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:
Adrienne and I agreed on a few of the categories. But we disagreed on a bunch, too:
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – West: Adrienne enjoys La Baguette, but I like Cucuru.
Best Neighborhood Restaurant – Central: Adrienne went with Shuga’s, while I went with Detz.
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.
We sometimes write about cats. That alone is worth your vote.
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
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
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
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.
Starting tomorrow (Tuesday March 8 ) thru Sunday March 13 is Colorado Springs’ first Restaurant Week (I thought we had one last year but maybe that was something else). You can get meals for two for either $35, $45, or $55, some even include adult beverages! Just mention Restaurant Week when you go. You might want to make a reservation because it’s going to be pretty popular. It’s going to be a great way to try out some of the more expensive restaurants in town!
The whole list of which restaurants are participating, what they’re serving, and how much it costs is here. The ones we’re particularly interested in are:
THE BLUE STAR
1645 South Tejon Street
3 course meal for $55 for dinner for two (not including tax and gratuity)
Cup of Beehive Cheddar Soup or Endive Caesar w/ julienne snow pea, garlic croutons & parmesan
Petite crab cakes, jasmine rice, crunchy snap peas, wasabi mayo or Petite bacon “steak,” roasted tomato polenta, roasted Brussels, natural jus or Millefeuille of tomato concasse, spinach feta w/ creamy tapenade
The Corleone (Blue Star signature dessert) or 1 oz. portion of any of our daily cheeses
I love Steampunk (hello, I’m 25). Lots of Steampunk art and clothing, a Steampunk burlesque show by Lola Spitfire’s Peaks and Pasties, a wine tasting sponsored by Swirl Wine Emporium in Manitou, beer from Bristol Brewery, snacks from The Blue Star, Nosh, Taste Of Jerusalem, and Lofty’s Idea. An afterparty will be hosted by The Triple Nickel Tavern.
From the press release about the show: “What if the blind could suddenly see? A unique art exhibit featuring photographs taken by people who were once blind but can now see because of a corneal transplant, opens in Colorado Springs. The exhibit is presented by the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB). Sponsored by Centura Health and Colorado Corneal Consultants, PC.” Sounds interesting.