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Rocky Mountain Food Tours, formerly Colorado Springs Food Tours, was started by Samantha Wood six years ago. The weekly downtown food tour focuses on the quality and variety of the dozens of eateries clustered in the city’s vibrant core.


Rocky Mountain Food Tours, formerly Colorado Springs Food Tours, was started by Samantha Wood six years ago. The weekly downtown food tour focuses on the quality and variety of the dozens of eateries clustered in the city’s vibrant core.

Each weekend the itinerary changes. Wood works with restaurant staff to select the menu including a drink pairing that complements the chosen dish.

A recent tour began at the Antlers Hotel with a short history lesson giving the group a glimpse into Colorado Springs past. Next stop: Bonny & Read, a newly opened seafood joint owned by food entrepreneur Joe Campana. Local artist, Phil Lear, executed half a dozen large-scale paintings depicting the infamous seventeenth-century pirates to decorate the walls of the airy, high-ceilinged space. Seafood ceviche was served, paired with a blood orange and vodka concoction.

From Bonny & Read’s it was a short walk down Tejon Street to Jack Quinn’s Irish bar, a downtown stalwart since 1998. On the menu: Irish nachos with corned beef and sausage skewers with warm pretzels, served with an apricot ale. Irish nachos? Apricot ale? Who knew!

Back on Tejon, the group headed north to Odyssey, a cozy gastropub half a block from Acacia Park. Cups of the house gazpacho were served, a complex concoction that
included watermelon, jalapeno chilies, cucumbers and a vegetable broth. It was pleasingly paired with a muddled cucumber drink made with organic cucumber vodka.

A few blocks south at the Famous Steakhouse tour participants were served a generous portion of ribeye with a veal reduction, stick fries, and a spring mix garnish. Paired with an Italian red wine, it made a fine main course, traditional steakhouse fare that contrasted pleasingly with the first three stops on the tour.

Last stop: the Rabbit Hole. Located in the rock-walled basement of a 19th-century building, the street entrance is patterned after a stop on the Paris Metro. Like B & R’s, this Joe Campana-owned hideout features paintings by local artists, mostly inspired by Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The Rabbit Hole offers a full menu and a wide variety of desserts, including the homemade carrot cake that finished the tour.

Rocky Mountain Food Tours also offers brewery tours and other specialty tours. Restaurant selections and dishes change weekly.

For more information or to book a tour, go to Rocky Mountain Food Tours at www.rockymountainfoodtours.com.