Colorado Springs' food scene is having a kick-ass 2015

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Breakfast at Colorado Coffee Merchants. - BRYCE CRAWFORD
  • Bryce Crawford
  • Breakfast at Colorado Coffee Merchants.
There are lots of things we could point out about the local restaurant scene.

Chef Brother Luck is a continuing force for good; places like The Famous and TAPAteria are deepening their cocktail programs and advancing into more interesting territory; and The Broadmoor's commitment to high-level dining, like Ristorante del Lago or its recent Taste & Savor event that drew Michelin-starred talent, is great.

But the point of this post is to highlight the little roll we've been on since 2015 came around: Our pages have been filled with a spectrum of positive restaurant reviews. And the most obvious place to start, as always, is breakfast. 

There was The Kitchen in Manitou Springs, where Julie Turner is cooking a thick quiche with egg, sausage, cheddar cheese and green onions. Otto's is a small chain, but its portions and quality were legit. Colorado Coffee Merchants is probably my favorite of the bunch, with chef Stephanie Lyman turning her own butter into her own turkey-stuffed croissants. And Doug's does very fun things with carne adovada and some fat pancakes.

And the party continues elsewhere. 

Sorrisos in Woodland Park was being led by 22-year-old Chelsea Crandell and cranking out handmade pasta when we visited in January. BooDad's successfully remade itself in Manitou Springs, on the wings of fresh Cajun fare. ACME Bar & Grill fries its mashed potatoes and serves an amazing biscuits-and-gravy like Mexican places do chips-and-salsa. Find the "badass bulgogi burger" at Taste of Korea, and possibly the best roast chicken in history at 2 Lucho's.

Even our mixed reviews reveal nobody has tanked too hard so far.

Everything may not have landed, but there's way too much fun being had at The Cheese Grill. Odyssey Gastropub didn't wow, but "it's nonetheless a satisfying departure from staid waters." Mother Muffs brings the booze. You-Ka Cafe offers delightful Filipino desserts, and Nan & Pop's is a sweet place slinging 'wiches.

There have to be some downers — C.B. & Potts, and Mama's Kitchen come to mind — but otherwise we're rocking and rolling. Nice work, everybody.

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