Fans of Scandinavian foods and traditions now have a year-round destination in Colorado Springs to get that Nordic fix.
It's Smørbrød, 2727 N. Cascade Ave. in the Lincoln Center, Jay Gust's most recent addition to a restaurant family that includes Tapateria and Pizzeria Rustica in Old Colorado City.
Of the four open-faced sandwiches sampled, the pickled herring, Vänern ($6.95), with lemon aioli, radish, dill and red onion, was the star. The herring was creamy and delicious, highlighted with the spicy radish and red onion.
The three other tasty sandwiches were Lilehammer ($8.95) with roast beef, beet remoulade, horseradish spread, cornichon, cumin and clove cheese; Faroe ($8.95) with shrimp, egg, cucumber, dill, watercress, beet remoulade and lemon aioli; and Norsjø ($9.95) with beet-cured gravlax (salmon), dill, pickled mustard seeds and chive creme fraiche.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Details: 634-2727, smorbrod.com.
Get your wobble on
The much anticipated Wobbly Olive Old Colorado City, 2611 W. Colorado Ave., is open for business.
"I'm back in my neighborhood," said Supansa Banker, corporate executive chef for Wobbly Olive.
Banker formerly was executive chef for three years at the now closed 2South Food & Wine Bar, which sat only a short distance from her new digs on Colorado Avenue. A few months ago, Banker introduced a fresh menu at the original Wobbly Olive, 3317 Cinema Point. While those dishes are being served at the new location, expect some changes to the west-side menu once the initial flurry that comes with opening subsides.
Give the Volcano Game Hen ($24) a try for an eye-opening table presentation. The hen arrives propped up on an onion base (think beer-can chicken with the chicken positioned on top of an open beer can) surrounded with grilled vegetables. The waitress pours liqueur over the hen and sets it aflame. It's a dazzling sight, and tastes just as amazing.
Check out the happy hour 4-6 p.m. weekdays for $6 martinis, buy-one-get-one wines and draft beers, and $2 off all food items. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Details: 308-2619, wobblyolive.com.
Beer wall and shake machine
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, 46 E. Allen St., Castle Rock, debuts a first-of-its-kind eatery concept with a Tap Takeover Block Party noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. New Belgium Brewing Co. is partnering with the burger joint to offer music, games, food and a raffle for a New Belgium Cruiser bike. Admission is free. Be one of the first to buy beer from the self-service beer wall. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 688-7677, redrobin.com.
Hungry Howie's, 4272 N. Academy Blvd., is celebrating its grand opening Thursday with a portion of sales benefiting Grant Elementary School. For a limited time, customers can get a large one-topping pizza for $6.99. Flavored crusts include butter, butter cheese, Cajun, sesame, garlic herb, onion, ranch and Asiago cheese. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10:30 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 266-2663, hungryhowies.com.
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