Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Welcome to the new dining blog

Here's your place to tell us about dining experiences, good and bad.

Tell us about that amazing waitress who remembered your name at Red Lobster.

Tell us about that great restaurant we should have included in our dining guide.

Take our dining critic Tom Karpel to task for panning your favorite Chinese place.

Your rants will not only make you feel better. They'll inform others in their dining choices.

This is also a place to give and get tips about the local dining scene ... openings, closings, who's on the way up, who's on the way down.


Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Here are some comments we've received about the GO! Dining Guide:

The Dining Guide sure missed the boat.

The 2 Best Mexican restaurants in town are BEAN BANDIT and EL TACO REY. You did list El Taco Rey but you left out the Bean Bandit completely. If you go to the Bean Bandit, you will eventually run into all of the old timers of Colorado Springs. The two places serve the best COLORADO Mexican Food and have been owned and operated by local families for many years.

Bean Bandit makes the BEST hot green chili and chili rellenos in town.
Apparently, you haven't lived here long or can't recognize good Colorado Mexican Food. Most of us didn't come here from Texas or California.

Charlotte Thomas
48 McBurney Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

Bravo (!!!) to the Gazette for putting the Nov ’06 “GO Dining Guide” together.

I am not sure this email address is the correct one to express our “congrats” to the Gazette for this booklet, but of all the addresses listed, it seemed the most appropriate.

If this info has been published in the past, we have missed it. We thoroughly enjoy visiting local restaurants regularly but seem to end up going back to the same establishments all the time because we “can’t think of anyplace new…” Now we have a compact directory with all we need to try some new restaurants in our wonderful city! Thanks so much!

Doug & Janice Harris

Thank you so much for the new dining guide. We moved to this wonderful area about 1 1/2 yrs. ago. One of the first things we did was go to the Chamber of Commerce. I could not find a dining guide like we had back in Northern Wisconsin, which listed the many different area restaurants we could choose to visit. Thank you so much for publishing this to give us some insight of good restaurants to visit. I had to work Thanksgiving until 2:30 P.M. We were elated to go afterwards to the Edelweiss Restaurant and had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. The staff was most congenial and gave us great service. I highly recommend their restaurant to others. Thanks again for the dining guide; I look through there for new places to visit in the future. With so many new families moving here, a restaurant guide is essential to visitors and newcomers alike. I'm not sure the brochure is available in the visitor's center but it needs to be there if not already there. Thanks again! Carole at P.S. Could you do something about getting more good restaurants in Fountain. They are sorely lacking here in this area. We have gotten an Applebee's since we moved here, but need more sit down restaurants of decent quality and high quality also. We most often have to drive out of the area to get a decent meal.
Carole Walk

Whoa! When the Dining Guide fell out of the paper this morning onto the breakfast table, I was impressed. The cover photograph, the color and the information inside were all well done. Great job!
Bob Witmer

8:58 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Glad to see this local blog. I'll be checking back for good recommendations.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

So, Terri, what are some of your favorite places?

12:58 PM  
Blogger maggiepirsq said...

Hello to Dining Blog! And I would like to give folks a heads up on a local eatery. Specifically, the Black Tie Gourmet at 1005 W. Colorado Ave, owned and operated by Derek DeVries Howard which has been written about at least two times over the past few months in the Go! section of the Gazette. After reading one review that mentioned this restaurant, I went there for lunch one day and thought that the food was just fine. I had read in the Gazette about the hor d'ourves being served on specific evenings during happy Hour. I went there during the appropriate time and had two glasses of wine. Derek, the owner, came out and was bemoaning the fact that "nobody was there" even though it was clear that I was a paying customer. Granted it was slow, however other folks stopped by and never once did any of the promised hor d'oures materialize for me or any of the other customers. I think that it is very bad business to advertise or trumpet an offering, then not do it. There are many other places that really do want the business and do not say to a customer that no one is there.

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 Saturdays ago my husband and I wnet to Carino's to have the steak combo that came in a flyer in the Gazette earlier that week. We live downsouth and made a special trip. We were seated at 6 onlyto be told they were "out" and wouldn't have any more til Mon. We went there a long time ago and had a very bad experience with our waitress. This time our watress was very nice but I willnot gothere again nor will I recommend it to anyone

10:50 AM  

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