We were in Cheyenne for Frontier Days this year. We had a great time. We did the Frontier Park from end to end...went to a couple Rodeos,PBR, and George Strait. We did a lot of shopping in town. There is so much to choose from. We also went to one parade and pancake breakfast. Also we went to the Outlaw Saloon a few times for the great music and a little dancing. Cheyenne is a wonderful town. All the locals we talked to were so nice and helpful, too. They all took time to talk to us and be friendly. We have been there for Frontier Days several times and plan on coming many more times. Thanks Cheyenne for the good time and the memories. Everything is so well run and organized. Our hats off to all of you. Bill and Lila Feather LeRoy, MN
I have been to Little America a few times in the past and have always had a wonderful time, and was made to feel very special by the entire experience. My food has consistently been wonderful and the atmosphere luxurious, glamorous, sophisticated, and welcoming. All in all, I have counted Little America as one of my very favorites over the years. So, when it was suggested that I review the Sunday Offerings and Brunch at Hathaway's Restaurant in Little America, I was absolutely delighted!
I called my dining partner and we squealed to each other on the phone in pure excitement. Our plans were made; we got gussied up and went to do a review that showed every sign of being the absolute highlight of my week. Just thinking about going to Hathaway's in Little America is an exciting prospect, and we were properly excited!
We decided to plan our arrival for just about an hour after the Sunday Brunch began, thinking they would be really rolling and in the groove, so to speak, by then. We were right, they were all set up and the Brunch was in full swing. The offerings are delightful and some of the selections included; fresh fruit and berries, cold cereal, yogurt, breakfast pastries, a domestic cheese tray, smoked Salmon with condiments and bagels, Egg casserole, Eggs Benedict, French Toast with Candied Pecans, Mini Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Cheese blintz, Cottage Style Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage, an Omelet Station, and Honey glazed Ham. What a fabulous assortment, just the aroma alone is satisfying. Too bad we don't have a scratch and sniff so you can share in the mouthwatering aroma.
When we presented ourselves at the door, the hostess asked if we preferred a booth or a table. We requested a booth and were promptly led to a table, when we again asked for a booth; we were then shown to a half booth and half table. My dining companion sat on the booth part and I was on the other side of the table with a big heavy chair. I kept attempting to adjust the chair with no luck; it was just a bit too far away from the table to be comfortable. My companion and I decided to not have the Brunch after all and ordered from the menu as the choices were equally tempting. She chose "The Sante Fe," a breakfast Burrito filled with eggs, bacon, green chili, cheddar cheese, and green onion served with sour cream, salsa, breakfast potatoes, and choice of beverage. I choose "The Benedict," an English muffin topped with poached eggs, Canadian bacon, and served with Hollandaise sauce, breakfast potatoes, and choice of beverage.
I need to go back a little to tell you about our server, she was delightful. She is a young Russian girl here working for awhile before she returns home. She was very sweet, very helpful, but very hard to understand. We did a lot of "excuse me's" and "I beg your pardons." It was a challenge, but a very fun challenge. All three of us were delighted when we got something across correctly. I ordered hot tea and my companion ordered coffee. The coffee was delicious, the tea was a mess. The small teapot had no lid, so a saucer was substituted, and as it was larger than the teapot it was difficult to pour a cup of tea without spilling on the table, myself, and some of the surrounding area. The tea was my favorite kind and piping hot, and once I managed to transfer it to the cup it was just fine.
When our food arrived it looked very appetizing, but I was surprised to see no garnish on the plate. However, in these tough times I imagine those garnishes are simply expensive garbage, as I don't think many eat them, do they? My companions food was really good, an excellent portion and she enjoyed every single bite. I was not so lucky this time. My eggs were not set, my English muffin was soggy, and the Hollandaise sauce was cold. I suppose I could have sent it back, and I am positive it would have been redone and the result would have been wonderful, but I did not. Visiting a restaurant for a review is to judge the food, service, atmosphere, and overall experience on the first impression. So, that is what I am doing. I still adore Hathaway's at Little America, and it is still in my top five restaurants. I will definitely go back, and so should you. The stellar reputation Hathaway's at Little America enjoys is well deserved, and it remains one of the "special" places to celebrate anything from an ordinary Tuesday to an anniversary.
I give Hathaway's at Little America a classy rating of 4 out of 5.
Downtown Cheyenne has a new eating establishment that is certainly a welcome addition. The owners of 2 Doors Down, Jerry and Sandy Inniss, also own the very popular Pizzeria Venti, which as it happens is just two doors down from their new venture, right on 17th between Central and Warren. 2 Doors Down offers Gourmet Burgers, Fries, Salads, Beer on tap, bottled and mixed drinks, and of course the regular assortment of soft drinks and tea. Even though they have been open just a short time, they appear to have worked out any kinks in their system.
