Monthly Archives: May 2010

Street Legal Pizza- Flatirons Mall

This pizza place which is next to BLOOM Restaurant and near the play area/skating rink is a gem. I actually prefer Street Legal Pizza to Richie’s located inside the mall food court area. The prices are better and the restaurant is family owned and operated. I have to give them two thumbs up for value and their pizza is always amazing- by the slice is how we go but I have considered buying a pie too. They have other items too and the menu is extensive and comparable to most Italian eateries. On a warm spring or summer day though, this is the place to grab a slice and sit outside in the Flat Irons Park area to eat.

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Review of the Yard House, Colorado Mills Mall

I have always loved the daily happy hours at the Yard House at Colorado Mills Mall, Golden, Colorado, and we always go there- it is a great spot for our office, for after work happy hours, and of course, a fun place for the kiddos to come. I have always done orders for the half price appetizers with my drinks and then even have managed to take home food for the family when they cannot join me. In any case, yesterday we went there for a happy hour and some food and it was odd to say the least.

We got seated 45 minutes after we arrived- the longest wait I have ever had there. Then, to top it off, when I ordered the 2nd set of appetizers, some of which were to take home, I asked for all of them to be packaged, and the waitress immediately “told” on us- probably because Yard House does not permit Happy Hour stuff to go. That’s fine but I was here with a friend and we drank and ate. What is the big deal? The manager came over to talk with us and the entire transaction was awkward. I am going to have to rethink going to the Yard House and while we go there all the time, I am going to have come up with other happy hour places- ones that are not so weird about me taking my food to go after having been at their restaurant (wait and all) for 2 hours!

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Review of United Airlines – a comparison of Government contract carriers

I recently flew United Airlines on a trip booked by the Government. While United remains the “contract carrier” for military and government travelers on most routes, United Airlines does not honor those travelers with which it has a contract. Frontier Airlines does not charge Government travelers on the Government fare for bags nor does it charge all military members and their families for checked bags (with or without orders). Now, that’s a “contract carrier” in my opinion!

In any case, I flew United and as usual was not impressed. I am just glad the flight was only 45 minutes and was a local/regional flight but I have to say, I am very disappointed that United is the Government’s contract carrier because they offer very little for what the taxpayer pays. For example, a commercial flight round trip to the same destination I went to was $92 inclusive of all taxes and fees (excluding bag fees). The taxpayer paid $240 R/T for me to go to this destination plus $50 for bags R/T. Nice! $200 more is the premium we pay to use United as the “contract carrier” and we do not get the flexibility to switch flights either because even Government travelers have to pay the price difference. So, I am not sure really why we use United Airlines. And the recent news is that they merged with Continental – good God, could United get any worse? Answer: Why, yes, they can!

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