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.
Over Easy is one of the best spots in Colorado Springs for breakfast or brunch. Their food is fresh, ingredients local and menu items are creative. Typically there’s been two hour waits, but with a second location open at University Village, the wait times have cut down a bit. Even with an hour wait, it’s worth it!
Fifty Fifty Coffee House is an eclectic coffee shop located downtown, off of Institute and Boulder Streets. This business really says LOCAL by using coffee roasted next door at Switchback Coffee Roasters and by serving locally made pastries such as lemon blueberry thyme poptarts. My favorite drink to order is their honey latte, which may be sweet, but still has a dark-roasted coffee taste.
Some people say the cupcake fad is over, but stores like The Cupcake Doctor and it’s mobile service, The Springs Cupcake Truck, prove that’s not the case. The Springs Cupcake Truck is known to sell out within a couple hours of parking somewhere in town, and The Cupcake Doctor’s creative cupcake concoctions keep customers coming back for more. My favorites treats to soothe my sweet tooth? The doctor prescribed me carrot cake and lemon, and they were the cure!
Colorado Mountain Brewery may be known for it’s house brews on tap, but the real stars of the restaurant are some of the side and dessert courses. The brussel sprouts are tender and flavorful, the bread pudding is gooey and sweet and most menu items in general are consistently very good. It’s a great casual option whether you’re on the north or south side of town, since there are two locations in the Springs.