King’s Chef is a Colorado Springs Historical Landmark. If you haven’t been there yet, you are missing out. You have to go to the Valentine Diner location on Costilla at least one time in your life, you won’t regret it.
The location on Costilla seats 13 people. Yes, it’s a tight fit, but so worth it. When you walk in you will immediately be greeted by the waiter/waitress and the cook. In our case, that was Nichole and Andy. They were great. Nichole was enthusiastic and engaging, and it helped that Andy is actually the brother of a friend of ours, so we all had a lot to talk about.
This meal is not for the faint at heart. You can get in in a 1/4 order or 1/2 order, but John always goes for the full order…and I have seen him clean his plate before. This is seriously a mound of food. It starts with hash browns, topped with your choice of ham, bacon, sausage or all 3, then cheese, then more hash browns, then eggs cooked how you want them, then it is topped off with gravy. And if you don’t eat meat, they do have a non-meat option called the “fakie”.
The Big Omelet
I ordered the Big Omelet with mushrooms, bacon, and sausage. They cook the eggs in very thin layer, so it is cooked evenly with no wet spots. It is served with a side of hash browns and toast. I chose the French Toast which I will talk about here in a bit. The omelet was packed with flavor and the hash browns are hand shredded right over the grill when you order….so good! I also asked for a side of gravy to put on my hash browns for just a little extra bit of flavor, but that is just something that I like.
The French Toast
The French Toast was amazing. Thick slices of toast with a light dusting of powered sugar that wasn’t overpowering at all. Nichole recommended the Crown Bourbon syrup to me, so I tried it. I also tried their regular maple syrup. The regular maple was good, better than your typical store bought syrup. But the Crown Bourbon…I could take a bath in that stuff. It was amazing, and honestly after having it I’m not sure that I can ever go back to regular syrup.
I had heard a lot about their fries, so I had to try them. They hand-press their fries to order, and you can definitely tell that by the flavor. They were’t overly greasy, and had some great seasoning on them.
We will definitely be back. We would like to try one of their other 2 locations, both downtown and in Fountain. I also really want to try the cinnamon roll that Nichole was telling me about. She said that they use the Crown Bourbon syrup in the cream cheese frosting…..must try this!!!!