Restaurant Week is back, and so are the dining deals. The 2021 Pikes Peak Restaurant Week runs April 9-18, and features 50 local restaurants offering discounted, multicourse meals. The annual event is the perfect time to sample new hot spots or special dishes from old favorites. This year, it’s an especially timely way to support the local restaurant scene that has been hit so hard by the pandemic.
“The kickoff to Restaurant Week represents so much more than amazing food this year,” says Jane Blazer, secretary of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association. “Our first time hosting the event was in 2019, and in 2020 we had to cancel due to the pandemic. We are so excited for our visitors and community to get out and support our incredible, locally-owned restaurants as they continue on the road to recovery.”
Participating restaurants around the Pikes Peak Region offer prix fixe, multicourse menus at one of three pricing tiers: $15, $25 or $35 per person. Guests are able to add the Restaurant Week passport to their mobile device, which shows participating restaurants and Restaurant Week menus. When diners enjoy a meal at each establishment and redeem it on the digital passport, they are entered to win one of four grand prize packages consisting of a $250 gift card to Downtown Colorado Springs. The gift cards can be used at various restaurants, shops and more.
Here are our tips for how to make the most of Restaurant Week.
Pick Someplace New
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, many new hot spots opened in the past year, including Birdcall, White Pie, Homa, Ephemera, Pikes Peak Lager House, Anju Korean Eats, Brakeman’s Burgers and more. Those are all participating in Restaurant Week. Plus you get to sample more than just an entree.
Head Across Town
The local dining scene has always been strong downtown and in Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Now it’s also booming all over town, including Northgate, Interquest and the Powers Corridor. It’s time to explore!
Eat Above Your Paygrade
Have you avoided fine dining restaurants to hold to a budget? Set your frugal foodie free. Restaurant Week delivers multiple course value at the likes of Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Joseph’s Fine Dining, Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, The Warehouse Restaurant, the Mona Lisa and many more elevated menus.
Bring a Group
The more family and friends (vaccinated, of course), the easier it is to share dishes.
Other participating restaurants include Bird Tree Cafe ($15 menu), Front Range Barbeque ($15 menu), Two Suns Café ($15 menu), The Bench ($25 menu), Pizzeria Rustica ($25 menu), TAPAteria ($25 menu), Cerberus Brewing Company ($35 menu), The Bar at Almagre ($35 menu), Uva Wine Bar ($35 menu) and many more.
Get a list of all the restaurants and sign up for Pikes Peak Restaurant Week menus at VisitCOS.com/restaurant-week.