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TASTY MORSELS We know you like to eat, especially when someone else is cooking for you. When you’ve got that craving, The Gazette’s annual Dining Guide has got you covered with information on more than 350 restaurants — from Cajun to Indian to Mexican — in the Pikes Peak region.

cRITIcs’ favEs

Throughout the guide, you’ll find picks of some of the best local restaurants by The Gazette’s food editor, Teresa J. Farney, restaurant critic MB Partlow and arts editor T.D. Mobley-Martinez, a former restaurant critic. And in The Dish, Farney and Partlow reveal their Top 5 dishes in the area.

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T.D. Mobley-Martinez 476-1602 tracy@coloradosprings.com

cOnTRIbuTORs Writers and experts Teresa J. Farney Joy Harper T.D. Mobley-Martinez Jennifer Mulson MB Partlow Copy editors Dena Rosenberry Josh Swearngin Designers David Demi-Smith Nichole Montañez Photographers Jerilee Bennett Mark Reis Online Chris Hickerson Maida Scott Stephanie Weber

WHO’s LIsTED

So, how do we choose the restaurants in the guide? All local restaurants are eligible. Chains found only in Colorado have also been included. (If a favorite is missing, let us know for our 2014 guide.) We have omitted national chains with more than one restaurant in town.

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2000 Wok .................................................... 26 3 Margaritas .............................................. 38 Adam’s Mountain Café .............................. 8 Ai Sushi & Grill ........................................... 26 Airplane Restaurant ................................ 12 Alfonso’s ..................................................... 38 Amanda’s Fonda ....................................... 38 Antler’s Grille .............................................. 8 Arceo’s ........................................................ 38 Arharn Thai Restaurant .......................... 26 Back East Bar and Grill ............................ 12 Back East Pizza and Wings ..................... 12 Bambino’s Italian Eatery ........................ 35 Bamboo Court Restaurant ..................... 26 Bara Sushi .................................................. 26 Bean Bandit, Bean Bandit Cafe ............ 38 Bella Panini ................................................ 35 Bhan Thai .................................................... 26 Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano ................... 35 Big Train Restaurant ................................ 12 Billy’s Old World Pizza ............................ 35 Bird Dog BBQ .............................................. 14 BJ’s Velvet Freez ....................................... 12 Blue Star ....................................................... 8 Bon Ton’s Café ........................................... 14 Bonefish Grill ............................................... 8 Borriello Brothers ............................. 25, 35 Briarhurst Manor Estate .......................... 8 Broadmoor restaurants ........................... 8 Buffalo Wild Wings .................................... 14 Cafe 36 .......................................................... 8 Cafe Corto ................................................... 14 Canyon Coffee & Cafe .............................. 14 Carlos’ Bistro .......................................... 7, 10 Carlos Miguel’s .......................................... 38 Caspian Cafe .............................................. 37 Charles Court .............................................. 8 Cheyenne Mountain Resort ................... 10 China Café .................................................. 26 China Doll Restaurant ............................. 26 China Inn II ................................................. 26 China Menu ................................................ 26 China Recipe .............................................. 26 China Town Restaurant .......................... 26 The Cliff House at Pikes Peak ............... 10 Coal Mine Dragon ..................................... 26 Colorado Mountain Brewery .................. 14 Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery .................... 14 Corner Café ................................................ 14 Craftwood Inn ............................................ 10 Crave Real Burgers ............................ 14, 24 Crystal Park Cantina ............................... 38 Cucuru Gallery Café ................................. 14 Culpepper’s ............................................... 32 Curry Leaf .................................................. 34 Cy’s Drive-In ............................................... 14 Dale Street Café ........................................ 16 Dat’s Italian ............................................... 35 Dion’s ............................................................ 16 Donut Mill .................................................... 16 Dragon King Chinese Restaurant ........ 26 Drifter’s Hamburgers ............................... 16 East Coast Restaurant & Deli ................. 16 Edelweiss .................................................... 34 El Padrino Mexican Restaurant ............ 38 El Ranchito Carniceria No. 3 ................. 39 El Taco Rey ................................................. 39 English Dockside Fresh Seafood .......... 16 Estella’s Mexican Restaurant ................ 39 Everest Nepal Restaurant ...................... 34 Extreme Pizza ........................................... 35 The Famous, a Steakhouse .................... 10 Fargo’s Pizza Co. ....................................... 35

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Fiesta Jalisco ............................................ 39 Fiesta Mexicana ........................................ 39 Flatirons ...................................................... 16 Fratelli Ristorante Italiano .................... 36 Freddy’s Frozen Custard ......................... 16 Fujiyama ...................................................... 27 Gertrude’s Restaurant ............................. 10 Golden Bee .................................................. 16 Grand Gyros ............................................... 37 Great China Buffet ................................... 27 Great Wall Seafood Buffet ...................... 27 Greek Grille ................................................ 37 Grizzly’s Grill .............................................. 16 Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant ........ 39 Gunther Toody’s ........................................ 16 Halla San Korean Barbecue ................... 27 Heart of Jerusalem Café ....................... 37 House of Saigon ....................................... 28 House of Yakitori 2 .................................. 28 House of Yakitori No. 5 ........................... 28 HuHot Mongolian Grill ............................. 28 Hunan Springs ........................................... 28 Hungry Bear .............................................. 16 Il Vicino ....................................................... 36 In and Out Gyros ....................................... 37 India Palace Restaurant ......................... 34 Island Grill .................................................. 37 Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub ......... 16 Jackson Creek Chinese .......................... 28 Jade Dynasty ............................................. 28 Jade Garden .............................................. 28 Jake & Telly’s Greek Taverna ................. 37 Jamaican Flavor ....................................... 37 Jasmine Café ............................................. 28 Joanie’s Bakery & Delicatessen ............ 18 Joey’s Pizza ............................................... 36 Johnny’s Navajo Hogan .......................... 18 Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant .................. 39 Jose Muldoon’s ......................................... 39 Joseph’s Fine Dining ................................ 10 Juan Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant ....... 40 Jun Japanese Restaurant ...................... 28 Juniper Valley Ranch Restaurant ......... 18 Keg Lounge ................................................. 18 King’s Chef Diner ....................................... 18 Kohnami Sushi .......................................... 28 Kura Japanese Restaurant .................... 28 L&L Hawaiian ............................................. 34 La Baguette ............................................... 32 La Bella Vita Ristorante ...................... 7, 36 La Carreta .................................................. 40 La Casa Fiesta ........................................... 40 La Casita Mexican Grill ........................... 40 La Creperie ................................................. 32 La Flor De Jalisco .................................... 40 La Mission .................................................. 40 La Rosa Southwestern Dining ......... 8, 40 La Sinaloense ............................................ 40 Las Palmitas .............................................. 40 La Unica Autentico .................................. 40 La’au’s Taco Shop ..................................... 34 Lake Terrace Dining Room ....................... 8 Lanna Thai .................................................. 28 Lanshing Café ........................................... 28 Larkburger .................................................. 18 Las Palmitas .............................................. 40 Lemongrass Bistro .............................. 8, 28 Leon Gessi New York Pizza .................... 36 Little Nepal ................................................ 34 Lofty’s ........................................................... 18 The Loop ..................................................... 40 Louie’s Pizza .............................................. 36 Lucky Dragon Chinese Restaurant ...... 28

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Sahara Cafe ............................................... 38 Saigon Cafe ................................................ 29 Saigon Grill ................................................. 29 Saigon Springs ................................... 24, 29 Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill .... 25, 42 Salsa Latina ............................................... 42 San Chang House ..................................... 30 Sandy’s ........................................................ 22 Schnitzel Fritz ........................................... 34 Schnitzel King ........................................... 34 Senor Manuel’s Mexican Cuisine ......... 42 Seoul Tofu Grill ......................................... 30 Shanghai 2 Chinese Restaurant ........... 30 Shanghai Cafe ........................................... 30 Shangrila Restaurant .............................. 30 Sheldon’s Luncheonette ......................... 22 Shin Sa Dong Korean Cuisine ............... 30 Shuga’s Restaurant & Bar ...................... 22 Silver Pond Chinese Restaurant .......... 30 Smashburger ............................................. 22 Smiley’s Bakery and Café ....................... 22 Sonterra Grill ............................................. 42 Southside Johnny’s ................................. 22 Spice Island Grill ....................................... 37 Spicy Basil .................................................. 30 Springs Orleans ........................................ 32 Stagecoach Inn ......................................... 22 Stir ................................................................ 22 Summit .......................................................... 8 Sunbird ......................................................... 12 Sushi Ai ....................................................... 30 Sushi Rakkyo ............................................. 30 Sushi Ring .................................................. 30 Swiss Chalet Restaurant ......................... 12 Tabeguache Steakhouse ......................... 12 Taco Star ..................................................... 42 Tajine Alami ............................................... 38 Tako Japanese Restaurant .................... 30 Tao’s Oriental Cuisine ............................. 30 Tapateria ...................................................... 12 Taste of China ........................................... 30 Taste of India ............................................. 34 Taste of Korea ........................................... 30 Taste of Philly ............................................ 22 Taste of Thai Spice ................................... 30 The Tavern .................................................... 8 Thai Basil .................................................... 30 Thai Lily Cuisine & Yakitori 8 ................ 30 Thai Mint ..................................................... 30 Thai Satay .................................................. 30 Tomo Sushi ................................................. 30 Tong Tong Korean Restaurant .............. 30 Tony’s Downtown Bar .............................. 22 Tortilleria Delicias .................................... 42 Trinity Brewing Co. ................................... 22 Trivelli’s Hoagies ...................................... 22 Tucanos ........................................................ 12 Uchenna ...................................................... 32 Ultimate Buffet ......................................... 30 Uncle Sam’s Pancake House ................. 22 Uwe’s ............................................................ 34 Vallejo’s ....................................................... 42 Vietnamese Garden ................................. 32 Wade’s Café ................................................ 26 Walter’s Bistro ............................................ 12 Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery ..... 12 Western Omelette .................................... 26 Wild Ginger Thai ...................................... 32 Wines of Colorado .................................... 26 Wooglin’s Deli ............................................ 26 Xiang’s Kitchen ......................................... 32 Yoo Mae Japanese Cuisine .................... 32 Zen Fusion Sushi & Bistro ...................... 32

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Braised Cumin Chile Lamb Shank, La Rosa Southwestern Dining

The Dish

Gazette food writers’ Top 5 favorite plates

Teresa J. Farney

Food editor 636-0271, teresa.farney@gazette.com

Burrata alla Bella Vita

LA BELLA VITA RISTORANTE ITALIANO 4475 Northpark Drive, 260-4730, labellavitaristorante.net Tiziano Cestari and Giuliano Cassuli: You probably can tell their names are Italian; they were born and raised in the boot. Everything in their restaurant is made from scratch, including the very good pasta. The signature Burrata alla Bella Vita is addictive. The creamy, luscious cheese appetizer served with grilled crostini, thick slices of fresh tomato, basil leaves and shaved prosciutto with a generous splash of olive oil is pricey. But it’s almost a meal in itself. The real treat about this dish is that you don’t have to wait for spring and summer menus to spot it. Cassuli, the chef of the team, keeps it on the menu even in the dead of winter.

Calamari Fritti Arrabiata

PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO 2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200, paravicinis.com You can count on several things when you dine at this traditional Italian-American bistro: You’ll enjoy the bustling neighborhood eatery and you won’t leave feeling you didn’t get your money’s worth. You’ll probably need a doggie bag. A classic example is the Calamari Fritti Arrabiata ($10.95), one of chef and co-owner Franco Pisani’s signature dishes. This popular appetizer consists of a dinner plate piled with calamari fried to crispy perfection then topped with sautéed hot peppers, black olives, capers and sun-dried tomatoes.

