Howard Smith has been moving his meat smokers around the Colorado Springs area for years. Now you can find his namesake, Howard’s World Famous BBQ, at 811 Cheyenne Meadows Blvd., inside Uncle Guido’s (west corner from King Soopers).
Instead of seeing Smith wrangling the hunks of pork over the wood smoke, you’ll find James Mcneill doing the meat jockeying. It’s all good under the eye of Mcneill, who worked with Smith at some of his other locations mastering Smith’s ’cue style.
The meat coming off the smoker is amazing, and the sides also are above average. Especially the chunky, eggy potato salad. And the garlic-buttery slice of toast that comes with dinner orders is the perfect sponge for Howard’s spicy barbecue sauce.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Visit howards-bbq.com to have a peek at the menu. Call 538-8600.
Burgers and Bowls, 333 N. Tejon St., after several construction delays is open for business. It’s brought to you by John Ra, owner of the Tomo Sushi eateries.
You’ll find teriyaki chicken bowls, teriyaki avocado cheeseburgers as well as patty melts and Philly sandwiches. The value here is outstanding. The burgers range from $2.79 to just over $5, and the bowls go for $4.99 for a small, $5.99 for a large. And it all tastes good.
The only drawback has been kitchen speed. The crew is still trying to work out a system to deal with the huge Palmer High School crowds. So, during weekdays, you might do best going early or late. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.
Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, 2605 Preamble Point, will have a dedication ceremony for its new greenhouse 11 a.m. to noon April 22.
Mom is a winner
If you think you have the best mom ever and are between ages 5 and 12, you might win that mother a free four-course dinner for Mother’s Day at The Melting Pot, 30-A E. Pikes Peak Ave.
The restaurant is asking kids to write a one-page letter about why their mom is the best. The staff will choose six winners. Letters are due at the restaurant by May 6.
The restaurant will be open at noon on Mother’s Day. Call 385-0300 for reservations.
Easter and Mother’s Day plans
Here are a few places that will be having Easter and Mother’s Day menus.
• Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., is the place to go for all the fixings to be prepared for your Easter meal. Call to place orders. On Mother’s Day the eatery will offer a buffet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $35 for adults and $12.50 for children. Reservations are a must. Call 471-2799.
• Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery, 915 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, will have an Easter special of Rosemary Lamb Crepe with a glass of Champagne and special dessert for $25. Call 685-2420.
• The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, will have Mother’s Day brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mother’s Day dinner 5 to 8 p.m. Call 598-8667.
• Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd. in Manitou Springs, will have Mother’s Day and Easter buffets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last seating). Cost is $33 for adults, $18 for children 5-12 and free for kids under age 5. Call 685-9000.
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