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.

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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.