Prime Beef Tartar

CARLOS’ BISTRO 1025 S. 21st St., 471-2905, carlosbistrocos.com Don’t be surprised when you approach this dressy restaurant and see owner Carlos Echeandia walking in and out the front door, greeting arriving customers. That passion, dedication and seeing to every last detail of a superb dining experience continues until you’ve licked the last drop of garnish off the dessert plate. Not to be missed is the USDA Prime Beef Tartar ($23). Yes, the price is steep, but this is the gold standard for the raw beef dish and the portion can easily be shared. The chef has combined the perfect flavor and texture combination of beef with salty capers, sweet pickles, crispy red onion and tangy Dijon mustard. It’s all glued together with fresh egg yolks.

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Braised Cumin Chile Lamb Shank

LA ROSA SOUTHWESTERN DINING 25 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, 368-7676, larosasouthwesterndining.com Here is the newest and possibly the only eatery in the region where you can tuck into a plate of authentic New Mexico-style food. That’s because Marina La Riva, one of the owners and the main force behind ingredient sourcing, goes back to Albuquerque, where she grew up, to buy chilies and other necessary ingredients to ensure the best flavors. Few dishes on the menu disappoint, but the lamb shank ($20) is braised to fall-off-thebone tenderness with spices that enhance the flavor. It is finished with a thick coating of brilliant New Mexico red chili that is a flavor sensation. It’s served with pinto beans, shredded lettuce, rice and a flour tortilla.

Three Color Pudding LEMONGRASS BISTRO 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 592-1391

This is one of the few Vietnamese eateries in the region that doesn’t pay homage to Saigon in its name. Don’t be fooled, though. This is the place to have authentic French-infused Vietnamese dishes presented in a clean upscale space. The family-owned eatery features the predictable dishes of the homeland (noodle bowls, lettuce-wrapped egg rolls) but you’ll find some other dishes with a twist on the traditional, such as the Lemongrass Three Amigos, a combination of chicken, beef and shrimp in a hot and spicy lemongrass sauce. Save room for a special dessert: Three Color Pudding ($4.50). It’s a hard sell on paper. But once you taste this refreshing Vietnamese sweet you’ll become a fan. Three colors refers to the cooked beans, which are layered with tapioca, Jell-O, fruit (longan, mango, durian, lychee or jackfruit), and coconut cream. The dessert is pure perfection at this popular Asian eatery.

fine dining ADAM’S MOUNTAIN CAFÉ • 934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430,

adamsmountain.com Gourmet organic, local cuisine that is heavily vegetarian. Try the huevos rancheros with the blue corn tortillas. ........................................................................................................ $$$ΩRp

ANTLERS GRILLE • 4 S. Cascade Ave., 473-5600, antlers.com The hotel’s breakfast restaurant offers a buffet and à la carte menu. Open MondaysSaturdays for breakfast, with Sunday breakfast and brunch. .................................................... $ THE BLUE STAR • 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086, thebluestar.net

This sister restaurant to Nosh flashes a wide and deep wine list, as well as a great happy hour, tasty tapas and a consistently good and wide-ranging lunch and dinner menu. Check out the half-price wine by the bottle on Sundays. ................................................. $$$ Ω

TERESA J. FARNEY’S PICK: BONEFISH GRILL • 5102 N. Nevada Ave.,

598-0826, bonefishgrill.com This eatery specializes in market-fresh fish and other wood-grilled items. The recipes are innovative, with some contemporary renditions of the classics. The chef-driven menu and fresh cocktails will indulge your senses. The Maryland Crabcakes — two jumbo lump cakes with red remoulade — are delicious. The Chilean Sea Bass is rich, melt-inyour-mouth fish that is tender and buttery. Dish not to miss: Bang, Bang Shrimp ($8.90). .............................................................. $$$ Ωp

BRIARHURST MANOR ESTATE • 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1864, briarhurst.com This cozy Victorian-mansion-turned-gourmet-dining-experience is a favorite wedding venue. .......................................................................................................................................... $$$$ΩR THE BROADMOOR RESTAURANTS • 1 Lake Ave., 634-7711, broadmoor.com

Charles Court: Elegant dining featuring American-style cuisine with an extensive wine list. ................................................................................................................................................ $$$ Rp Lake Terrace Dining Room: Perennial favorite for the huge buffet on Sundays that includes multiple carving and action stations. ............................................................. $$$$Ωp Penrose Room: It’s the only five-diamond and five-star restaurant in Colorado or the neighboring states. You can expect perfection of food and service. ........................... $$$$p Summit, 9 Lake Circle, 577-5733, 577-5896: A casual yet elegant contemporary bistro, serving excellently prepared food at good prices. ...................................................... $$$ The Tavern: The stunning garden room has been revamped and the menu retooled à la a French-style steakhouse. The kitchen does a solid job with meat and seafood. ....... $$$$

TERESA’S PICK: CAFÉ 36 • 30 W. Dale St., 477-4377, csfineartscenter.org/ cafe36.asp A perfect spot for ladies who lunch. The talented chefs prepare seasonal foods in creative ways. The Sunday brunch, which you can order off the menu, is a favorite. The Relleno and Eggs comes with a roasted poblano pepper stuffed with a savory cheese blend, baked and finished with corn salsa, cilantro sour cream and two eggs any style, over country potatoes. Dish not to miss: Bittersweet Turtle Pie ($6). ................................................................... $$Rp

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fine dining CARLOS’ BISTRO • 1025 S. 21st St., 471-2905, carlosbistrocos.com

Friendly family-owned restaurant serving high-quality beef, fish, lamb and organ meat, all prepared to five-star quality. ................................................................................... $$$$ΩRp

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN RESORT • 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 538-4000,

cheyennemountain.com The king of buffets — especially the Sunday brunch. The resort serves great cold salads, breakfast items and dinner entrées. You can order off a menu, too. ................ $$$$ΩRp

THE CLIFF HOUSE AT PIKES PEAK • 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs,

785-1000, thecliffhouse.com The dining room is inviting, and the excellent food is prepared by award-winning chefs. ... ........................................................................................................................................................ $$$ Rp

THE CRAFTWOOD INN • 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, 685-9000,

craftwood.com Colorado-style cuisine is on the menu, but there are many other creative, upscale dishes prepared with gourmet flair. .......................................................................................... $$$$ΩRp

THE FAMOUS, A STEAKHOUSE • 31 N. Tejon St., 227-7333,

thefamoussteakhouse.net The prime steaks put the “famous” in the name, and the cow is always prepared to perfection. ...................................................................................................................................... $$$$Ω

TERESA’S PICK: GERTRUDE’S RESTAURANT • 2625 W. Colorado Ave.,

471-0887, gertrudesrestaurant.com At this small, sophisticated restaurant, the chef can prepare a delicate vegetarian entrée (say, Spinach Walnut Tortellini) as well as he can grill a hearty Boulder Valley Ranch-certified New York strip. A broad, well-chosen wine list complements the entrées. Dish not to miss: Grilled Salmon Salad ($15.95, $11.95 for half). ....................................... $$$$

JOSEPH’S FINE DINING • 1606 S. 8th St., 630-3631, josephsdining.com One of the few remaining places to have elegant dishes prepared tableside. ................. $$$ MB PARTLOW’S PICK: MACKENZIE’S CHOP HOUSE RESTAURANT • 128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536, mackenzieschophouse.com At MacKenzie’s, you will find delicious steaks cooked juicy and to order. The steakhouse’s greatest hits are all done well, but don’t expect too many surprises. The standards are high, the food is straightforward, and there’s nothing wrong with combining consistency and tradition. Dishes not to miss: The Baseball Cut ($29.95), Bistro Steak Salad ($11.95). .......... $$$ΩR THE MARGARITA AT PINECREEK • 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667, margaritaatpinecreek.com Local favorite for years and especially known for the all-you-can-eat soup and salad lunch. Friday and Saturday nights feature music. June through September, drop by for dinner and a movie. ............................................................................................................. $$$ΩRp MARIGOLD CAFÉ AND BAKERY • 4605 Centennial Blvd., 599-4776,

marigoldcoloradosprings.com A French bistro and bakery with a wine bar, where steak and fries are a popular option. ... ....................................................................................................................................................... $$ΩRp

THE MELTING POT • 30 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A, 385-0300,

meltingpot.com/coloradosprings Dark. Romantic. And all the ingredients of a fondue lover’s dreams. ................................. $$$

MONA LISA FONDUE RESTAURANT • 733 Manitou Ave., 685-0277, monalisafondue.com Not your run-of-the-mill fondue spot. This upscale dip palace is a unique and delicious experience. .................................................................................................................................... $$$$Ω TERESA’S PICK: MOTIF • 2432 W. Cucharras St., 635-5635, motifwest.com

A jazz bar serving artfully prepared food in an upscale setting. Award-winning chef Andy Darrigan delights palates with his small-plate menu. Favorites include the Kobe Brioche Sliders, small beef burgers topped with roasted tomatoes and arugula, and the Salmorejo Shrimp, succulent skewered tiger shrimp smothered in New Mexican chili marinade. Dish not to miss: Assorted lollipops ($8), four of the chef’s signature chocolate truffle and cheesecake lollipops. ............................................................................................................. $$ R

MOZAIC RESTAURANT • 443 S. Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, 481-1800, innatpalmerdivide.com Popular for the award-winning Sunday brunch. The food on the regular menu is classically prepared and beautifully presented. ...................................................... $$$$ΩRp THE MUCKY DUCK • 10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2008,

muckyduckco.com Steak, seafood, escargot and prime rib served in a rustic log-cabin setting. Enjoy the rooftop patio in fine weather. .............................................................................................. $$$ Rp

NOSH • 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 121, 634-6674 , Nosh121.com A hip place offering a playful menu, with dishes such as chicken and waffles as well as mac and cheese with a gourmet twist. ................................................................................. $$ΩR 10 / 2013 DINING GUIDE / THE GAZETTE

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fine dining THE PEPPER TREE RESTAURANT • 888 W. Moreno Ave., 471-4888, peppertreecs.com An old-fashioned spot with spot-on service. The Pepper Steak is one of the restaurant’s most famous dishes, and it’s prepared tableside. ........................................................ $$$$Ωp THE RABBIT HOLE • 101 N. Tejon St., 203-5072, rabbitholedinner.com There’s a lot to like on this creative menu, which continues the “Alice in Wonderland” theme with menu labels such as “Eat Me” and “Drink Me.” The wine and the beer lists are good, and the bar stocks many locally made spirits. .................................................................... $ THE SUNBIRD MOUNTAIN GRILL AND TAVERN • 230 Point of the Pines

Drive, 598-8990, thesunbird.com Given a more casual spin in a recent renovation, the Sunbird is best known for the lavish, well-priced champagne Sunday brunch buffet. It also offers ribs, steak, trout and chicken on an extensive menu. .......................................................................................... $$ΩRp

THE SWISS CHALET • 19263 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, 687-2001, swisschaletofwoodlandpark.com Like dining in a chalet in the Swiss Alps. The menu features classic continental dishes. Friendly service. ..................................................................................................................... $$$$ Rp TABEGUACHE STEAKHOUSE • 407 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, 687-8536,

facebook.com/tabeguachesteakhouse Not a fussy place, but one where you can dig into a well-prepared steak. .............. $$ Rp

TAPATERIA • 2607 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8272, tapateria.com

Spanish tapas served with an excellent wine list. ................................................................ $ΩR

TERESA’S PICK: TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL • 3294 Cinema Point,

597-3800, tucanos.com This is the hot spot for churrasco (pronounced shoe-HAS-ko) dining: Fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table on swords by servers. Cost is $14.95 for weekday lunches and $21.95 for dinners. The Salad Festival bar features both Brazilian and American specialties, providing a fusion of flavors, textures and colors. Dish not to miss: Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon Skewer ($9.95). ............................... $$$ΩR

