Paintings and other works by local artists festoon Cucuru Gallery Cafe, whose walls are painted with the rustic reds and deep greens of the Spanish countryside. Glasses of Spanish wines and specialty cocktails clink within the single-story house-turned-café, such as the Barista blended with espresso and brûlée liqueurs. Cucuru's drinks pair with tapas and other Hispanic-inspired dishes, such as crispy spiced patatas bravas with garlic-aioli dipping sauce and pollo oloroso, which tops a seared chicken breast, manchego cheese, and mashed potatoes with an oloroso-mushroom demi-glace. The café hosts live entertainment throughout the week, such as jazz, funk, and other genres, and opens on Tuesdays for sultry tango classes.
Those who live, breathe, and snort coffee will find a fine selection of both classic blends and little-known beans at Pikes Perk. Percolate perkiness with the medium-bodied Tanzanian Peaberry, or the bitter-less Jamaican Blue Mountain. Black-coffee purists can grab a 20-ounce cup of joe ($1.99), whereas those who spruce up beloved brews can order a white mocha ($4.19 for 16 ounces), or enliven their aromatic medley with a shot from one of the 50 syrups available. Hoard a pot of hot Pikes' peach tea, with chunks of fruit from Austria ($3.59), or soothe your stomach with something from Pikes' food menu of pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast items.
For more than two decades, the same family at Detz Cafe has served comfort food that seems appropriate among the cozy booths and log-trimmed walls. The scents of sizzling bacon, smoked sausage, and french toast mingle in the morning air, providing a reason to get out of bed other than an obsession with the morning news anchor's mustache. At lunchtime, cooks grill sandwiches filled with corned beef or ham ‘n’ swiss, grill burgers topped with guacamole or green chili, and fill kid-friendly plates with child-sized portions.
The Hub Car Wash & Diner pays homage to Route 66 with an expansive, nostalgia-filled wall mural and an auto shop dedicated to old-fashioned service. At the facility's nucleus, staff members man a ‘50s-style diner counter where visitors can order breakfast and lunch while their vehicle undergoes washing and detailing services. Using wash tunnels and bare hands, the cleaning crews help to revamp cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, and semitrucks. They deluge paint in soap, water, and protective spells as visitors peruse the gift shop's wares or take in the scenic view of Pikes Peak from the outdoor patio.
Just 12 minutes away from downtown Colorado Springs lies an oasis known as Sacred Grounds Coffee in the Canyon. Nestled in a historic building that wouldn't look out of place in the old west is this coffee shop, where breakfast and lunch sandwiches and baked sweets are all made in-house. Guests settle down either in the cozy caf? or outside on the open-air porches, where they can use a magnifying glass to bend the sun rays into keeping their coffee warm. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the kitchen crafts take-home dinners, which are comforting options such as turkey and meatloaf, and just about everything is made with natural and organic ingredients, including the cheesecake and pie.
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When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas in 1941, he kept his menu small and simple, only cooking up beef brisket, pit hams, and barbecue beans, which he sold alongside potato chips, beer, bottled milk, and sodas. Dickey smoked all of his meat in-house, a practice that put his eatery on the map and one that his sons, Roland and T.D. Dickey, still rely on today.
The menu has expanded since Travis?s time behind the grill, offering plates and sandwiches that brim with nine kinds of barbecued meats, including spicy cheddar sausages, pork ribs, polish sausage, and Texas-style beef brisket that?s chopped to order. Several types of baked potatoes are piled high with meats and cheeses, which diners can wash down with a gallon of tea or Dickey's signature 32-ounce big yellow cup of soda. Staying true to the same spirit of hospitality, cooks always include a buttery roll; a homestyle side such as jalape?o beans and fried okra; dill pickles; and free ice cream with every meat plate.