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Table Talk: Colorado Springs Irish restaurant owner celebrates 12 years in business

March 1, 2018 Updated: March 1, 2018 at 11:15 am
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Allison Blanton, bar manager at The Brass Tap, paired craft beers with Girl Scout cookies. Photo by Teresa Farney

Slide that glass of milk aside and wash down those Girl Scout cookies with stout. Never thought of pairing beer with Thin Mints? Neither had we until setting down with Allison Blanton, bar manager at The Brass Tap, 13271 Bass Pro Drive, to taste six Girl Scout cookie selections paired with six beers.

"A lot of the dark beers, like stouts, go with most sweets," Blanton said. "We wanted to make the pairings more challenging with different types of beers. We found a sour-style beer worked well with the tangy, lemony Savannah Smiles, and we threw in a good pairing with a hard cider."

Ari Howard, owner of McCabe's Tavern, is celebrating the eateries 12th anniversary. Photo by Teresa Farney 

Blanton and beer purchaser Cazes Verbois came up with these combos: Thin Mints with Great Divide's Blonde Yeti stout, Samoas with Avery's Tangerine Quad, Toffee-Tastic with Perennial's Sump Coffee Stout, S'mores with Tivoli's Sigi's Wild Horse Buck Beer, Tagalongs with Snow Capped's Honeycrisp Hard Cider and Savannah Smiles with Great Divide's Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale. If you'd like to take the challenge, a Girl Scout will be selling cookies outside of The Brass Tap on Friday. You can purchase flights of four (5-ounce) pours or as many individual pours as you'd like. Details: 487-8076, tinyurl.com/yb9bxaew.

Happy anniversary

Ari Howard, owner of McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., will celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Irish-themed bar and eatery from 3 p.m. to close Saturday. Enjoy the festivities with drink specials. Live music 6 to 9 p.m. from Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Details: 633-3300, mccabestavern.com.

Hot doggie

Darcy Schoening and Greg Duncan have opened Dex's Dogs in Palmer Lake where they specialize in hot dogs and other inexpensive dishes such as Frito pie. Photo by Teresa Farney 

Darcy Schoening and Greg Duncan bring you Dex's Dogs, 56 S. Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, It's hearty food for not much moola. Nothing for breakfast, lunch or dinner exceeds $7.75. And portions are large. With "dog" in the name, of course, there's a good selection of tube steaks. The Dex's Dog is an all-beef wiener topped with slow-smoked pork, tangy coleslaw and sweet bourbon barbecue sauce for $7. The Frito pie ($5) was a pile of chips topped with steaming homemade chili, onions, cheese and jalapeños ($5). A pastry cabinet is filled with impressive-looking homemade muffins, cinnamon rolls, quiche and pies. Call ahead to order take 'n' bake items. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Details: 375-8955, dexdogs.com.

Irish party like no other

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The downtown Colorado Springs St. Patricks Day Parade Saturday March 14th, 2008. KIRK SPEER, THE GAZETTE 

Everyone gets a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so why not express your Erin go Bragh for the week of March 11 through 17? Wobbly Olive, 3317 Cinema Point, is where you can sing along to "The Wearing of the Green" seven days, thanks to Sean Fitzgerald, one of the owners. He's a passionate Irishman who loves to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and drink specials. Details: 247-9504, wobblyolive.com.

Gumbo champs

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"Lunch Ladies," left to right, Damon McEnaney, Will Brown and Chris Meyer serve up their gumbo Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the "Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off" in Manitou Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette 

Despite snow and freezing temperatures, gumbo enthusiasts flocked to the Bud Ford Pavilion at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs to join the revelry for the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off.

In the professional division, first place went to Supansa Banker's team from the Wobbly Olive, second place to Eric McDaniel's Louisianimals and third place was snagged by Lyn Harwell's Kreate Krewe. In the amateur division, first place was awarded to Paul Haas of Bayou Boys, second place to Brian McGee of Baton Roux Krew, and third place to Leota Lowe of Mud Bug Mamas. Wobbly Olive won the People's Choice Award, and Bayou Boys got accolades for Best Showmanship. Watch Wobbly Olive's Facebook page to spot Banker's occasional gumbo specials.

Spring break

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Panko crusted lemon sole with a spicy Asian vinaigrette and wasabi cream Carlos' Bistro, 1025 S. 21st Street. KEVIN KRECK, THE GAZETTE 

Carlos Echeandia, who with wife Marcia own Carlos' Bistro, 1025 S. 21st St., is closing their bistro for a break and will reopen April 4.

"When we reopen, I will be introducing a Japanese Wagyu beef tenderloin," he said. "It's a beautiful cut that will be 8 ounces for $150."

Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays. Details: 471-2905, carlosbistrocos.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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