Colorado Springs Restaurants with Good Decor

One of my major peeves in life is restaurants with bad decor (first-world problem). You can have the best food in the world but if your decor sucks, it’s really hard for me to go. Colorado Springs has a LOT of restaurants that look horrible. Luckily, we also have a few that are awesome.

Amuze at The Fine Arts Center- this restaurant is CLOSED is currently on my shit list- I bought a Deal Of The Day from them and of course forgot about it till the last minute. It expires next Tuesday but since they’re not open during the week I wanted to use it next weekend. No dice, no can do, so sorry, we can’t extend it. Whatevs, that is completely lame. So I called Deal Of The Day and got a refund. Take THAT, Amuze. You just lost $12.50. Ha. Anyhow, The Deco Lounge is the bar and Amuze is the restaurant. Both have lovely art- deco style decor. Amuze is insanely expensive, but the Deco Bar has normal bar prices. Really really pretty inside with lots of natural light so try to go in the evening before it gets dark. It was built in 1936 and has a very interesting history. Also, since it’s a museum, the restaurant and bar have lots of neat art in them.

Deco Bar at The Fine Arts Center, downtown Colorado Springs

Deco Bar at The Fine Arts Center, downtown Colorado Springs

Dale Chihuly glass lamp at The Deco Lounge at The Fine Arts Center.

Dale Chihuly glass lamp at The Deco Lounge at The Fine Arts Center.

My favorite restaurant in the whole city is Shuga’s just south of downtown on Cascade. It’s a bar, it’s a cafe, it’s a resaurant with very unique and delicious food. They’re open everyday except Sundays, until midnight. That is awesome enough. But it’s also so so so pretty inside. A friend of mine mentioned that it seems to be perfect all the time, no matter what season. It can be the middle of a burning summer or a snow covered winter and their decor manages to be just right always. Plus they have live music some nights and they show movies on a big screen, too.

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Cafe Latte from Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Cafe Latte from Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs

Roast beef sandwich and mac-n-cheese from Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs.

Roast beef sandwich and mac-n-cheese from Shuga's, downtown Colorado Springs.

Another place we really like is Motif in Old Colorado City. It’s open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They have live jazz every night, lots of wines, fun cocktails and fancy little food. There’s a cozy yet modern indoor space and an outdoor area with a completely different feel. Both are really great places to hang out and have a drink.

The bar at Motif in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

The bar at Motif in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Motif in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Motif in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Looking inside from the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Looking inside from the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Evening cocktails at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Evening cocktails at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Comfy couches on the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

Comfy couches on the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

View of the mountains from the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

View of the mountains from the patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs

There are more nice places around and I’ll post about them soon. Meanwhile, let us know which places are your faves!

Huzzah! A place for warriors (and gardeners)

I think learning is important. During the ho-hum course of our daily lives, there are so many opportunities for knowledge, but we have to be open to receiving it.

Here’s something I learned recently: Apparently, garden shears are not for cutting metal lath behind plaster bathroom walls. Interesting. Something else I learned: Apparently, a red set of scissor-looking things that seemed like they might be pretty good at cutting metal lath (they were, by the way), are not just ordinary garden shears. Oh no. These were Felco Pruners, and they “will change your life.”

But the most important lesson of all from this is that when you need something sharpened or if you need to buy a sword or some throwing stars, the Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City probably has what you need.

The guy sharped the Felco Pruners in about 45 seconds for only $5, and they’re good as new. Better than new, he says, because the originals aren’t as sharp as they used to be right out of the box. So there’s that. Sharper than new.

And the store, while small and strange, is like every teenage boy’s dream: battle axes, throwing stars, nunchaku, swords of all types, from your basic medieval longsword to your handcrafted ninja sword, armored helmets. I might have even seen a Bat’leth in there. My guess is that sharpening pruning shears is a real let-down for The Prince.

Whatever. Go there. Even if it’s just to browse.

Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City can help

Are you a Norse warrior who's having trouble vanquishing his enemies? Are you hacking two, three, maybe even four times to sever the head of your rivals? Maybe you need your blade sharpened at the Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City.

 

 

 

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.

It’s Restaurant Week in Colorado Springs

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
Colorado Springs
(719) 632-1086

3 course meal for $55 for dinner for two (not including tax and gratuity)

1st Course

  • Cup of Beehive Cheddar Soup or Endive Caesar w/ julienne snow pea, garlic croutons & parmesan

2nd Course

  • 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

3rd Course

  • The Corleone (Blue Star signature dessert) or 1 oz. portion of any of our daily cheeses
STEAKSMITH
3802 Maizeland Road
Colorado Springs
(719) 596-9300

$55 for two

  • 1st Course – Mini-Shrimp Cocktail
  • 2nd Course — Full Salad Bar or Bleu Cheese Wedge
  • 3rd Course — 10 oz. Prime Rib, prepared to your liking, including starch, bread and butter, Ice Tea or Coffee
  • 4th Course – Creamy smooth Lemon Snow Flake Dessert
COQUETTE BISTRO & BAKERY
915 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs
(719) 685-2420

Dinner for two for $35 (all gluten-free)

  • cup of soup
  • choice of entree w/side salad
    • Coquette: black forest ham, béchamel sauce, sautéed mushrooms, & Swiss cheese
    • Philadelphian: thinly sliced tri-tip steak, sautéed onion, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, & Swiss cheese
    • Cajun: pan seared shrimp, onion, tomato, & mushrooms in a Cajun cream sauce
  • cupcake of the day
RASTA PASTA
405 N. Tejon St
Colorado Springs
(P) 719-481-6888

Dinner for 2 for $35

  • unlimited soft drinks, coffee or tea
  • 2 beverages from the bar, choice of Rum Punch or Redstripe Beer
  • 2 dinner salads served with basket of garlic bread
  • 2 dinner entrees, choice of any on the menu
  • 1 ridiculously good dessert to share

Be sure to check it out and let us know where you went and how it was!

Colorado Springs is a 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destination

According to The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Now they’re having a contest to vote for #1, so go vote for us. You can also see pictures and read information about the other places on the list, which is neat if you’re interested in historical old towns.

Here’s a Gazette story about the “distinction.”