Robin Intemann

Robin Intemann is a freelance writer. She loves to dine out and pens the majority of The Gazette’s dining reviews.
  • Dining Review: Hits and misses at Bistro on 2nd

    Updated: Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    I expected The Bistro on 2nd to hit home runs. Instead there was a strikeout, a double and three walks. This Monument eatery's lineup features some eclectic entrees, ranging from schnitzel to pasta, pepper steak to liver and onions. After perusing the menu and dinner specials, we...

  • Dining Review: Classic diner fare — with big servings — at Shopper's Grill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    When it comes to American culture, right up there with baseball and apple pie is the diner: the greasy spoon with its limited menu, small space and, often, big following. This is what makes my introduction to Shopper's Grill so ironic. I first heard about it in Sicily. In one of...

  • Dining Review: Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at La Unica

    Updated: Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    I'm impressed when a restaurant has such a following that many customers are greeted by name. Such is the case at La Unica. Everyone, obvious newbies and longtime regulars, was warmly met by owner. She knew more than names. She asked about family members and when taking orders asked...

  • Dining Review: Colorado Smokehouse tiny in size, big in smoked meaty taste

    Updated: Sun, Mar 26, 2017

    The distinct scent of smoked meats was missing the day I visited Colorado Smokehouse in Fountain. The two smokers weren't in operation, so there were no wafts of meats slowly cooking over hardwood. The distinct fragrance usually serves as a tempting prelude to a barbecue meal. I...

  • Dining Review: Toast or Not Toast? Loyal Coffee's menu lets you choose

    Updated: Wed, Mar 15, 2017

    Loyal Coffee offers more than a cuppa Joe. With a limited food menu, an array of alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages, teas, a cool vibe and industrial chic décor, and, of course, coffee, Loyal is an exciting discovery. Attention to detail is evident from the flooring to the exposed...

  • Dining review: Flatiron's American Bar & Grill boasts large menu, family-friendly prices

    Updated: Wed, Mar 8, 2017

    Flatiron's American Bar & Grill has so many menu items that it feels like a variety show with too many acts. Yes, there is something for everybody, but that doesn't necessarily make the place a winner. Nonetheless, this is a popular place, at least based on the night of our...

  • Dining Review: For the love of pi; eatery's fare a homage to the popular food

    Updated: Thu, Mar 2, 2017

    Math isn't my thing, but I'm still intrigued by pi, the number that starts with 3.14., because it relates so well to pie, the pastry. Apparently, 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar owner Carma Barr, felt the same way - at least about pies. She gave up her career with the Department of...

  • Dining Review: Finding upscale Mexican worth every cent in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Feb 16, 2017

    You bet tacos, tamales and enchiladas are available at La Cava Fine Mexican Cuisine, but these are upscale versions - as are most of the dishes associated with south-of-the border cuisine. This is what puts La Cava in a league of its own. You pay for the privilege, but it's worth every...

  • Dining review: Fine service, date-night dining at Mackenzie's Chop House

    Updated: Thu, Feb 9, 2017

    Swordfish and pork chops and steak, oh my! It's no surprise that there's more to MacKenzie's Chop House than beef, but it sure makes it difficult deciding on an entree. With a variety of meat cuts identified as house specialties, it might be easy to overlook the other possibilities,...

  • Dining Review: King's Chef Diner tempts you to join the Clean Plate Club

    Updated: Fri, Feb 3, 2017

    Eating at King's Chef Diner involves two things: cold hard cash and a robust appetite. The former is a mandate and the latter is implied. This Colorado Springs landmark diner is adorned with signs and plaques boasting local and national recognition. It's not unusual for lines to...

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