Best Restaurants in Manitou Springs...

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February 16th, 2003, 5:51 am #1

Okay, which restaurant do you think is the best in Manitou Springs? It may be best to categorize Manitou's restaurants into different categories:

[*]Nicest place to impress a date
[*]The best among the "ritzy" ones
[*]Best place to "hang out"
[*]Tastiest/Best food
[*]Most overrated establishment
[*]Most underrated establishment[/i]

Alrighty, I'm going to sleep on it and give me selections in the morning!

Love, Steve

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Joined: February 14th, 2003, 1:46 am

February 16th, 2003, 5:52 pm #2

Do you consider Amanda's Fonda to be in Manitou? I know they are down the road a ways but I do love their spinach enchiladas.

I think the best place to hang out is the Spice. The place next door has a good chicken salad sandwich. The Keg is interesting sometimes but sometimes it just strikes me as dark but their chicken berry salad is great. The Loop has a fun atmosphere. I never really went ritzy. Hm maybe I need to make a little visit to Manitou this weekend...Precious food......
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Joined: September 1st, 2002, 4:04 am

February 17th, 2003, 2:55 am #3

Okay, which restaurant do you think is the best in Manitou Springs? It may be best to categorize Manitou's restaurants into different categories:

[*]Nicest place to impress a date
[*]The best among the "ritzy" ones
[*]Best place to "hang out"
[*]Tastiest/Best food
[*]Most overrated establishment
[*]Most underrated establishment[/i]

Alrighty, I'm going to sleep on it and give me selections in the morning!

Love, Steve

Hey! That's me...
Okay, here are my choices. For some of these, it was really difficult to decide, so what I did last night in bed was ... I let the first restaurant that came to mind be the winner, instead of overanalyzing all the restaurants.

Nicest Place to Impress a Date

Adam's Mountain Cafe - The ambiance is delightful! The food has a gourmet-ish flare to it that's just a cut above!

The Best Among the "Ritzy" Ones

Briarhurst Inn - Oh they're so proper and formal there! The old home that you'll dine in is an experience in itself. The Cliff House Restaurant, the Craftwood Inn and the Mona Lisa are all pretty darn good too!

Best Place to Hang Out

Spice of Life Cafe - Oh you knew this was coming! What can I say? It's where all the locals hangout. Good coffee and drinks. Plenty on nice snacks. Right in the heart of downtown. This is definitely NOT Starbucks, people!


Tastiest/Best Food

Stagecoach Inn - Holy Goats Milk! Everytime I go there I am BLOWN AWAY by their food. Their buffalo is scrumptious. Everything is just wonderful there!


Most Overrated Establishment

The Organic Cafe - This place is WAY OVERPRICED! I think I paid nearly $5 for an average sized portion of soy bean ice cream. And I think it was $3 or $4 dollars for a coffee! Yeesh! Sure, if you're a hardcore vegan, this is a cool place, but uhhhhhh...

Most Underrated Establishment

Tajine Alami - I've never eaten there, but here's why it wins this category: Everyone tells me how great it is there and yet I'm too ambivalent to actually try it. Maybe I'm intimidated my Moroccan food. Maybe it's the idea of sitting on a floor with a pillow. Hmmmmmmmm... but for what it's worth, everyone I know loves in there!

There you go! What are YOUR favorite restaurants?

Love, Steve



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February 21st, 2003, 2:50 am #4

Okay, which restaurant do you think is the best in Manitou Springs? It may be best to categorize Manitou's restaurants into different categories:

[*]Nicest place to impress a date
[*]The best among the "ritzy" ones
[*]Best place to "hang out"
[*]Tastiest/Best food
[*]Most overrated establishment
[*]Most underrated establishment[/i]

Alrighty, I'm going to sleep on it and give me selections in the morning!

Love, Steve

Hey! That's me...
are we the only people who care about all of this beautiful food?!
No one else has an opinion?!
Maybe a group should be gathered to go out to eat.
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February 21st, 2003, 5:49 am #5

Okay, which restaurant do you think is the best in Manitou Springs? It may be best to categorize Manitou's restaurants into different categories:

[*]Nicest place to impress a date
[*]The best among the "ritzy" ones
[*]Best place to "hang out"
[*]Tastiest/Best food
[*]Most overrated establishment
[*]Most underrated establishment[/i]

Alrighty, I'm going to sleep on it and give me selections in the morning!

Love, Steve

Hey! That's me...
What are YOUR favorite Manitou restaurants?

Ahem! It's okay to talk about "lighter" stuff in here, you know!

Love, Steve

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February 21st, 2003, 6:08 am #6

I think Dave and I are getting a little tiresome don't you? Tough.

But since you asked, my family and I hit the Loop a lot since it's close and cheap. I'm still mad at them though for kicking out the liquor store from what's now their 'extended' section. But when I get hungry, I put that aside. Try the Asade Carne burrito (heck I can't spell it). Not on the menu, insider secret.

For that special night out, we do the Craftwood Inn - an awesome meal and ambiance - take wife material there, you won't regret it.

Wife material. That reminds me of the special female code word - IBM - said to another woman when sizing up a potential mate. Ideal Breeding Material. Who doesn't believe in evolution now!?

-C
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David Beers
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February 21st, 2003, 1:40 pm #7

What are YOUR favorite Manitou restaurants?

Ahem! It's okay to talk about "lighter" stuff in here, you know!

Love, Steve

Hey! That's me below...
...since Clint said mean things about me in the Politics forum.

