There's nothing quite like a meatball sub from Leon Gessi's, serving Colorado Springs since 1974 at the corner of Palmer Park and Union. The fresh bread is packed with homemade, tender sliced meatballs and topped with sauce and mozzarella cheese. We added a fresh house salad. They have a variety of great menu items, including some awesome New York style pizzas. 1806 Palmer Park Blvd. 719-635-1542 leongessipizza.com
Carlos Miguel'sin Country Club Corners (Broadmoor area) has been a regular hang out for some of my dearest friends and I for a number of years now. So much so that some of the wait staff know what we want before we even look at the menu. Tonight was an exception, however. Instead of my usual, Pollo en Mole – grilled chicken breast seasoned with Mexico’s favorite blend of assorted seeds, peanuts, chilies, raisins and chocolate, I chose the Carne Asada – tender rib eye steak grilled with special seasonings, served with shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, Mexican rice, and refried beans; garnished with a fried jalapeño pepper and green onion. It was an excellent choice! Afterwards we had warm Sopapillas, lightly fried pastries sweetened with sugar and cinnamon, served with whipped cream and honey. Though we sometimes try other places, Carlos Miguel's remains one of our favorites. This location also has a great outdoor patio.
Today I met with a local businessman for lunch at the Heart Of Jerusalem Cafe at Centennial and Fillmore, the newest of three Colorado Springs locations owned and operated by the Abukhdeir family, serving fine Middle Eastern Cuisine since 2007. The Ultimate Platter was delicious, and included Beef, Lamb, and Chicken marinated in authentic spices imported from Jerusalem served on a bed of lettuce. The platter ($10) also included grilled Za'atar Pita Bread, Hummus, Greek Salad, and Gazaziki Sauce. To top off an already great lunch, they offered us a complimentary piece of homemade Baklava, a rich but light pastry made with layers of phyllo dough, filled with chopped walnuts and almonds, sweetened with honey and topped with pistachios. It's by far the best Baklava I've ever tasted!