Colorado Trip: Adam’s Mountain Cafe

A gustatory highlights of our recent trip to Colorado was a dinner at Adam’s Mountain Cafe in Manitou Springs. I had never been there before, and alas, I learned that I missed out on a fabulous restaurant for 22 years of life in Colorado Springs. Sad.

The occasion of the dinner was my parents’ 28th anniversary. We were lucky to get a spot on the patio to enjoy the lovely mountain air and the interesting folks strolling through Manitou.

We started the meal by ordering a nice Colorado wine, Two Rivers merlot, if I recall correctly. The waitress checked everyone’s IDs. I guess my parents could pass for a very mature 20?

hot and sour soup

Yusuke and Mom started with an interesting hot and sour soup that had shitake mushrooms.

Laoation lettuce wraps

Next came Laoation lettuce wraps, which we assembled at the table: “curried peanuts, rice noodles, fresh mint, fresh cilantro, carrots, lemongrass, bean sprouts and cooked tofu marinated in garlic, ginger, shallots and tamari and tamarind.” The sauce was quite spicy, and I rather overloaded Dad’s. Oops. He nearly had smoke coming out his ears.

Maki and Japanese salad


For the main course, Mom chose vegetable maki rolls and a Japanese salad. I can’t remember the exact components and it doesn’t seem to be listed on the online menu, but it also included shitake.

Senegalese veggies

Dad and Yusuke both ordered the Senegalese vegetables, though the former had brown rice and the latter had udon. The veggies (“snow peas, carrots, onions, celery, cauliflower and potatoes, finished with currants, scallions and toasted almonds”) had a rich ginger-peanut sauce. They both chose the option of sesame-encrusted tofu as well, which I doubt is typical in Senegal but tasty nonetheless.

Tibetan veggies


I selected the Tibetan vegetables: “Sauteed Snow Peas, Carrots, Celery, Onions, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Cauliflower, fresh Ginger and Garlic served over choice of brown Rice or Udon Noodles finished with tamari roasted cashews and pea shoots.” I chose brown rice and added tempeh. The dish was fabulously wonderful, although they went too heavy on the cashews.

Peach and bing cherry cobbler


Last was a dessert shared four ways: peach and bing cherry cobbler.

So: if you’re ever in Manitou Springs, go to Adam’s Mountain Cafe.

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