see the word unctuous. How can a professional writer talk about cheeseburgers without using unctuous?

All of the puzzling quirks aside, the package shows that the Springs-area cheeseburger is a voyage, an exploration. A shifting and evolving conversation over drinks.

We might not find any answers on this trip; we might not find The Best. But it’s a journey we need to take.

Drifter's cheeseburger

I am never not in the mood for a Drifter's cheeseburger.

We like cheeseburgers

We’ve been collecting pictures and facts about all our favorite places around town to get tasty cheeseburgers with the intention of doing a comprehensive post about them. But it looks like that’s just not our style. We don’t write big long posts or use words like “unctuous” to describe ground beef. We do take a lot of pictures, tho! And we do love cheeseburgers! So over the next few weeks we’ll show and tell you about where to get some good ones.

Burger City:  THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED. 3357 Cinema Pt, Colorado Springs, CO 80922, open till 9:00pm during the week and 10:00 pm on weekends. My personal fave. Several different kinds of burgers, shakes and really good fries.

Burger City, Colorado Springs, CO
Burger City, Colorado Springs, CO
Cy’s Drive In:  19th and Uintah, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80106.  They use Ranch Foods Direct beef here. Decent fries and shakes, too.
Cy's Drive In, Colorado Springs, CO
Cy’s Drive In, Colorado Springs, CO

Drifters:  4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907.  The closest thing we have to In N Out.  The fries are way better than those soggy old things from In N Out, tho! I believe they also use beef from Ranch Foods Direct.

Drifter's Colorado Springs, CO

Drifter's Colorado Springs, CO

Drifter's Colorado Springs, CO

Drifter's Colorado Springs, CO

That should keep you busy and full till next week!

Drifter’s Hamburgers, Nosh, Squeak, Alice’s, Red Martini Colorado Springs and Deluxe Burger, Denver

Drifter’s Hamburgers in Colorado Springs. Really good. Sorta like In N Out but better fries.  For some unknown reason they don’t have their hours or their address on their website. DUH. Anyway, I think they’re open till about 9pm and they’re located at  4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs
Drifter’s Hamburgers, Colorado Springs
Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

Drifter's Hamburgers, Colorado Springs

DM gave a bad review to Alice’s Mexican restaurant the other day. I guess my item must have been better than his because I give it an A-. Yes, it’s too bright inside and has no atmosphere whatsoever, but the tacos were deeeeeeeeeeeeeeelish!

Alice's Mexican, Colorado Springs

Alice's Mexican, Colorado Springs

You know we love Nosh!

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Nosh, Colorado Springs

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs. They’re trying to be all old fashioned but their ambience is not old fashioned at all. They have a million different sodas that they mix up special for you (with sugar or splenda, no high fructose corn syrup here), about ten ice cream flavors and a bunch of different grilled cheese sandwiches.  It was all very tasty, but the atmosphere is for sure kid-like. Which is too bad because sometimes adults want to have this kind of food. Also I guess their “plastic” cups are made of corn.

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs

Squeak Soda Shop, Colorado Springs

Last week we went to Acoustic Happy Hour at Cowboys. David Nail was playing a free show.

David Nail Acoustic Happy Hour, Cowboys, Colorado Springs

David Nail Acoustic Happy Hour, Cowboys, Colorado Springs

He has a couple of good songs so we thought we’d check it out. It was fun and he was good, but after drinking some expensive (hey, I thought it was happy Hour!) drinks we got bored and left and headed across the street to Happy Hour at the new Red Martini Piano Bar. As far as I can tell, it’s the same as the old Red Martini Lounge. There was a piano but no one was playing it. It wants to be all upscale but it’s still in that cluster fuck Rum Bay/Blondies/csnightclubs.com area, so…I dunno. Good luck. But Happy Hour was nice. The kids and soldiers weren’t out in force yet, it was mostly people from downtown businesses getting off work. The drinks were really good, not too fruity, didn’t get me drunk, and were cheap- only $4 each. We’ll probably go again, especially since the bartender was really nice.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

I had a couple of Coconut Frosts.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

DM had a couple whiskeys and a beer.

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado SpringsAnd we shared some crazy coconut crusted chicken strips which I'm pretty sure took several months off my life.Red Martini Piano Bar, Colorado Springs

The next day we went up to Denver to go to an estate sale. They had some neat things but in the end I didn’t buy anything. We went to lunch at Deluxe Burger because we were hungry, we were passing right by it, and we yelped it with the Droid phone and it got good reviews. It was only ok. It had a lot of atmosphere but the food was only OK. Also, the service was rude.
Neat light fixture and cool orange walls.
Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, DenverRetro and probably original terazzo floor. Deluxe Burger, Denver

Another cup made of corn! I guess this is the new thing.
Deluxe Burger, Denver
Deluxe Burger, Denver

I had a stilton and carmelized onion burger. I had high hopes!

Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, Denver

For some reason even tho it had carmelized onions on it, they still put raw onions on it, which as you know, I cannot abide! Also, the menu says to ask  for pickles. Why you have to ASK for pickles I don’t know. They should ask YOU if you want pickles. Plus when I asked for pickles when I placed the order sthe server chick said something along the lines of that they come seperately or something. So she couldn’t place them with with order? I was supposed to ask for them AGAIn when I picked up the order? WTF kind of crap is this? I didn’t ask for them. I felt I had annoyed the server enough by then.

Deluxe Burger, Denver

Deluxe Burger, Denver

See? I didn’t even finish it.

Deluxe Burger, Denver
Deluxe Burger, Denver

So, Drifter’s YES!  Alice’s Yes. Nosh Yes.  Squeak Maybe. Red Martini YES! Deluxe Burger No.