While parking can occasionally be a bit of a challenge downtown we were able to find a space close to the restaurant, and only had to dodge a few raindrops getting inside. The crisp, fresh, red awning makes it easy to locate 2 Doors Down, and inside there is a surprising amount of open space, even with most of the tables occupied the restaurant it did not feel crowded. The inside has a sports feel with a touch of European style. Comfortable wooden chairs and tables fill the downstairs, while the upstairs is more lounge-like, with comfy sofas, big screen TVs, and a very casual atmosphere. 2 Doors Down is just different enough to be fun. When we arrived, we thought the music was too loud, but soon it was just background noise and we could visit comfortably. When you arrive, you order at the counter and are given a number. In a few minutes your food is brought by a pleasant server who provides good service with lots of smiles and good humor.
We ordered "The Magnificent" and the "Green Chili Burger." Both were excellent; The Magnificent was served on Italian Bread with red onion, tomatoes, Swiss and American cheese. It was named correctly. The burger was large, made with fresh ingredients and absolutely delicious. It was served with endless Steak Fries, and the Raspberry Ice Tea was a good choice with the burger. The Green Chili Burger was delicious, and served open faced with lots of cheese and green chili.
The prices are moderate and a great value for the money. You will feel comfortable taking your family, a date, or a group of friends. 2 Doors Down is a good place for a family dinner, a business lunch, or anything in between. We will definitely visit often and think you should do likewise.
They are open from 11am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, and open until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday; closed Sundays. We give 2 Doors Down a finger licking rating of four out of five!
For more than 30 years Jim and Cassie Rauzi welcomed the people and visitors of Cheyenne to come dine with them in Poor Richard's Restaurant located at 2233 East Lincolnway. They do not rest on their laurels. A glance at the menu and specials will tell you the favorites remain but a variety of new items will tempt you.
When my husband and I sat down to chat with Jim about his background and the origin of Poor Richard's, we discovered common roots. Both of the men's families immigrated from adjoining Northern Italian regions of Alto-Adige and Trentino, just below Austria. Their fathers even enjoyed the same brown veal gravy on their polenta.
We relaxed in the inviting lounge area. The fireplace's flickering light reflected around us. Numerous vintage and custom stained glass windows hang between booths along the far wall and are mounted in the walls and doors. Carved antique wooden panels adorn the walls, complimenting the ceiling's warm wood beams. Jim scoured the Denver antique districts and procured these gems. The quiet surroundings hold small dining groups engaged in animated conversations.
Wednesday nights Poor Richard's offers a special treat featuring your choice of Sliders. The Salmon slider comes a close second to the pulled pork. Others say only the Kobe beef will satisfy. The expanded appetizer menu gives you even more decisions. A whole range of seafood from Oysters Rockefeller or Oysters on the Half Shell to Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with BBQ sauce and a Crab and Artichoke Dip with pita chips made decisions delightful. Maybe your tastes lean toward the Crispy Calamari, Mussels with Garlic and White Wine, Smoked Salmon Quesadilla or Escargot. Of course, the Italian influence steers me to the Portabella Mushroom Ravioli.
We greeted some friends and the woman took me to her favorite, the salad bar. Besides the fresh homemade Soup Du Jour, an abundant array of toppings, including sweet Jicama Root slices, fill the area. Be sure to combine the warm homemade hot-bacon dressing and the fresh spinach. Her husband boasts, "I've been eating here longer than Jim." (Before Poor Richard's opened its doors, a Big Boy Restaurant occupied the building.)
When Jim and Cassie celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Poor Richard's ownership, their long time staff surprised them. Not only did this core group prepare a party, they also gave Jim and Cassie pictures of the Big Boy and Poor Richard's restaurants and a framed collection of diminutive menus throughout the years since 1977.
The current menu encompasses a vast selection. For smaller appetites, the generous salads serve as dinner. You may choose to order your Caesar Salad with chicken. The Seared Salmon Salad accented with cranberries and cranberry vinaigrette dressing ranks as a favorite with me. Olives, hard-cooked eggs, red onions, tomatoes and French green beans generously top the Seared Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad.
Mouth-watering veal and beef entrees, including their famous prime rib, present many choices and toppings that add to your variations. Either Brandied Mushrooms, Straw Onions, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp or Blue Cheese Mushrooms can be included on your meat. The Veal Saute in Brandy Cream with shrimp and mushrooms tops my list for our next visit; or maybe the Wild Mushroom and Rosemary Tenderloin Tips Saute will win.
Five chicken dishes from Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Dĳon or Lemon (each with a mushroom risotto cake) to Chicken Piccata or Marsala cover nearly every possible combination of wonderful recipes. The pasta category lets you pair seafood, chicken or fresh vegetables with linguine, angle hair or penne pasta.
Salmon, Tilapia, scallops, shrimp, lobster tail and crab legs vie for your favor in the seafood section. The Crab and Boursin Cheese Stuffed Salmon, finished with beurre blac and accompanied by the tri-citrus rice, sounds perfect. If this were not enough, you may add a small steak to any seafood selection.
