Saturday was beautiful. It was 60 degrees in the middle of November, and nothing was going to keep me from going for a motorcycle ride. I ended up in the small town of Elbert, which sits about half way between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, maybe 20 miles east of I-25. Close enough to the Springs for a special trip, and I’m telling you its worth it.
Li’l Slice of Elbert is on the end of an old brick building on a dirt road. It’s easy to miss, so keep your eyes open! It’s a quaint little place, and the owners take obvious pride in their establishment. The restaurant is spotless, and has a well put together menu of pizza, calzones, sandwiches, and salads. They also have a terrific array of dessert items – for cheap! Oh yeah, they also own chickens, so you can buy farm fresh eggs for $2/dozen.
The place only has 5 tables, and they were all empty. I sat down at the one closest to the door. I asked the server what her favorite sandwich was. She told me they sold a lot of the “Bulldogs.” That didn’t really answer my question, but I went ahead and ordered a Bulldog (half) anyway. When it came out, I was blown away. “That’s a half?” I asked, in disbelief. This thing was HUGE! “Yep, enjoy!” Okay… if you insist.
The focaccia bread was amazing. It was airy and delicious, perfectly seasoned, and strong enough to hold the sandwich without ripping apart. The sandwich was loaded with delicious bacon, thick slices of ham, and tender chunks of chicken, along with red onions and lettuce, topped with a mountain of melted mozzarella. It had to stand at least 5 inches high. It took some work, but I managed to wolf it all down. I asked about the bread, and it turns out it is made on site, along with everything else (pizza dough, etc). The only disappointing part of my meal were the chips served on the side. After such a great made-from-scratch, fresh sandwich, the chips were incredibly dull, and clearly came straight out of the Frito Lay bag.
I couldn’t stop there, and since a sundae only cost $2.50, I decided to go for it. I ordered vanilla, with butterscotch syrup. It came out pretty fast, and was served in a cup. That seemed like an odd vessel of choice, especially considering that the spoon they gave me was shorter than the cup itself! I managed to struggle through it with only getting my knuckles slightly sticky, but a bowl would have made a world of difference. It’s pretty hard to complain about soft serve ice cream, butterscotch syrup, and whipped cream, so I won’t! I also can’t complain about the value.
Overall, I was extremely pleased with my experience. The food was fantastic, and aside from the lackluster side of chips, and the awkward serving container for the sundae it was perfect. I’ll definitely stop again when I’m in the area, and you should too.