WALTER’S BISTRO • 146 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 630-0201, waltersbistro.com An elegant dining room, where European cuisine is triumphant. ................................ $$$$ R THE WAREHOUSE RESTAURANT AND GALLERY, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880, thewarehouserestaurant.com Elk, wild boar, bison, steaks and seafood are all given a gourmet touch. Check out the art gallery while you’re there. ................................................................................................................ $$$

casual THE AIRPLANE RESTAURANT • 1665 N. Newport Road, 570-7656, solosrestaurant.com How can you beat eating in an actual Boeing KC-97? That’s one of the dining rooms in this family eatery, which has been featured on the Food Network as well as in national publications. .............................................................................................................................................. $ BJ’S VELVET FREEZ • 1511 N. Union Blvd., 633-6365

Drive in, park and enjoy one of the remnants of childhood trips to the local soft-serve ice cream joint. Bonus: There’s some good eating as well. .................................................... $R

MB’S PICK: BACK EAST BAR & GRILL • 9475 Briar Village Point, 264-6161,

backeastbarandgrill.com Back East Bar & Grill is friendly and welcoming, whether you’re the first person through the door for lunch or you bring your family for dinner on trivia night. It can be loud (those trivia players are relentlessly enthusiastic), and the center point of the establishment is the bar, but the service remains attentive and speedy. The menu is well thought out and offers something for everyone, although adding a veggie burger to the menu would broaden the scope. Dishes not to miss: Pizza Salad ($9.50), Beef on Weck ($8.50). ......................................... $R

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BIG TRAIN FAMILY RESTAURANT • 3050 N. Nevada Ave., 473-8218 This family-friendly eatery is comfort food central. And don’t miss the Slopper. ............... $

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casual BIRD DOG BBQ • four locations, birddogbbq.com

We may not live in the South, but there really aren’t any borders to loving barbecue. Bird Dog’s Oklahoma-style barbecue has quite a following, perhaps because of the oaksmoked meats with sauce on the side, counter service and generous servings. ........... $Ω

BON TON’S CAFE • 2601 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1007, bontonscafe.com A Sunday brunch on the patio of this Old Colorado City cafe is a must during good weather. The people-watching is priceless, and the food is the kind your mom made (if you were lucky). Serving breakfast and lunch — and alcoholic beverages. ...................... $R BUFFALO WILD WINGS • 2905 Geyser Drive, 219-1500; 7425 N. Academy Blvd.,

594-9464; buffalowildwings.com Whether you like traditional or boneless wings, this spot has you covered with 20 signature sauces, four dry rub seasonings and always fresh, never frozen wings. ................. $Ω

TERESA’S PICK: CAFÉ CORTO COFFEE GALLERY • 115 E. Kiowa St., 577-4347, cafecorto.com This family-owned coffeehouse-art gallery fusion is much more than a java joint. Benjamin Gallegos-Pardo, an owner, is a self-professed coffee nut and an Iron Chef wannabe. The small breakfast and lunch sandwich menu has gradually grown to include many of his traditional, Latin-influenced dishes, such as the award-winning Cuban sandwich (a must try) and the Arepa de Polly, a Colombian corncake stuffed with cilantro-and-onionmarinated shredded chicken, avocado and a fried egg. Dish not to miss: Tres Leches Cake ($3). ........................................................................................ $ T.D. MOBLEY-MARTINEZ’S PICK: CANYON COFFEE & CAFE • 1791 S. 8th

St., Suite H, 633-7400, canyon-coffee.com This cozy little spot is tucked away in a strip mall on 8th Street and easy to miss. It’s worth putting the address in your GPS, though, because besides serving great coffee that’s blended just for them, there’s a surprising amount of attention to detail regarding the food. For instance, all the lunch meat is made in-house. A yummy example is the cafe’s Reuben, called a Reuby Canyon. The pastrami is made from scratch: The meat is brined for a week and hot smoked. Even the Thousand Island dressing is made in-house. The cafe has also started serving dinner. Dish not to miss: The pancakes (3 for $5). ................................................................................ $R

MB’S PICK: COLORADO MOUNTAIN BREWERY • 600 S. 21st St., Suite 180,

466-8240; 11202 Rampart Hills View, 434-5750; cmbrew.com This local brewery-restaurant opened a new location in the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse features tall ceilings, a warm wood interior with an upscale feel, a second story and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains. The restaurants aren’t just pretty, though: They offer warm, friendly service and mostly outstanding food with a few small glitches. Both menus give you a little of everything, and the wood-fired pizza oven at the Roundhouse helped produce what might be the best pizza I’ve ever had. Dishes not to miss: The truffle fries ($9), fish and chips ($12), bacon-wrapped Rocky Mountain rainbow trout ($14). ................................................................................................... $ Ωp

MB’S PICK: COQUETTE’S BISTRO AND BAKERY • 915 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2420, coquettecreperie.com A totally gluten-free restaurant, but you don’t have to be gluten-free to enjoy eating there. The tidy menu is full of delicious food that will satisfy a variety of appetites, and the staff is equally sensitive to other allergy issues as well. The daily specials are inventive, so whether you want a quick breakfast or a cozy dinner, you’ll find a dish that hits the mark. Dishes not to miss: The Greek omelette ($9.50), the Cheeky Monkey Crêpe ($7.25), the vegan polenta ($12.50). ................................................................................................................. $ΩR T.D.’S PICK: THE CORNER CAFE • 7 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-1843, cornercafecs.com There are a lot of downtown spots to grab breakfast before work or spend your lunch hour. The Corner Cafe may not be the fanciest, but it does everything well, including the pork green chili (it’s hot and savory). Generous portions and friendly service (owners Bob and Virginia Smoot are always there) make it worth the occasional line at the register. Grab a piece of Virginia’s pies to eat later: My fav is the banana coconut cream. Dishes not to miss: A Pueblo Slopper ($8.95), that green chili soup ($3.50 cup, $4.75 bowl) and the tuna sandwich ($7.95). ........................................................................................... $R CRAVE REAL BURGERS • 7465 N. Academy Blvd., 264-7919,

craverealburgers.com Cheeseburger? Ho hum. Crave can hook you up with flavors God never intended to be consumed together, including the Fatty Melt (bacon, cheese and pickles between two grilled cheese sandwiches) and the Nutty Professor (peanut butter, bacon, jalapeños and onions). And while you’re waiting for the ambulance, be sure and try one of Crave’s oldfashioned milkshakes. ............................................................................................................................. $

CUCURU GALLERY CAFE • 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900 This quirky little cafe in the heart of Old Colorado City specializes in tapas with a Cuban flair as well as a roster of live music and rotating art shows. ....................................... $$ΩR CY’S DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT • 1833 W. Uintah St., 630-7008

This homegrown drive-in serves up the classics as well as some combos you might not have thought of. Families flock there. ..................................................................................... $Rp

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casual DALE STREET BISTRO CAFÉ • 115 E. Dale St., 578-9898, mydalestreetcafe.com A sweet spot for a lazy afternoon. The menu includes pizza and a variety of salads and entrees, including Shrimp Luisa, Gnocchi Gorgonzola and Vegetable Wellington. ............ $$ MB’S PICK: DION’S • 6385 Source Center Point., 265-4645, dions.com

This Albuquerque-based chain made a name on its sandwiches, pizzas and salads. The service is friendly, even when the crowds are hectic, and the food is simple, fast, fresh and delicious. And if you don’t want to dine in, you can order and pay online then pick up your order at the drive-thru window. Dishes not to miss: The Tuscany Pizza ($6.95), roast beef and provolone sub ($5.45), the veggie sub ($5.45), and macadamia nut cookie ($1). ................................................... $Ωp

THE DONUT MILL • 310 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-9793, thedonutmill.com This sweet spot offers all the best in carbo overload, including house-made doughnuts, fritters, scones and cinnamon buns, the latter measuring 10 to 12 inches across. What more do you need to know? ............................................................................................................. $R DRIFTER’S HAMBURGERS • 4455 Mark Dabling Blvd., 548-8163,

driftershamburgers.com Good burgers and fries. A bonus: The beef is humanely raised without added hormones or antibiotics. Don’t leave without trying the freshly squeezed lemonade. ..................... $R

EAST COAST RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN • 24 S. Tejon St., 633-4522,

eastcoastdeli.net An old-fashioned deli run by Long Island natives. Serves up a huge variety of meats and all the classic sandwiches. Good service. ................................................................................... $R

MB’S PICK: ENGLISH DOCKSIDE SEAFOOD AND GRILL • 2220 N. Academy Place, 380-7732, englishdockside.com English is the owner’s last name, not his style, so you can expect po’ boys big enough to extend over the sides of the plate, catfish fried right and blue crab in several delicious incarnations. Plus, there’s the owner’s secret Cajun spice mix. Dish not to miss: The Blue Crab Meat Po-Boy ($17.95 large, $12.95 small). ........................... $ FLATIRONS AMERICAN BAR & GRILL • 2540 Tenderfoot Hill St., 576-2540, flatirons.biz There’s steak, sure, but Flatirons also offers a three-cheese macaroni, pork street tacos and about 75 wines and beers by the bottle. ................................................................................ $$ FREDDY’S FROZEN CUSTARD & STEAKBURGERS • 511 Garden of the Gods Road, 266-6455; 5825 Stetson Hills Blvd., 597-5878; freddysusa.com Founded in Kansas in the 1950s, a stop here will give you your fast-food fix. ................. $Ω GOLDEN BEE • The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5776, broadmoor.com/goldenbee Recently reopened after extensive renovations, it continues the tradition of the 19thcentury English pub experience. Traditional pub fare is on hand as well as live piano music and sing-a-longs. ..................................................................................................................... $$R TERESA’S PICK: GRIZZLY GRILL • 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road,

633-9925, cmzoo.org Prepare yourself for a surprise at this eatery. You’ll find selections you don’t expect to see in a zoo setting. There’s a carving station offering daily specials. The rice bowls are prepared creatively on the spot. We like to go for the made-to-order salads or wraps. Be sure to try an order of garlic Parmesan fries with the wrap. Zoo admission is required. Dish not to miss: Colorado brewed Duffy’s root beer float ($4.95 ). ................................. $R

GUNTHER TOODY’S • 5794 Palmer Park Blvd., 570-1952; 5490 E. Woodmen

Road, 548-1955; gunthertoodys.com Yearning for those “Happy Days?” This Colorado chain gives it to you in gleaming spades, along with some tasty fare, including the Bleu Suede Shoes Burger, the Diner Double Cheeseburger and an extensive breakfast menu. ...................................................... $Ω

THE HUNGRY BEAR • 111 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5912, hungrybearcolorado.com Just scrolling down the menu will make you hungry. ................................................................... $ JACK QUINN IRISH ALEHOUSE AND PUB • 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, jackquinnspub.com You don’t need to be Irish to enjoy the dark, intimate atmosphere of this downtown fixture. The food is good, too, and includes themed items (Celtic Wings, Guinness Stout Cheese Soup) as well as greatest hits such as a surf and turf and a Lime Dill Salmon. And if you’ve been out late, it’s one of the few downtown spots with a substantial menu to plumb before the drive home. ...................................................................................................... $$Ω JOANIE’S BAKERY DELI • 110 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, 686-9091,

joaniesdeli.com This gorgeous deli, which serves breakfast and lunch, is bright and airy. The food is wellprepared: just the thing for a trip to the lovely mountain town. .............................................. $

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casual T.D.’S PICK: JOHNNY’S NAVAJO HOGAN • 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 344-9593, johnnyshogan.com The Hogan has had many lives since it was built as a roadhouse in 1935. Restaurateur Johnny Nolan, who also owns SouthSide Johnny’s, took over the spot in 2011. It can be rowdy in the evenings (the cool, peaked log ceiling doesn’t do much for acoustics), but if that’s not your thing, check it out for lunch. The menus are the same. Dishes not to miss: The three-piece broasted chicken dinner ($10.95), the Yardbird sandwich ($8.95) and the fried zucchini ($8.95). ....................................................................... $R JUNIPER VALLEY RANCH • 16350 S. Colorado 115, 576-0741,

junipervalleyranch.com Now in its 62nd year, this popular restaurant hasn’t changed its menu since 1951. Think homemade fried chicken and baked ham with a variety of sides, served family style. Open March 29-Dec. 22. ........................................................................................................................ $$

