Food

The restaurants with the  are within 10 minutes of our house. If a restaurant makes it on this list, it has something to recommend it, but those with the are those I particularly enjoy. Sally’s favorites are marked with a 

Colorado Springs and Monument

The Airplane Restaurant — dine in a Boeing KC-97 tanker

Amy’s Donuts — huge variety in a less-than-favorable part of town

Bambino’s Urban Pizzaria — Neapolitan, create-your-own pizza

Bingo Burger

Bird Dog BBQ — voted best BBQ in the Springs several times

BJ’s Velvet Freeze — dipped cone or malt

Boonzaaijer’s Dutch Bakery —

Briar Mart International Market and Café — Mediterranean market and cafe with tasty gyros

C.B. & Potts — local franchise with excellent food

Dog Haus — gourmet hot dogs, sausages, and burgers

Duca’s Neapolitan Pizza — tasty brick-oven pizza

Edelweiss German Restaurant — authentic German food with the feel of a Wisconsin supper club

Fargo’s Pizza — mediocre pizza in a kid-friendly setting decorated like an old western dance hall

Front Range Barbeque — decent BBQ, amazing key lime pie – featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives

Garden of the Gods Market and Café — a little pricey, but the best food in town

Golden Bee at the Broadmoor — Irish pub with ragtime sing-along

Horseshoe Donuts — huge and tasty donuts (Monument)

Ivy’s Chinese Cafe — good Chinese food close to home

Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna — great gyros and pleasant service

Juniper Valley Ranch — skillet baked ham and fried chicken served family style (summer only)

King’s Chef Diner — all day breakfast, green chili, and a classic diner atmosphere

Marigold Café and Bakery — upscale restaurant with baked goods and pizza

Mountain Shadows Restaurant — breakfast with green chili

Old School Bakery at Ivywild School — sandwiches in old elementary school turned gathering space

Old World Bagel and Deli — tasty breakfast sandwiches on bagels on the south side of town

Oliver’s Deli — good sandwiches and salads

Omelette Parlor — voted “best breakfast” in town, formerly owned by singing star Ruth Etting.

Over Easy — tasty breakfast place with looong waits

Paravicini’s Italian Bistro

Pig Latin Food Truck

Pizzaria Rustica — brick oven pizza

Rosie’s Diner — diner fare and good milkshakes

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q — amazing smoked meat and sides

Skirted Heifer — considered by many to have the best burgers in town

Sonterra Southwest Grill — 

Rooster’s House of Ramen

Ted’s Montana Grill — tasty bison burgers and fresh-cut fries

Till Kitchen

Tucanos Brazilian Grill

Bailey

Coney Island Hot Dog Stand

Boulder

Bob’s Atomic Burgers

Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse — built in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Buena Vista

K’s Old Fashioned Burgers — old style drive-in with pretty good food

Castle Rock

Crave Real Burgers — awesome burgers and shakes (also in Colorado Springs)

Denver and South Suburbs

The Bagel Deli and Restaurant — Jewish deli featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Beau Jo’s Colorado Style Pizza — Not amazing by Chicago standards, but good for Colorado, with thick crust that you’re supposed to dip in honey

Biker Jim’s — gourmet hot dogs at Coors Field

Blue Pan Pizza — Detroit-style with caramelized crust

Buckhorn Exchange — great steaks in a unique restaurant that’s been around since 1893

Casa Bonita — huge, kitschy, kid-friendly Mexican restaurant

Cranelli’s Italian Restaurant

Denver Biscuit Company — tasty (but pricey) biscuits and biscuit sandwiches with several locations in Denver

Duffeyroll Café — cinnamon rolls and amazing breakfast sandwiches

Enstrom’s Candy — great toffee

Little Man Ice Cream — good ice cream, but be prepared to stand in line

Mac Nation — specializing in mac and cheese

Roaming Buffalo BBQ — bison ribs

Shake Shack — opening in 2017

Snooze at Union Station — pancakes

Florissant

Costello Street Coffee House — breakfast, sandwiches and baked goods

Idaho Springs

Smokin’ Yards BBQ — Absolutely amazing barbecue

Manitou Springs and Woodland Park

The Cliff House at Pikes Peak — good food in a Victorian hotel in downtown Manitou Springs

The Donut Mill — huge donuts

Hungry Bear — good, but basic pancakes and breakfast food

Pikes Peak Summit House — clove donuts

Savelli’s Pizza — tasty pizza with no frills

Uncle Sam’s Pancake House — typical breakfast place with a fun atmosphere

Palmer Lake

Rock House Ice Cream — tasty ice cream in an interesting old building

Pueblo

Pass Key — Pass Key Special sausage and cheese sandwich

Rocco’s Riverside Deli

Victor

The Fortune Club — great cheeseburgers and shakes in an old storefront