Meat is the primary item on the menu at Flatiron's American Bar & Grill. Blank-angus steak comes in three cuts—the signature Flatiron, the rib eye, and the New York strip—and shares a plate with a choice of veggies and potato. Orders of chicken wings, whether coated in spicy buffalo sauce or honey-chipotle glaze, weigh in at one pound, making for a hefty appetizer or a delicious paperweight. Although it's technically meat-free, the three-cheese mac-n-cheese comes with a “robust bread-crumb crown” and benefits from the addition of shredded spiced chicken, according to food critic Nathaniel Glen of The Gazette. On a daily basis, the restaurant’s chefs inspect each meat shipment to ensure top-notch quality and freshness.
A line winds across the sidewalk, with people curiously peering ahead to see who has just been let inside. The door opens, releasing not the pulsing of a nightclub, but the aromas of green-chili tamales steaming in cornhusks and chicharron frying. For more then 35 years, the Aguilar family has presided over the little brick building, and their cooking has gained a devoted following. In the kitchen, seasoned beef sizzles in a skillet like the decorations at a dragon’s surprise party, and cool slices of tres leches cakes steep in sweet sauce. As patrons snatch up lunchtime table space, they eye items such as the avocado-and-pork burrito, which the Colorado Springs Independent called “locally legendary.”
Sri Lankan culture incorporates distinctive southern Asian roots along with influences from the various European nations that have ruled it. As a result, the cuisine typically features a mélange of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Malaysian flavors. At Curry Leaf, Lana Hillstrom remains true to the flavors of her native Sri Lanka, filling the menu with her country's eclectic cuisine. Chickpeas, pork, and sliced mango simmer in aromatic curry, distinguished from familiar Thai or Indian versions by a signature powder that uses 21 fragrant ingredients, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The rest of the menu includes Sri Lankan interpretations of Asian standards such as chicken tikka, fried rice, and mulligatawny soup.
Channeling the same vivaciousness as the menu, the dining room bursts with color from its sunshine-yellow walls, draped with leafy foliage and imported Sri Lankan rainbows. Framed pictures and woodwork also adorn the walls, and a rocking chair and a stately armchair add to the room's homey ambiance.
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.
With a focus on fresh, healthy eating, the chefs at Taste of Jerusalem Cafe whip up selections from a menu of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare that includes vegan and vegetarian options. Patrons start with baba gannouj, which contains pieces of grilled eggplant that lost their umbrella during a downpour of garlic, olive oil, and tahini sauce ($5.49), before moving onto a hearty falafel plate with hummus, veggies, and pita ($6.99). Tables of two can split the beef, lamb, and chicken kebab platter with kufta ($21.99) and sip rich Turkish coffees ($2.99). Lunchtime visitors keep hands too busy to bewail their separation from keyboards with grilled pita sandwiches, such as the lamb shawarma ($5.59), and desserts, such as a sweet, flaky baklava ($1.49 for a single piece).
When Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa threw open its doors in May of 2012, it didn't expect any housewarming presents. Instead, the spa doled out gifts in the form of relaxing services and fashionable accessories. Hyacinth's therapists and aestheticians perform soothing and therapeutic massages as well as Egyptian sugaring treatments, the same hair removal method Cleopatra used on her pet asps.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches.