In a quiet area just south of downtown, The Blue Star is one of the most popular eateries in Colorado Springs, and deservedly so. The menu changes monthly, but it always includes filet mignon, fresh fish (flown in daily), pork, and chicken, prepared with a nose for invention. The culinary inspiration comes from Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cultures, but it is ultimately unclassifiable, and in a local class of its own. The restaurant might serve Thai chile beef tips with avocado sorbet one week and beef bourguignon the next. Social and colorful, the bar features sleek wood and metal decor, and walls are adorned with well-lit artwork, whereas the dining room's atmosphere is milder with an open kitchen. Each room serves its own menu: The bar menu is "eating" (lunch and dinner in a social atmosphere), while the main room is serious "dining," dinner only in a more refined space. Blue Star has won Wine Spectator's "Best of" Award of Excellence with its 8,500-bottle cellar since 2003.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010