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.

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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.

 

A couple of ok Happy Hours and one really great one.

Much like our burger posts, we’ve been collecting pictures and info about Happy Hours around town. Happy hour is a great, cheap way to experience some of our excellent bars and restaurants. We’ve been to just about every Happy Hour downtown and are starting to go to some in other neighborhoods. Eventually we’ll post about them all! Meanwhile, here’s a start:

Brewer’s Republic: 112 North Nevada, next to The Underground. Happy Hour is 4-8 Monday thru Friday. They offer half price pints during Happy Hour.They also sell half pints, which is unusual, awesome, and not on the Happy Hour special. Their website says they have a bunch of different beers on tap from all over Colorado (there were about eight on the day we went) as well as locally roasted espresso, but the website doesn’t seem to have been updated recently because they didn’t have some of the beers listed and their espresso machine was broken. They also do have a kitchen, but we didn’t see any food coming out of it or a food menu. Someone was using a computer, so we think there might be wi-fi but there are no signs to that effect. It’s a pretty casual setup in there (maybe too casual for me, I like great service, not people who treat their establishment as an annex of their frat house basement bar) and the decor is also casual-cute with cushy couches and rugs, and a neat looking bar made out of old doors. There are plate glass windows looking out to the street and in warm weather, tables on a sidewalk patio.

Brewer's Republic, downtown Colorado Springs

Brewer's Republic, downtown Colorado Springs

Brewer's Republic, downtown Colorado Springs

Brewer's Republic, downtown Colorado Springs

Il Postino:123 E. Pikes Peak Ave, between Nevada and Tejon. Il Postino has two Happy Hours daily: 4:00PM-6:00PM and 9:00PM- Midnight . The Happy Hour specials are: $1 off any drink and 50% off any bottle of wine with some exceptions (the exceptions are the really expensive bottles).  I really want to like this place but I am having a hard time getting beyond the early 90’s orange faux finish decor and that fact that they don’t seem to know what they want to be (are they a young person nightclub or an older person fancy food restaurant?) . Plus, four months in and they’ve already completely changed their menu (and it’s not on their website yet). But still, two daily (I assume this also means weekends) Happy Hours is pretty impressive. They have a fantastic wine list and a dollar off a glass isn’t that exciting, but 50% off bottles is really nice.

Il Postino, Colorado Springs, CO

Il Postino, Colorado Springs, CO

 Shuga’s:  702 S. Cascade.  Shuga’s has a great Happy Hour. In fact, from their website, it looks like they also have two of them: Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm and 10 to 11 pm with $5 food and drink specials. Not sure if that’s everyday or just Monday thru Friday. They’re closed on Sunday. They have three or four $5 food specials, including the hummus in the picture below, but not the warm butter almond cake below ( if you go to Shuga’s, you haveto get it,  it’s one of the most awesome desserts on earth) and three or four drink specials, including a mini version of their famous lavender martini (it wins best cocktail in COS in just about every contest there is),  “bartender’s choice” and sangria. When my parents were in town last month, they liked it so much we went to Shuga’s Happy Hour two days in a row. It was during that really ridiculous cold snap we had, so none of us got the drink specials, we got the hot cocktails instead.

Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Shuga's, Colorado Springs

A latte from Shuga's, Colorado Springs

A latte from Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Dad and me at Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Dad and me at Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Fancy hot drink menu, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Fancy hot drink menu, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Hot coffee cocktail, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Hot coffee cocktail, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Warm butter almond cake, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Warm butter almond cake, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Happy Hour Hummus, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Happy Hour Hummus, Shuga's, Colorado Springs

Just a Quickie with only one picture!

This week I showed my mom’s friend Richard around Colorado Springs.  We did a bunch of stuff but I only have one picture! I fully intend to go back out and do these things again sometime so I’ll get pictures then. The weather was nice, it was about 50 degrees. It was a little overcast for part  of the time but later on the sun came out and it was pretty.

First we went to the Van Briggle pottery studio.  They’re a famous oldey timey pottery place but I’d never been before. They make vases and all that as well as tiles and stuff. Many of the big old homes here  have Van Briggle fireplaces and it’s a big deal. We got a tour of the studio which was neat and of course interesting to me seeing as how I’m a ceramics maker and all that (hee hee). Richard bought a piece because he collects it, as well as some stuff for his friends in Canon City.

Then we went to Rico’s for lunch.  Richard had an avocado cheese sandwich and I had some veggie quiche and a
side salad. It was delish.

Then we drove over to Old Colorado City.  You know, it’s that  historical area with all kinds of neat old buildings. We didn’t get out of the car, but it was fun to look at the old buildings from the car.

Then we went up to Manitou It was odd. Manitou is kind of odd.  He liked the old downtown. We didn’t get out of the car again, tho.

Then we drove thru Garden Of The Gods.  It was late afternoon and the light was really pretty. We stopped a few times to take some pictures.

After that we went to Sodo (South Of Downtown) to Shugas which is a cafe/bar in an old general store building. It’s really neat. We had yummy coffees and cakes. I had double chocolate cake and he had almond butter cake. Here’s the one and only picture I took that day.

After that we drove thru the Old North End Historic Preservation Overlay Zone to look at all the old mansions.

We wanted to do a couple other things but ran out of time.  Maybe next time!