How to Eat Cheap for Restaurant Week

    A guide to taste-testing Colorado Springs' restaurants, old and new, without paying full price.

    restaurant week meals at garden of the gods cafe
    Garden of the Gods Market & Cafe. Photo by John Mortland.

    When you’re trying out a new restaurant, it’s more fun to order a cocktail, an appetizer and a dessert too, but that can get pricey—unless it’s Restaurant Week. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, Visit Colorado Springs (VCOS) and the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association (PPCRA) are hosting Pikes Peak Restaurant Week to encourage the community to try something new without breaking the bank.

    More than 60 restaurants from Monument all the way to Manitou Springs will offer discounted multi-course meals for $15, $30 or $45 per person. Whether you’re getting the deal at your favorite restaurant, or trying a new spot, the deal allows you multiple courses for one price. That means you get to enjoy some combination of a cocktail, appetizer, entrée or dessert.

    In the past, Restaurant Week has catered to couples, with the deals being for two people.

    “For our inaugural partnership year, VCOS and PPCRA set per-person pricing to make the savings more accessible to a larger audience,” says Jane Blazer, Visit Colorado Springs marketing coordinator and PPCRA board member. “We decided to go with single discount menus because we want Pikes Peak Restaurant Week to be enjoyable for everyone, regardless of the party size.”

    Restaurant Week
    Smorbrod. Photo by Brienne Boortz.

    With so many restaurant options, there’s something for everyone. Here are tips to making the most of your Restaurant Week.     

    Pick Someplace New

    Been wanting to try that new hot spot? Now’s your chance. Even if you have a few favorites on the list, this is the perfect time to branch out—or try a spot with food you might not normally eat. Restaurants like Smørbrød or Tapateria might sound intimidating, but their delicious respective Scandinavian and Spanish fare isn’t as scary when you get a deal. Plus, you get to try more than just an entrée. If it’s not your jam, at least you found out for cheap. If you love it, hit it again while the discounts are happening!

    Head for the Opposite Side of Town

    If you live downtown, you may not get out to the east or north-side for a bite to eat, and vice versa. This is the time to explore. Head out of your neighborhood and discover some new or new-to-you eateries all over town. Just to name a few: Till Kitchen and Abby’s Irish Pub are in Briargate. Adam’s Mountain Café and Paravicini’s are on the Westside. And International Poke Company and Atmosphere Gastropub are in Northgate. Hop in the car for a new experience.

    Eat Above Your Paygrade

    Set your frugal foodie free! Multiple courses for $45 is already a steal, but it’s especially great at concepts like Mackenzie’s Chop House or Joseph’s Fine Dining where entrées typically average around $30 on their own, let alone with an appetizer and dessert or cocktail. Restaurant Week allows you to feel like you’re splurging with less of a dent in your wallet.

    Restaurant Week
    Atmosphere Gastropub. Photo by Brienne Boortz.

    Bring a Group

    If you’re sampling new restaurants, it’s more fun to try as many menu items as possible. The more friends you bring, the easier it is to share. And with the deals per person, you don’t have to hunt down an even number of people.

    Use the App To Win

    Don’t miss downloading the Pikes Peak Restaurant Week app. This web-based app is a badge on your home screen like a regular app, but it won’t use up your sacred storage. With it, you can preplan your dining ventures with Restaurant Week menus, and track your stops to enter to win prizes. For every meal you redeem on the app, you’ll be entered to win a bundle of $25 gift cards to restaurants across the city. Four winners will get at least 15 gift cards for $25 each—that’s a $375 value!


    Get Ready to Feast at Pikes Peak Restaurant Week

    Sept. 27 – Oct. 6, 2019

    Get the complete list of participating restaurants and start planning: visitcos.com/restaurant-week


    Restaurants to Visit

    Enjoy these restaurants participating in Restaurant Week. Paid for Listings.

    Colorado Mountain Brewery
    Westside and North / American
    American cuisine with a unique Colorado flair, handcrafted beers, signature cocktails and beautiful mountain views. Dog friendly patio seating available.
    600 S. 21st St. / 110 Interquest Pkwy.
    cmbrew.com

    Edelweiss Restaurant
    Ivywild / German
    For over 50 years this family owned German restaurant has been the consistent spot to find authentic German food and beer.
    34 E. Ramona Ave.
    edelweissrest.com

    Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
    Manitou Springs / Fondue
    Leisurely, romantic, fondue dining and wine bar in historical downtown Manitou Springs featuring signature 4-Course dinner. Voted Springs’ best place to celebrate.
    733 Manitou Ave.
    monalisafondue.com

    Streetcar520
    Downtown / International
    Eclectic small plates and street food, designed to bring an element of unity to groups of diners by promoting the cross sharing of dishes.
    520 S. Tejon St.
    streetcar520.com

     

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