The lunch menu offers more salads such as the Rosemary and Mushroom Beef Tenderloin Salad and Mediterranean Chicken Salad. Beef and buffalo burgers stay perennial favorites. Then come (are you ready?) seventeen creative mixtures for sandwiches. Several that piqued my interest include the Club (turkey breast served with bacon, lettuce, sprouts and blue cheese mayonnaise on toasted bread) and the Portabella Mushroom Sandwich (roasted red peppers and provolone cheese top the marinated mushroom with sun dried tomato mayonnaise on a toasted Ciabatta roll). Try the Prime Rib sandwich (tomato, lettuce and horseradish mayonnaise on a fresh croissant). Another prime rib choice comes from the popular sliders. This one sits on Jalapeno Cheddar Rolls. The lunch menu offers quality food at budget-conscious prices.
If you need a heartier meal, select from a baker's dozen of entrees. Again, the seafood lover need not despair. The Mandarin Orange Steamed Halibut, Wonton Crusted Salmon topped with Sesame Chile Sauce and Cajun Shrimp Pasta represent only half of the seafood items. You can order a Chicken Fried Chicken entrée or the traditional steak variation.
Jim told me, "We're adjusting our menu to offer some smaller plates and additional choices to attract a wider range of age groups and customers. Poor Richard's is a great steak house and much more." For those tech-aware individuals, especially the young crowd, they may text PRS to 95495 and hit send for daily specials and discounts/coupons. Also check out Poor Richard's specials in the Around Cheyenne "Daylight To Dusk Dining Deals" and "Out For The Night" sections.
Join your neighbors for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 2:30PM or for dinner beginning at 5PM. The restaurant is usually closed on Sundays except when special holidays occur such as Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. If your organization needs a quality meeting place serving a varied, delicious menu call 307-635-5114. Whether you need to book a small or large party, Poor Richard's provides three banquet rooms that accommodate 10 to 70 people. Catering at your own location is another option. Visit the website at www.poorrichardscheyenne.com.
The following is a story I received from a local resident, in her own words:
When we bought our house on south Bent, the couple who owned said that they had problems with the garage door always opening by itself. I never gave it a second thought.
Karly was only 2 when we moved into the house and right away she kept talking about "the man". She would tell us that a man would come into her room at night and sing to her. She even had us set a place at the table for him. I hadn't seen or heard anything so I thought it was just an imaginary friend.
A few months of living in the house and I started noticing weird things. Stuff would be missing or moved to strange places. The ghost loved to put things under the kitchen table for some reason. The first time I saw him, I went into Karly's room to check on her and he was standing next to her bed. He was oriental, with shoulder length straight hair and he wore a long black coat. Kind of like a trench coat. He was not scary, and he looked fairly young. (Maybe early 20's). From then on we started calling him the "Chinese Man."
He always seemed to be around day or night. We would always catch a glimpse of him walking around the house. My son Bret always said that he would come into his room at night and say I love you. I remember waking up a lot of times to him standing in the corner of our bedroom. The neighbors across the street saw him one night when were over there visiting. We were in the garage and Larainne looked across the street; she asked me who was still at our house? I told her no one, but when we looked across the street we could see him watching us from the living room window. One year when we went to Arizona, Andy came over to feed our fish. He said that the first day he came over the entire bedroom doors were open. (That's how we left them) and the Aquarium light was on. The next day all the doors were closed and the aquarium light was off. A few days after that the doors were open again and all the lights in the house were on.
The Chinese man loved to turn on lights and the TV (especially) in the middle of the night. One night we woke up to our bedroom light on and all three TV's on.
Things would always turn up missing. One year I made Birthday invitations out for Karly's Birthday. I put them on the TV so she could take them to school the next day. In the morning I noticed that they were not on the TV anymore. We search the entire house and never found them. The Chinese Man was always taking things like hair brushes, keys, clothes and then we would find them later underneath the kitchen table.
Probably the most bizarre thing that ever happened was when we first started talking about moving. We noticed that there was a funny smell in the Bret's room and then the carpet on the stairway was always wet. Since the house was a bi-level, there were no pipes running underneath the floor where the carpet was wet. Then we noticed that the banister was wet as well. We had a plumber come to the house but they could never find the cause of it. It wasn't water, because it was kind of a slimy-sticky goo and it smelled a little like syrup. I know it wasn't my kids doing it because we would come home from being gone all day (the whole family) and the carpet would be soaked. I got so tired of it I decided to tell our ghost out loud that we really hated it when he did that. And as mysteriously as it started it stopped.
When we were moving out of our house, my husband and I were sitting in the kitchen and we had cleaned out all of the cupboards that day so all of the cabinet doors were open. They all slammed shut at the same time! I think he was upset because we were leaving.
Now I did do some research on our old house and come to find out where our house is now used to be a tent camp for Chinese immigrants who were here building the railroad. None of the workers lived to be very old because of the harsh weather. A friend of Karly's, who lived behind us also said that they have a Chinese ghost in their house as well.