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Hale and Hearty

Soups and Stews

Thick and creamy, the Margarita’s Butternut Squash Soup, is the perfect antidote for winter.

Thick and creamy, the Margarita’s Butternut Squash Soup, is the perfect antidote for winter.

Baby, it’s cold outside! But don’t despair. Chill-chasing, soul-satisfying soups and stews are just minutes away. So bundle up as we take you to two lively downtown pubs and a cozy oasis nestled in ponderosa pines. Your carriage awaits!

The Margarita at Pine Creek

When the Margarita first opened in 1969, it was a Mexican Import Shop and Art Gallery in Pati Burleson’s grandmother’s house. Burleson so loved her grandmother’s soups that she decided to serve them. 

“The soups became silly popular,” Burleson says.

So she and her husband opened the cozy, nook-filled restaurant her customers have come to know and love. 

One of Burleson’s first soups was her grandmother’s Split Pea and Ham. Chef Cathy Werle describes it as a “warm hug.”

The Butternut Squash Soup is another favorite. “Creamy and smooth,” Burleson says, “it goes down like butter.”

A glass of Singing Grüner Veltliner, a crisp white Austrian wine, and the Margarita’s cracked wheat bread, are the perfect accompaniments. 

Wednesday through Friday, enjoy a bowl of soup in the lounge while listening to live music.

If you go

7350 Pine Creek Road, 80919, (719) 598-8667

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company

Peek inside Phantom Canyon on a cold winter’s night, and you’re instantly drawn to lively conversation and laughter swirling around the antique wood back bar from a train depot in Pueblo.

The oldest brewhouse in the Springs, Phantom offers 13 handcrafted brews and a menu so homey, it will warm your soul.

“Our Dos Lunas and Smoked Gouda Soup is so rich and full of flavor, says Jenn Gleason, General Manager, “that people want to lick the bowl.”

Served with a pint of Dos Lunas Mexican lager and some house-made crackers or Pretzel Bites, you’ll be in heaven.

For an extra treat, take a brewery tour, play billiards or snuggle up with your sweetie near the fire pits on their rooftop patio.

If you go

2 East Pikes Peak Ave., 80903, (719) 635-2800

Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub

Enter Jack Quinn’s on a cold, blustery day, and you’re instantly transported to a spirited Irish pub, the walls echoing with lively Celtic music and traditional sing-alongs.

But it’s the Irish fare that’s guaranteed to warm your bones and make you feel at home.

“You can get fancy food at other restaurants, “ says Les Bridger, General Manager, “but we offer Irish comfort food.”

Their Grand Ole Irish Stew has been on the menu since they opened in 1998. Made from fresh lamb shoulder, it’s simmered with vegetables for hours to get that rich, hearty flavor. And their house-made Irish soda bread is perfect for sopping up all that irresistible sauce. 

“Irish stew with a pint of Guinness,” Bridger says with a smile, “that’s our heart and soul.” 

If you go

21 S. Tejon Street, 80903, (719) 385-0766