Twist them digits into a "W" and fly 'em high, because it's a west side week at Dine & Dash.
No reason, really. Bryce happened to venture to Manitou Springs to check out some longtime local spots that he'd never been to before. And I, while sipping Bristol Brewing Co.'s Venetucci Pumpkin Ale at The Broadmoor's West Lobby Bar last week, sampled a feature item off of that eatery's new menu.
As you'll read, that item actually does bear a distinct connection to West Los Angeles ... so I guess that kinda justifies the "W." Then again, whatever. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
West Lobby Bar
1 Lake Ave., 577-5733, broadmoor.com
On his newly released WLB menu, Greg Barnhill, The Broadmoor's most sustainability-minded chef, follows in the footsteps of Nosh locally — and L.A. stalwart Roscoe's most famously — with a bangin' chicken-and-waffles rendition ($8). Bold for a five-star property, no?
Barnhill offers a somewhat deconstructed version, with a trio of crunchy, peppery, boneless breaded chicken fingers and two maple-soaked rosemary cornbread waffle wedges stacked tastefully over a small puddle of country gravy. An accompanying glass ramekin holds a Dijon aioli for dipping or dripping.
Consumption is a fun exercise between sweet and salty, a contrasting but oddly complementary dance that's less haute cuisine than simple ghetto goodness, albeit glamorized as in many a hipster hangout to date. Call it gastronomic gentrification that leaves nobody out in the cold. — Matthew Schniper
301 Manitou Ave.., Manitou Springs, 685-3755, savellispizza.com
Savelli's has a typical-Midwestern-Italian feel, an impression heightened on the outside by a mural depicting letter-jacketed folks living it up, and on the inside by the red-checkered tablecloths and a room-wide ceiling trellis sporting faux wine vines. Its menu takes three words to explain, as the restaurant's sign makes clear: "Pizza. Pasta. Subs."
We did the Grinder sub: ground, house-made Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, provolone and house tomato sauce. Normally $7.49, we caught it as a $6.50 special that halved the sandwich and offered a thin-but-delicious bacon and potato soup, chips and a drink.
The sandwich's peppers popped with water-filled flavor, while the sausage was nicely spiced. The whole thing came off a little dry, compounded by the toasted roll and modest amount of sauce, but a good value nonetheless. — Bryce Crawford
Marilyn's Pizza House
964 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9104
If you're going to build a pizza restaurant centered around a '50s icon like Marilyn Monroe, why not make all the wood booths purple? For that, not to mention possibly every photo taken of the actress, is what surrounds you at Marilyn's Pizza House, as you debate which pie to pound. Not that I'm complaining about the pictures: Shots from the The Last Sitting graced the wall near the cash-only register. (Google it if you don't know what that is ... just not at work.)
The 10-inch Manitou ($9.75) pie came recommended, so artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic sauce, mozzarella and feta, it was. The crust was a little gooey, but it hardened into a nice, thin cracker toward the edges. Though some like it hot, it even held up cold, finished a few hours later. — Bryce Crawford