El Rialto Restaurant in Las Vegas, New Mexico is home to some of the best tacos in New Mexico. Although I only get to visit about twice a year, I anticipate ordering the chicharrones tacos and a side of guacamole year round. The taco shells are fried in house as you order and the chicharrones are crunchy but still somehow melt in your mouth.
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.
Several weeks ago I spent the afternoon on 32nd Avenue in Denver and met up with my friend Kristen for some girl talk and lunch. We decided to grab a bite to eat at Mead St. Station because of the extensive sandwich menu and reasonable drink prices. Their Pear Melt with brie and havarti cheeses – which I consider to be an adult grilled cheese – was the right mix of toasty, fruity and melty.
The Festival of Lights in downtown Colorado Springs is one of my favorite events of the year. Typically it’s freezing and crowded, so having a game plan of where to grab a snack and hot drink to warm up afterward is always a good idea. Tejon Street and the entire downtown area has some great restaurants and breweries to check out once the parade has ended.
After receiving an email for a wine and food pairing from The Sweet Elephant I figured it was worth giving the cute corner shop in Old Colorado City a call for more details. When the associate on the phone explained that it was free with the purchase of a glass of wine I was sold. The dinner featured food prepared by a local chef and wines from Ten Bears Winery.
Meadow Muffins may have closed a few months ago, but the former westside restaurant and bar has now reopened as Mother Muff’s. It opens for breakfast, serves a full-menu all day and has an extensive drink menu. Although I miss Meadow Muffins, I think this new restaurant is just what was needed in Old Colorado City.