We live in a pretty unique place. Colorado Springs is the hub for a handful of military bases and one of the most beautiful places on earth. That means this city draws people — and food — from around the world. During this quarantine, my family has been looking for ways to support local businesses. I happen to be a food tour leader and self-proclaimed foodie on the side, so we have allotted as much as we can to supporting restaurants that make our city so unique.
Did you know that smack-dab in the middle of the United States, we have a smorgasbord that could essentially take you on a food tour around the world?
Here are a few of my foodie family’s favorites, just around the corner:
Jamaican: Spice Island Grill
- Jerk Pork – seasoned with a blend of authentic Jamaican spices, and then grilled or Oxtail Stew
Mexican: El Taco Rey
- Avocado Pork Smothered Green Chile Burrito
Cambodian: Donuts and Noodles
- Pho Ga – Flu killer (Extra Ginger and Pepper Corn)
Indian: Urban Tandoor
- Butter Chicken, Naan, Gulab Jamun with Ice Cream, Peshawari Naan
German: Uwe’s German Restaurant
- Wiener Schnitzel – Veal cutlet with Fried Potatoes and Vegetables
- Sauerbraten – Bavarian-style marinated Beef in sweet-sour Sauce, served with Red Cabbage and Potato-Dumplings
Japanese: Rooster’s House of Ramen
- Beef Birria Ramen – Chili & Tomato Braised Beef, Beef Consomme, Cilantro Lime Onions, Radish, Lime, Queso Fresco, Cilantro
Greek: Jake and Telly’s
- Avgolémono (Greek Lemon Chicken Soup) and Elliniká Saláta (Greek Salad)
Middle Eastern: Heart of Jerusalem
- Tabouleh Salad, Falafel, Baba Ghanoush Dip, Shawarma (gyro) beef and lamb plate
Pub: Jack Quinn’s or Alchemy
- Irish Soda Bread, Fish & Chips, Bangers & Mash, Corned Beef & Cabbage
Travel might be out for the summer, but adventure doesn’t have to be.
We live in such a unique area that you can experience things nearby that give you a taste of the world without the price tag. For our family, it has been fun to take a region of the world and learn a little more about it. Maybe it is sampling food, cooking food, growing something native to that area and learning more about the overall area that you might want to know more about. We have quite the variety of options here in the Springs, and for that we are grateful!
What are your favorite local restaurants?