Another candidate for a repeat

Rocco’s Riverside Deli (1300 W 4th St ) has fresh food made-to-order. It’s clean and friendly – Coco took our order and made sure it was correct. I had a panini and Mark had a salad; both delicious. It’s a busy place. Mark said: another visit soon.

I am still working on how to do a restaurant blog. I forget to take a photo of our food until I have eaten some, and that’s just not a good picture to post. Trust me: it looked great!


I convene the group Pueblo Makes. We are the people who support makers. We include schools, colleges, universities, libraries, makerspaces, maker groups, etc.

We are working now on adapting for our use Mark Hatch’s list of verbs in The Maker Movement Manifesto: MAKE, SHARE, GIVE, LEARN, TOOL UP, PLAY, PARTICIPATE, SUPPORT, CHANGE. We have added ADVOCATE and PROMOTE, and CURATE. We have groups working on answering the question: what does this word mean to Pueblo?

Email me at if you would like to join the group.

#1, 2, and 3 of 100 Restaurants

Mark and I have now had lunch at El Nopal (1435 East Evans), Momo (716 N Santa Fe), and Rockee’s (123 N Main). Since both El Nopal and Rockee’s are Mexican, we had the same items to compare. I had Mexican pizza and Mark had chile rellenos. Same name, very different, all good! How do they keep the tacos so crisp under all the meat, chile, cheese, beans, and rice? Both places seem very successful, with regular customers. “Medium” hot chile (actually half hot and half mild)? I drank a lot of water at Rockee’s.

We have eaten at Momo many times, but not recently. It is still very good. The three of us (our neighbor Jessi joined us) had a variety of food and it was all good.

Remember that I don’t intend to do detailed reviews here. I also should state that Mark and I have polo shirts with the logo “easily amused” so we aren’t fussy people. We like food and we love Pueblo.

100 Restaurants in Pueblo

Since I have retired, Mark and I plan to go out to lunch more often, at locally owned restaurants, so we made a list (I did it in Excel, of course). We included no chain restaurants, and only restaurants in Pueblo (I did list a few in Colorado City); we have over 100 on our list. I will be refining the list and I am not sure what the total number will be, but I will call it 100 restaurants. If we eat lunch out together once a week, we have almost two years of restaurants! I don’t intend to write reviews, but rather to celebrate each.

#PuebloMakes food.

Tinkering in Pueblo

David Packard, one of the co-founders of Hewlett-Packard, was born in Pueblo and graduated from high school here. As a child, he experimented with rockets, and one exploded in the house, damaging his thumb. His mother returned home to find the front door open and a trail of blood.

This story was told in Pueblo by David Packard’s grandson, David Orr, on 21 June 2019 at the announcement of the $20 million Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Fund for Pueblo, named for David Packard’s parents, who lived almost their entire lives in Pueblo. David said that his grandfather showed him his damaged thumb while telling this story.

Tinkering has deep roots in Pueblo.


I grew up in a paper mill town in New Jersey and after I came to Pueblo 20 years ago, it took me a while to figure out why I felt at home so quickly. I realized that Pueblo has the same ethnic blue collar diversity, the same friendly but tough welcome, and the same hands-on, “we can do this” attitude of my home town. Both towns are maker towns. Pueblo makes steel, but we also roast coffee, we design and make jewelry, we customize hot rods, and we paint murals. We have great manufacturing companies that make carbon disk brakes for aircraft, towers for wind turbines, traction chains, rail products, custom kitchen cabinet doors, fruit handling equipment, high end GPS devices, bath and body products, and more. I sew.

When you meet someone from Pueblo, ask them what they make.