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Henry joins Luck; meet Crazy Otto's; Taste of Korea expands

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Pork powerhouse

I confess I almost let a little piggy-squeal of glee out last week when Brother Luck, speaking with me while I savored an orange-rosemary crème brûlée and the French 1005 cocktail at his bar, told me he'd just hired fellow chef and pig fanatic Mark Henry to join Brother Luck Street Eats (1005 W. Colorado Ave., Oh, the obsessive porky potential!

Henry of course forged his meat cred at The Meat Locker at Ivywild School, and then Ranch Foods Direct. He says he's excited to be back on the line: "I just want to cook ... it's just important to me that Brother and I are under the same roof, on the same range."

For Luck's part, the sentiment's the same. Speaking of himself, Henry and chef Manny Medina, he says, "We're all just cooks — we just want to do good food, in a space where we can collaborate."

The three were up on a recent night until 4 a.m., planning a new menu that'll release any day now. When asked for one sneak peek, Luck throws out a "rabbit bangers" plate that'll be a spinoff of U.K. bangers and mash.

Crazy chain

According to store manager Derek Mitzner, the Crazy Otto's Diner ( franchise is kind of a cult classic in Southern California, the type of place that not only once held the world record for largest omelette, but the type of spot to which people destination-drive. Hence a slow trickle of nationwide expansions, including Colorado Springs as of Jan. 19.

It opened in the former Peak Grill spot at 4423 Centennial Blvd. (247-8288), with daily breakfast and lunch service from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Breakfast items are served all day.) Mitzner says the draw is "huge oval plates with huge portions and quick service, with everything made fresh."

Menu items are the familiar fare such as omelettes, biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, burgers and hot sandwiches, with weekends ushering in prime rib specials.

À la carte

• Five-year-old Taste of Korea (1825 Peterson Road, just opened up a sister outfit, Taste of Korea Express at 2750 S. Academy Blvd., #110 (392-3600). Owner Ramona Burns says the eatery will function much like a Panda Express, with precooked items for folks on the go, though 80 seats do invite sit-down dining. "This is more contemporary," she says, "fresh and ready to eat."

For $7.95, expect a bento-box style spread of banchan (cold sides) with popular Korean entrée options like bulgogi, bibimbap and kimbap (Korean-style sushi). "I want everybody to taste all the different Korean food for a lesser price."

• José Muldoon's (222 N. Tejon St., 5710 S. Carefree Circle; updated its menu recently. New items include a buffalo fajita bowl, salsa-lime chicken, carne asada street tacos, shrimp ceviche and Key Lime flan.

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