Fine dining in Castle Rock Colorado? Castle Rock hasn't achieved a reputation as a Colorado diner's paradise, but just as the namesake of the town stands out to the visitor, so does Angie's Cafe stand out to the diner, in downtown Castle Rock. Bottom line? Angie's is a good place to eat!
As with all of my reviews, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
The description of downtown Castle Rock, Colorado, may be stretching the description of downtown a bit, but if you're looking for a restaurant populated by the locals of Castle Rock, Angie's, located at 201 4th St., would be a good choice for you. Today, Friday September 09, 2005, we were visiting the area and chose to enjoy lunch at Angie's Restaurant, with our friends Jim and Shirley.
Photo: Angie's is located at 4th and Jerry Streets, in upscale Castle Rock, Colorado.
Photo: As you walk into the restaurant, you're greeted with a friendly menu board that lists the specials of the day.
Angie's would not be the place that a world traveler would normally pencil on their agenda, as it is the kind of restaurant that is frequented by locals, and very few tourists. However, we were visiting family friends Jim and Shirley Cox, of Castle Rock, and when they mentioned that Angie's would be a good place to go for lunch, we jumped at the chance.
Photo: Did I say that Angie's features a complete bar?
Photo: Just a few of the many art deco radios featured at Angie's adorn the shelves that line the perimeter of the restaurant at the ceiling. Note the hospital doors below the shelves. Truly unique!
As you walk inside Angie's you'll notice the unique decor, as the place is decorated with many old radios, mostly from the art deco era of the 1930's to the 1950's, and hospital doors acquired from a 1950's-era, now defunct Denver-area hospital. There are shelves on the walls near the ceiling, lined with the most complete assortment of art deco radios that I've ever seen. I asked the owner of Angie's, Mike, about the radios and he said that his father had started collecting the radios and he just followed in his father's footsteps. When the collection outgrew the space he had at home, he just started decorating his business with radios. According to Mike, many of the radios actually work, although some of theme haven't been turned on for many years. Naturally, Mike is a "ham" radio operator, but I neglected to acquire his callsign.
Photo: Our friendly waitress, Ann, places Jim's plate of spaghetti on the table, as Sharlene and Shirley look on. Me... I have camera duties.
Photo: The table is set, we have our lunches, including bread and beer, and now it's time to enjoy a delicious mal at Angie's Restaurant.
Angie's features a varied menu, and their menu truly features something for every taste. They have a smattering of many common cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, American, and many favorites unique to Colorado. Prices are reasonable, and quantities are more than ample.
After we selected a booth, our smiling and friendly waitress, Ann, brought us a basket of fresh, delicious bread that's made in-house. Then the menus, oh boy!, talk about a tough decision about what to select for lunch, as it's that interesting and varied! Shirley and I selected a Mexican salad, which seemed like an excellent choice for lunch, Sharlene and a fajita salad, and Jim chose spaghetti and meatballs. While we were waiting for our food to arrive, all of us contented ourselves with pleasant conversation, ate the delicious bread, and washed all of it down with a few drinks. Naturally I had my favorite "Colorado Kool-Aid," an icy-cold Coors beer, served in a frosty mug.
Photo: Sharlene chose a fajita salad, which she's beginning to enjoy. Note the bottle of Coors beer on the table, which is brewed in Colorado, and seems to be the state drink of Colorado.
Photo: Our friend Shirley and I chose identical lunches: Mexican salad. Delicious! Note the fresh, in-house made guacamole on the side, which really made for a delicious side. At Angie's Restaurant, no cans are used, as everything is made fresh, in-house.
Photo: Jim enjoys a lunch of spaghetti and meatballs. I think the combination of Mexican and Italian is quite interesting, and rather unique. I have to admit that I've never really experienced anything like it before.
The presentation of our food was very attractive, the food was fresh and prepared "just right," and the attention to detail was quite apparent. Our waitress was friendly, the service was excellent, but not aggressive and the whole atmosphere of the place could be described as Castle Rock-local, "homey" or uniquely central Colorado.
Outstanding food, great service, unique decor and a "Colorado atmosphere" combine to make Angie's an outstanding place to eat. Next time you visit Castle Rock's upscale downtown, visit Angie's for an excellent dining experience.
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