<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - restaurant%20reviews]]> http://gazette.com/rss/restaurant%20reviews Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:50:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Dining review: Happy slurping at Rooster's House of Ramen in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-happy-slurping-at-roosters-house-of-ramen-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1611530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-happy-slurping-at-roosters-house-of-ramen-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1611530?custom_click=rss

Slurping in a noodle shop is like smiling in front of a camera; it's expected. Although the din at Rooster's House of Ramen obscures any noisy gulps, you know they're happening. They're minimized by good, loud music and conversation.

The sound levels don't matter much, as Rooster's is all about the food, which has its roots in casual Asian street fare. This is also evident in the two informal, minimalist dining areas. The menu features 15 entrees, more than half of them noodle bowls. Also available are three bahn mi (sandwiches) and three Bao (steamed buns) choices. This is my kind of menu: short.

Yet even with what some might consider limited options, it was difficult deciding what to order. We delayed selecting our entrees



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<![CDATA[Dining review: Tableside meal prep makes Pepper Tree special - as does the view of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-tableside-meal-prep-makes-pepper-tree-special-as-does-the-view-of-colorado-springs/article/1611084?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-tableside-meal-prep-makes-pepper-tree-special-as-does-the-view-of-colorado-springs/article/1611084?custom_click=rss

The Pepper Tree Restaurant has a dining room with a view, but the real spectacle occurs at the table.

This venerable establishment recently was named among the 100 most scenic restaurants in America for 2017 by Open Table, the online reservation service. Downtown Colorado Springs and points east vistas are impressive. But nothing beats the front row seat to tableside cooking.

Service here is a team effort. There are no sections or table designations. The team of five the evening of our visit moved seamlessly throughout the dining area in a well-choreographed dance of taking drink orders, explaining the menu, keeping water glasses filled and preparing the signature tableside dishes.



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<![CDATA[Dining review: Keep rockin', Rocco's, for classic Italian]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-keep-rockin-roccos-for-classic-italian/article/1610666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-keep-rockin-roccos-for-classic-italian/article/1610666?custom_click=rss

A tune comparing love to the moon and a pizza pie is like Rocco's Italian Restaurant: It's a classic.

I haven't dined here in a long time, but it's been part of the local dining scene since 1982 in the same strip mall at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard. Only now it's a few doors west. I remember a dark interior where good Italian cuisine was served. Much remains unchanged.

Subdued lighting and well-prepared Italian fare must be part of Rocco's identity. The move occurred in 2013, and along with a new address came a change of ownership. The latter took place in the 1990s, but it's still a family-run business.

The menu comprises more than pastas, homemade sauces, made-to-order pizza and a few seafood dishes. One of



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