All Things Bright and Beautiful

By Sandy Dale
   Well, okay, maybe not “all” things, but a great deal more than on the first day of spring last year. As I write this, lots of us have had our shots (or are on a list), some of us have our stimulus checks in hand, and it is a glorious 65-degree day here in Florence. Granted, tomorrow snow is in the forecast, but it is Spring in the Rockies after all. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking a day trip and a nice lunch are in order. For me, I just step out the door and walk down the street to fabulous shopping and – really important – great food. For you, it might require a bit more planning, so I have provided you with a list of our fine dining establishments. However, it is always good to check days closed and current times open. I have provided phone numbers. I can personally recommend almost all of them. (If I can’t recommend them, it’s because I haven’t had a chance to eat there yet.)    What I really enjoy is eating lunch at one restaurant, then having desert and/or coffee at another. And, as they say, “Life is uncertain.” So you might want to start with desert, right? Or, you could have a lovely drive to Florence, have coffee and a tasty treat, shop a bit, have a great lunch, shop a bit more, have a frothy hot drink while discussing what shops you might have missed, visit those, then enjoy the lovely sunset drive home… Or, you might go really crazy and stay for dinner.
   Whatever you decide, come enjoy our cuisine and remember to shop at the great shops that advertise here and all the local merchants in Florence. Remember that Covid restrictions apply. Wear your mask, distance, and if you aren’t well, please come when you are.
Kopper Kettle Restaurant Breakfast and lunch 115 E Main St Opens 8am to 2pm, 719-784-7664 Dine-in, Takeout
The Pour House Coffee Shop Coffee House and Restaurant 117 W Main St Open 8am til 5pm, Tues-Sat, 719-784-7315 Dine-in, Curbside pickup
El Alazan II Mexican 401 E Main St Opens 11AM to 8pm, 719-784-7572 Dine-in, Takeout
Subway Sandwiches 921 E Main St Closes 9pm, 719-784-0338 Dine-in, Takeout
Florence Brewery Brewery/great food trucks occasionally 200 S Pikes Peak Ave Opens 12PM to 10pm, 719-784-7441 Dine-in, Curbside pickup
Domino’s Pizza Pizza Delivery 401 E Main St 10AM to 12am, 719-784-4503 Curbside pickup, No-contact delivery
Cinnamon Shack Cafe Restaurant 116 E Main St Open til 2pm, 719-784-7121 Takeout
Ito Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Sushi plus 114 W Main St, Opens 11:30AM, Tues- Sat 719-784-7556 Dine-in, Curbside pickup
Quincy’s Steak & Spirits Steak, prime rib (check which is being served) 121 W Main St Opens 3:30PM, 719-784-1319 Dine-in, Takeout
Oak Creek Grill & Tavern Restaurant 114 E Main St Opens 10:30AM, 719-784-1999 Dine-in, Takeout
Papa’s Italian Restaurant Italian 132 W Main St Opens 11:30AM, 719-184-7889 Dine-in, Curbside pickup, No-contact delivery
Turmeric Indian & Nepalese Restaurant East Indian 106 W Main St Opens 11 AM, 719-784-7051 Dine-in, Takeout
Jade Cafe Chinese 129 Church Ave Opens 12 PM, 719-784-3888 Dine-in, Curbside pickup
Two Sisters American 104 E Main St Opens til 3pm open again at 5pm, 719-784-4090 Dine-in, Takeout
Big D Superfoods Grocery store great deli 1100 E Main St (719) 784-3066 Carry out
   *Remember: You can have a “takeout” picnic at our beautiful Pioneer Park.

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