Having spent an enormous amount of time working and playing in Colorado, I’ve been fortunate to eat at some of the best restaurants, bars, and trucks around. I’d love to share some of my favorite places with you! First up, a recycled post from an old blog of mine: Jack Quinn’s in Downtown Colorado Springs.
Walk into Jack Quinn’s Irish Alehouse & Pub and you get just what you expect – a friendly staff, hearty food, and a cozy place to meet up with friends and family. Although the lights are low and the wood is dark, the ambiance in general is welcoming. With stained-glass booths, a solid wooden bar, and plenty of benches and tables, Jack Quinn’s is clearly a place designed for socializing. We like to invite our families and try to snag a booth; the high walls make it a little more intimate which is perfect for catching up after a long day.
In terms of food, while we’ve never had a bad meal, we definitely have our go-to favorites.
– Irish Nachos: Although this item is on the appetizer list, don’t let that fool you. This is one huge dish! House-made potato crisps, tender yukon potato chunks, and corned beef all topped with cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of green onions. Served on the side are sour cream, and my favorite, Mary Rose sauce, a sweet, creamy dip that goes perfectly with just about everything.
– Alehouse Fish and Chips: You can’t go to a pub without having fish and chips! Always crispy, never soggy, Jack Quinn’s traditional dish has always been up to par. The beer batter they use is amazing – just thick enough, but not too thick at to seem like you’re eating a soggy pancake (this has happened to me before at other places) with just the right amount of seasoning. Served up with chips and coleslaw, you really can’t go wrong here. And of course, make sure to get extra Mary Rose sauce for dipping!
– Bangers & Mash: Yes, the imported Irish sausages are delicious, but what makes this dish a favorite are actually the caramelized onions and sauteed veggies that they serve on the side. Mix up some of those babies in the creamy, buttery mashed potatoes and you’ve got yourself quite the flavor explosion. In fact, in my opinion, this dish really is best when all mixed up and eaten at once. Next time you’re in, spread some of the veggie-potato mix onto a bit of your sausage and tell me I’m wrong.
All of these picks may be on the heavier side, but they are definitely worth the splurge. However, Jack Quinn’s also has lighter fare as well. I have personally have had the Grilled Chicken and Portabello salad which I really enjoyed. The basil pesto dressing was really delicious!