THE KEG LOUNGE • 730 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9531,

facebook.com/TheKegLounge The kind of place where locals congregate for a good lunch or a drink after work (and they do). It’s dark, oaky and heavy on the protein. Friendly service and one of the best green chili cheeseburgers around. ..................................................................................................... $

KING’S CHEF DINER • 131 E. Bijou St., 636-5010; 110 E. Costilla St., 634-9135;

kingschefdiner.com King’s Chef has character to spare, but it isn’t just a pretty face. The food is hearty (and served in generous portions), the service friendly and the green chili hot. Really. .. $ΩR

T.D.’S PICK: LARKBURGER • 1904 Southgate Road, 466-6111, larkburger.com Started in Vail, this simple concept with memorable flavors is sleek but welcoming, a place you can sit for a while or bring the kids without worrying about bringing down the house. I’m a fan of the Little Lark, the smaller version of the restaurant’s namesake. It’s always juicy and cooked to order. And you gotta love the additions of thick-cut bacon, the Tillamook cheddar and gluten-free buns, for those so inclined. And Larkburger gives students and military free beverages. Dishes not to miss: Truffle and Parmesan fries ($3) and the Larkburger ($5.95). ............ $ LOFTY’S • 287 E. Fountain Blvd., 520-0024 The standard coffee shop groove is going on here in spades. Coffee and tea? Check. Bagels? Check. Sandwiches and soups? Check. Friendly poet-artist-philosopher owner and operator? Check. And if caffeine isn’t your wind-down choice at the end of the day, Lofty’s can offer you a glass of wine, a cold beer or a companionable cocktail. Whether your beverage is high-test or unleaded, you can sit, sip, nibble and relax. ..................... $Ω MARGO’S VIENNA STATION • 3442 W. Colorado Ave., 630-7453 When you want a hot dog, a place that mostly serves burgers just won’t do. This faux train depot does it right — and what a view. ..................................................................... $ΩRp THE MASON JAR • 2925 W. Colorado Ave., 632-4820; 5905 Corporate Drive, 260-6555; masonjarcolorado.com Straightforward comfort food. ........................................................................................................ $p THE MATÈ FACTOR CAFÉ • 966 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-3235 You won’t find another place in the area that looks like this cafe, which is a casual hangout to grab a beer, a sandwich, a matè or watch people. ....................................................... $R MB’S PICK: MCCABE’S TAVERN • 520 S. Tejon St. 633-3300,

mccabestavern.com The first thing that will strike you at McCabe’s is the atmosphere. There’s a casual air about the place that makes you feel like sitting and relaxing for a while. The menu offers a surprising number of creative vegetarian options. The food is simply better than the usual bar fare. Dishes not to miss: Chips and curry ($6.95), The Works Burger ($9.95). ......................... $Ω

MCGINTY’S WOOD OVEN PUB • 11115 W. U.S. 24, Divide, 686-7703,

mcgintyswoodenoverpub.com Walk into McGinty’s and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the old country. The food all sports Irish-sounding names, but there’s more than Irish stew to choose from, including pizza, sammies and fondue. ......................................................................................... $Ω

MEADOW MUFFINS • 2432 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0583 This is the go-to place for watching the game and grabbing an inexpensive burger and fries. It’s also a prime spot for live music and karaoke. ............................................................... $ MILDRED’S CAFE • 4645 Fountain Ave., Cascade, 684-7855, mildredscafe.com

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casual T.D.’S PICK: MONTAGUE’S PARLOUR • 1019 S. Tejon St., 520-0672,

montaguesparlour.com You might not guess that a cozy little tearoom complete with wing chairs and comfortable couches is located on the industrial part of Tejon Street. There, plans can be hatched or Jane Austen read or gossip shared — and if you’re situated right, you can hear it all. The coffee and tea are very good and Montague’s offers a solid breakfast and lunch menu that leans toward healthy. Save room because the array of cakes, scones and other tasty morsels is to die(t) for. Dish not to miss: Pumpkin tomato soup ($3.25 cup, $5.25 bowl). ...................................... $R

TERESA’S PICK: MOUNTAIN SHADOWS RESTAURANT • 2223 W. Colorado Ave., 633-2122, sites.google.com/site/mountainshadowsrestaurant This converted home is clearly the locals’ digs, but the amiable staff makes you feel like you’re a native. The famously huge breakfast dishes are served all day. Try the giant cinnamon roll. The Friday all-you-can-eat fish and chips keeps fans lined up. Dish not to miss: Chicken fried steak ($9.59 breakfast, $10.99 dinner). ........................ $$R NEW DAY CAFE • 5901 Delmonico Drive, 266-0555, newdaycafe.com Open for breakfast and lunch, this newly opened spot offers classic fare, including a variety of omelets, housemade soups and sandwiches. .............................................................. $ NORTH END DINER • 3005 N. Hancock Ave., 442-1833, northenddiner.com Every neighborhood needs a spot to meet up, to eat and talk. North End has been just that since it was founded in 1958. Open for breakfast and lunch, you’ll find all the traditional diner fare, plus hormone-free Ranch Foods beef. .............................................................. $ THE OLIVE BRANCH • 23 S. Tejon St., 475-1199, theolivebranchrest.com

The Olive Branch is famous for its brunches. The food is solid and portions generous, and served in a comfortable room that’s as homey as the food. Vegetarian and glutenfree items are available. It’s also open for dinner Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. .... $ Ω

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THE OMELETTE PARLOR • 900 E. Fillmore St., 633-7770, co-spgs-omeletteparlor.com You need to get here early on weekends because the OP is a popular breakfast spot. You can get breakfast all day, but sandwiches and salads also are on the menu. ................. $Ω OSCAR’S OYSTER BAR • 333 S. Tejon St., 471-8070 This cool little spot near downtown is easy to miss, but slow down a bit and look. It’s worth it. It’s known for its Cajun dishes, but the oysters are to die for. The covered patio’s a nice spot to watch the game. ......................................................................................... $R T.D.’S PICK: OVER EASY, A DAYTIME EATERY • 28A S. Tejon St., 471-2311, overeasycolorado.com Local restaurant mogul Randy Price remade the former Slayton’s into a hip spot for breakfast and lunch. Comfort food rules and yet some items have a tasty spin, including the grilled cheese sandwich with Swiss, havarti, fresh basil, tomato and a drizzle of Colorado honey on grilled sourdough. Get there early on weekends because there’s often a long waiting list. Dish not to miss: Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes ($7.99). ................................................... $ MB’S PICK: THE PANTRY • 6980 Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, 684-9018 Inside the constantly slamming old screen door, a J-shaped counter lined with stools is crowded with salt and pepper, hot sauce, bowls of half-and-half containers, folded newspapers and all the other accoutrements that should accompany diner food. If you come for breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday, expect to wait. The food is that good. Dish not to miss: Baby Doe (Benedict) ($8.99). ............................................................. $ΩRp TERESA’S PICK: PATTY JEWETT BAR AND GRILL • 900 E. Espanola St.,

385-6908, pattyjewettclubhouse.com The clubhouse and banquet room were built in 1910 and the building combines turn-ofthe-century charm with wonderful renovations and beautiful views of Pikes Peak. The bar and grill is featured as one of the 50 Best 19th Holes in the country by Golf Digest Magazine. The best bet in the burger category is the Green Chile Slopper ($8.25), an open-faced burger bathed in spicy green chili, melted cheddar cheese and sour cream. Dish not to miss: Colorado cobb salad ($8.95). .................................................................. $Rp

PHANTOM CANYON BREWING CO. • 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800,

phantomcanyon.com There’s a little-of-everything menu here for lunch, dinner and late night — Italian, Southern, Mexican and so forth. ........................................................................................................... $ΩR

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A spin-off from the European Cafe, it offers fare that’s worth the calories. ............... $Rp

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casual POOR RICHARD’S/RICO’S CAFÉ AND WINE BAR • 320-324 N. Tejon St.,

630-7723, poorrichards.biz Poor Richard’s offers straightforward ambiance and food, including pizza by the slice, sandwiches and salads. Rico’s Café and Wine Bar is a little different: An interesting wine list, beers and organic coffee complement the tapas, such as a Maple Glazed Butternut Squash & Crispy Proscuitto. Catch live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. ......... $RΩ

RITZ GRILL • 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, ritzgrill.com A downtown fixture with a bistro-style menu that hits all the high points, including steaks, Asian and California-style pizzas. Check out the Friday night dance party. ............ $ RUDY’S COUNTRY STORE AND BAR-B-Q • 315 S. 31st St., 471-4120,

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SANDY’S RESTAURANT • 6940 Space Village Ave., 651-0596 Diner food at its finest. Almost everything is made from scratch. Fill up on crispy home fries, eggs and green chili, and take one of the house cinnamon rolls to go. ...................... $ SHELDON’S LUNCHEONETTE • 310 8th St., 520-1654; 204 Mount View Lane, 599-0887; sheldonslunch.com Remember the luncheonette counter where gravy flowed free and you didn’t have to ask for your hash browns on the crispy side? Sheldon’s carries on the tradition with style. .. $ SHUGA’S RESTAURANT & BAR • 702 S. Cascade Ave., 328-1412, shugas.com

You’ll be met with interesting cocktails here. Sip your Lavender Blossom martini daintily in this quirky restaurant as you nibble at your tapas, spoon up your Spicy Brazilian Coconut Shrimp Soup or partake of the tasty Brick Chicken Sandwich. ..................................... $R

SMASHBURGER • 5320 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 100, 219-0500; 3707 Bloomington St., 574-4126; smashburger.com This Denver chain makes a mean burger, first smashing hand-formed beef on a scalding grill, then piling the patty with fresh toppings. .............................................................................. $ T.D.’S PICK: SMILEY’S BAKERY & CAFE, 323 N. Tejon St., 328-9447,

smileysbakerycafe.com This unassuming little cafe with character to spare serves only breakfast and lunch, but you’ll make it a regular stop after tasting the homemade bread, pancakes and gumbos. There also are whole pies for sale. Dish not to miss: Asiago Grilled Cheese Sandwich with ham and tomato ($8.95). ...... $Ω

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY’S • 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487, southsidejohnnys.biz

Hit Johnny’s for food during the day and drinks and live music come dusk. Johnny’s delivers more than the standard bar food. ...................................................................................... $

THE STAGECOACH INN • 702 Manitou Ave., 685-9400, stagecoachinn.com There are plenty of stick-to-your-ribs choices here. Enjoy a plate next to the fireplace, in the English-style pub, the Western-themed dining rooms or outside by the creek. .... $$R STIR • 2330 N. Wahsatch Ave., 418-6188, stircoffeeshop.com This coffee shop in the Bon Shopping Center has many ways to get you caffeinated. Fill your belly at the same time with breakfast burritos or quiche, and when there’s cherry pie available, get a slice if you know what’s good for you. .................................................... $Ω TASTE OF PHILLY • 2819 Dublin Blvd., 260-7722; 3552 N. Academy Blvd.,

638-0020; 1634 S. Nevada Ave., 471-1922; tasteofphilly.biz This Colorado chain offers thick Philly sandwiches, hoagies, wraps and salads. ............ $Ω

TONY’S DOWNTOWN BAR • 311 N. Tejon St., 228-6566, tonysdowntownbar.com

You’ll find a mish-mash of personalities inhabiting this neighborhood joint, including sports fans, trivia buffs and college kids, all indulging in fried cheese curds, Wisconsinstyle fish fries and cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. ............................................................................... $

TRINITY BREWING CO. • 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 634-0029,

trinitybrew.com This restaurant-brewery makes some interesting and delicious choices in the creation of new beers. Pair that with tantalizing entrées and appetizers, such as fries smothered in green chili, a chicken bacon bruschetta wrap and Kobe burgers. Surprisingly, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options here, too. .................................................................. $Ω

TRIVELLI’S HOAGIES • 2729 N. Nevada Ave., 471-7733, trivellis.net Hoagies are the thing here. Try the Rock Star, with capicola ham, Genoa salami, provolone cheese, grilled steak, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. .................................... $Ω UNCLE SAM’S PANCAKE HOUSE • 341 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,

685-9525 Join the locals for an omelet, steak and egg plate, or a fruit waffle. ...................................... $

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Spring Rolls

Saigon SPringS 3408 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1175 Take the freshest sprigs of cilantro, basil and mint that you can find. Halve some sweet, plump shrimp. Slice some tender pork. Get the crunchiest bean sprouts and julienne the crispest carrots and cucumbers. Combine with rice, stick noodles in a chewy, delicate rice-paper wrapper, and you’ve got a locked and loaded spring roll, all the flavors ready to detonate in your mouth. That’s the spring roll ($3.95 for 2) experience at Saigon Springs.

