Colorado Springs is one of the biggest small towns in the West, but it has pockets of unique local flair, color and taste. Everyone has his or her favorite.
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Where do you generally go to drink? My husband is into local Colorado beers, so we try different places that have those.
Do you have a special occasion spot? Adam's Mountain Caf in Manitou. My husband and I went there on a get-away-from-the-madness night out during the week we got married. We loved the atmosphere andManitou scene. We recently went back there on our anniversary.
What's this town's best-kept secret? A combination caf and bookstore called Agia Sophia, on West Colorado Avenue and 29th Street. Their motto is something like, "Fresh coffee, ancient wisdom." The rooms are dark red with kind of a Russian feel, and there's an Ethiopian room.
What cuisine is lacking in Colorado Springs? Puerto Rican. That's my heritage. Puerto Rican food is so good. There used to be a great Puerto Rican place on South Academy called Some Like It Hot, but it closed.
Where do you drink locally? Jack Quinn's, because the people are nice, and The Thirsty Parrot, because it has pretty people to look at.
Do you have a "best-kept secret" spot? A pizza place called Marilyn's in Manitou Springs.
What's your favorite-ever restaurant? I'd have to say Poor Richard's. It's a little pricey for Army pay, but tasty. You get a good salad and piece of pizza.
How does the Springs bar scene stack up to elsewhere? I'm from California. The scene here is a lot more social and friendly.
What cuisine does Colorado Springs lack? Authentic Mexican. The margaritas don't measure up, the chips tend to be baked, the salsas are less than spectacular.
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What's your watering hole of choice? Phantom Canyon and Jack Quinn's. Good atmosphere, good food, good beer.
Do you have a special occasion spot? Marigold [Caf and Bakery] on Centennial and Garden of the Gods. Good French food. We know the owners.
Name your all-time favorite restaurant. Poor Richard's. It has a place for kids to play, it's down to earth, you don't have to dress up, and you can talk about anything there.
How does our bar/restaurant scene compare with other cities? The scene in Minneapolis, where I came from, is more artsy, liberal and cosmopolitan, though it's getting better here.