Take a walk down Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City and its charm invites you to relax and stay awhile. Sprinkled among the shops, select restaurants welcome neighbors and visitors stopping-in on a Wild West Dining Tour guided by Samantha Bruner of Colorado Springs Food Tours. Samantha provides historic anecdotes of the brick and mortar, the boom and bust, and threads of the past, now woven into the fabric of Old Colorado City’s tourism and community.
Food is plentiful, each establishment serving choice samples of their menu, and some include wine, if desired. The VIP service is friendly and efficient to ensure you stay on schedule with 5-7 restaurants on the agenda. Of course, the tours are wisely arranged on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoon—ideal times to meet the owners and managers who take great pride in their business. Even with fickle Colorado weather, the walking tours are scheduled year round embracing the weather as part of the unique experience.
In our group of six (there can be up to 12), was a mix of locals and vacationers, the tour appealed to each in a different way. Accustomed to dining in Old Colorado City from our 14 years living on the Westside, my husband and I were pleased to see some of our favorites on the tour. We enjoyed meeting the owners of familiar haunts and noshing at new places too. For those visiting from out-of-town the culinary sampling provided insight for dinner plans during the rest of their trip.
Gertrude’s was our first tasting with Coconut Shrimp and choice wine, followed by wood-fired oven pizza with freshly made mozzarella at Pizzeria Rustica. Next, we were on our way to Jake and Telly’s for traditional Greek fare including Spinach and Feta Spanakopita. With a toast of ouzo, our send-off was as warm as our welcome. Just a few doors down, a select scoop of ice cream (I had black walnut!) at Colorado City Creamery was quite refreshing to the palate, Samantha’s storytelling accompanied each delicious stop.
Paired with each choice sampling of food, all but one restaurant included an alcoholic beverage so be sure to pace yourself. Strolling between restaurants is a nice stretch for the legs and respite for the stomach. Upon arrival at Meadow Muffins, we were escorted to their new upstairs lounge to relax with chicken wings and a pitcher of Fat Tire while gaining insight about the mingling of the city’s past and present. We concluded our outing at Garden of the God Gourmet with a mousse filled double chocolate cup and a bright Two Rivers Riesling.
Samantha creates a delightful experience to the last bite whether you are venturing through Downtown Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, or Old Colorado City. Colorado Springs Food Tours is a fun way to get to know these unique cities. Visit her website at www.ColoradoSpringsFoodTours.com or call (719) 322-5731 for more information or to book a tour.
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