Operated by Polish chef/owner Bozena Jakubczyk, this Manitou staple is equal parts American and European, with burgers and classic sandwiches paired with brats, goulash and the like at lunch, and omelets with crêpes at breakfast. Pierogi by reservation.
This Manitou stalwart is the domain of chef and owner Bozena Jakubczyk. Get the crepes with sweet cheese — "delectable packets of cream-filled goodness," in the words of a co-worker — or one of the café's equally yummy egg dishes. Then, schedule a special order of Jakubczyk's pierogi.
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The first time I visited the European Cafe in Manitou Springs, I overheard a departing customer give it the highest praise by asking chef/owner Bozena Jakubczyk to marry him. Though he may have been joking, I understood the sentiment a short while later as I bit into Jakubczyk's crepes with sweet cheese, which are delectable packets of cream-filled goodness. Order them for yourself or, better yet, get an order for the table while selecting one of the café's equally yummy egg dishes. I've returned many times and can happily report that as of press time, at least, Jakubczyk had turned down offers to become anyone's private chef. — Anthony Lane