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Review by galamso for Dale Street Café




I am going to review the whole restaurant so stick with me. Let's say this immediately, we really enjoyed the place. Tonight we went to Dale Street Cafe located at 115 E Dale Street in Colorado Springs. First, the parking on the road seemed pretty plentiful. As we walked up to the fine dining restaurant, we all thought we were in the wrong neighborhood. The restaurant is a bit higher class then the homes around it. The patio out side had about 4 tables. Being February, it was to chilly to sit outside but I would have loved to if weather allowed. As we walked in, we were greeted at the small, quaint bar outside the dining area. The staff was very friendly. Our waitress was the only wait staff working all the tables and she handled it very very well. She kept up with everything and stayed positive and cheering. My biggest complaint was this; the menu was not updated. The two items that my wife, the birthday-girl, picked were no longer on the menu. This should have been covered up on the menu, or discussed as soon as the menu was provided. With that said, the food was delicious. We started with "The Show" Cav Sauv 2006. It was great. A mellow but sturdy red. At 8 dollars a glass, or 38 a bottle, it was a reasonably priced wine. I would have suggested to our wait staff to allow us to taste it before putting on the table. And once accepted, the glasses should have been filled. Our starters were: Artichoke dip, homemade toast triangles, and vegetables, Lemon Shrimp with a fantastic Chilpotle aioli, and red pepper hummus, and last, fresh mozzerella with a sweet balsamic with toast triagles, tapenade, and hummus. The Chilpotle aioli was a stand out success. The only thing that rivaled this was the tapenade which is made by the chef in-house. One would think it is easy to make ground olives, but they always seem way to salty. This was incredible. I could have just eaten appetizers and left happy. Our mains were the Steak with roasted Green Beans and Rice, tender pork cutlets on a roasted red pepper and mango puree, topped with sauteed spinach and red onions, served with spinach parmesan rice, and last the chicken alfredo. We also each had a cup of onion soup. Highlights, the onion soup is to die for. I would have put a bit more cheese on the top, but the main beefy broth was awesome. So rich, without the heavy salt you get on a lot of broths. The steak was a good steak and cooked very well. For the price of the steak, it was a bit tough. I am not sure I would blame the chef on this one though. We enjoyed the roasted green beans. Crisp and buttery in all the right ways. The Pork with the mango and red pepper sauce was the best thing we ate. Fantastic! There is always a worry with a mango and red pepper puree that the acid would not finish well. It did. I was blown away by this sauce. The rice was just ok. It was a bit light on the parmesean. To be honest, a good rice, but I tasted no parmesean. It actually was a good long grain white and wild rice mixture. Tasty. Desserts. Bang Boom...fireworks. We had the Chocolate Mousse Cake, Lemon Cheesecake, Bread Pudding with whiskey sauce, and the best Creme Brulee I have every had. As any chef or foodie will tell you, a basic egg, a great broth, and a creamy brulee are the signs of a good or bad chef. Our chef managed to nail every one of those. Well done. So, with all that said, I would go back to Dales again and again. I do not want my comments to stop anyone from going to enjoying one of the best menus I have seen in downtown Springs. I am pretty critical of the food and I would rate this menu and chef very highly. Staff, great. Menu, great. Decor, great. I really enjoyed our dinner and look forward to taking my family back soon. An excellent fine dining experience with a reasonable price meal. Starters ran about $10, Entrees ran roughly $20, and dessert ran about 8-10 per. Personal note: I hate coupons! They are never honored, and always argued about. This establishment took two coupons and honored them both without question. I respect a business that honors what they advertise. Unfortunately, in these trying times, they rarely do.

115 E. Dale

Colorado Springs, CO


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