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For years, the only thing we ever stopped for in Woodland Park en route to the
mountains from Colorado Springs was donuts. That’s changed. Now we stop at
Joanie’s Mountain Gourmet Deli.

We’ve been three times in the past few months: lunch-to-go, a snack-for-the-road,
and a hot breakfast after a cold morning searching for a Charlie Brown Christmas
tree. All experiences were tasty and presented challenges because of the plentiful

Lunch is typical deli fare and more. Menu items include fresh salads, sandwiches
(cold, hot, grilled, wrapped) and freshly-made soups. I ordered Joanie’s Veggie,
awrap with hummus, tomato, cukes, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers.
I’m a pushover for those ingredients. Tangy, smooth hummus was the star, a
perfect complement to the vegies. My husband ordered the Oven Gold Turkey on
sourdough and had little to say: he was too busy eating.

A pastry case features in-house baked goods, which was the impetus for the second
visit: we left with a cream cheese cherry croissant and a mega peanut butter

Recently, my husband tried the biscuits and gravy, which, in general, needs a
makeover, not for its taste but the way it looks. The thick gravy has a subtle kick.
I had the roast beef, roasted red pepper and provolone quiche. The flavors woke
up the silky egg custard and flakey crust.

The food is good, fresh; and service is exuberant. The only visible downside is that
Joanie’s closes at 3 p.m.; so plan those drives west accordingly.

Four Plates
110 E U.S. Highway 24
Woodland Park, CO


Posted December 22, 2011 by bluepagespecial in Restaurants

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