Fried Pickles

Crave real BurgerS 7465 N. Academy Blvd., 264-7919, craverealburgers.com Crave is all about the burgers. So, we’ll just have some fried pickles ($4 small, $8 large) while we wait. What a weird idea: fried pickles. Maybe we won’t even finish them. Sliced dill pickles in a thin, peppery batter, fried until they resemble golden-brown coins. With ranch dressing on the side? They’re not like anything else we’ve eaten. Hey, who ate the last pickle?

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

MacKenzie’s chop house RestauRant 128 S. Tejon St., 635-3536, mackenzieschophouse.com To take this moist, dense, spicy cake and top it with a rich, buttery toffee sauce is one thing. But to then gild the lily with the crowning glory of salted caramel ice cream? This dessert ($8) is so good it will make you forget the existence of chocolate. Don’t try to share, because you’ll resent every forkful that doesn’t wind up in your own mouth.

French Fries

Milt’s coffee shop 2314 E. Platte Ave., 634-9016 Forget about truffles and aioli and fancy flavored ketchups. These are just really wellprepared french fries ($2) that taste as if they came from a potato instead of from the deep freeze. Skinny, greasy, salty and delicious: They are everything you could ever want from diner fries. Or, heck, from any fries, anywhere.

Sangria Swirl

salsa BRava fResh Mexican gRill 9420 Briar Village Point, 955-6650; 802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244; salsabravacolorado.com The Sangria Swirl ($6) combines mixology and magic. The tart, luscious, lime-infused tequila drink known as a margarita is swirled with the tangy, sweet, earthy and fruitinfused red wine drink known as sangria. If logic says the two don’t combine, your taste buds will tell you otherwise. Think of it as the ultimate Slurpee for adults.

Sicilian Crust Pizza

BoRRiello BRotheRs Eight locations between Fountain and Monument; borriellobrothers.com Sometimes you don’t want a puny little cracker-thin crust. Sometimes you want your pizza hot and hefty, with a substantial, chewy crust, crispy brown on the bottom and thick enough to stand up to whatever you want to pile on the top. The square Sicilian pizza ($16.50 or more) also happens to make the best leftovers for breakfast — and you will have leftovers. All of Borriello Brothers’ toppings are available on a Sicilian crust, but the simple pepperoni is a joy to behold.

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casual WADE’S CAFE • 3504 N. Academy Blvd., 596-8122,

wades-cafe.com Wade’s has been around since 1953, so it’s no stranger to cooking up breakfast and lunch items. Try the pancakes — they’ve won awards. ......................................................................... $Ω

WESTERN OMELETTE • 16 S. Walnut St., 636-2286, westernomelette.com A Springs staple, with some tasty green chili (and when your server says hot, think “nuclear”) making its way out of the kitchen. Don’t swing by for dinner, though. Western Omelette only serves breakfast and lunch. ................................................................................ $Ω WINES OF COLORADO • 8045 W. U.S. 24, Cascade, 684-0900, winesofcolorado.com With more than 95 Colorado vintners represented, any oenophile will have a reason to make the drive to this creekside restaurant. The casual food is quite good. ... $$$ΩRp WOOGLIN’S DELI • 823 N. Tejon St., 578-9443, wooglinsdeli.com

Nestled in the heart of the Colorado College area, Wooglin’s sees its share of meet ups before exams. You’ll also spot a more mature crowd, which is drawn to the classic deli fare, friendly service and generous portions. ............................................................................ $R

asian 2000 WOK • 115 E. Fillmore St., 633-6900 At $1.98 per item, you can create any combo you want. .............................................................. $ AI SUSHI & GRILL • 4655 Centennial Blvd., 266-5858, aisushi.us; 3215 Cinema

Point, 622-8866, aisushipowers.com Two locations, different owners, each with a maximum of chic. Fresh sushi and Teppanyaki dining with flair. ........................................................................................... $$, $$$ respectively

ARHARN THAI RESTAURANT • 3739 Bloomington St., 596-6559,

arharnthai.net Fabulous, fresh flavors, lush setting and reasonable prices. Interesting menu items abound, such as Pad Prig Prow, which is made of stir-fried broccoli, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, baby corn and onions with Thai-style house sauce. .................................................... $

BAMBOO COURT RESTAURANT • 4935 Centennial Blvd., 599-7383 Reliable, inexpensive Chinese-American food since 1989. ........................................................... $ BARA SUSHI & GRILL • 1645 Briargate Parkway, No. 245, 599-7330, sushibara.com Creative, seasonal Japanese dishes — exquisitely fresh sushi and Chilean sea bass, short ribs and scrumptious noodle dishes. ............................................................................................... $$ BHAN THAI • 1025 N. Academy Blvd., 574-3401, bhanthai.net; 4431 Centennial Blvd., 266-1309, bhanthaico.com Two locations, two owners. Fast Thai food with a good choice of red and green curries. $ CHINA CAFE • 2761 Briargate Blvd., 260-1111, chinacafecoloradosprings.com

Basic Chinese food, but now you can order online for pickup or delivery. ............................ $

CHINA DOLL RESTAURANT • 3629 Star Ranch Road, 579-8822

The Doll offers a buffet at lunch with Chinese-American standards and large portions. .. $

CHINA INN II • 5929 Delmonico Drive, 531-7357

Standard Chinese with a small buffet at lunch. .............................................................................. $

CHINA MENU • 5535 Powers Center Point, 282-0669, chinamenurestaurant.com A local Szechuan/Mandarin place with nice options (such as brown rice) on the menu. .. $ CHINA RECIPE • 7645 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, 495-8891, chinarecipefalcon.com Traditional Chinese-American food in Falcon, plus a few Thai dishes to spice things up. $ CHINA TOWN RESTAURANT • 326 S. Nevada Ave., 632-5151, chinatown-restaurant.com Traditional Chinese. Known for good service, fresh vegetables and large portions. .......... $ COAL MINE DRAGON • 1779 S. 8th St., 471-7007, coalminedragon.net; 1720 W. Uintah St., 578-5430 The two locations are independently owned. Unassuming spots for delicious Chinese favorites. Try the hot and sour soup. ................................................................................................ $ DRAGON KING CHINESE RESTAURANT, 6867 Mesa Ridge Parkway, Fountain,

382-3023 This small restaurant is making a big name for warm service and good food. .................... $

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asian FUJIYAMA • 22 S. Tejon St., 630-1167, fujiyamasushi.com The happy hours, especially the half-price sushi, make this downtown spot the place to be after work. .......................................................................................................................................... $$ GREAT CHINA BUFFET • 628 S. Academy Blvd., 572-8009

Standard Chinese buffet with lots of items. Buffet price includes drink. ............................... $

GREAT WALL SEAFOOD BUFFET: MONGOLIAN GRILL & SUSHI (FORMERLY EMPIRE ASIAN BUFFET) • 5760 N. Academy Blvd., 548-0334,

greatwallseafoodbuffet.com A large buffet with sushi, Mongolian barbecue and Chinese standards. ................................ $

HALLA SAN KOREAN BARBECUE • 1231 N. Academy Blvd., 622-9595,

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asian HOUSE OF SAIGON • 1014 S. 21st St., Suite A, 473-6707 Small place with Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Very good pho. .......................................... $ HOUSE OF YAKITORI 2 • 1612 N. Academy Blvd., Suite A, 596-7511,

yakitori-house.com Fast and fresh chicken, beef or shrimp in a straightforward style. ......................................... $

HOUSE OF YAKITORI NO. 5 THAI KITCHEN BY NAYA • 6626 Delmonico

Drive, 265-9168 The yakitori dishes you would expect, with some spicy Thai soups and other dishes. ...... $

HUHOT MONGOLIAN GRILL • 7790 N. Academy Blvd., 598-4044; 5843 Constitution Ave., 574-6647; huhot.com The playful menu instructs you on how to prepare your dish, or “How to pillage like the Mongols.” The success of your dish is in your hands. ................................................................ $$ HUNAN SPRINGS • 24 E. Kiowa St., 634-0800, hunansprings.net

A friendly, family-run downtown spot with enormous portions. ............................................... $

JACKSON CREEK CHINESE • 1054 W. Baptist Road, Monument, 487-8081 Great prices on Chinese standards, especially at lunchtime. ..................................................... $ JADE DYNASTY • 106 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9576,

jadedynastymanitousprings.com A new name for the old China China, promising Mandarin and Szechuan items. ................. $

JADE GARDEN • 3105 S. Academy Blvd., 390-1888

Fairly standard takeout and delivery Chinese place. .................................................................... $

JASMINE CAFÉ • 6064 Stetson Hills Blvd., 591-8989, jasminecafechineserestaurant.com Mostly Chinese (great War Wonton Soup) and some Thai (great pad Thai). ........................... $ JUN JAPANESE RESTAURANT • 1760 Dublin Blvd., 531-9368; 3276 Centennial

Blvd., 227-8690 Dublin location now offers shabu shabu and authentic ramen, in addition to sushi. ...... $$

KOHNAMI SUSHI • 7673 N. Union Blvd., 599-8689, kohnamisushi.com

A combination of Korean and Japanese, offering something for everyone. ....................... $$

KURA JAPANESE RESTAURANT • 3479 Research Parkway, 282-8238, kurajapaneserestaurant.reachlocal.net A creative and enthusiastic Japanese restaurant running the gamut from outstanding sushi to grilled items, seafood and Teppanyaki dining. ............................................................. $$ LANNA THAI • 8810 N. Union Blvd., 282-0474 Brightly seasoned Thai cuisine with several vegetarian options. ........................................... $$ LANSHING CAFÉ • 9475 Briar Village Point, No. 150, 266-8351

Classic, family-friendly Chinese restaurant. .................................................................................... $

LEMONGRASS BISTRO • 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 592-1391

Classic Vietnamese cuisine with an accent on fresh vegetables and bright herbs. ......... $$

LUCKY DRAGON CHINESE RESTAURANT • 402 W. Fillmore St., 635-0112 A dependable Colorado Springs staple for the past 20 years. ................................................... $ MAYFLOWER CHINESE RESTAURANT • 1212 E. U.S. 24, Woodland Park, 687-0711 The place for Chinese-American standards in Woodland Park. .................................................. $ MOBO SUSHI • 5975 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 209, 593-8249, mobosushi.com Get all-you-can-eat appetizers and sushi for $13.99 at lunch and $19.99 at dinner. .......... $$ MOON STAR 2 CHINESE RESTAURANT • 5873 Palmer Park Blvd., 380-9333

Fans love the fried rice and the steamed dumplings. ................................................................... $

NARAI THAI RESTAURANT • 805 Village Center Drive, 531-5175, narai-thai.com Excellent Thai food. And you can request and actually get “Thai hot” level of spicy. ........ $

NEW CHINA KITCHEN II • 4795 Barnes Road, Suite H, 638-8800, newchinakitchen2.com All you’d expect from a Chinese restaurant, plus Pad Thai and a couple of Thai curries. $ NEW PANDA, NEW PANDA 2 AND NEW PANDA 3 • 445A E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-9211; 1213 N. Circle Drive, 574-8336; 12225 Voyager Parkway, 481-0855; newpandarestaurant.com Independently owned, the three menus wander through China, Thailand and Malaysia, with a stop in Japan for sushi. ............................................................................................................. $

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asian MB’S PICK: OVERSEAS 101 • 5166 N. Academy Blvd., 534-9588 What makes this place such a find? Fast and friendly service coupled with really good food at reasonable prices. The lunch specials start at $5.95, and each entrée comes with an egg roll,most a creamimportant cheese wonton and soupof of your Terrifically fresh food is The part ourchoice. guide is missing. consistently prepared with tasty sauces that complement, not overwhelm. And that’s your input. Please go online and leave Dishes not to miss: The sesame tofu ($7.25), the fried squid ($5.95) and the Triple Curry reviews of your favorite restaurants or suggestions $ Sauce ($6.50). ............................................................................................................................................

