Colorado Springs, CO

Samich Shack: Craft Sandwiches in a Vibrant Downtown Food Hall

Colorado Jill

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(Colorado Springs, CO) Food halls are more than a food court - they are a destination. A growing trend over the last decade, food halls are a hub of activity often centered around several restaurant concepts with shared dining space.

The first one to open in downtown Colorado Springs was Co.A.T.I. in 2020 in a building previously used for trolley maintenance. The refurbished space has an industrial feel with red brick walls, high ceilings, iron accents, and electronic dance music in the background.

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Large bay doors open on both ends to provide nice ventilation and an indoor/outdoor dining experience, while plants and colorful art help to soften the space. Co.A.T.I. is an aesthetically-pleasing environment that focuses on art, entertainment, food, and community connection.

Co.A.T.I.'s unique name is an acronym (Colorado Automatic Trolley Interchange) to honor the history of the building and a shout-out to the coati, an animal from the same family of mammals as raccoons and ring-tailed cats.

Coatis are known for their intelligence and playful manner, and this is a fitting brand for the vibrant, creative, and lively space sharing its name.

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Co.A.T.I. has six kitchens, two bars, and a brewery with communal dining space on two levels. One of the kitchens is Samich Shack which opened in 2021.

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Samich Shack specializes in craft sandwiches with fun, hometown names like Cheyenne Mountain, Penrose, and Pikes Peak.

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The Pueblo at Samich Shack in Colorado SpringsPhoto by the author

On a recent visit, I enjoyed the Pueblo, a grilled chicken sandwich with American cheese, green peppers, onions, and green chili on a baguette. The green chili was flavorful with a good kick that didn't knock you over. It was a nice blend of cheese and spice that I would order again.

The only downside was the sandwich filling was either too small or the bread too large. A better ratio would have made the sandwich perfect.

My dining companion ordered the Incline, a roast beef sandwich with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, Shack sauce, and A1 aioli (the cover photo). It was served on a crispy baguette, a nice change from the softer bread common to many sub sandwiches. It was a solid roast beef sandwich.

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We also tried a burger which was cooked fresh to order and delicious. All sandwiches and burgers come with potato chips and a pickle spear.

The Samich Shack is one of many eateries at Co.A.T.I. This spectacular dining and community space is definitely worth a visit, and if you are craving a sandwich or burger, the Samich Shack is the place to stop.

  • Location: 514 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, 80903
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This article is the first in a ten-part series exploring the food, art, and community experience of the downtown Colorado Springs food halls.

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