5 Places You Should Eat After The APEX

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Are you from outside of Colorado Springs and looking for some great places to eat after riding the Pikes Peak APEX?  Or, are you already a local and interested in some places you may not have visited yet?  Whatever the case, check out our recommendations below and let us know what you think! 

We're not food critics, but we know good food when we taste it. These are some of our locally-owned favorites. If you're a beer lover, don't worry that we didn't include breweries. We're saving that until next time. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, chew on this!

Skirted Heifer

This downtown burger joint is a must-stop for burger lovers as it has won “best burger” six years running from BOTH Colorado Springs newspapers.  Build your own or try their “Burger of the week” for some of their ideas.  They have a simple menu and were featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.  Inside Tip: add a side of sweet potato fries to the #3—it’s Guy Fieri’s favorite as well.

Urban Egg

Formerly called Over Easy, this brunch spot is owned by the same family that started Salsa Brava and Sontera Grill.  There are several locations in the area, but all of them serve up one of the best breakfasts you will have in town.  Serving everything from your traditional egg breakfast to pancakes to breakfast burritos to avocado toast, there is something for the whole family here. They pride themselves on sourcing Colorado ingredients as much as they can and supporting multiple local charities.  Inside Tip: For a lighter option, try the Breakfast Quinoa—it’s organic, gluten-free and vegan.  We promise you will be surprised.

Odyssey Gastropub

This spot on the north side of downtown has a great food menu and a fantastic drink selection to boot.  They have both indoor and outdoor seating and some really cool “table art” on the inside.  The menu is a wide range of classics with sandwiches, salads, and an array of entrees.  Some of the sharable sides are big enough for a meal, but great to share with the table.  Come during Happy Hour for the Bar Nibs and pork green chili cheese fries.  Inside Tip: Chicken and Waffles with a side of Crispy Brussels.  Trust us.

Garden of the Gods Market and Café

Holy smokes this place is good.  Close to the mountain biking on the west side of town, this is another brunch-focused restaurant with a market/bakery to grab stuff to go.  They also offer cooking classes and chef-hosted dinners if you want to go all out.   This group owns a few different restaurants in town and almost everything is made in-house.  From burgers to huevos rancheros to donut holes, you can’t go wrong with anything on this menu.  Inside Tip: For a hearty post-ride lunch, go ahead and spring for the Mountain Man Hash with the house-smoked pork and green chili.  

Coquette’s Bistro

This place is 100% gluten-free, but you would never know it if no one told you.  They have one of the best gluten-free bakeries in town attached to their bistro and a wide range of food including pizza, sandwiches, and Italian specialties.  They have a full bar and they serve brunch, lunch and dinner.  Enjoy their fireplace inside on cool evenings or their spacious patio outside on the warmer days.  Inside Tip: Order some of their cupcakes to go—you (and your gluten-free friends) won’t be upset.