Here’s a list of our favorite bites from their soft opening preview.
Restaurants in downtown Colorado Springs are embracing a new era of food that prioritizes quality ingredients from local purveyors, a rotating seasonal menu, and modern twists on classic recipes. We’re also seeing drink menus expand as they feature any and everything Colorado brewed, fermented, or distilled.
Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social is the newest champion of this more conscientious approach to food. This hip and approachable restaurant opened to the public earlier this week, replacing the now defunct Ritz Grill.
We got a sneak peak into their renovated space and freshly crafted menu during their soft opening preview, and boy did we have some tasty food! We also got to meet Executive Chef Mario Vasquez, who crafted some of the menu from family recipes.
Here’s what we loved:
Stewed Kabocha Squash – This dish was beautifully presented. It was fairly sweet with a honey-like glaze and came mixed with mint, toasted pepitas, Parmesan cheese, and a little kick from Aleppo Chile flakes. We heard from our server that this will likely be a seasonal item, so make sure you get it soon if you love squash like us!
Pork Green Chili – By far our favorite part of the meal, Chef Mario revealed that this traditional soup made with ground pork and our famous local Pueblo green chilies is a family recipe. It was topped with green onions and a little bit of queso fresco. Our only wish is that the bowl was bigger!
Pork Pozole – Another traditional Mexican dish we had to try as nothing is better than hearty pozole on a chilly winter day. The oversized bowl was chalked full of hominy, radishes, cabbage, lime, and of course large chunks of pork.
Hot Chicken Sandwich – This thing was huge! Toppling over a toasted bun was a large buttermilk fried chicken breast, their apple cabbage slaw, pickles, and southern-style comeback sauce. We especially enjoyed the crispy fried potato wedges!
Homemade Lemon Cheesecake – Samantha is a sucker for anything lemon, so we jumped at the chance to try to their homemade lemon cheesecake. It came drizzled with lemon curd and a fried lemon slice and was oh-so-creamy. Love!
Colorado Craft Tejon Street Social is now open to the public and we encourage you to check it out yourself! Their address is 15 S. Tejon Street.
When we return (that’s a when, not an if!), we look forward to trying the Baby Beet Salad with orange cumin dressing, Craft Poutine made with mushroom gravy, and the Corner Post Cubano.
Cheers, Your Rocky Mountain Food Tours Team