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Steaks and Ants   Leave a comment

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Normally, ants don’t garner much attention, but one dashing across a table where I’ve just finished eating is disconcerting. Ants are for picnics, not restaurants, except, apparently, at the Stagecoach Inn.

The Stagecoach in Manitou Springs is one of those places I walk or drive past more times than I can count. It has a steady stream of diners coming and going; in the summer, the patio, which faces Manitou Avenue, is always filled. There must be some explanation for its longevity. Yet, it’d been years, many years, since I last ate there; I decided it was time to give it another try.

The unwieldy, Western-themed menu, with photos of the food and brief descriptions, features steaks, chicken and fish. We started with Caesar Salads, full of more withered pieces of Romaine than I like.
I opted for the Black and Bleu Steak, sirloin with a blackened crust, comprised mostly of pepper, sea salt and thyme, then topped with bleu cheese crumbles. I always order medium rare. The dead center of the cut was perfectly cooked, but the rest of the steak was overdone. My husband’s New York Strip was fine and he enjoyed the onion rings as much as I liked the baked potato: more than the meat.

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We ordered dessert: bland cherry cobbler topped with mushy oat topping. Then came the ant.

My husband and I jokingly argued whether it was 20 or 25 years since our last visit; we agreed we can wait that long again before returning again – if ever.

Stagecoach Inn
Two Plates
702 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO

Carnivore’s Carnival   3 comments

For some reason quality isn’t the only thing I associate with price, it’s also ambiance.
So I was surprised by the tony Famous Steak House where red meat reigns amid
a stylish but noisy dining room.

My friends and I had been anxious to try The Famous, and Restaurant Week literal-
ly afforded us the perfect opportunity. For $50 per couple, choices included the Caesar
salad or iceberg wedge with blue cheese; filet, ribeye or salmon; and cheesecake or
chocolate torte. The regular price of the filet is $38, so this was quite the deal.

The place was packed, which was most obvious from the sound level. I would not
choose this restaurant for a romantic evening. Although I did see a couple enjoying
their evening together – based on their proximity to one another in their circular
leather booth. I tried not stare, but since we were seated facing them, in a similar
booth, they were in my direct line of vision.

The iceberg wedge was almost a meal in itself. This, our server said, is a perfect salad
for blue cheese lovers; it was. Three of us ordered the filet and we all agreed it was
cooked very well but wasn’t fork-tender. Our odd-man-out ordered the ribeye and
was disappointed because it lacked the heartiness he associates with the cut.

The creamy cheesecake was perfect to end the meal, but we had to walk down the
street to a wine bar afterward to be able to hear each other talk.

The Famous Steak House
Three Plates
31 N. Tejon
Colorado Springs, CO