More Colorado Springs Cheeseburgers

So you can get a burger just about anywhere. We covered some of our fave quick ones last month and now I’ll tell you about some of the fancier ones. I prefer burger stand burgers over restaurant burgers, but I didn’t know that until I tried all these restaurant burgers.

The Independent loved the burger at The Famous, giving it the title of The Best Burger In The Springs,  and I know I’m in the minority but I’m just not a fan of The Famous. I haven’t had their actual burger, but I have had their sliders and didn’t really care for them. For one thing, not everything needs to have bacon on it. Frankly, bacon is played out as a condiment. I know we are just discovering it here in The Springs, but believe me, it’s over. Except the bacon at Smiley’s. That stuff is eternal. Secondly, I’m not crazy about the decor in The Famous. They have that annoying faux finish crap on their walls that Springs Orleans does. Hello, 1993 called, they want their look back. It’s like The Famous WANTS to look classic with those tall red leather booths and all, but hasn’t kept up with what classic decor looks like now (hint: it doesn’t include faux finishing of any kind).  And finally, it’s expensive. Too expensive. This isn’t Beverly Hills.

ANYHOW, there are three burgers we’ve tried at three downtown nice restaurants that weren’t The Famous: The Ritz, Nosh, and McKenzie’s Chop House.

My favorite burger was at The Ritz: 15 South Tejon Street, although I prefer the atmosphere at MacKenzie’s and Nosh. The bun was kind of overly fluffy but other than that it was good. The fries are delicious, too.

Cheeseburger at The Ritz

Cheeseburger at The Ritz

Cheeseburger at The Ritz

Cheeseburger at The Ritz

The burgers at Nosh: 121 South Tejon Street, are like all the other food at Nosh, small and kind of weird. Since it’s small and yet tall, it’s kind of hard to eat. Good, tho! The fried onions on top are nice and the fries are pretty tasty, too.

Cheeseburger at Nosh

Cheeseburger at Nosh

French fries at Nosh

French fries at Nosh

 

MacKenzie’s: 128 South Tejon Street, has a vintage-y retro vibe to it which I really like. They know how to do classic decor! They have a great Happy Hour and really good food. Their burger was just OK, tho and I don’t like those thick cut steak fries. Also, I ordered it medium rare and this is how it came! That’s not what I would consider to be medium rare, At All.

Cheeseburger at MacKenzie's

Cheeseburger at MacKenzie's

Cheeseburger at MacKenzie's
Cheeseburger at MacKenzie’s

These burgers were fine, they were even pretty good, but next time I go to any of these places I won’t be getting burgers. They seem to be the weakest link on all these menus- there are so many other much tastier choices. I’ll stick to Burger Joint burgers from now on.

Phantom Canyon Road, Phantom Canyon Brewery, Home Cookin’, and Lots of Drinks

As you probably know, the weather in Colorado is crazy. It’s been in the 70’s for awhile and today it’s 27 degrees. Supposed to be in the low 70s again next week for a day or two, so we’ll see. Having a hard time getting my summer list done with this flakey weather! Anyhow, lots of pics behind the cut, including one that is not work safe.

The trees are changing color so we went up some elevation a couple weeks ago to Phantom Canyon Road. They’re changing down here now and are really pretty. I’ll get some shots if they’re still doing their thing when the weather gets nicer.




A mama cow on the side of the road (random!)

And her baby on the other side. Cuuuuuuute. I love baby cows.

Victor, Colorado is an old mining town that’s all decrepit and falling down, I think this building is for sale for like $40,000.

This one is also for sale but it’s like $200,000.

My old elementary school pal lives in Castle Rock now, which is about 30 minutes north of here so she came down and we went for drinks at Metropolitain the other night.

Homemade pasta fritatta. I made it up myself, too and it was tasty!

Wednesday night we went to see Lyle Lovett here in town. It was pretty warm so we walked. I had to take the jacket off when walking there and back cuz I was actually too warm!
We went to Phantom Canyon for dinner first, then to MacKenzies for drinks, then on to the show, which was really entertaining.



I was in LA last weekend and we went to a really good Italian place- Amici in The Americana At Brand in Glendale-  and I’ve been wanting to try and copy their spaghetti with red sauce, so I did last night. I think it was pretty darn close.

DM’s mom came over cuz she was in the neighborhood and wasn’t going to stay long. But we got her drunk so she hung out awhile and we LOLed at a bunch of stupid drunk person things. Then I paid for it with a splitting headache all night that I thought I was going to have to go to the ER for. I’ve been getting really horrible horrible headaches lately for all kinds of reasons: drinking, weather, flying, restaurant food. Sheesh. It’s super annoying.