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.







Sunset magazine shows the COS some love

It’s always nice when Colorado Springs is recognized nationally for something that’s not about right-wing craziness.

And so here’s a small piece by Sunset magazine on downtown that gets at what we’ve been saying for years: It’s pretty cool here.

The Sunset article mentions many of our favorites: Nosh, Poor Richard’s (owned by our next mayor, Richard Skorman), Shuga’s and the Fine Arts Center.

So in addition to being Santa’s favorite city, we also have a pretty cool arts scene and a thriving downtown.

Take that, Pueblo!

Colorado Springs

A cool downtown and a great view.


“Pudding specials”

Since Boulder Street Coffee Roasters went out of business, we’ve been wondering what’s going to happen to that prime spot at Boulder and Tejon. On the one hand, with Poor Richard’s right next door, is a coffee shop really a viable option? But Poor Richard’s is often so crowded, it seems like there might be room for a coffee shop on that corner.

I guess we’ll see. Apparently, the new owners plan on having “pudding specials,” and we’re pleased about that. Who doesn’t love pudding?

Still unknown: Who the new owners are; when the new place will be opening; what it will be called. If anyone knows, fill us in.

A new shop is coming downtown

The new owners of Boulder Street Coffee Roasters promise "pudding specials." Can't wait!

Richard Skorman for mayor

While we were gone, there was an important announcement here in Colorado Springs: Richard Skorman will run for mayor.

This is excellent news. The field so far, aside from Skorman, is not terribly impressive. We’re doing something new in the COS with our mayoral system. Previously, we’ve gotten by with a “weak mayor” system, in which a city manager runs the show and the mayor is merely a part-time, low-paying job. Problem with this system is that the city manager isn’t an elected position. The City Council appoints him or her, and at least since I’ve lived here, it’s not gone well.

Now, though, we’re switching to a “strong mayor” system. The mayor will be an elected position. A difficult and well-compensated full-time position with broad new authority. Here’s a decent discussion of the difference between the systems.

We believe Richard Skorman will be outstanding as Colorado Springs’ first strong mayor. He has the support of this local blog, anyway, and we’ll try to post campaign news and information as often as we can. Here’s more info about his experience and qualifications.

Oinkety’s arch-enemy and third-place rival John Hazlehurst makes some good points about the race so far.

We hope Skorman’s campaign gets his updated website up and running soon. Tick-tock, people, tick-tock!

Richard Skorman is running for Colorado Springs mayor

Richard Skorman is running for Colorado Springs mayor.

The Mitguards are playing on Saturday at Rico’s

We enjoy the music of The Mitguards a great deal, and they’re playing Saturday night at Poor Richard’s. If you’re downtown, it’s worthwhile to stop in for a listen. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m.

From their website: “The Mitguards bring a unique and non-traditional perspective to folk music, combining sharp, insightful lyrics with haunting melodies and flawless harmonies. Roots-based Americana takes on a new, Southwestern air in the talented hands and voices of Deb and Chris Mitguard.”

The Mitguards

The Mitguards are playing Saturday at Poor Richard's.

Also, if you’re downtown, the new 7-Eleven opened today at Pikes Peak and Tejon! You probably need a beverage or a magazine.

The Mitguards performed at Rico's a few weeks ago.

The Mitguards performed at Rico's a few weeks ago.

Paul enjoyed an Anchor Steam beer at Rico's.

Paul enjoyed an Anchor Steam beer at Rico's. Mom had a pinot grigio, and I was adventurous and tried the Bourbon Barrel Stout. I will probably have to try it again.

The Peppermint Patty at Rico's.

We haven't come close to trying all of the food and drink at Rico's. We're on our way, though. This is the Peppermint Patty (hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps) and a shot of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.

Dessert at Rico's, Colorado Springs

You'll want to save room for dessert. We shared the chocolate sundae. Jealous?