Finding decent restaurants can be a challenge, especially when you are on vacation or on the road traveling. So, when I find them I am always eager to share them with my readers. During our recent visit to Manitou Springs, Colorado last Month we stumbled across a new place we had never been to and decided to give it a try. The Colorado Mountain Brewery was the perfect choice. They actually have 2 locations within the Colorado Springs area. We decided to visit the Historical Roundhouse location. This Historic 18th Century Building was originally owned by the Colorado Midland Railway which was founded in 1883. (click this link for more info).
The building was also home to the 50 Year old world-famous VanBriggle Pottery Art Gallery & Retail Sales Outlet until November of 2008. (click this link for more info) The VanBriggle family decided to down size and moved it’s location. The Roundhouse was sold to a local developer who gutted the building to it’s original stone walls and wood timber frame. The building was constructed into an upscale retail center. The renovation included glass windows framed by the original track door openings. In February 2012, construction began for the The Colorado Mountain Brewery.
The menu features Upscale “Casual” dining and over 20 micro beers. I ordered the Southwest Chicken Wrap and tried the Old 59er’s Amber Ale. It is described as having a big, malty character with just the right amount of hops. My husband chose the popular Alpine Chicken Sandwhich and the Panther IPA. It was Intensely hoppy with a lingering bitterness.
Some local favorites on the menu are, The Smoked Prime Rib Dip, House Smoked Texas Brisket, Bison Poppers, Bacon Wrapped Rocky Mountain Rainbow Trout, and the Brew House Ribs. The service was excellent and our enthusiastic server, Bailey was highly personable and very knowledgeable about the menu. She was eager to share with us about the History behind the CMB at the Roundhouse! Historical highlights of the interior include some limited edition Van Briggle pieces and a 12 foot wide by 8 foot tall museum quality mural of the historic roundhouse recreated from a rare 1890’s photo from the Old Colorado City Historical Society’s Collections.
If you are ever visiting the Colorado Springs area, we highly recommend you visit the Colorado Mountain Brewery!
During the summer we have the opportunity to travel quite a bit in doing festivals, shows and farmers’ markets throughout this beautiful State of Colorado! Every now and then, we stumble upon some pretty unique and tasty little taverns. Here is another little great place centrally located in Manitou Springs, Colorado called; The Loop. They have award winning margaritas and authentic Mexican food. Their fajitas are the most popular dish served, but I ordered the Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas in a white wine sauce and it was delightful!!
There is a little bit of history behind The Loop as it was built in 1903. The restaurant got it’s name because it was the last stop for the trolley. The trolley looped around the building at the corner of Ruxton and Manitou Avenue, and back to Colorado Springs. The Loop was expanded in 1933 and has been remodeled many times since then. The room with the fire place was the old piano bar and the rest of the building was used for dining. Wild game was killed and brought in from the mountains. They served deer, elk, cougar, wild turkey, bear and many other wild delights, all barbequed out back. The barbeque is still there but not in use today. Illegal gambling was practiced upstairs. Many gold and silver barons have eaten at this restaurant.
Having won over 30 awards for their margaritas, wait staff, food and decor it’s no wonder The Loop has become one of the best known restaurants in Colorado!
If you find yourself at the foot of Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs, Colorado be sure to visit The Loop! Relax and Enjoy the world’s largest margarita and authentic Mexican cuisine!!
We went to Las Vegas last week and went to a lovely little Mexican restaurant in the New York New York Hotel & Casino. We spotted this lovely little Gem several years ago and we just keep coming back. It’s called GonZalez Y GonZalez. The food is yummy and the price is reasonable. The portions are just right, and the service has been consistent every time we have visited. Their Drinks are a little high priced, but the atmosphere combined with the food and friendly staff more than makes up for that! Their menu offers some unique appetizers such as shrimp jalapenos, and a huge selection of entrees to choose from.
The New York New York Hotel & Casino is a fun place, and it is kid friendly. They have a huge outdoor roller coaster that goes around the outside and upon its return it actually goes inside the casino where you can view it from the restaurant. I am not fond of rides but I did ride this coaster a couple of years ago. I’m afraid I can’t share my experience about the ride as I had my eyes closed the whole time. The casino itself is laid out much like the streets of New York with detailed outside shop facades with patio dining in front of the little shops. It truly is a New York experience. They also own three additional restaurants such as America, The Sporting House Bar & Grill and Gallagher’s Steakhouse. So whether you’re a Las Vegas regular or visiting for the first time, make sure you check out Gonzalez Y Gonzalez! Here is the link to their dining site: www.arkvegas.com.