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.







Diner Burgers in Colorado Springs

There are lots of diners here in Colorado Springs. They are mostly pretty retro (and not always in a good way). Since we’ve been eating pretty light at home, I’ve been dying for a burger when we go out, so I’ve had quite a few lately. Here are some diner burgers.

Maggie Mae’s: 2405 E. Pikes Peak Ave

We love Maggie’s. I usually get breakfast which is tasty and cheap. Mike usually gets one of their many Mexican lunch items. One day I noticed that they have burgers, so I ordered one. I enjoyed it a great deal. Recommended!

Maggie Mae's burger and fries.

Maggie Mae's burger and fries.

Cheeseburger from Maggie Mae's.

Cheeseburger from Maggie Mae's.

Sandy’s Restaurant: 6940 Space Village Ave.
Sandy’s is our new favorite diner. They have a bunch of different burgers. I got the 4 ounce, but they also have 8 ounce versions of all their burgers. Yummy! The best thing was that our server asked if I wanted mayonnaise. Of course I wanted mayonnaise, thanks for asking! Also recommended.
Sandy's cheeseburger and fries

Sandy's cheeseburger and fries

Shopper’s Grill: 2320 North Wahsatch Avenue
You’ve probably seen the cute little store front with the vintage sign and the retro name in the Bon Center by Ace Hardware and Safeway a bunch of times, right? We have too, so one day we went in. It isn’t nearly as cute inside as it is outside — it looks pretty much like all the other diners in Colorado Springs, like they last remodeled in the 1980s. The food was as unremarkable as the decor, including the burger, which only came with chips, no fries. Not so recommended, but maybe their other stuff is good. It’s been there for a million years so they must be doing something right.
Shopper's Grill cheeseburger

Shopper's Grill cheeseburger