The Ritz, Cowboys (Eli Young Band), and a quickie at Tony’s

Yesterday Janel and I went to The Ritz for a late lunch. I had a $30 groupon and wanted to use it. The online menu must be old, or they must change it a lot because there are things on it that they didn’t have yesterday and things they had that aren’t on the online menu. But everything there is good, so don’t worry.

The decor at The Ritz is very ’80s. Janel said they haven’t changed it since then! I dunno, I don’t mind it, it’s sort of classic. Black and white floor, pink neon over the bar, that sort of thing. It’s like when they did art deco in the ’80s.

They have a decent wine list. I like the list at Rico’s better, tho. I got an Alberti Malbec. Janel had a mingarita. They are very popular. My brother had one when we went last summer and he said it was the second-best drink he’s ever had. So there ya go.

Malbec and Mingarita at The Ritz Grill, Colorado Springs, CO

Malbec and Mingarita at The Ritz Grill, Colorado Springs, CO

We decided to share two small salads, the grilled shrimp cobb and the iceberg wedge.

Grilled shrimp cobb salad, The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

Grilled shrimp cobb salad, The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

Iceberg Wedge, The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

Iceberg Wedge, The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

Then we shared the flatiron steak. I was so happy to see it! it seems to come and go on the menu. The last few times I was here they didn’t have it. It is soooooo good. It had caramelized onions on top, and came with delicious french fries (and you know I’m picky about fries).

Flatiron steak and fries from The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

Flatiron steak and fries from The Ritz, Colorado Springs, CO

It was all delicious and we sat next to the window which made it seem like it was outside. They do have an outdoor patio but it was the time of day where the sun was right there and we didn’t want to try and eat with the sun in our faces the whole time. The Ritz is always a good time and the food is great, so be sure to go if you haven’t already.

¬†After The Ritz we walked up to Cowboys so I could get some tickets to the Eli Young show next Thursday night, October 28th. Cowboys is a pretty small venue for bands so it’s fun to see shows there. The Eli Young Band sings that song “Always The Love Songs.” For a long time I thought it was Jason Aldean. It sounds like him. And it sounds like a song he’d sing. Of course Jason reminds me of Kenny. His songs seem like songs Kenny would sing. I dunno. Anyhow, you should go check The Eli Young Band out at Cowboys, it should be fun. You can get tickets on the Cowboys website or at the Cowboys box office. If they don’t sell out, you can also get them the night of the show at Cowboys.

Then we continued up the street and Janel wanted to stop at Tony’s for a shot. You know we have a love-hate thing with Tony’s. I had been drinking wine so I didn’t want a shot. She went up to the bar and I sat at a table. In the 5 minutes she was at the bar, TWO people came up and asked me if I needed anything. LOL. So much for the terrible service at Tony’s! Maybe they know us now. Or maybe they recognized us from this blog. Hee hee. Anyhow, we love Tony’s. Everyone else does, too, because they always win Best Local Bar in all the Best Ofs in town.

Janel drinking shots, Tony's, Colorado Springs, CO

Janel drinking shots, Tony's, Colorado Springs, CO

Day Trip to Denver

Friday we went out to the Nordstrom Rack near Denver. I got some cute outfits but some of it will need to be returned. I got this flowery jacket but I didn’t realize till I saw pictures of myself in it just how unflattering it is. Oh well, I’ve worn it for a couple days now so I guess it’s mine.

After The Rack we went up to Denver to the South Pearl Street neighborhood. It was cute with fun shops and stuff. DM wanted to stop into a costume store that was having a going out of business sale. I thought it would just be like cheezy Halloween costumes but it wasn’t! It was real costumes, like for plays and movies and stuff. I scored some AWESOME black and red cowboy boots for 10 bucks! They’re pretty thrashed but that’s how I like ’em. I was hoping to find a pair next week in Dallas but I guess I don’t need any now. You’ll see plenty of pictures of me in them on that trip I’m sure.

In Denver we mostly just drove around and looked at different neighborhoods to see where we might want to live if we moved there. We stopped for lunch at Chedd’s– which is a grilled cheese sandwich restaurant. I was timid and just ordered a mozerella with sun dried tomato pesto on sourdough.

DM was more adventurous and ordered the daily special which was horseradish havarti with pastrami and more horseradish. It was actually really good.

The menu was overwhelming and I was feeling rushed so I didn’t notice The Wild Garden sandwich or I would have ordered that instead. YUM.

After the sandwiches we went to a couple of secondhand stores and browsed around. I am unhappy to know that the 80s are back in full swing. Ugh. After that we went to Gabor’s and had drinks. It was only ok, I guess cuz it was still pretty early. I dared DM to have a shot of Lord Calvert whiskey but he wouldn’t.

Then we went to The Botanic Garden which was closed (lame) and was $10.50 to get into anyhow so we probably wouldn’t have gone in even if it was open. Then onto a free park with a lovely view and a dog party going on. We had a great time watching all the dogs frolic.

After that we made a stop at a cupcake store called The Shoppe (they also sell bowls of cereal) for cupcakes and coffees. Red velvet and cocount cream. They were really good. But I don’t think this place will last cuz it’s too specialty.

Then onward to more drinks! The Satire Lounge had a great sign and decent drinks. It’s mostly a Mexican restaurant and it smelled really good but we didn’t eat cuz we were still full from the grilled cheese and cupcakes.

A crazy guy who came stumbling out and muttering something incoherant as I was photographing the sign:

After that we were pretty tired so we headed on home.

Yesterday I had a photo shoot so even tho it was his day off, DM had to leave the house. He went out to some bar and watched hockey all afternoon then after my shoot we went to Cowboys, which had a cover charge and is on my nerves anyway because they insist on (a) not playing any Kenny ever and (b) playing a lot of stupid hip hop type crap. When I go there I always feel like singing that song “I didn’t come here to hear somethin’ thumpin’ from the city”. WORD. So we went to The Ritz instead and had a very civilized time drinking lemon drop martinis, gin and tonics, and eating chicken strips. The Ritz is always excellent. When we got there at about 9:30 the cover band was playing all 80s songs (again with the 80s) and a bunch of old chicks at the bar were groovin. I told DM that they had to be my age or younger, which depressed me cuz they looked all OLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLD. Middle age sucks. After an hour or so the old folks left and it started filling up with youngsters who had no use for the 80s cover band anymore (hello kids, the 80s is IN, didn’t you know?) so they switched over to DJ type music.

This morning we got up early and headed over to the cat show. Yea, the cat show. It was fun. We loved the cute kitties and of course, the wacky owners. They had a household pets category and we think CP would have swept it if he had been entered so we’ll probably enter him at some point. DM is looking forward to being one of those prissy cat show men who feed their kitty with a spoon and wipe their eyes and under their tails before the competition. When we got back home we practiced lifting CP the way they do in the show, and brushing him and stuff. He was all “what gives, where have you been, why are you acting like this?” Then ran off into the closet.