Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
314 West Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: (719) 471-8680
Fax: (719) 471-0894
This establishment, which in the past has served as a brothel as well as an artist studio, has finally found its place as a combination art gallery and eatery. The decor is a cross between utilitarian urban and American southwest, reflecting the aesthetic of those who display their work without losing its regional flavor. The menu, however, has a definite southwestern lean, with classic dishes like burritos, enchiladas and specialties such as the Tomatillo Shrimp and the Carne Adovada.
The fact that this popular brewery and restaurant sells its own T-shirts at the front entrance is a strong sign that this place is extremely popular. The menu is mostly American cuisine with global influences, featuring everything from burgers to fish and chips to baked ziti. The interior is dominated by hardwood flooring and a wall of windows. Outdoor seating, though limited, is very popular during the warm months. Above the dining area is a huge billiards room. The crowds tend to be of the 30-something kind.
This downtown mainstay with its open patio is a perfect perch for people watching on busy Tejon Street. Multi-colored chairs and tables lend it a festive feel, which translates into a vibrant bar scene. Dive into some tasty fajitas, served with all the complements and fresh flour or corn tortillas. Vegetarians can find many meal options. There is plenty of bottled beer and over 50 tequila options, and the Sunday margarita brunch (9:30am-3pm) is very popular, served with a complimentary margarita, mimosa or sangria. During brunch, children eat for free when they order from the kid's menu.
This nugget of a restaurant has a comfortable, funky feel to it, which is rare for a place that specializes in pizza. Often recognized as having the best pizza in Colorado Springs, it offers some unusual options such as whole-wheat crust and soy cheese, and toppings like steamed broccoli and zucchini. Salads - which you can build yourself, from a vast range of ingredients - soups, sandwiches and an array of vegetarian dishes round out the menu. Microbrews are on tap. Stop in on Wednesday nights for the weekly bluegrass jam. Call for opening hours.
This bustling Vietnamese cafe, with its warm, casual interior, is the perfect gathering place for chatty pho-noodle soup lovers. Bring in your friends or casual business clients for the perfect light lunch. Warm and friendly service can always be counted on to nicely enhance the total experience. Although many options are available, the Beef Pho is the house specialty and the unanimous favorite of patrons. It opens early for brunch-time diners. Besides the ambiance and authentic flavors, guests will also adore the unbelievably low prices. Alcohol is not available.
The boisterous, fun-filled atmosphere of this popular grill appeals to diners of all types. Despite the somewhat pretentious name, you can expect to enjoy your meal in a dining room that is classy, but not overly stuffy. Happy Hour is very popular as is the patio area that borders busy Tejon Street. Live music (free) plays four nights a week. The menu is small but diverse and includes Chicken Jambalaya, Thai Beef Salad and Pasta Spanakopita. Sunday brunch is extremely popular and offers free mimosas.
This popular pub brings Colorado Springs a hint of Ireland. The interior is very "United States-version-of-an-Irish-pub" typical and includes the expected dark wooden booths and brick walls. Nevertheless, it is appealing and offers a nice change from the usual chain look. Pretzel & Guinness sausage kabobs, corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash are dinner menu highlights, as is the traditional Irish breakfast. Guinness is served on tap, so yes black and tans are available.
This trendy Japanese restaurant is popular with the business crowd by day and assorted sushi lovers by night. The interior has an "up-to-the-minute" contemporary look that gives it a Los Angeles feel. The patio area is small, but offers a great people watching view. Assorted sushi selections are the most popular choices, but the sashimi is also worth a try. If you are extremely picky, the diverse menu offers a deep choice of alternative selections. Sake and wine is available, but the restaurant does not have a full bar. Reservations are required for large parties, and smoking is not allowed.
The Thirsty Parrot Bar & Grill is all about fresh tropical fruits, meats and seafood, seasoned with live music and fun. The restaurant serves alluring Caribbean cuisine along with some wondrous tropical drinks that would satiate every whim inside you. The vision of the restaurant reflects from its decor—bright and frisky. There's a sports bar inside for those who live and breathe sports. You will enjoy good music while relishing every bite of Island Chicken, Shrimp Scampi and Tequila Lime Chicken Skewers at Thirsty Parrot. Call for opening hours.
In 2010, Food Network Magazine bestowed the title of the "Tastiest Breakfast in Colorado" on this casual downtown diner. The portions here are huge; in fact, whenever you finish your meal, you're awarded with a "Clean Plate Club" sticker to commemorate your achievement! To earn your sticker, take on "The Grump," which consists of your choice of meat, yellow onions, and cheese, all sandwiched between two mounds of hash browns and topped with gravy and more cheese. Whatever you decide on, make sure to add their signature green chili. You'll be glad you did!
The Underground presents a wide variety of entertainment to Colorado Springs throughout the week. Wednesday Wellness Nights are especially popular. Sunday game days, karaoke several times a week, drag shows and poker nights are just some of the themed events you will encounter at the Underground any given week. The club typically attracts a rowdy 20-something crowd and is open to all ages on Sundays.
Keep your eyes open for the rich and famous; this downtown locale is popular with visiting celebrities. Elegant decor and superb service equate into a wow-this-is-great dining experience. Steak dominates the menu and the portions are so large that it has been rumored that some diners have asked for a power saw instead of a steak knife. The bar offers an outstanding selection of wines and martinis. Opens on Sundays at 5pm.