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Award-winning Colorado Springs chef opens new downtown eatery

May 4, 2017 Updated: May 4, 2017 at 6:20 am
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Brother Luck, ower and executive chef, Four by Brother Luck, stands in the kitchen of the newly opened restaurant. Photo by Teresa Farney

Brother Luck has officially opened his new restaurant, Four by Brother Luck, 321 N. Tejon St.

The interior is sleek with subdued gray, deep blue and white tones. The dining room is dominated by a glassed-in front section that is the wine room, which will also serve as a private dining area. The large, u-shaped bar anchors the rear of the eatery with tall chairs circling it for additional seating options. The highlight of the eatery is the chef's table, located in the kitchen. There's ample space for up to a dozen diners to be seated in the kitchen to have the honor of watching Luck and his crew prepare your dinner. Prices are not set in stone, but expect to pay about $125 per person for a seat at this table.

In the regular dining room, the evening menu is divided into four sections: American Western, Spanish, Mexican and Native American. Dishes in each quarter reflect the Four Corners region of the United States consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, southeastern corner of Utah, northeastern corner of Arizona and northwestern corner of New Mexico. This is the area where Luck grew up and started his culinary career. So the foods of this region have influenced his style of cooking. For instance, the Colorado lamb chop ($28) on the American Western segment of the menu was dusted with a spicy rub and perfectly cooked medium rare. The flavorful rub was intensified with dollops of deeply flavored cilantro chimichurri sauce. From the Mexican portion of the menu, the arugula nopales salad ($7) found Luck's knack for surprises with the nopales (prickly pear cactus paddles) thinly sliced and marinated to tone down their tangy flavor. The ever popular jalapeño poppers ($10), also on the Mexican menu, are a carry- over from his former Brother Luck Street Eats restaurant. Who can say no to tempura-batter-fried peppers filled with spicy cumin cream cheese?

For now, Luck and staff are providing dinner service only. Lunch and Sunday brunch will be introduced soon.

Details: 434-2741, fourbybrotherluck.com.

Turkish treats

There's not much curb appeal for Döner USA Turkish and Mediterranean Grill, 2907 N. Nevada Ave., but do yourself a favor and give it a shot. I was lured in by the rather large "Turkish Coffee" sign written in red paint hanging over the front door. To my delight, I met Faruk Sahin, the owner, who also owns Mavi Turkish Arts & Coffee Shop, 724 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.

The eatery is humble and the menu is small. Sahin's father bustles around in the kitchen preparing orders. Servings were plentiful and reasonably priced. Everything is homemade and served on paper plates or in to-go boxes.

I tried the döner wrap, which was stuffed with döner meat (a grilled combo of seasoned beef and lamb), lettuce, tomato, onion, signature yogurt and spicy red sauce. The combination of twangy yogurt and the super delicious homemade spicy red sauce was a winner. I equally enjoyed the döner box, where the aforementioned namesake meat is served on a choice of rice, french fries or salad topped with the yogurt and spicy red sauce. As much as I love french fries, I went with the rice and salad. Both meals cost $7.99 each and come with a drink. I had a perfectly prepared cup of the super hot, dark, rich Turkish coffee ($1 with meal), which brought a flashback of travels in Turkey. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 229-3790.

'KVOR Table Talk'

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:

- Michael and Crystal Thompson, owners of T Byrd's Tacos and Tequila, 26 E. Kiowa St., talk about their award-winning restaurant and future plans. Details: 375-3376, tbyrdstacos.com.

- Noah Kaufman, general manager of Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. is joined by Sean Radley, executive chef, and Toni Lyons, event manager, to talk about the new spring menu, a new smoker, a new Sunday brunch and more. Details: 635-2800, phantomcanyon.com.

- Mike and Sandy Halby, with Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association, talk about the importance of pollinators for food supply. They will also discuss the importance of having experienced and properly equipped beekeepers remove swarming bees. Details: 528-5483, pikespeakbee keepers.org.

- Cynthia Chung, founder of Golden Lotus Foundation, is joined by members Karen Martin, Happy Maguire and Irina Kopteva to talk about the Asian Pacific community luncheon "Passport to Asia," for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Passports to more than 12 Asian restaurants can be purchased for $15 (for per meal at each eatery). If a traveler visits seven different lunch destinations, they get a special tourist bonus complimentary passport. The offer runs through May and June. Details: 271-5050, GoldenLotusFoundation.org, cynthia.chung@juno.com.

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings and specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter: @tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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