2405 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO | Directions 8090938.832617 -104.786208
Neighborhoods: Southeast Colorado Springs
Cook is great, but the owners ruin the place – I agree with meg, with whom I worked briefly during the week that our month-long employment overlapped. The owners Chuck and Pam Graybill go through waitresses faster than fingernails through nylons.
Chuck *is* the primary bad guy: tall, bald & malevolent, you can find him most mornings skulking about the restaurant wearing his trademark patterned pajama pants & ever-present scowl. The way he berates his wife is bad & embarrassing to witness - I can't imagine what originally enamored her of him.
Perhaps it's their mutual thriftiness, because they are VERY cheap and tacky. The menu pre-dates their ownership & is somewhat extensive; over time some things have changed, & so the laminated pages are edited with white-out. If a customer is handed a menu where the white-out has worn away, the waitress has to go back to the customer, apologizing that the menu item they selected from the menu is no longer on the menu.
Want lemon with your iced tea or water? That'll be .10 per lemon wedge. Want to bring home your uneaten portion? That'll be .25 per styrofoam takeout box. Extra salad dressing in a cup on the side - extra money. And so forth. I'd not be surprised to learn they're charging for glasses of water & extra napkins. And don't dare throw away any leftover meats from customer plates; put any & all such scraps in the takeout box labeled "foxes"...for the two foxes that roam the Graybill's wooded property (i.e., their dogs).
The owners employ workers with less-than-perfect backgrounds - not out of compassion, but for the tax break they get for hiring felons. As a result, their staff consists of two types: green & inexperienced OR jaded & *very* experienced. Those in the former category are like little lambs being led to the slaughter, unlikely to last a whole month before getting axed. Those in the latter category are often Com-cor residents *required* to hold down a job for the duration of their stay...and as such, desperate to keep to their job at all costs. The result is an abused & fearful staff always on the verge of panic.
I swear Chuck enjoys making waitresses cry, telling them to wipe the stupid looks off their faces after comparing them to his dogs. The menu can't be memorized quickly enough & unless written just so, your food won't get cooked. If a customer wants a Denver omelet without tomatoes...WATCH OUT; don't write "Denver omelet, hold the tomatoes" - you must "build" the omelet ingredient by ingredient...but you're to call out, "Denver omelet, hold the tomatoes!" as you hang the ticket. Chuck will not tell *how* you erred; the harried, unfamiliar waitress must figure it out on her own.
If a waitress still makes a mistake, the punishment is a week off of the schedule - which happened to me after my 1st week. Then on a week, then off again 2 weeks, on again for a week. Yet Chuck was astonished at how slow I was to learn...and fired me for not pre-buttering the bread for a grilled cheese sandwich. It's hard to memorize things under such conditions, hard to keep going with a big ugly scarecrow looking over your shoulder, dissecting your every move.
The regulars are sweet and often tip well...but the owners will smile to their regular customers' faces, then quietly malign them behind their backs.
Surely, the best thing about the restaurant is Macario the excellent cook, who is so sweet, funny and charming to the waitresses...always with a smile and a cheery word to bandage their bruised and crushed spirits. One day, if the restaurant name ever changes from "Maggie Mae's" to "Macario's" that establishment will be the hometown hangout that it once was before Mr. & Mrs. Mean Tightwad took over the joint.
Wow, that was cathartic - thanks.
Worst food place ever! – Food sucked! Over priced. Was 5 minutes till the lunch menu but would only serve us breakfast. This place is gross. Don't waste your time here.
horrible! – maggie maes has to be the worst place to eat or work. i personally worked there for about a month and it had to be the most degrading experience i have ever had. the owners, pam and chuck, take advantage of u (the waitress and customer) in any way possible, either paying u wrong amounts, and doing illegal things with your credit card tips. the owner, chuck, will throw things at your face and ask if u are stupid for writing a ticket wrong. i once over heard him talking to another employee saying, "if i had a shotgun i would shoot that b*tch in her face". unfortunately i am a young student just trying to make it, and can't do anything about the experience i had. other waitresses told me its no use because chuck has too much political power and covers his tracks. but long story short, definitely never work there. the owners almost insist on shitty service. they dont want u to change any menu items (no adding or subtracting off ur meal) and when u do, the waitresses pay for it. the cook is good but they will try to charge u for anything and everything they can (lemons, saltine crackers, anything). so if u feel like being in, and supporting an environment like that, more power to ya.
Horrible Service – Horrible service if you are non white! Stopped after church while visiting friends in Colorado Springs. Had to open other section to seat our group of 5. Other groups arrived after us, but our group order was the last taken. When our waitress went by, she never stopped to see if beverages needed refill. Food was delivered to all tables around us. When waitress asked another table if they were "fine and in need of anything", I spoke up and said" No things are not fine, we need our food" The reply was "well when it's cooked, I'll get it". Needless to say, we left. No service-no pay-no tips. Don't go there if you are non-white!
Lunch here nearly each day from 1985 till 1995...Great Food. – My assistant and I from the Gazette had many happy hours at Maggies.....The best Chili Verde I have eaten anywhere in the USA. Happy friendly place.
Great Food – Foods Great, beware of the Grumpy bald owner tho, Pork green chilli I think is the best, its always crowded.
Seniors got it good. – Hash slingin' grease pit. Excellent seniors prices that I'll have to wait for in about 3 decades (oh well). Good prices overall. Open for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
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