Joseph Freyre first wandered into a kitchen more than a quarter-century ago, and since then, he hasn't quite managed to leave. He studied traditional techniques at Del Webb Culinary Institute; served a 15-year stint as maitre d' at a five-star, five-diamond hotel; and owned and operated multiple restaurants. He started Joseph's Fine Dining as a simple combination of his love for fine cuisine and the art of tableside preparation, or flambéing.
He's concocted a lot of signature creations over the years, but chief among them stands the pepper-steak flambé, marinated in mango chutney and cast ablaze in French brandy. He follows up his fiery dinners with equally flame-kissed desserts including classics such as bananas foster and cherries jubilee.
For the past 18 years, the chefs at India Palace have been making their northern Indian food burst with flavor rather than an overly spicy kick. To do so, they harness traditional spices such as anise seed, cardamom, and turmeric to concoct their aromatic curries, vegetarian entrees, and gluten-free dishes from scratch. They can customize each of their biryani and masala entrees to individuals' preferred levels of heat and sentience, and they diligently bake naan in a clay oven to sop up every last drop of vindaloo sauce. India Palace also offers an expansive lunch buffet that brims with traditional Indian morsels.
The chefs of Taste of India 2 began their careers in Northern India, an area supplies the inspiration for their menu of authentic Indian cuisine. Using fresh ingredients, they craft curries with daily-cut veggies and delectable pieces of chicken, beef, and lamb. Within an atmosphere infused with Indian art and music, patrons can select dishes that include halal meat, gluten-free, and vegan options.
Though they established Mollica's Italian Market & Deli in 1987, Dom, Toni, and Jerry Mollica rely on recipes that date back much further, to a time before Julia Child invented cooking. After emigrating from the Italian city of Pescara in the 1800s, Tony DeAngelis—the father of Toni and grandfather of Jerry—devised his own recipe for sausage, which he later passed down to Toni and Jerry.
Each day at Mollica's, this same sausage still finds its way, unadulterated, onto the buns of sandwiches and doughy bases of thin-crust pizzas. Mollica's kitchen staff also stacks Italian rolls with cured meats and cheeses, crafts rustic lasagna and manicotti, and builds pizzas and calzones with ingredients such as artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto.
Charlie's Pit Bar B Que has been a fixture in the area since 1988. Its menu features, of course, barbecue. Specifically, the cooks behind the scenes prepares boneless wings, pulled pork dinners, and sliced brisket, among others.
With a stay at Cliff House in Manitou Springs, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from Miramont Castle and close to Manitou Springs Cave Dwellings. This historic hotel is within close proximity of Pikes Peak Cog Railway and Cave of the Winds.
Make yourself at home in one of the 56 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Relax and take in mountain views from the privacy of your room. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bathrobes.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, business services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Manitou Springs? This hotel has facilities measuring 9000 square feet (810 square meters), including small meeting rooms. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.