The restaurants below make sincere efforts to incorporate locally produced food into their meals. If we’ve failed to include a restaurant that cooks locally or a store that carries local food, or if information needs to be corrected, email kate AT localdish DOT net.
934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
Mostly vegetarian and always sensational, Adams Mountain Café, in the Historic Spa Building, has wonderful indoor ambiance and now provides outdoor seating on the creek in the warmer months. Dine in or out, but dine well!
1645 S. Tejon St.
One of the more interesting Colorado Springs restaurants, The Blue Star changes their menu regularly and the food is always inventive and delicious. With a world class wine list and one of the hippest atmospheres in the area, this is a great place to take a date, celebrate a special occasion, or just enjoy cocktails and exciting appetizers in their casual bar area or the formal dining room. Reservations accepted.
Bon Appétit Management Company, a national on-site restaurant company, provides café and catering services to corporations, colleges and universities, and specialty venues. In each community they work with local food producers to achieve the finest on-site restaurant services. Creating food that is alive with flavor and nutrition using authentic ingredients in a socially responsible manner is what sets them apart. Call them to talk about your next private function or other food-service possibilities.
1647 S. Tejon Street
Bristol Brewing Co. makes flavorful all-natural ales that call to mind three things: Quality, Purity and Sanity. Bristol brews exclusively for Colorado folks to minimize their carbon footprint and to focus on the scores of local non-profits they support annually. Enjoy one of their delicious ales today knowing it was brewed fresh just a few miles from where you’re sitting.
404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs
Located off the main avenue through Manitou Springs, The Craftwood Inn offers exquisite dining in an unparalleled atmosphere. Enjoy Colorado game and produce, prepared with the finest gourmet touches, including a summer garden from which they harvest herbs to provide the freshest ingredients possible. For special occasions, parties or just a wonderful dining experience, call for directions to a get-away evening today! Visit www.craftwood.com to print out special offers!
2330 W. Colorado Avenue
Open every day for lunch and dinner – Ribs * Beer * Music * Friends – stop by for some Southern hospitality and down-home cookin’, while enjoying the best in local and national blues and bluegrass music on our outdoor patio!
2616 West Colorado Avenue
From the island of Chios, Jake and Telly bring their grandparent’s specialties, sometimes jazzed up with flavors from regions near to their home. An outdoor patio surrounds the restaurant overlooking the bustle of Old Colorado City. With an award-winning wine list, Jake and Telly’s hosts wine dinners monthly as well as other special events. Come for the food; let the atmosphere and the people convince you to return again and again.
1015 W. Colorado Ave.
Have you been to France? Whether or not, this is the place to get a taste of what true French dining is all about. When the weather warms, the outdoor patio is a lovely place to enjoy the evening. The menu features traditional French food, however chef Henri creates special menus for parties or occasions. Check out the *Web*site for menus, current hours and event menus.
7350 Pine Creek Rd.
The Margarita has created some of the tastiest food for over 30 years. The atmosphere is comfortable and intimate. In the summer, live music and movies are showcased on the patio. All the food is made from scratch and as much as possible is purchased from local sources. For dinner, choose from either a three- or five-course prie fixe menu with at least four entrée choices nightly. Call for reservations or check out the *Web*site for menus and information.
602 W. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park
Started as a co-op in 1994, Mountain Naturals became a natural foods store. Located in the Hackman House Holistic Center, choose from a full range of natural/organic foods and supplements. Our customers enjoy low prices and special order opportunities and know that they are supporting local, sustainable food production whenever possible including grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs and produce.
121 South Tejon Street in the Plaza of the Rockies Building
Nosh combines innovative food with inspired surroundings. Whether you’re inside looking at local art or outside on the patio, this is a great place to meet for a drink and a small plate, or combine small plates for a full dinner. You’ll find something for everyone here!
1701-A South 8th Street
Phone: 719) 635-0200
This innovative yet affordable catering company provides delicious food for every type of occasion from upscale events requiring logistical expertise to mouthwatering catered picnics and BBQ. The freshest ingredients and attention to detail make your event special. Additionally, trained staff and professional associates offer cooking classes on a diverse array of topics.
2527 W. Colorado Avenue
One of our newest gems, this is the place to land for true Napoletana-style pizza. As many ingredients as possible are sourced locally or made in-house, like the fresh mozzarella cheese. The wood-fired pizza oven uses no fossil fuels and creates the chewiest, crispiest pizza imaginable. Stroll through Old Colorado City’s shops and end here for dinner. Reservations highly recommended. 2008 Sustainability Award Winner!
St. Francis, Kansas
Phone: 719-473-2306 or 866-866-6328
Ranch Foods Direct is a retail store and meat processing facility created by rancher Mike Callicrate to bring healthful, high quality, naturally tender meats directly to consumers straight from the ranch in an effort to benefit both consumers and ranchers. Their cattle-raising and processing system allows RFD to provide beef with quality and health advantages, no continuous fed antibiotics, more youthful animals at processing, an innovative and distinctive processing technique, and more care and consideration for animals and workers every step of the way. One thing unique about Ranch Foods Direct is that they are not associated with any other gigantic food processor like JBS SWIFT, Cargill or Tyson. That means more of the profits go back to family farmers and ranchers rather than into the coffers of very large multinational corporations.
Produce: Some vegetables available with home service options.
Animal Products: Beef, lamb, bison, pork, poultry, seafood and pet food.
On-Site Farm Stand: No.
Retail Stores: Yes, in Colorado Springs at 2901 N. El Paso St. and online.
CSA: No. But Greenhorn Acres (see farms page) does a drop off at their Colorado Springs location.
Farmers Markets: Yes, at the Denver Urban Homesteading Farmers Market, 200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. See www.denverurbanhomesteading.com
320-324 N. Tejon St.
Nestled within Poor Richard’s Bookstore and next to Little Richard’s Toy Store is this sleek, cozy nook appropriate for business meetings or drinks with friends. They boast tapas and desserts as well as all the offerings from Poor Richard’s Restaurant. Browse the stacks, pick up unique gifts, or listen to live music, all in one locale.
830 Arcturus & South 8th Street
Started as an alternative to conventional grocery stores, Sammy’s carries a full line of food, body and health products for the person who wants to live a little more naturally. Pick up the items to make your own food, or let Sammy’s Deli provide you with the highest quality entrees either as grab-n-go or made-to-order. Sammy’s is a community-minded, family-run business.
323 N. Tejon St.
This breakfast and lunch nook melds into the neighborhood as if it’s been there forever. Breakfast and lunch offer some typical and some innovative options for every palate. However, upon biting into one of the homemade desserts, you may not ever want to leave. Enjoy!
1466 Garden of the Gods
Unique artisan beers created in-house and a host of guest brews make this one of the best locations to enjoy a cool one with friends. The menu complements the beer selections and focuses on food that is accessible, sustainable, and delicious! Top that off with live music or a beer-tasting event and it’s the best place to kick back for a few hours.
25 West Cimmaron Ave.
Award-winning chef/owner Chip Johnson has created a haven for those who want to dine well and feel cozy and cared for. Innovative seasonal menus items, happy hour, and an art gallery that doubles as a great place to host a party make this somewhere to dine on a regular basis.
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