Colorado Springs restaurateur ventures into cellular meals enterprise that includes barbecue and ramen | Arts & Leisure

Bryan Mark has rolled out his new cellular meals truck: Smoke Home BBQ & Ramen. Mark has a protracted historical past within the culinary scene in Colorado Springs. He was the opening common supervisor for Oskar Blues Fooderies and went on to work at different restaurant-related tasks. Now he’s following his ardour for smoking meals and making ramen, which at first seemed like an odd menu combine.

“It’s the 2 issues I believed I used to be good at and there wasn’t lots of ramen vehicles,” he mentioned. “Actually it’s turning extra right into a Southern meals and ramen truck. The Tonkotsu and Texas ramens are tremendous standard.”

In case you’re questioning, tonkotsu in Japanese means pork bones. Mark simmers pork and hen for twenty-four hours so the collagen from the bones has time to rework into gelatin, making his ramen base broth a wealthy, mineral-filled umami bomb. Then he seasons it with tar.

“I take advantage of a soy sauce tar (mirin) and some secret elements for the tonkotsu ramen,” he mentioned. “And for the miso ramen I take advantage of a white miso sesame paste tar.”

The soup is completed with noodles and topped with chashu (marinated pork stomach), Asian sausage, spinach, sprouts, scallions and a spot-on-perfect soft-boiled egg. It’s lovely and scrumptious.

Mark was not shy with the spice degree within the Nashville ramen. The spicy pork and hen broth with noodles is topped with a freshly fried Nashville spiced hen thigh. The soup is completed with recent spinach, dill pickles and corn salsa.

He parks his truck completely at Deuces Wild Brewery, 660 Peterson Street, 4:30 to eight p.m. Tuesdays by way of Thursdays, midday to eight p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Sunday brunch. The menu varies from day after day with Texas barbecue choices and ramen bowls. Go to

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Mardi Gras on steroids

Phil Duhon, legendary for his over-the-top Mardi Gras events is gearing up for Fats Tuesday on March 1.

“I began Fats Tuesday in 1998 on the Ritz after I was the chef,” he mentioned. “And it blew up from there.”

This 12 months he’ll take his well-known New Orleans dishes to a brand new degree for the occasion.

“It’s going to be the largest Mardi Gras I’ve completed in 20 years,” he mentioned.

It takes place at Tejon Eatery, 19 N. Tejon St., the place he’s the final supervisor. (He’s additionally co-owner of Oscar’s Oyster Bar downtown.) Tejon Eatery has 9 items the place several types of cuisines are served. On Fats Tuesday, Duhon and his culinary workforce will transition these 9 items into stations for varied New Orleans specialties for your complete day.

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“The deli on the entrance of the home will probably be serving crawfish and shrimp boils,” he mentioned. “I’ll have oysters there too. The following unit could have platters of oysters, shrimp, lobster mac and cheese and fried hen. Then there will probably be po’boys, frog legs and boudin within the subsequent house. Each house could have one thing totally different. I’m deliver my Oscar’s menu to this house the place we are able to serve extra individuals.”

There are full bars on every degree of the eatery the place conventional New Orleans-style cocktails will probably be out there.

“We’ll have totally different bands enjoying all through the day,” he mentioned. “There will probably be one doing zydeco tunes.”

No reservations required.

“It’s walk-ins and pay as you go,” he mentioned. “Tejon Eatery is often closed on Tuesday, however for Fats Tuesday we are going to open at 11 a.m. till closing round 11 p.m.”

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Taphouse closes

Johnny Nolan made the arduous choice to shut his Johnny’s N3 Taphouse, 817 W. Colorado Ave., the primary of the 12 months. On Dec. 28, he posted on Fb, “Effectively pals, the times of Johnny’s N3 Taphouse are coming to an finish. We will probably be closing our doorways this New Yr’s Eve at 1 a.m. Please come out this week and help our workers. We’re so extremely grateful for our superb regulars and all our clients who’ve supported us all through the years, some all the way in which again to the Southside Johnny’s days! We love you all so very a lot!”

Associated, we received some information from Sue Nolan, Johnny’s spouse, concerning the historic Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, 2817 N. Nevada Ave., which sustained harm from two fires in 2021. “Lastly making progress with the insurance coverage firm on the Hogan so it’s best to see progress quickly, but it surely’s a methods out,” she mentioned in a Fb message.

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