In this age of chain restaurants it is rare to find a place where the owners greet you and know your name, and where they have been making authentic Mexican food the same way for years. You can find The Mission Bell Inn just off the beaten path in Manitou Springs. You’ll recognize it by the cast iron bell that gives the restaurant its name.
The Mission Bell Inn was originally built in the 1920s as an Indian Museum and a rest stop for tours that were going up the Crystal Park scenic drive. In 1962 the Masias family bought the property and began operating what is now The Mission Bell Inn Restaurant. For nearly half a century, family members have owned and operated the restaurant, using the same recipes from one generation to the next. Currently, Ben Masias and his wife Peggy own the restaurant with the help of his parents, Dan and Helen Masias, and other members of the family; they continue the family tradition. Ben oversees the day to day operations as well as being the head chef.
House specialties include Chalupas, Nortenos and Carnitas. Special pride is taken in their Sopapillas – fried bread served with your meal, or with honey, or stuffed with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Returning customers remember the delicious treat and come back for it time and again. The guacamole is made fresh daily using only the finest ingredients.
The restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday in the winter and seven days a week in the summer, with facilities available for holiday parties and family get-togethers. Gift certificates are also available and are always the perfect gift.
Whether you are looking for an intimate dinner for two by the fire, a memorable holiday event or a late summer supper on the patio, The Mission Bell Inn is the ideal spot.