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P.F. CHANG’S • 1725 Briargate Parkway, 593-8580, pfchangs.com

Fans rave about the Lettuce Cups and the Singapore Street Noodles. There are reasons why some chains succeed, and fresh ingredients plus excellent service propel Chang’s to the top. ............................................................................................................................................ $$Rp

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER • 7148 N. Academy Blvd., 260-9922, peiwei.com Smaller, younger sibling of P.F. Chang’s. Fast service, less upscale, more affordable. ....... $ PHO VIET • 3712 Galley Road, 597-6559

Three sizes of pho, from large to bathtub-sized. It’s housed in an old Pizza Hut, but don’t be deterred by the outer appearance. ............................................................................................... $

PHO-N-THAI • 125 N. Spruce St. • 329-0705, yourhoodz.com/phonthai Pho, Thai and Japanese, plus schnitzel, burgers and wings. ...................................................... $ RONG CHENG CHINESE RESTAURANT • 6938 N. Academy Blvd., 594-4849

Well-priced, delicious food. Fans like the sesame chicken and the Michael Jackson music that always seems to be playing. ........................................................................................................ $

SAIGON CAFE • 20 E. Colorado Ave., 633-2888, coloradosaigoncafe.com There’s always a full house here because the food is consistently delicious. Noodle bowls, topped with grilled pork, beef, shrimp or chicken, are a lunchtime favorite. ........ $$ SAIGON GRILL • 337 N. Circle Drive, 635-0720

Recently moved from the west side, bringing the tasty menu to a new neighborhood. ... $

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Fantastic hot and sour soup, spring rolls, curried squid, bun bowls, pho and more. An extensive menu, friendly to vegetarians. .............................................................................................. $

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asian SAN CHANG HOUSE • 3659 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Suite 45, 598-1707

Generous with banchan (Korean sides), plus friendly service and traditional Korean. ...... $

SEOUL TOFU GRILL • 296 S. Academy Blvd., 550-2000, seoultofugrill.com

Based on California Koreatown recipes, Seoul offers a wide range of classic and reimagined Korean favorites. We like the bento boxes ($7.50) at lunch — served with a choice of meat plus rice, salad, soup, vegetable tempura, kimchi and two other side dishes. .......... $

SHANGHAI 2 CHINESE RESTAURANT • 821 Cheyenne Meadows Road, 540-8288 Typical Chinese-American menu. ......................................................................................................... $ SHANGHAI CAFE • 1107 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 103, 634-4270

An unassuming exterior, but fans rave about sesame chicken and hot and sour soup. .... $

SHANGRILA RESTAURANT • 8850 N. Union Blvd., 495-1738 Reliable, affordable and delicious, with a warm staff that will make you feel at home. .... $ SHIN SA DONG KOREAN CUISINE • 3845 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 638-2695

Authentic Korean tucked away in a strip mall. Bibimbap and tofu stew are excellent choices. ..................................................................................................................................................... $$

SILVER POND CHINESE GOURMET • 5670 N. Academy Blvd., 594-9343,

bestsilverpondchinese.com A longtime favorite with Gazette readers. If you want something different check out the Vegetarian Duck or Thai Green Curry from the fusion menu. .................................................. $$

SPICY BASIL • 562 W. Colorado 105, Monument, 488-9898

New spot for Asian fusion cuisine in Monument. ........................................................................... $

SUSHI AI • 6552 S. Academy Blvd., 576-8855

Neighborhood sushi bar, beloved by the regulars. ........................................................................ $

SUSHI RAKKYO • 9205 N. Union Blvd., 645-8754, sushirakkyo.com An upscale new sushi joint, with an all-you-can eat special for $14.95 at lunch and $24.95 at dinner. ................................................................................................................................................... $$ SUSHI RING • 1861 S. Nevada Ave., 635-5550, sushiring.com

Inventive and playful sushi menu, with all-you-can-eat specials for lunch and dinner. If that’s too much food, stick with the Barry Manilow roll ($12.95) with tempura vegetable, crab, tuna, shrimp and avocado. ....................................................................................................... $$

TAKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT • 1840 Dominion Way, 548-9257, takojapanese

restaurant.wordpress.com A nice selection of Japanese favorites and a variety of sushi. Servers will make beginner chopsticks for the kids. ........................................................................................................................ $$

TAO’S ORIENTAL CUISINE • 13888 Gleneagle Drive, 481-3418, taosoriental.com A good take on Chinese favorites, with Thai and Korean thrown in to spice things up. .... $

TASTE OF CHINA • 1811 S. Academy Blvd., 596-8586 Big and bountiful. If you leave hungry, you weren’t really trying. ............................................ $ TASTE OF KOREA • 1825 Peterson Road, 574-2060 All the warm, earthy favorites you’d expect from Korean food. .............................................. $$ TASTE OF THAI SPICE • 1609 Lashelle Way, 226-1999

Fans use words such as “amazing” and “authentic” to describe the food here. .................. $

THAI BASIL • 7882 N. Academy Blvd., 268-1688, thaibasilcoloradosprings.com

An import from Denver, dishing up traditional Thai cuisine for the American palate. ....... $

THAI LILY CUISINE & YAKITORI 8 • 319 N. Chelton Road, 597-8374, thaililycuisine.com Two delicious menus in one location, with plenty to offer for vegetarians. .......................... $ THAI MINT • 1725 Briargate Blvd., 598-7843, thai-mint.com Try the Jungle Curry, if you dare. ........................................................................................................ $ THAI SATAY • 821 Cheyenne Meadows Road, 540-8288 A solid choice for Thai cuisine, plus a few Vietnamese bun bowls. .......................................... $ TOMO SUSHI • 975 N. Academy Blvd., 597-2422, eatattomo.com

Outstanding service, fast lunches and beautiful dinners. ......................................................... $$

TONG TONG KOREAN RESTAURANT • 2036 S. Academy Blvd., 591-8585 Homey and unpretentious with a very friendly and helpful staff. The food is very good, but without the strong spicy notes one would expect in Korean dishes. ............................. $$ ULTIMATE BUFFET • 3727 Bloomington St., 591-0768, ultimatebuffet.com

A never-ending buffet with options ranging from sushi to pizza. .......................................... $$

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asian VIETNAMESE GARDEN • 7607 N. Union Blvd., 520-9299, vietnamesegarden.net

Traditional Vietnamese favorites, plus clay pot dishes, hot pot dishes and roll-your-own spring rolls for those who like to play with their food in a socially acceptable way. ......... $

WILD GINGER THAI RESTAURANT • 27 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,

634-5025 Besides a variety of delicious Thai food, the lowly eggplant is so delicious it should be illegal. .......................................................................................................................................................... $

XIANG’S KITCHEN • 5935 Constitution Ave., 573-8899, xiangskitchen.com An excellent value for fresh, fast Chinese and Thai-inspired dishes. ....................................... $ YOO MAE JAPANESE CUISINE • 21 E. Kiowa St., 473-8105, yoomae.com

The hidden gem of downtown Colorado Springs. It offer 50 rolls named after the 50 states. The Colorado is filled with shrimp tempura, cucumber, spicy tuna and avocado, topped with red tobiko (flying fish eggs) and drizzled in eel sauce. ..................................... $$

ZEN FUSION SUSHI & BISTRO • 4359 Integrity Center Point, 375-3288, zenfusionsushi.com A fairly new sushi restaurant that isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. ............................... $$

cajun CULPEPPER’S CAJUN KITCHEN • 6502 S. Academy Blvd., 282-8479,

culpeppers.net Cravings for the bayou can be quenched here: gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice, po’ boys and beignets. .............................................................. $Ω

NAWLINS BAR B Q & CAJUN CUISINE, 3317 Cinema Point, 571-9777

The Cajun is raging here. Try the étouffée and pulled pork. ............................................... $$Ω

SPRINGS ORLEANS • 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 520-0123, springsorleans.com

Chef James Davis injects Springs Orleans with the flair of Cajun cooking. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, this expansive restaurant with open kitchen does a lot right, including the po’ boy (shrimp, oyster, crawfish or catfish), which comes with fries and bread-and-butter pickles. On some nights, you’ll get live entertainment with your meal. .................................................................................................................................................. $$$ R

ethiopian UCHENNA • 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 634-5070, uchennalive.com This family-operated spot in the heart of Old Colorado City moves at its own pace, but it’s worth the wait. It offers authentic Ethiopian and Mediterranean cuisine that’s 70 percent organic, gluten-free and allergy friendly. The best part: It tastes good. Try the Tibs Wats, beef sautéed with ginger and 12 spices. ........................................................................... $R

french LA BAGUETTE BAKERY • Independently owned, four locations Craving some time in Paris — minus the long flight? Head here for fresh bread, escargot and French onion soup good enough to wear a beret for. ..................................................... $Ω LA CREPERIE • 204 N. Tejon St., 632-0984

This bistro serves up thin, hot crêpes packed with a multitude of interesting ingredients. If you’re not crazy for crêpes, try the soups, salads, fish or steak au poivre. One not to miss: the St. Jacque crêpe, with scallops, crab, shrimp, a white wine cream sauce and Swiss cheese. ..................................................................................................................................... $$Ω

PARIS CREPE WORLD CUISINE • 218 N. Tejon St., 444-0110 There’s a crêpe for every palate here. The buckwheat, rice or garbanzo crêpes are filled with tasty morsels. Gluten-free dishes are also available. Try the Algerian crêpe, stuffed with cumin-rubbed beef, egg, potato, red onion, olives, cilantro and green chili. ............... $

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Jamaican Restaurant

Enjoy Authentic Jamaican Food and Atmosphere. Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri & Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12pm-7pm Our menu includes many island favorites that will treat your pallet and satisfy your hunger. We serve lunch and dinner, have military and student discounts, and have daily happy-hour specials!

