In next week's Indy — which launches our new Wednesday distribution day — you'll notice some minor changes in our formatting and style respective to certain areas of the paper. One of them being this Dine & Dash column.
We're killing this introduction box that you're currently reading (violently, of course) to make extra room for food and drink descriptions, and slightly larger photos. It's all in the interest of a higher good and we hope you appreciate the new format. Our periodic theme weeks, when we create them, will be obvious. ("Hey, they went to three Japanese places.")
Otherwise, expect more randomness such as that on display this week: items we just happened to bump into, or those in some way trending. We assure you, the mission won't change — just the appearance. Dig?
1710 Briargate Blvd., inside the Chapel Hills Mall food court, 599-4565
While attending a basic rider course recently at the Motorcycle Training Academy, I was left with the Chapel Hills Mall food court for dining options. (Orange Julius: no thanks.) I was glad to find Gyros Plus, a local business that also sports a location inside the Citadel Mall, and is distributed by new-to-town gowaiter.com.
The restaurant's price is more than right on the aptly named Big Fat Greek Salad ($5.99), with crisp romaine, crumbled feta, olives, cucumbers and a meat choice; I went with the shaved gyro composite of lamb and beef. They loaded up that and the tzatziki by my request, and from 13 hot sauces on the respectable condiment line, I threw on Sriracha to join a side of house chili paste. Result: hearty, Big Fat Spicy Greek Salad. — Matthew Schniper
Eddyline Pub & Brewery
102 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista, 719/966-6000, eddylinepub.com
Cool and refreshing with just enough bite to let you know it's an India Pale Ale, the Crank Yanker IPA from Buena Vista's Eddyline ($10.49/six-pack of tall-boy 16-ounce cans) just recently arrived on Colorado Springs liquor store shelves. It's as crisp and clean as a warm spring day, really a tame ale that has enough of a malt body to bring you back from the aggressively hopped beers this style has become known for.
But don't be completely fooled by this mellow, easy-sippin' brew, because Eddyline has still managed to beef up the ABV to a respectable 7.8 percent. And for the folks stoked on the craft-beer-can revival, the word from the taproom, which also has a restaurant at 926 S. Main St. in Buena Vista, is that Eddyline will be offering its Boater Beer pilsner in cans by the end of May. — Steve Hitchcock
1019 S. Tejon St., 520-0672
I'm an old fan of Montague's for big pots of tea like the ginseng-peppermint ($2.95), or the house Barista Espresso-blended coffee ($1.86). But I'd never been for breakfast until recently. My girlfriend was drawn to the gluten-free options, with Montague's subbing breads like Udi's sourdough on the lox-and-bagel plate ($6.95) and Outside the Breadbox cinnamon raisin bread on the stuffed French toast ($7.95).
Both are exemplary of GF done right, as opposed to crumbly counterparts, and the lox plate, with generous capers for salty tang and red onion slivers for bite, is perfectly fine with Philadelphia Cream Cheese for self-spreading. A miscommunication left our strawberry jelly on the side of the buttery French toast, also with cream cheese and a room-temp Mrs. Butterworth's pourer. Even all dressed, it rang on the basic side, calling out quietly for a livelier batter. — Matthew Schniper