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5 New Places You Must Check Out in Colorado Springs

Block out happy hour all next week - there are some killer new spots that have just popped up around the Colorado Springs area. Some of these you could even hit for lunch or as an afternoon snack. Take some vacation days from work, get a babysitter, and skip your kids school concert if that's what it takes......okay, well, we may have gone a little far, but seriously make a plan to get out and try these fantastic new options plus support small businesses at the same time.
Check out our top 5 new places (in no particular order):

Rooster's House of Ramen in Downtown Colorado Springs, CO
Rooster's House of Ramen, Downtown Colorado Springs

1) Rooster's House of Ramen: 

Chef Mark Henry has been busy. As a former chef at Brother Luck Street Eats, he's split off to create his own success and the newest addition is filling an important void in the Colorado Springs food scene: ramen. In early May 2017 he opened Rooster's House of Ramen with fantastic success right off the bat, probably due to his reputation and foodie followers.

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company is located in the 200 block of N Tejon in Colorado Springs, CO
Pikes Peak Lemonade Company

2) Pikes Peak Lemonade Company: 
Just a block south on Tejon Street, custom lemonade is introduced as a new foodie treat, from strawberry basil to jalapeno limeade. Get your own mason jar with your first purchase and bring it back every time for a discounted refill, perfect for a hot summer day. Pikes Peak Lemonade is conveniently located just across from Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs.

Johnny Nolan's N3 Taphouse and Restaurant in the Limit District
N3 Taphouse in the Limit District

3) N3 Taphouse:
Remember the sad day when Southside Johnny's closed in downtown Colorado Springs? Well Johnny Nolan had good reasons for that decision, and this is the best one from which we all get to benefit. Located in the Limit District between downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, Nolan took the former fire station #3 (hence the name N3) and converted it to a new westside restaurant and taphouse. Don't miss this one - this fantastic, innovative menu along with their 30 beer taps with hard-to-find brews will soon become a happy hour favorite for locals. Plus, it's the only place we know of that you can get bananas foster or licorice ice cream for dessert!

The Collective Social House on Colorado Springs East Side
The Collective Social House, Colorado Springs, CO
4) The Collective: 
Opened in early March 2017, this hip social house gives diners a trendy hangout spot in a jungle of strip malls and chain restaurants. You'll find custom built tables to chill with a craft cocktail or jump up the activity level with a shuffleboard table. All your friends are going to ask if you've been there yet, so get on it.

Prime 25 steak and seafood house in Colorado Springs, CO
Prime 25 on South Tejon St in Colorado Springs

5) Prime25: 
Perfect for your next happy hour get together because you'll be able to try the apps and select drinks at a discounted happy hour special price! You'll pay a little more here, but the food and service are top notch. Prime 25's patio seating, two bars, private room, and dining area with unique seating options will keep you comfortable while you enjoy their first-class steaks, seafood, and cocktails.

Check out these great new options and send us your feedback! Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsRestaurants/

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Colorado Springs Bars with Shuffleboard Tables
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Bars with shuffleboard in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has a lively and eclectic bar scene. From Downtown Colorado Springs to the new developments along Powers Blvd and northern Colorado Springs, there are new restaurants and bars popping up all the time.

Shuffleboard in Colorado SpringsMany food establishments are seeing the advantage of bar games and entertainment to encourage customers to hang out and drink more. And with games like shuffle board who wouldn't want to hang around for another hour!?! Unfortunately, there are not very many places with shuffleboard tables so we're helping out by making a list. Please let us know if you know of more places!

Our Top 3 Picks: 

Burrowing Owl
This Colorado Springs vegan diner has a complete food menu along with unique cocktails. Plus, an extensive canned beer menu, each served in their customized beer koozie's. The shuffleboard table here is a shorter table so it takes a little getting used to, but the atmosphere and drinks make it all worth it. http://www.csbj.com/2016/08/12/burrowing-owl-finds-happy-spot/

Bristol Brewing Company
Bristol Brewery, located in the Ivywild School, shows up on many of our lists because they have a wide variety of amenities, incredible staff and owners, and fantastic craft beer. Plus, they have one of the best shuffleboard tables in town. Grab a bite of their food and enjoy some time indoors with shuffleboard or relax on the large patio with a cornhole game. Just don't be carrying your beer throughout the building as the bar (Principal's Office) is on a separate liquor license.

Phantom Canyon Brewing
If you want a great place to hang out downtown, this is definitely a winner. Make your way to the second floor which is filled with pool tables, dart boards, jukebox, an additional bar, probably some Pokemon GO characters, an outdoor patio and, of course, shuffleboard.

