Friday, August 19, 2005

Colombo's Italian Steakhouse

Ever since we moved to Eagle Rock, I couldn't wait to try Colombo's (1833 Colorado Blvd.), an old-school Italian steak house which has been a staple of the neighborhood since 1954. We were treated to a jazz quartet the night we showed up as we grabbed a red leather booth in the appealing dining room. It took a good 10 minutes for our waitress to offer us a drink, but to be fair, she was 70 years old.

After we ordered, I wandered into the bar area to inspect the caliber of their single malt scotch collection. Unfortunately, they were only offering the usual suspects: Glenlivet, Glenfiddich and MacCallan. I was, however, struck by how charmless and narrow the bar appeared. This was a letdown, as I was hoping Colombo's could become my local three-martini-lunch kind of place. Three martinis at lunch sure make the rest of the day more manageable.

To start, I ordered a mixed green salad. It was crisp and drenched in Italian dressing and it was everything I expected it to be. For my entree, I went for the cracked pepper crusted new york strip while my wife opted for the hand rolled lasagna stuffed with fresh spinach & ricotta cheese. We both agreed the food was decent. And even though the service was a bit crap, I felt confident that I would give Colombo's another shot. With the jazz music and the cluster of people waiting for tables, the room had a lively atmosphere and the whole experience brought a smile to my face. Colombo's is the working man's Dan Tana's.

A week after we ate here, we had heard that two masked gunman entered Colombo's and forced all the patrons & employees onto the floor. They robbed everyone of their wallets and dashed off in a getaway car. Now, you see, it's this kind of news that will derail any chance of me becoming a regular. I like to watch Quentin Tarantino movies, but I don't like to feel like I'M IN ONE. Imagine if you were at Colombo's that night on a 'first date'. How embarrassing! You're so nervous as it is and then you have to get down on the carpet in front of someone you like, but hardly know...all the while a gun is pointed at your head. That sucks.


At 10:51 PM, Blogger bloggerbrain said...

The getting robbed part would suck, but really- what are the chances of lightning striking twice? I'm there.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous cheesehead said...

Bullshit! Armed robberies are cool, it would make for an unforgettable first date! If you'd read Garp or know anything about statistics you would also know that this place is now the safest place in your neigborhood since the chance that this will happen again is pretty much zero!

- cheesehead

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You two guys are disgusting. Also, your language is not worth reading. How you qualifiy yourselves to be restaurant reviewers can only be to your conceit.
Our family visit to Colombo's last night proves you wrong. The food was delicious and the Jazz by Eric and Friends, Trio, was tops. The service was from a well trained staff.
I would recommend all my friends to attend on a Sunday night to enjoy the food and the music.

At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you, the service at Colombos is horrible. You wait for a seat, you wait for a waitress, she will probably bring you pretty good but cold food, and you might get your check without asking if you are willing to wait for your half baked waitress to come back from wherever missing waitresses go...Maybe the same place as those pesky socks go in the dryer, unless her alcohol laced breath is a sign.
The drinks are great, ordering one is definately worth the DUI you will get if you can manage to steer your car home at all. Thank you drunk bartendress.

At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a wonderful restaurant. The food, service, and atmosphere are outstanding.

The only problem is the music. At one time, there was a solo pianist playing engaging and relaxing background music. NOW, there are singers and musicians that turn it into a loud concert that you don't want to hear. When they're on, you can't have any more conversation, and it's no longer relaxing.

It would be perfect if they got rid of the intrusive "performers" and brought back the quiet pianist.

Except for the assaultive music, I would be there even more often than I am.

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quiet pianist! Go to the convalescent hospital if you want boring music with your food. The music is great especially when they liven it up. Monday nights get really groovy as do Friday nights. Thank you Colombo's for making a Eagle Rock a lively place for people who want good music, healthy servings, and strong drinks. Keep it up!!!


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