If I am going to spend my hard-earned treat calories, I almost always reach for a pizza rather than any sweets. A few months ago a blogger sent my company cupcakes from the Cupcake Girls and my will power flew out the door. The cupcakes were dense, moist and full or flavor.
Every once in a while my friends find a restaurant that they enjoy and I just don’t care for it. Nosh used to be one of those places, until this past weekend. After a second night of dinner and drinks at the downtown restaurant, I’ve decided I’ll be spending many more happy hours drinking Sangria and munching on salad on their patio.
I love a good brunch spot but restaurants with a delicious brunch menu as well as a decently priced bottomless mimosa are very limited in Colorado Springs. Odyssey Gastropub started its brunch service just two weeks ago and so far, they’ve done well. It’s a great menu with decent prices and the mimosas are good, but the food is where Odyssey’s creativity shines.
Shaes is a new hole-in-the-wall bar in Old Colorado City serving up beer in mason jars and cheap pizzas that will satisfy your late night hunger. With a menu offering pizzas and sandwiches, a liquor shelf filled with everything you can think of and an incredibly welcoming and genuine staff, this place should quickly become a Westside favorite.
If I had a love of my life, it would be pizza. With Duca’s Neapolitan Pizza opening a second location on the south side of town, my life is (almost) officially complete. Their crust is chewy, sauce is flavorful and the toppings are fresh. For a pizza lover like myself, the new restaurant off Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard is a dream.
503W, one of the newer restaurants and craft bars in Colorado Springs, is creating a trendier, eclectic atmosphere with its open kitchen concept and asian inspired menu. I’ve been back more times than necessary since I first tried it this summer, and it’s a great place to grab some appetizers and catch up with friends. Try to go when the garage door is open and the weather is sunny.
The Donut Mill is a great early morning pitstop if you’re heading to the mountains to camp, ski or fish. The donuts are the size of your head and are made fresh daily. The Bacon Maple Fritter was is my favorite but they have a pretty large selection of regular donuts. The flavors aren’t crazy, but they still are tasty.
If you don’t like chocolate you’re crazy. And if you’re just finishing up your first month of your New Year’s Resolutions fear not – you can have your chocolate and eat healthy too! Radiantly Raw produces chocolates that are made with only ingredients that have some type of health benefit. They’re delicious and decadent and make me feel less guilty when I eat two treats instead of one. It’s healthy so it’s OK to have dessert twice, right?
I attended Radiantly Raw’s online ordering launch party in early December at Urban Steam and was impressed with the venue’s great atmosphere, enthusiastic owner and surprisingly delicious cracker crust pizza. Urban Steam is a coffee/whiskey/brunch bar and it doesn’t disappoint. It has a HUGE whiskey list and a small food menu, but the real star, according to owner and customers alike, is the coffee.