Craftwood Inn is at the top of my fine dining list. Every meal I've had there gives me the feeling of being in the presence of GREATNESS. Their chef is a true genius. And I love the Arts & Crafts era architecture. Had one bad experience with a really inattentive waiter there and complained. The guy got fired and my wife and I got a generous gift certificate and a handwritten letter from the owner. Otherwise the service has been exceptional--no wonder! Now that I have a mortgage and am house-poor it may be a while before I get back to the Craftwood. sigh

To be honest, Adams Mountain Cafe is overrated, IMO. I like the cozy atmosphere and appreciate the fact that the chef is making an effort to do creative things with great ingredients, but the dishes I've had have always seemed to be missing something or just not quite right. I've only been twice and maybe just had bad luck.

At the other end of the dining spectrum (and I think just outside the city limits, so maybe it doesn't count) is my favorite guilty pleasure (forget the name exactly): the Vienna Hot Dog place on W. Colorado Ave. It's hard to beat their polish sausage with some kraut and a little brown mustard. And I like the people who work there--they all seem to be having a good time. My wife and I take our dogs up to the G-o-t-G overlook on Ridge Rd (the one that had a camera obscura when I was a kid) and we munch them while surveying our domain.

For a coffee hangout, Steve's right that the Spice Boys have the only game in town for me. I'm especially fond of their soups. Add coffee and a newspaper to the bagel and lox with capers and paper-thin onion slices on a Sunday morning and you have one of life's great simple pleasures. Though, I've got to get back with Doug to finish a conversation about the Spa building. He's on the wrong side of that issue Gotta love their fridge magnet collection!

By the way, for those who are looking for the best coffee beans in the Pikes Peak area, look no farther than Manitou Natural. Wayne gets his beans from a roaster in Boulder every week and they are head and shoulders above anything else I can find. Better than anything I could find in Houston or Washington, DC, in fact. My favorite is the Java Joey blend. Wayne used to be a roaster himself and says he's thinking of opening a coffee roastery in the Manitou Shops when they open (economy permitting).

Still can't get that idea out of my head of having a micro-brewery downtown! I'm going to try to get John Hickenlooper on the horn today and find out what he's thinking. (Back to town politics again...oh well, I tried)

David
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February 26th, 2003, 8:45 pm #8

I know you say unattentive waiter, and you could be right, but for the guy to get fired over it, that is harsh! You just interfered with that guy's way of life over him not meeting your expectations for dinner? Hope you're proud of yourself.

It really gets to me when people treat waiters like they are below everyone else. That is just plain rude. I thought people in Manitou were laid back and friendly...sounding proud for getting someone fired, doesn't sound very laid back and friendly to me.





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David Beers
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February 26th, 2003, 9:58 pm #9

Well, at least I have been a waiter for longer than any other position I have held in my life, considering I paid my way through three degree programs working as one. So no one appreciates the problems of being a waiter more than me.

I also know from experience when a waiter writes a table off as a "lost cause" so he can concentrate on the ones he thinks will give him a tip. We waited for 40 minutes on a slow Monday night to even be acknowledged by our waiter and another 10 before our order was taken. Then we didn't see him again until he delivered the check. Meanwhile he gave great service to the party right next to us--literally 4 feet away. Forgivable at Denny's but when it's a $100 meal that most people can do maybe once a year it's not forgivable.

We didn't ask for him to be fired, but the management was grateful to get our feedback and said they had had other problems with this employee. If there is anyone I have more sympathy for than waiters, it's restaurant managers. No one works harder with less appreciation (and less pay) than management in a good restaurant.

So, yeah, I feel ok about the whole thing. And I stand by my praise of the Craftwood as the best fine dining establishment in Manitou.
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February 27th, 2003, 4:27 am #10

...since Clint said mean things about me in the Politics forum.

Craftwood Inn is at the top of my fine dining list. Every meal I've had there gives me the feeling of being in the presence of GREATNESS. Their chef is a true genius. And I love the Arts & Crafts era architecture. Had one bad experience with a really inattentive waiter there and complained. The guy got fired and my wife and I got a generous gift certificate and a handwritten letter from the owner. Otherwise the service has been exceptional--no wonder! Now that I have a mortgage and am house-poor it may be a while before I get back to the Craftwood. sigh

To be honest, Adams Mountain Cafe is overrated, IMO. I like the cozy atmosphere and appreciate the fact that the chef is making an effort to do creative things with great ingredients, but the dishes I've had have always seemed to be missing something or just not quite right. I've only been twice and maybe just had bad luck.

At the other end of the dining spectrum (and I think just outside the city limits, so maybe it doesn't count) is my favorite guilty pleasure (forget the name exactly): the Vienna Hot Dog place on W. Colorado Ave. It's hard to beat their polish sausage with some kraut and a little brown mustard. And I like the people who work there--they all seem to be having a good time. My wife and I take our dogs up to the G-o-t-G overlook on Ridge Rd (the one that had a camera obscura when I was a kid) and we munch them while surveying our domain.

For a coffee hangout, Steve's right that the Spice Boys have the only game in town for me. I'm especially fond of their soups. Add coffee and a newspaper to the bagel and lox with capers and paper-thin onion slices on a Sunday morning and you have one of life's great simple pleasures. Though, I've got to get back with Doug to finish a conversation about the Spa building. He's on the wrong side of that issue Gotta love their fridge magnet collection!

By the way, for those who are looking for the best coffee beans in the Pikes Peak area, look no farther than Manitou Natural. Wayne gets his beans from a roaster in Boulder every week and they are head and shoulders above anything else I can find. Better than anything I could find in Houston or Washington, DC, in fact. My favorite is the Java Joey blend. Wayne used to be a roaster himself and says he's thinking of opening a coffee roastery in the Manitou Shops when they open (economy permitting).

Still can't get that idea out of my head of having a micro-brewery downtown! I'm going to try to get John Hickenlooper on the horn today and find out what he's thinking. (Back to town politics again...oh well, I tried)

David
This sounds suspiciously like an episode of Seinfeld to me.
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