There is a lot to see in the historic Old Colorado City, but don’t forget to check out the restaurants as well. Old Colorado City promises great food with lots of personality and just a dash of that classic Wild West flavor. Here are ten restaurants that are well worth a visit.
Jake & Telly's Greek Cuisine
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, $$$
Jake and Telly's | © teofilo/Flickr
Jake & Telly’s Greek Cuisine
is a fun and lively spot with delicious Greek food. Established in 1997, no one has been able to copy the original and delicious flavor of their cuisine. Authentic Greek dishes like gyro, souvlaki, saganaki, and moussaka are popular among customers, and if you’re looking for something sweet, they have home-made baklava, cheese cake, and creme brulée. Come here for affordable lunch options, a lively happy hour or an enjoyable dinner with friends.
Mountain Shadows Restaurant
Restaurant, American, $$$
Pancakes with bacon | ©danielle_scott/flickr
Mountain Shadows Restaurant
is a favorite local breakfast, brunch and lunch stop. The restaurant itself is located in a converted home, which adds to the familiar and relaxed atmosphere. Their menu has lots of mouthwatering choices, from omelettes to pancakes, as well as Colorado favorite – biscuits and gravy. Add to that their home-made green chili specialties and you’ve got one serious contender for your evening meal!
Bakery, Cafe, Wine Bar, French, $$$
La Baguette | ©La Baguette
is a bakery, cafe and wine bar all wrapped into one quaint and charming spot. Everything is made fresh and with only the best local ingredients. The bakery specializes in French bread and pastries that are home-baked on the premises for a truly authentic taste. The cafe offers a selection of sandwiches, salads and delicious soups, while the wine bar upstairs has a collection of local and international wines from over 100 countries.
Bistro, Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
Paella | © Sodexo USA/Flickr
is the place to go for delicious and understated fine-dining. The restaurant is a few blocks away from the middle of Old Colorado City but is definitely worth the walk. Since opening in 2005, the spot has been winning awards left right and center. Their menu is raved about by locals, who especially love their signature dishes, which range from paella to jumbo sea scallops to Colorado lamb.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Pasta alla Norma | ©Notahipster/Flickr
brings family-style authentic Italian food to Old Colorado City. The restaurant has been around for some time now, perfecting its classic atmosphere with dim romantic lighting and Frank Sinatra hits playing in the background. Dat’s Italian! uses family recipes, ensuring that each dish has a unique taste which customers won’t find anywhere else. Whether looking for classic dishes, like pasta carbonara, chicken parmesan and lasagne, or more original meals, like their bambinos
Dat’s Italian! is sure to deliver.
Restaurant, Ethiopian, Moroccan, $$$
is an authentic Ethiopian
and Mediterranean restaurant with a friendly atmosphere. Chef Maya was born and raised in Ethiopia, and brings to her establishment family recipes that have been passed down for generations. There is no silverware at Uchenna, instead each meal is served with Injera bread to pick up the food. They also offer Ethiopian coffee to enjoy after meals.
Opening hours: Tues to Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5-9pm, Sat to Sun 12-3pm, 5-9pm
Address: Uchenna, 2501 W Colorado Ave #105, Colorado Springs, CO, +1 (719) 634-5070
Restaurant, Pizzaria, Italian, $$$
Wood Fired Pizza Oven | ©Clint Budd/Flickr
Pizzeria Rustica is a neighborhood favorite well-known for making delicious pizza. Their main attraction is their impressive stone wood-fire oven, where they make 10 types of artisan pizzas. The pies are the perfect size to share between two or three people, or just one if you’re feeling exceptionally hungry! They offer a great Italian wine selection too, and irresistible gelato for dessert.
Opening hours: Mon to Thurs 5-9pm, Fri to Sun 12-9pm
Alchemy, Not Just a Pub
Pub, Bar, American, Irish, $$$
Reuben Sandwich | © Adactio/Flickr
Just as the name states, Alchemy, Not Just a Pub
isn’t just a pub but something much better. No boring burger menu here; Alchemy offers a selection of sandwiches and more filling options, like stir fry, jerk chicken and shepherd’s chili. You guessed it: the menu doesn’t fit into any one category or cuisine. They also have six Colorado micro-brews on tap and a specialty cocktail list; perfect for that after-dinner tipple.
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 11-2am
Address: Alchemy, Not Just a Pub, 2625 W Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO, +1 (719) 471-0887
Wine Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, Spanish, $$$
An authentic Spanish style tapas restaurant, TAPAteria
is a staple of the Old Colorado City restaurant scene. Tapas bars are common finds nowadays. However, TAPAteria is unique in its affordable, share-friendly dishes and festive atmosphere. Their more popular dishes include chorizo and figs, baby calamari, and goats cheese salad. In the warmer months, the owners even open up the back patio for some outdoor fun.
Paravicini's Italian Bistro
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Seafood Pasta | © Pixabay
Paravicini’s Italian Bistro
is an award-winning restaurant and one of the locals’ favorite spots. Paravicini is only a few steps away from tourist spots such as the Garden of Gods and the Broadmoor Hotel. The restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and even makes their own pasta noodles. They have an extensive menu with all the classic dishes, as well as a great selection of wine and cocktails.
Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri to Sat 11am-10pm