<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - restaurant%20reviews]]> http://gazette.com/rss/restaurant%20reviews Fri, 29 May 2015 02:06:43 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Dining review: Fresh, flavorful and fiery vegan options at Colorado Springs Vietnamese restaurant]]> http://gazette.com/dining-review-fresh-flavorful-and-fiery-vegan-options-at-colorado-springs-vietnamese-restaurant/article/1552679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dining-review-fresh-flavorful-and-fiery-vegan-options-at-colorado-springs-vietnamese-restaurant/article/1552679?custom_click=rss

Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants.

When I walked into Vietnamese Garden for the first time, I was a bit taken aback. Tucked in between stores at Rampart Village Center off Union Boulevard, the small space - with seating for only about 20 people - was empty. With just a few tables, gray floors and sparsely decorated walls, I wasn't sure what to expect. Until I noticed the phone ringing off the hook and a steady stream of people picking up takeout.

Aha! This is a place where people come for the food, not the dining experience.

But I was there for both, so I sat down.

I scrutinized the menu boasting "healthy fresh ingredients" and a "spotlessly clean



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Editor's note: Fields writes a monthly review of vegan options at local restaurants.

When I walked into Vietnamese Garden for the first time, I was a bit taken aback. Tucked in between stores at Rampart Village Center off Union Boulevard, the small space - with seating for only about 20 people - was empty. With just a few tables, gray floors and sparsely decorated walls, I wasn't sure what to expect. Until I noticed the phone ringing off the hook and a steady stream of people picking up takeout.

Aha! This is a place where people come for the food, not the dining experience.

But I was there for both, so I sat down.

I scrutinized the menu boasting "healthy fresh ingredients" and a "spotlessly clean

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Thu, 28 May 2015 11:50:42 -0600
<![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.

These are



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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