Additional options:

The Collective: https://www.facebook.com/thecollectivecos/
The Keg: https://www.facebook.com/TheKegLounge
Cleats Bar: https://www.facebook.com/CleatsBar/
Mikey's Bar: https://www.facebook.com/Mikeys-Bar-Grill-267600596619845/
Adam's Apple Lounge: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adams-Apple-Lounge/111772232191501

Golden Flame Wings: It's All About the Sauce

Golden Flame Hot Wings for carry out, dine in or deliveryAnytime there's a buzz about a new restaurant, we want to be there: experiencing the food, absorbing the environment and connecting with the staff to find their passions and motivations for taking the brave step of opening shop in Colorado Springs. And we did just that at the Colorado owned and operated Golden Flame Hot Wings - there's a very good reason we've heard lots of rumblings about this wing stop and why they are quickly turning locals into regulars.

First of all, these guys are top notch when it comes to customer service. Three partners bought the franchise and are hitting the ground running, which started off with a grand opening in September 2015 where they gave away free wings for a year. Although Colorado Springs is the 4th location in the state (plan your road trips to hit their other joints in Parker, Castle Pines, and the original in Aurora which opened in 1994), we're lucky to have a unique wings place like Golden Flame. This Colorado business gives back to the local community and always treats customers like family. In fact, if you love their food you're considered a "Fam" not a "fan" and there are plenty things to love on this menu (we'll get there, patience).

So let's take the tour: Jump off Powers Blvd and head east to Tutt, swing a right and then another into the shopping center. When you walk into GFwings, you're instantly greeted by staff, surrounded by a colorful and vibrant interior, including a customized Colorado-Springs-themed mural on the back wall. Although it's all decorated and spotlessly clean, the store front and inside are fairly small since most of their business is carryout and delivery....that's right, a hot wing place that delivers! Even better, they stay open until 11pm on Friday's and Saturday's - good luck finding anything else affordable open that late!

Golden Flame Hot Wings offers 14 different wing sauces including gluten free optionsStart with some apps like hard-to-find rocky mountain oysters (this isn't seafood kids) or mac & cheese wedges. Then, choose which of their 14 dry rubs or specialty sauces you want coated on your made-to-order buffalo wings (yep, that's right = 14 wing sauces.....like 14ers....like the mountains......okay, you get it. So many Colorado analogies). Stay truly local with the Colorado favorite, "Mile High Sauce" which is a mild and tangy secret recipe. They've even considered your gluten free friends with 4 GF sauce options. Pair these with some specialty hand-cut seasoned fries and you've got a nearly complete meal....save room for a deep fried Twinkie or deep fried cheesecake.

You can't have wings without your favorite beer. Golden Flame Wings proudly serves Pikes Peak and Bristol breweries beers as part of their 4 taps (Budlight and ShockTop Belgian White also available). Sorry guys, but this is the one item you can't carry out.

So, here's a quick list of our favorite things about Golden Flame Hot Wings:
(1) locally owned and operated, giving back to the community through events and philanthropic donations to organizations like Care & Share
(3) Late night hours
(4) Specialty items like Buffalo Brats and Rocky Mountain Oysters
(5) Sauce sold it bottles to take home
(6) Wing eating challenge can get you on the Wall of Fame
(7) Local draft beers
(8) TV's in the seating area to watch the game
(9) Mash-up-of-the-Month: Try a new sauce combination each month
(10) Gluten Free items

We were truly impressed with this business and loved every bite of food. The wings here are worth the drive if you're not on the east side of town, and we all envy you if you live close enough to pop into this joint whenever you want. Most hot wings need rescued with a slathering of blue cheese or ranch but GF Wings all had a consistently amazing flavor even though each sauce is so different. We found ourselves barely using the dipping sauces with these brilliant recipes. No crazy gimmicks, just great flavors and service. It's truly a place that you'll "just go there for the wings."

Connect with Golden Flame Hot Wings for more information:
Twitter: @GFHotWings
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gfwingsstetsonhills
Web: http://gfwings.com/

We encourage you to support our local restaurant owners and small businesses like Golden Flame Hot Wings. Try a new local restaurant today and keep Colorado Springs economy strong!

Join the FAM Club at Golden Flame Hot Wings in Colorado Springs, CO

Search Colorado Springs Real Estate: Homes for Sale, Rentals, and Open Houses

Search Colorado Springs Homes for sale, rental, and open housesColorado Springs real estate is booming and experts are promising that 2016 will continue to be a hot market here in the Springs. Homes are going under contract quickly (less than 80 days on average) and buyers are benefiting most from purchasing since rental rates the highest they've ever been in Colorado Springs.
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