<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - restaurant%20reviews]]> http://gazette.com/rss/restaurant%20reviews Mon, 25 May 2015 09:44:27 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Dining review: Breakfast in the company of Colorado bears]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-breakfast-in-the-company-of-colorado-bears/article/1552297?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-breakfast-in-the-company-of-colorado-bears/article/1552297?custom_click=rss

My guess is The Hungry Bear Family Restaurant has almost as many references to bears in its décor as eggs cracked each day in its kitchen - and this is one busy diner.

Bears are everywhere in this popular Woodland Park eatery. They're featured on placards, photos and drawings. Teddy bears adorn shelves along the walls. I like bears as much as anyone, but I find it a little unnerving to be surrounded by them.

Thank goodness the food is a distraction.

The menu devotes three pages to breakfast, which is served all day. The Bear also serves lunch, but we focused on breakfast.

Pancakes get a lot of play: honey and nut, cranberry, banana, berry, buckwheat, granola, Kansas corn and good ol' buttermilk.

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My guess is The Hungry Bear Family Restaurant has almost as many references to bears in its décor as eggs cracked each day in its kitchen - and this is one busy diner.

Bears are everywhere in this popular Woodland Park eatery. They're featured on placards, photos and drawings. Teddy bears adorn shelves along the walls. I like bears as much as anyone, but I find it a little unnerving to be surrounded by them.

Thank goodness the food is a distraction.

The menu devotes three pages to breakfast, which is served all day. The Bear also serves lunch, but we focused on breakfast.

Pancakes get a lot of play: honey and nut, cranberry, banana, berry, buckwheat, granola, Kansas corn and good ol' buttermilk.

These are

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Thu, 21 May 2015 10:07:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Dining review: Wait is worth it at Colorado Springs-area Italian restaurant]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-wait-is-worth-it-at-colorado-springs-area-italian-restaurant/article/1551723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-wait-is-worth-it-at-colorado-springs-area-italian-restaurant/article/1551723?custom_click=rss

Whenever I wait for a table at a restaurant, especially if it's a long wait, I wonder if it's masochism or optimism. Occasionally I realize I've wasted time; if I'm lucky, the wait proves worthwhile, as was the case with Bella Panini in Palmer Lake.

Friends who regularly dine here suggest arriving soon after its 5 p.m. opening or after 8 p.m. Even they occasionally misjudge, which is what happened on a recent visit when we opted for later, growing increasing hungrier with each passing minute.

We had plenty of opportunity to peruse the menu, so when we were finally seated we knew exactly what to order. We started with insalata di cucina ($8.95). Meant to be served family style, it was plenty for three of us.



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Whenever I wait for a table at a restaurant, especially if it's a long wait, I wonder if it's masochism or optimism. Occasionally I realize I've wasted time; if I'm lucky, the wait proves worthwhile, as was the case with Bella Panini in Palmer Lake.

Friends who regularly dine here suggest arriving soon after its 5 p.m. opening or after 8 p.m. Even they occasionally misjudge, which is what happened on a recent visit when we opted for later, growing increasing hungrier with each passing minute.

We had plenty of opportunity to peruse the menu, so when we were finally seated we knew exactly what to order. We started with insalata di cucina ($8.95). Meant to be served family style, it was plenty for three of us.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:53:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Dining review: Wide range of options awaits at Old Colorado City favorite]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-wide-range-of-options-awaits-at-old-colorado-city-favorite/article/1551162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-wide-range-of-options-awaits-at-old-colorado-city-favorite/article/1551162?custom_click=rss

It always takes a little time for my eyes to adjust when I first walk into Thunder & Buttons, but once they do a quick glance at the menu reminds me that brighter things await.

This dimly lit Old Colorado City establishment is a popular venue for live music and to meet for drinks. It also serves well-prepared comfort and upscale pub food. Based on the number of full tables on my visits, T&B is not a well-kept secret when it comes to dining. It appears to have broad appeal. Clientele includes families with young children, couples of various ages, as well as large and small groups of friends. Yes, it's a bar, but most people were ordering food, lots of food.

The draw is easily explained. Staff is friendly and knows the menu



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It always takes a little time for my eyes to adjust when I first walk into Thunder & Buttons, but once they do a quick glance at the menu reminds me that brighter things await.

This dimly lit Old Colorado City establishment is a popular venue for live music and to meet for drinks. It also serves well-prepared comfort and upscale pub food. Based on the number of full tables on my visits, T&B is not a well-kept secret when it comes to dining. It appears to have broad appeal. Clientele includes families with young children, couples of various ages, as well as large and small groups of friends. Yes, it's a bar, but most people were ordering food, lots of food.

The draw is easily explained. Staff is friendly and knows the menu

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Thu, 07 May 2015 10:28:38 -0600