Yes, I am a foodie. Want to know how I know? When I go out to eat and my plate is placed before me…I forget to take a photo of my plate to show you just how yummy it looks. I’m too busy eating said food. Ugh ?
MacKenzie’s is our celebration spot. There are few places in Colorado Springs that I can eat more than a salad (and then only if I bring my own dressing), and even fewer that have the proper ambiance. Most are noisy and we come home smelling like whatever they specialize in. Not what you want after a night of celebrating.
MacKenzie’s Chop house sets the perfect tone. Conversations are muted thanks to the dark wood walls, and thick leather seats. While they have out door patio seating, their smoking area, and a bar area, when you enter the restaurant seating area the hubbub dies to a murmur.
You feel like you are the only ones there, most of the time, tucked into your area enjoying your time with friends and family. The servers are very professional, taking care of you but not intruding on your time with your guests. And the food…well, it’s so good you forget to take pictures for posterity.
While I don’t mind an adult beverage from time to time, I’m not big on drinking when we eat out. I like the good stuff and that means a high bill at the end of the evening. I would much rather spend the money on the food than booze, because believe me their steaks, and their salmon are amazing!
However, I have it on good authority, their drinks are amazing! Hubby got a couple of different martini like drinks when we celebrated him finishing his MBA, and said they were wonderful and you got a good amount for the price.
Now stop me if you’ve heard this before…
Hi, I have food allergies, I’m allergic to ____… and from then on, it’s one trip after another to the kitchen for the wait staff to ensure you don’t have grounds to sue them at the end of your meal. No one wants an ambulance crew disrupting their guests dinner.
I have found a few tips that make it easier for me. Instead of starting off with the above, I look at the menu while waiting for my water or tea or whatever I’m drinking with my meal, then I pick 2-3 things I want to eat. So when the wait staff return with my beverage I tell them about my allergy and give them my choices to check with the Chef.
I have heard of cards you can get from your allergist with a list of things you can’t have: corn, peas, peanuts…etc, but since my soy allergy encompasses more than the usual soy products (Soy sauce, edamame) my allergist hasn’t offered me one. Plus when soy is in everything…mayonnaise, margarine, flavor mixes, thickening agents, face creams…even ice cream, it wouldn’t be a card I could easily put in my wallet.
Picking out a few things to focus on has helped me tremendously. I typically ran into one of two scenarios. I either could have my pick of anything on the menu; something that was very overwhelming when you are accustomed to only having salad as an option. Or I was only allowed a salad, or something on the grill.
By picking two or three things to focus on, keeping in mind what I can usually choose from, it keeps me from being overwhelmed by tons of choices. And typically I pick something that can easily be altered and made soy free to order.
Anyway, back to the food. On this occasion, a night out with our daughter celebrating her making it through some tough testing so she has options where furthering her education goes, I got their Roasted Salmon. And I loved every mouth watering, buttery, bite.
Our daughter got the New York Strip, and hubby got their tortellini (which is unusual, he’s very much a steak and potato man) but he said the tortellini was wonderful and just what his tummy was wanting.
I would highly recommend them for your next special night out. Check them out online, and enjoy the step back in time – oh, and the food too, only try to get photos of it, and send them to me here.