(Colorado Springs, CO) If you are searching for delicious Korean food in a casual, lively environment, look no further than Anju Korean Eats in Co.A.T.I. Uprise, a downtown Colorado Springs food hall.
This veteran-owned business serves Bibim-Bowl, Miso Udon Bowl (Vegan), Cold Noodle Bowl, Fried Dumplings, Lettuce Cups, Fried Wings, Grilled Cheese, and Bulgogi Fries.
The DIY Lettuce Cups have three large Romaine lettuce leaves, rice, kimchi, and a choice of protein (bulgogi, spicy pork, fried chicken, tofu, or fried cauliflower). The rice is topped with a fried egg and accompanied by a sweet and spicy sauce on the side.
It was a light yet filling meal that was perfect for a hot summer day.
The Bibim Bowl (bibimbap) is a rice bowl topped with veggies (including red chile-soaked bean sprouts), kimchi, a raw egg yolk, and a choice of protein. It is served hot, and the raw egg cooks to a soft-boiled consistency before being mixed with the rice and toppings.
Both dishes were authentic and reminded my spouse of foods from the streets of Seoul. To add to the experience, the meals are served in an inviting art and music-filled environment.
Co.A.T.I. was the first food hall to open in downtown Colorado Springs. The refurbished building, previously used for trolley maintenance, has an industrial feel with red brick walls, high ceilings, and iron accents. It has six kitchens, two bars, and a brewery with communal dining space on two levels.
During the day, there is plenty of natural light upstairs with greenery and artwork to help soften the space. The displayed art is from local artists, and the pieces are available for purchase.
I love the painting "Bessie" by Alexandra Feinstein. It is hanging upstairs and sells for $275. To see more of Ms. Feinstein's art, go here.
The artwork displayed at Co.A.T.I. adds color and character to the venue and provides exposure to talented artists. It is a community collaboration that benefits all.
When you are craving Korean food, head to Anju Korean Eats. While waiting for your meal, explore the impressive works of local artists. You won't be disappointed!
Don't forget to get the free "Discover Downtown Savings Pass" that has a coupon for 15% off an entree at Anju.
- Location: 514 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, 80903
- Anju Menu
This piece is the sixth article in a ten-part series exploring food halls in downtown Colorado Springs. The previously published articles are Samich Shack, Kumbala, Crispy Chick, bōl, and Noble Burger.