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: Crystal Park Cantina goes beyond the usual south-of-the-border greatest hits

    Yesterday

    Crystal Park Cantina is exactly what a neighborhood restaurant should be: easy to get to, fun and lively with flavorful and freshly prepared dishes. This makes the rare missteps easy to forgive. Full disclosure: I'm a Cantina fan. I've appreciated being greeted by the owners, who...

  • Dining review: Sunbird Mountain Grill & Tavern showing its age in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    The Sunbird Mountain Grill & Tavern is showing its age, which is more weary than wise. For more than 40 years, the Sunbird has offered diners a front-row seat to the city's growth. The breathtaking view overlooks Interstate 25 to the south with Cheyenne Mountain as a focal point....

  • Dining Review: Dog Haus boasts 'absolute würst'

    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    If hot dogs evoke only images of backyard barbecues, campfires and sports venues, then it's time to visit Dog Haus Biergarten for a different perspective. The Pasadena, Calif.-based chain earns kudos for high-quality ingredients and the imaginative names of its menu offerings....

  • Dining review: Happy slurping at Rooster's House of Ramen in downtown Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Slurping in a noodle shop is like smiling in front of a camera; it's expected. Although the din at Rooster's House of Ramen obscures any noisy gulps, you know they're happening. They're minimized by good, loud music and conversation. The sound levels don't matter much, as Rooster's...

  • Dining review: Tableside meal prep makes Pepper Tree special - as does the view of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    The Pepper Tree Restaurant has a dining room with a view, but the real spectacle occurs at the table. This venerable establishment recently was named among the 100 most scenic restaurants in America for 2017 by Open Table, the online reservation service. Downtown Colorado Springs and...

  • Dining review: Keep rockin', Rocco's, for classic Italian

    Updated: Thu, Sep 7, 2017

    A tune comparing love to the moon and a pizza pie is like Rocco's Italian Restaurant: It's a classic. I haven't dined here in a long time, but it's been part of the local dining scene since 1982 in the same strip mall at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard. Only now it's a few doors...

  • N3 Taphouse brings new menu to Old Colorado City

    Updated: Wed, Aug 23, 2017

    N3 Taphouse is a restaurant/bar in an old fire station where the flames in the kitchen are well under control. Long past its days as a city firehouse, the unassuming two-story brick building on West Colorado Avenue has, through the years, either accommodated or been considered for...

  • Dining Review: Home-cooked Mexican food like a warm embrace north of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Arlene's Beans Mexican Take-out and Catering is a hole-in-the-wall joint. Trust me, the description is meant as a term of endearment because Arlene's is a warm, friendly place with authentic, mouthwatering Mexican food. The nondescript exterior belies the attention to detail in the...

  • Dining Review: Ambiance proves addictive at Manitou coffee shop, cafe

    Updated: Thu, Aug 10, 2017

    The vibe at Red Dog Coffee and Cafe is as arty and friendly as Manitou Springs in general. The menu consists of sandwiches, a few salads, a daily quiche and an array of baked goods. What we sampled was fine but not at the top of the best-ever category. This might not be the place...

  • Dining Review: 'Four' means more with Brother Luck in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Fri, Aug 4, 2017

    If there's a Brother Luck Fan Club, count me in. I'm a groupie, I admit it. Like others, I've followed him around town from one restaurant to another as he's broadened his culinary repertoire, progressively expanding the menu, dining areas and kitchen with each successive move....

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