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Old 08-05-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Powers/Dublin
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I wanted to try that Seafood place, but with two young kids...it's hard to eat fine dining. You can still serve up good seafood and be family friendly.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Bump.

Fine dining in Colorado Springs took a huge hit this weekend, as Palapa's Surfside closed its doors on Saturday night. Palapa's seafood was so much better than anything else you could get here, it was almost scary, but they never picked up a strong clientele. Some of that I suspect was due to the Powers/Carefree location. For some reason, the entire Powers corridor seems doomed to chain restaurants rather than fine dining. A bigger reason, I suspect, was that the owners never marketed the place. Next to no advertising at all. Many, many people had never heard of it, even 7 months after they opened.

Very sad.
Wow, that blows and I think you're right about the marketing thing. The wife and I went to Texas Roadhouse on Saturday and that was the first time I had seen or even heard of Palapa's. We made plans to go eat there and try it out next week. I guess not now. For seafood, I guess it's back to Red Lobster or Joe's Crabshack....or going to Denver. BTW, how in the world does the Briargate area lose its Joe's? I mean Saltgrass Steakhouse is all good and everything, but I hate having to go all the way down to the Citadel to get some Joe's Crabshack!
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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I wanted to try that Seafood place, but with two young kids...it's hard to eat fine dining. You can still serve up good seafood and be family friendly.
It was a pricey place; wife and I spent $120.00 for dinner for two. Not sure it was located in the right spot for it's creative, adventurous menu and corresponding prices, i.e., didn't seem to be well suited to an area of young families.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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It was a pricey place; wife and I spent $120.00 for dinner for two.
WOW! I think you're right. Being where it was, I assumed it was in the same price range as everything else on Powers!
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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WOW! I think you're right. Being where it was, I assumed it was in the same price range as everything else on Powers!
No. They had a pris fixe menu. An appetizer, a main course, and a dessert for $40. Some dishes had an "upcharge" which could raise that price a bit. Add drinks and a bottle of wine, and it would get pricey in a hurry. Compared to good restaurants downtown, this was reasonably priced for the fare you were getting, but it was certainly not family night at Red Lobster.

I don't understand why the Powers corridor can't support something that's not a chain. Why do all our decent restaurants have to be downtown?
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Falcon
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I agree that it would have survived better in Briargate or downtown. I ate there once and it was pretty good. I think the Powers corridor is primarily the AF military guys in the area (Peterson/Schriever-ites). That type of restaraunt doesn't really fit in with people who don't have alot of disposable income and/or little free-time.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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Default El Padrino

A new Mexican place, in the commercial corner of North Gate Rd and Voyager Pkwy. A mile east of I-25 at exit 156 (Gleneagle).

I thought the Chile Relleno was the best I've had in a long time. Wife liked her platter too. We'll go back.

Got a good thick HOT salsa for the chips, one that had me coughing and sweating.

Not a fast food joint, but a good sit down eatery. Very reasonable too.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 09-25-2008 at 07:27 PM..
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:47 AM
 
Location: San Angelo, TX
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Just thought I would add my two cents here. The Cliff House is my favorite place to dine; wonderful Chateaubriand and the raspberry soufflé is delicious.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:53 AM
 
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A new Mexican place, in the commercial corner of North Gate Rd and Voyager Pkwy. A mile east of I-25 at exit 156 (Gleneagle).
There's an old place with the same name in Denver (El Padrino) right off I-70 and Federal (the 4700 block). They have a cartoon "godfather" character as their logo. I wonder if they are related? I've noticed that a lot of the long-standing Mexican places in Denver seem to be branching out to the suburbs and beyond.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Does anyone know if New South Wales Australian Restaurant is still open? It's off of Corporate Drive by Zio's
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