Dining on the West side of Colorado Springs is like taking a trip around the world without the expense of an airline ticket. Just about every global cuisine is represented.
Looking for a spot o’tea? Head to the British Pantry and Tea Room, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., for a traditional U.K. experience. This business offers an authentic afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and savory pastries without the cost of an airline ticket to London.
Have an Asian adventure at Yellow Mountain Tea House, 2616 Colorado Ave., No. 21. Owner Tanya Baros, a native of China, serves dim sum — Cantonese for “heart’s delight” — a variety of small, mouthwatering dishes like steamed or fried dumplings, shrimp balls, pot stickers and Chinese pastries that are standard fare at traditional Asian teahouses.
Enjoy an Ethiopian dinner at Uchenna, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., No. 105. You eat with your hands using pieces of injera, a crepe-like bread made with tiff, a grain that’s ground into flour. Try the Doro Wat chicken, the national dish of Ethiopia.
Tuck up to a plate of pupusas for a taste of El Salvador at Monse’s Pupuseria, 115 S. 25th St.. Owner Monse Hines from Chalchuapa, El Salvador, serves the handheld delights that are like corn quesadillas stuffed with fillings such as beans, cheese, zucchini and sweet corn, then topped with curtido, a fermented cabbage salad.
That’s just a hint of the tantalizing cuisines to be savored traveling westward along Colorado Avenue.
Spread your wings west of I-25 to dive into cuisine from other countries, including Greek (Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna), Italian (Paravicini’s Italian Bistro), Spanish (Tapateria), Japanese (Nara Sushi & Grill), Indian (Little Nepal Restaurant & Bar), French (La Baguette), German (Edelweiss German Restaurant), Cajun (Momma Pearl’s Cajun Kitchen), Vietnamese (House of Saigon), Thai (Wild Ginger Thai Restaurant), and Mexican (Crystal Park Cantina).
Bringing community together is one of Banning Lewis Ranch’s goals, and the community’s recreation center is key to this plan. The residents-only center, at 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd., has pools, the Vista Water Park, meeting space and all-season activities. Events and classes include parents nights out, summer mini camps, crafting, tennis lessons and group exercise such as cardio/strength, yoga, Pilates and dance.
Palmer Park sits on 730 acres within the city of Colorado Springs. City founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer donated the bulk of the land to the city in 1902. More than 25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding now intertwine the beloved public park, the largest in the metro area, located off North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway.
At the foot of America’s Mountain is the home of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Philanthropist Spencer Penrose financed its construction after hosting a bustling first rodeo where the stadium capacity was 500. The rodeo drew such a large crowd that Penrose was prompted to expand his stadium.
As a busy commercial corridor that’s also one of the city’s primary routes to the Colorado Springs Airport, South Powers Boulevard has its share of warehouses, office and industrial buildings, distribution centers and hotels.
Pikes Peak Library District’s “library of the future,” Library 21c on Colorado Springs’ north side, touts its annual Mini Maker Faire as an example of its innovative programming. The 5th annual Mini Maker Faire will be from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday,Oct. 20.