Well, since I can’t think of anything exciting to chatter about this week, how about I tell you about my favorite restaurants in Colorado Springs? I’ve had them on the brain lately, even if we’re not eating at them much.
First off, I should mention that I don’t like most chain restaurants. OK, it’s not to say that I hate them, but when I go to Ruby Tuesday’s or Applebee’s or Chilis, I’m usually left thinking “Um, I just paid $x.xx for something I could have made better myself at home!” While I’m all about not having to cook or clean up, I just never ultimately enjoy going somewhere just to pay someone a bunch of money to do the dishes for me. (There really isn’t even a time savings, as I can cook and clean up a lot of good food in the time it takes to go out to eat most places!)
So, when we eat out, it’s usually a place that does something that I can’t do well at home – or a place that’s running a really good deal. Even still, we’ve been eating out less and less so when we do eat out, it’s often paying full-price (gasp!) at a place we love.
For Mediterranean food, we love Heart of Jerusalem Cafe – a restaurant we were first introduced to through a Groupon deal. Their gyros are amazing, the hummus is incredible, and the pita chips – oh my. Oh my. They are good. Somehow, HOJ’s french fries are even incredible with the za’atar seasoning they put on them! Heart of Jerusalem is a good date-night-at-home meal, though our kids resent it when we put them to bed and eat it, haha. (They’ve only been once but adored it!)
(As a side note, every time I go into Heart of Jerusalem, I see the signs that say how they are not related to Taste of Jerusalem and how the Taste of Jerusalem people stole their recipes. I know nothing about it other than what they’ve posted on their signs, but I find the whole thing kind of ridiculous because I’ve had both and Heart of Jerusalem is about 1000x better than Taste of Jerusalem!)
For barbecue, we are partial to Texas-style so some of the local joints aren’t players for the position of favorite just because of the style. We love Rudy’s barbecue – it seems to be as close to actual Texas as you can get in these parts, though I admit we haven’t tried more than a handful of places. We like the brisket (extra moist, please), sausage, ribs, chicken, and turkey. Wait, is that everything on their menu?
A more recent Rudy’s favorite is to order a baked potato with everything on it (but not the one with brisket), and then order a pint of “chop”, which is basically chopped up brisket smothered in sauce. We put that on top of the baked potato and yes, it tastes as good as it sounds. (They have a Brisket Baked Potato but after extensive evaluation, we’ve determined that you get much more food if you order the baked potato and chop separate.)
Hmm, this is getting longer than I thought. I’ll have to keep you on the edge of your seats and tell you about the rest of our favorite eats tomorrow. ;)
What are your favorite places to eat in Colorado Springs?
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