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Sep 6, 2011 02:22 PM

Colorado Springs?

Looking for recommendations in Colorado Springs, especially Mexican. I'll be here for a week.

Would also like help finding a retail store that has a great beer selection. Bars aren't really an option, unfortunately.

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  1. I haven't found Mexican here I like, but I can tell you that Coaltrain Liquor on Uintah and I-25 has a fantastic beer selection.

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    1. re: annsurely

      Thanks, I'll definitely check Coaltrain out. Is there any half decent Mexican, or BBQ?

      1. re: brooklyndude

        I'm vegetarian, so you have to take my recs with a grain of salt.

        Bird Dog BBQ ( gets rave reviews; there are two locations, one on Powers on the east side of town, and one in the Shops at Briargate on the north side. Front Range BBQ ( is in Old Colorado City; I hear the bbq is pretty good, and they have good live bands on most Wednesday evenings. It's just a neat vibe. Great tap beer selection, too.

        For Mexican I hear the smaller places like El Taco Rey ( downtown and La Casita (, multiple locations) get better reviews than more traditional sit-down places.

        I don't know if you've had Colorado green chili before, but diners like King Chef and Western Omelette make good versions. Grease bombs, but you're just there to get fat and carbs as a green chili vehicle.

        Unsolicited breakfast rec: Smiley's Bakery on Tejon downtown. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Whisper sweet nothings to their blackberry cornmeal pancakes for me.

        El Taco Rey
        330 E Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

        La Casita
        333 N Main St, Springville, UT 84663

        Smiley's Bakery & Cafe
        323 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

        Western Omelette
        16 S Walnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905

        1. re: annsurely

          really liked my meal at king chef, I had green chili on a burger and my wife had a really excellent burrito with green chili on it.

          coaltrain is great and has a lot of high quality west coast beer that I can't get at home.