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german EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT • 34 E. Ramona Ave., 633-2220, edelweissrest.com This enchanting restaurant serves excellent renditions of German favorites in a fun setting. Portions are hearty, and the housemade tortes are great. Try the Flammeküche. ............................................................................................................................................................ $$ΩR MB’S PICK: SCHNITZEL FRITZ • 4037 Tutt Blvd., 573-2000,

schnitzelfritz.com The small, strip-mall store is bright and clean, but on the plain side. The food, however, is much better than a place this size has any right to be. The German specialties are savory and scrumptious, beautifully complemented by the baked goods from the Old German Bakery. Dishes not to miss: Hungarian goulash ($7.99), rouladen ($9.99), bratwurst platter ($8.99) and cherry crumble cake ($3.79). ..................................................................................... $Ω

SCHNITZEL KING • 5644 U.S. 85/87, 638-4974 This one-man German restaurant reigns locally for its sheer number of schnitzels, including a Hawaiian version topped with pineapple, and the decadent Robber Schnitzel, which is covered in crispy bacon and hollandaise. ........................................................................ $ UWE’S • 31 Iowa Ave., 475-1611 The best place to dig into fried, breaded meats slathered with gravy. Uwe’s is short on atmosphere, long on German comfort food. Try the Jaegerschnitzel. ............................ $$Ω

hawaiian LA’AU’S TACO SHOP • 830 N. Tejon St., Suite 110, 578-5228, laaustacoshop.com

La’au’s (pronounced Luh-OWZ) is your place if you’re hankering for a fish taco with mango salsa and crisp Napa cabbage on a homemade tortilla. This favorite of the Colorado College crowd offers a tasty Hawaii-meets-Latin-America fusion, with a fun, modern vibe. You can’t go wrong with a shrimp bowl. ............................................................................ $Ω

L&L HAWAIIAN • 5850 Barnes Road, 570-1888, hawaiianbarbecue.com

This chain barbecue place offers Asian-native fusion “plate lunch” dishes from the Hawaiian Islands, such as kalua pork, teriyaki short ribs and, of course, grilled Spam sushi. The two-meat plate is a real bargain. ................................................................................................ $

indian TERESA’S PICK: THE CURRY LEAF • 321 N. Tejon St., 447-0608, curryleafrestaurant.com The best place in Colorado Springs to find authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. The exotic flavors are a blend of spices from India, Portugal, Holland, China and Malaysia. Best known for Sri Lankan curries, and there’s a variety of them on the menu. Don’t miss the fried pastry patties, filled with sautéed chicken and potatoes, which are spiced with the chef’s secret blend. The pappadum, lentil chips served with sweet and spicy mango chutney, is a tasty treat, too. Dish not to miss: Eggplant curry ($9.95 lunch, $10.95 dinner). ............................................. $$ EVEREST NEPAL RESTAURANT • 28 E.Bijou St., 473-3890 Known for its convenient downtown location, cozy atmosphere and housemade naan bread. ...................................................................................................................................................... $R INDIA PALACE RESTAURANT • 5644 N. Academy Blvd., 535-9196, indiapalacecos.com Specializes in North Indian cuisine, with a popular lunch buffet and gluten-free dishes. ...................................................................................................................................................................... $$ LITTLE NEPAL INDIAN RESTAURANT & BAR • 1747 S. 8th St., 477-6997, lnepal.com Perhaps the best overall Indian-Nepalese restaurant in the Springs. Delectable curries, balanced spices and an excellent lunch buffet. ...................................................................... $$Ω MIRCH MASALA • 5047 N. Academy Blvd., 599-0003, mirchmasalaa.com

Fun atmosphere, impressive lunch buffet, famous Indian flatbreads prepared in-house. ................................................................................................................................................................. $$Ω

TASTE OF INDIA • 4820 Flintridge Drive, 598-3428; food court at The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive E., 591-2105; tasteofindiasprings.com Noted for its good saag paneer, butter chicken and tandoori — all made with fresh ingredients. ........................................................................................................................................ $$Ω

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italian BAMBINO’S ITALIAN EATERY AND CATERING CO. • 2849 E. Platte Ave.,

630-8121, bambinospizza.com Offers popular lunch and dinner buffets, thin-crust pizza and good pasta. ........................ $$

BELLA PANINI • 4 Colorado 105, Palmer Lake, 481-3244, bellapanini.com Noted for its chicken saltimbocca, Bella Panini also offers pizza, pasta and paninis and a great wine selection. Many gluten-free items are available. ......................................... $$Ωp BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO • 1805 Briargate Parkway, 262-9500, biaggis.com This Midwestern chain offers a popular half-and-half lunch combination and is consistently lauded for its quiet atmosphere and superb service. .................................................. $$$ BILLY’S OLD WORLD PIZZA • 308 S. 8th St., Suite E, 630-3400, billysoldworldpizza.com The Italian buffet is a go-to place for the lunch crowd, and the stone-baked, Chicagostyle pizzas feature ingredients all made in-house, including house-ground meats and housemade mozzarella. .......................................................................................................................... $ BORRIELLO BROTHERS • Eight locations, 884-2020, borriellobrothers.com

Consistently fresh, hand-tossed New York-style pizza pies and calzones as close to Brooklyn as it gets. ........................................................................................................................... $$Ω

DAT’S ITALIAN • 2514 W. Colorado Ave., 632-3287, datsitalian.com

Known for its lasagne, it has good Italian food and great daily specials. It’s doggie and kid friendly and has a lovely back patio and live music. ......................................................... $R

EXTREME PIZZA • 2130 Southgate Road, Suite 108, 634-1616; 7340 N. Academy

Blvd., 522-1515; extremepizza.com Offers a variety of hand-crafted pizzas, calzones, subs and salads, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. .................................................................................................................. $$R

FARGO’S PIZZA CO. • 2910 E. Platte Ave., 473-5540, fargospizza.com

With a Western theme and a magic mirror that tells you when your order’s up, this is a kid’s nirvana. It offers pizza, sandwiches and a salad bar. ........................................................ $$

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italian FRATELLI RISTORANTE ITALIANO • 124 N. Nevada Ave., 575-9571, fratelliristorante.com Italian fine dining in the heart of downtown. It offers a medley of traditional northern and southern Italian dishes. Impressive wine and cocktail menu. .................................... $$R MB’S PICK: IL VICINO • 11 S. Tejon St., 475-9224; 5214 N. Nevada Ave., 590-8633; ilvicino.com With a great variety of wood-fired pizzas, plus a few sandwiches, salads and pastas, this could easily become your family’s new favorite pizza joint. The pizzas are individualsized, but most of the other dishes are big enough to share. All the food we tried was excellent, and it hits that elusive restaurant chord that makes it perfect for families, business lunches, dates or just meeting a friend. Dishes not to miss: The Melanzane ($8.50) and calzones ($8.50-$9.25). ................... $Rp JOEY’S PIZZA • 1829 Briargate Blvd., 265-6922, joeysnypizza.net

Authentic New York-style pizza, strombolis and calzones, right here in the Springs. Fans say it’s a gem of a pizzeria. .............................................................................................................. $R

LA BELLA VITA RISTORANTE • 4475 Northpark Drive, 260-4730,

labellavitaristorante.net In this sophisticated space, you will be greeted with true Italian food by the restaurant’s Italian owners. It starts with homemade pasta and keeps getting better. ...................... $$$$

LEON GESSI NEW YORK PIZZA • 1806 Palmer Park Blvd., 635-1542, leongessipizza.com A longtime favorite for local pizza lovers, you can relax and feel like part of the family here. The menu includes all the staples, pizza, subs and a kid’s menu. .................................. $ LOUIE’S PIZZA • 5 locations, louies-pizza.com

For a lot of people, when you say pizza, you mean Louie’s. You’ll find all the favorites here, including calzones, pasta, pizza subs, Dyno Wings and even a dessert pizza. ...... $Ω

LUIGI’S RESTAURANT • 947 S. Tejon St., 632-7339, luigiscoloradosprings.com Family-owned dinner destination since 1958, with casual, cozy family dining. .................. $$ MARCO’S PIZZA • 9420 Briar Village Point, 434-3773; 4492 Austin Bluffs

Parkway, 203-3599; marcos.com Fans from all over are familiar with Marco’s consistently good food and affordable prices. Briar Village has an expansive patio with an impressive view. .......................... $Rp

MARILYN’S HOUSE OF FINE PIZZA • 964 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9104 She married Joe DiMaggio, so there’s kind of a connection between Marilyn Monroe and Italian food. Even if there weren’t, Marilyn’s is worth checking out. It specializes in creative toppings and a balance of ingredients. ............................................................................ $ MOLLICA’S ITALIAN MARKET & DELI • 985 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite A,

598-1088, mollicasitalianmarket.com Founded in 1987 by the Mollicas, the restaurant-market produces traditional Italian dishes, handed down through generations, including delicious desserts. ..................... $$Ω

PANINO’S • 604 N. Tejon St., 635-7452; 1721 S. 8th St., 635-1188; paninos.com

These two venerable neighborhood eateries excel in no-nonsense food, good prices and daily specials. Try the eggplant Parmesan. ...................................................................................... $

PARAVICINI’S ITALIAN BISTRO • 2802 W. Colorado Ave., 471-8200, paravicinis.com Neighborhood spot serves solid fare with flair, with family-style menu and a good wine list. Try the Calamari Fritti and Salmon Jennette. .................................................................. $$Ω PIZZERIA RUSTICA • 2527 W. Colorado Ave., 632-8121, pizzeriarustica.com It may feel like an old neighborhood trattoria in Italy, but Rustica uses locally grown ingredients whenever possible. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. Check out the daily specials. It also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. The pizza’s good, but be sure to try the antipasti platter. ................................................................................................... $$R MB’S PICK: ROCCO’S • 3878 Maizeland Road, 3802 Maizeland Road, 574-1426, roccoscolorado.com Rocco’s is a cheerful, family restaurant with a menu of Italian-American standards and some surprisingly diverse specials, including pan-seared ostrich and the grilled quail and wild boar sausage. The brick walls, padded booths and red-checked tablecloths may say “kitsch” to some, but the food tastes like there’s an Italian grandma in the kitchen. Dishes not to miss: Italian hot beef sandwich ($8.95) and Zuppa di Clams ($17). ........... $$ ROMAN VILLA PIZZA • 3005 N. Nevada Ave., 635-1806 A homey little spot favored by several generations of hungry fans, with well-prepared, flavorful dishes. ........................................................................................................................................ $ RUFFRANO’S HELL’S KITCHEN • 9 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4355,

hellskitchenmanitou.com New York-style pizza in west Manitou Springs, with fresh ingredients, great sauce and a little attitude. ............................................................................................................................................. $

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jamaican JAMAICAN FLAVOR • 3016 S. Academy Blvd., 391-0142

Friendly staff, authentic flavors, good curries. ............................................................................... $

TERESA’S PICK: SPICE ISLAND GRILL • 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 473-8280,

spiceislandgrill.com You’ll immediately be transported to Jamaica when you enter this dining room with the ambiance of fun, bouncy reggae music and the smell of curry and jerk spices filling the air. It’s an innovative family restaurant where Jamaican chefs whip up authentic Caribbean-style dishes. The menu has oxtail, curry goat, jerked chicken, fish escovitch and delicious homemade desserts. Try the Sampler Plate, which features an assortment of tasty small bites. The oxtail soup is classic. Dish not to miss: Rum cake ($5.50). ....................................................................................... $$$Ω

ISLAND GRILL TAKE OUT & CATERING • 1107 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101,

578-1468, islandgrilltakeout.com This modest Jamaican take-out place serves up authentic Jamaican street food. The jerk chicken is recommended. ...................................................................................................................... $

RASTA PASTA • 405 N. Tejon St., 481-6888, rastapastacs.com This inexpensive downtown spot, which is popular with the college crowd, serves pasta dishes with Jamaican-inspired sauces, such as jerk chicken with pineapple curry. Try the Chicken Montego Bay. ...................................................................................................................... $$Ω

mediterranean CASPIAN CAFÉ • 4375 Sinton Road, 528-1155, caspiancafe.com

The Mediterranean menu at Caspian Café travels from Greece to Spain and France, with some specials on the menu that are pure originals. ............................................................. $$Ω

GRAND GYROS • 3980 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-4282 Formerly Rumi’s Kabob, it offers flavorful gyros in a casual atmosphere. ............................ $ GREEK GRILLE • 4486 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 264-1165 Fresh ingredients distinguish this family-owned spot, with fast, friendly service. ............. $ HEART OF JERUSALEM CAFE • 4587 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 685-9554;

718 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1325; heartofjerusalemcafe.com Outstanding shawarmas and zesty hummus combined with jovial, but not intrusive, service makes for a great dining experience. ............................................................................ $Ω

IN & OUT GYROS • 36 E. Bijou St., 635-7749 The very tender and flavorful gyros, made with simple and fresh ingredients, speak for themselves. ................................................................................................................................................ $ JAKE & TELLY’S GREEK TAVERNA • 2616 W. Colorado Ave., 633-0406,

greekdining.com More than just gyros, this upstairs bistro offers innovative Greek specialties. ....... $$ΩR

MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ • 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115, medcafe-co.com A downtown institution, the Med Café, as regulars call it, offers intimate seating and food that captures the robust spirit of the Mediterranean region. ..................................... $Ω

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mediterranean MY BIG FAT GREEK RESTAURANT • 7605 N. Academy Blvd., 260-7300,

eatmoregreek.com Table dancing and smashing plates accompany your meal in this boisterous chain restaurant with terrific gyros. ............................................................................................................ $$Ω

SAHARA CAFE • 954 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2303 Short on interior design, but big on flavor and some of the best beef shawarma and baklava in town. ........................................................................................................................................ $ TAJINE ALAMI • 10 Old Man’s Trail, Manitou Springs, 685-1119, tajinealami.com Authentic Moroccan food, entertainment and seating. Dine as if part of the family, with four- and six-course feasts offered nightly. ........................................................................... $$$Ω

mexican 3 MARGARITAS • Five locations, 3margaritasmex.com

You’ll be glad you came to this Colorado-based chain once that first forkful of carne asada or bite of fajitas goes down. ....................................................................................... $$Rp

ALFONSO’S • 1022 S. 21st St., 575-9289

Alfonso’s is the place for a big appetite and a thin wallet. Try the Dom Poncho — an 18-inch burrito bound to fill you up. ................................................................................................... $

AMANDA’S FONDA • 3625 W. Colorado Ave., 227-1975; 8050 N. Academy Blvd., 266-6680; amandasfonda.com A colorful spot for Mexican fare. The creekside patio is beautiful during warm weather and servers dress in festive attire. Amanda’s is known for its margaritas and there are quite a few to choose from. Try the carne asada, one of the most popular dishes. ....... $R ARCEO’S • 1605 S. Nevada Ave., 442-2626; 4608 Rusina Road, 264-0143; facebook.com/pages/Arceos-Mexican-Restaurant/117487684936126 Arceo’s is as festive as a Mexican restaurant comes, and patrons love the pork burritos, chiles rellenos and tacos. ...................................................................................................................... $ BEAN BANDIT AND BEAN BANDIT CAFE • 320 N. Circle Drive, 634-9945; 2819 N. Nevada Ave., 634-9946 One of the oldest restaurants in the Springs still gives you a solid deal for your money. The chiles rellenos are a crowd favorite. .......................................................................................... $ CARLOS MIGUEL’S MEXICAN BAR & GRILL • Six locations,

carlosmiguels.com This Colorado-based chain serves an upscale take on Guadalajaran-style dishes. Diners love the pollo borracho (drunken chicken) — chicken rolled in mushrooms, peppers and cheese, and topped with a special habanero sauce. .............................................................. $$R

CRYSTAL PARK CANTINA • 178 Crystal Park Road, Manitou Springs, 685-5999,

crystalparkcantina.com A hidden gem tucked away in Manitou Springs in the old Mission Bell Inn. It has a creative menu and great drinks, including the Fighting Sue. Many love the chiles rellenos topped with the Mexican Alfredo sauce. .................................................................................... $$R

EL PADRINO MEXICANO • 13425 Voyager Parkway, 487-2727 This locally owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican food in a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. ........................................................................................................................ $$R

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mexican EL RANCHITO CARNICERIA NO. 3 • 1714 Monterey Road, 630-0150 Belly up for the most authentic taqueria-style soft tacos around. The counter’s at the back of a Mexican market, and they’re happy to accommodate any food request. ............ $ EL TACO REY • 330 E. Colorado Ave., 475-9722, eltacorey.com

Founded in 1976 by the Aguilar family, this intimate restaurant has become a favorite with locals. Head down on a sunny day, and partake in the avocado pork burritos or red sauce enchiladas as you eat at the picnic tables out front. ............................................. $ΩR

ESTELLA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT • 925 S. 8th St., 575-0244

They do Mexican comfort food well here. Estella’s breakfasts are quite popular. It also has a full bar. ............................................................................................................................................. $

FIESTA JALISCO • 6074 Stetson Hills Blvd., 573-8813, fiestajalisco.net Drop in for a margarita, albondigas soup or the Fiesta Jalisco Enchilada. ......................... $$ FIESTA MEXICANA • 420 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-3551 The staples of Mexican food are here, including fajitas and the carne asada burrito. And if you’re thirsty, the margaritas are the way to go. ....................................................................... $ GUADALAJARA MEXICAN RESTAURANT • 7336 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, 494-0700 Family owned and operated, this spot offers more than 40 items under $10. Stop in for the daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and knock back a full platter of burritos or one of many chicken chipotle dishes. ........................................................................................................ $R MB’S PICK: JORGE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT • 2427 W. Colorado Ave.,

634-9031 After about a half million in renovation costs, this lively family-run restaurant offers great service and a nice selection of traditional Mexican-American dishes. And the house-made tortilla chips are a great pairing with the guacamole, which tasted like it had been made moments before it arrived at the table. Dish not to miss: Shrimp fajitas ($13.50). ...................................................................................... $

JOSE MULDOON’S • 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311; 5710 S. Carefree Circle, 574-5673; josemuldoons.com Traditional fare and great specials — for instance, Taco Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays. Try a burrito covered in green or red chili. ................................................................................ $R

The True Taste of Colorado

North: westside: 1110 Interquest Parkway 600 South 21st St. Interquest Parkway & I-25 Roundhouse (Hwy 24 West & 21st St) (Across from the Air Force Academy)

434-5750 • cmbrew.com

(Old Van Briggle Pottery location)

466-8240 • cmbrew.com

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mexican JUAN PABLO’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT (FORMERLY EL POBLANO) • 908 N. Circle Drive, Suite A, 632-1971 The restaurant might be small, but its Central American fare is mighty. Expect some dishes you rarely see in Colorado. ...................................................................................................... $ LA CARRETA • 35 Iowa Ave., 477-1157 Authentic food in a family-run restaurant. Excellent red chili. .................................................. $ LA CASA FIESTA NEW MEXICAN RESTAURANT • 230 Front St., Monument, 481-1234, lacasafiesta.net The extensive menu offers loads of choices of southern New Mexican cuisine. The fajitas and carnitas are popular. Fiesta also offers a gluten-free menu. Check out its lovely patio, which is partially covered and features a fire pit, fireplace and heaters. ............. $R LA CASITA MEXICAN GRILL • Four locations, lacasitamexigrill.com An always popular place with a salsa selection to die for, this local chain serves housemade tortillas and is easy on the pocketbook. ............................................................................... $ LA FLOR DE JALISCO • 5520 S. U.S. 85/87, No. 103, 392-4571 Traditional Mexican spot in Security. Try the tacos and enchiladas. ........................................ $ LA MISSION • 7634 McLaughlin Road, Falcon, 495-7052 Authentic Mexican fare. The green chili is a stand out. ................................................................ $ MB’S PICK: LA ROSA SOUTHWESTERN DINING • 25 Colorado 105, Palmer

Lake, 368-7676, larosasouthwesterndining.com It’s well worth driving to Palmer Lake to eat at La Rosa. The small, charming restaurant with a tiny bar in the front and simple wood tables offers a warm welcome to everyone seeking fresh, homemade Mexican food. Dishes not to miss: Vegetarian tamales ($12), Fish Vera Cruz ($17), Tres Leches Cake ($6). .................................................................................................................................................... $

LA SINALOENSE • 642 S. Academy Blvd., 550-1213

This Mexican restaurant and a bakery offering pineapple, pumpkin and custard empanadas and Tres Leches Cake. ..................................................................................................................... $

LAS PALMITAS • 6805 Corporate Drive, Suite 110, 260-9393

In a corner of a former shopping center, you won’t likely spot Las Palmitas unless you know it’s there. It’s worth the search. An extensive menu hits all the standards as well as branching into creative combinations. The service is friendly and fast. And the setting is airy and just colorful enough to remind you that you’re not at Chili’s. The selection of margaritas stands up to the richly flavorful food. ......................................................................... $

LA UNICA AUTENTICO • 3317 W. Colorado Ave., 633-7499

Unless there are cars in the parking lot, you might wonder if this little place is actually open. Give it a shot, because the food is solid and tasty, especially the chiles rellenos and enchiladas. The selection of Mexican beer is notable, as are the margaritas. ...... $$R

THE LOOP • 965 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9344,

theloopatmanitou.com Fans of The Loop are fiercely loyal and often cite the restaurant’s huge (and huge selection of) margaritas as why. Grab a spot by the fireplace, and fill your belly with a vast selection of Mexican favorites. ............................................................................................................ $

MARIA’S TACO SHOP • 2812 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 471-4525, marias-tacoshop.com This family-owned spot is known for its tasty fish tacos, but if that’s not your style, try the gorditas or chiles rellenos. Wash your meal down with a margarita. ............................... $ MONICA’S TACO SHOP • 5829 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-7022; 30 E. Fillmore St., 473-1996 If you need it Mexican and you need it now, this is the place to stop. .......................... $ΩR PUEBLO VIEJO MEXICAN RESTAURANT • 5598 N. Academy Blvd., 266-1999; 5934 Stetson Hills Blvd., 638-6040 Try the carne asada and fajitas. ................................................................................................... $$R TERESA’S PICK: RAMON Q’S CANTINA • 1005 W. Colorado Ave., 434-2741,

ramonqs.com Owner Elizabeth St. James named the eatery for her dad, who was her inspiration. She proudly brings her family recipes to the menu, creating Mexican with a twist. All her food is made from the freshest ingredients. And the famous Q’s Twisted Burger is a third of a pound of Angus beef topped with brisket, sautéed jalapeños and onions, bacon, avocado, Cotija cheese and an avocado green salsa. Go for Q’s chicken, shrimp and steak fajitas, too. Dish not to miss: Q’s chicken mole ($12). .......................................................................... $$ΩR

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The choices abound here, but a simple plate of carne asada will always please. ........... $R

RITA’S • 2521 W. Colorado Ave., 667-7268

Basic, tasty Mexican food — burritos, tacos, enchiladas and chiles rellenos. ........................ $

RODOLFO’S MEXICAN GRILL • 15932 Jackson Creek Parkway, Monument,

487-9410 Folks rave about the authentic taqueria food, especially the carne asada fries. ................ $

RUDY’S LITTLE HIDEAWAY • 945 S. 8th St., 632-9527 Fans of this Mexican-style diner head in for breakfast burritos and the green chili on anything and everything. ....................................................................................................................... $ TERESA’S PICK: SALSA BRAVA FRESH MEXICAN GRILL • 9420 Briar Village Point, 955-6650; 802 Village Center Drive, 266-9244; salsabravaonline.com All the food is made from scratch daily, by staff standing behind the logo of Eat Fresh, Live Well. The salsas are made with 2,500 pounds of fresh tomatoes weekly. You won’t find any lard or MSG in the dishes. It’s Mexican food with a creative twist. The tortilla soup is an excellent choice packed with fajita chicken and fresh avocado chunks. Dish not to miss: Coconut shrimp ($9.99 appetizer). ..................................................... $$ΩR SALSA LATINA • 28 E. Rio Grande St., 328-1513, salsalatinas.com

This spin-off of El Taco Rey offers homemade tamales, avocado with pork burritos and out-of-sight green chili. ..................................................................................................................... $R

SENOR MANUEL’S MEXICAN CUISINE • 660 N. Nevada Ave., 598-3033,

senormanuel.com Eat your chimichangas out on the new patio. You won’t go away hungry from this restaurant. ........................................................................................................................................... $$R

SONTERRA INNOVATIVE SOUTHWESTERN GRILL • 28B S. Tejon St., 471-9222, sonterragrill.com Upscale Mexican/Southwestern in a swanky downtown location. Be sure to order the tableside guacamole, which is made as you watch. ............................................................... $$R TACO STAR • 605 N. Circle Drive, 520-3599; 318 N. Wahsatch Ave., 630-3646 This taqueria makes some of the best bacon burritos around. And as a bonus, the driveup is open 24-7. .......................................................................................................................................... $ TORTILLERIA DELICIAS • 513 S. Circle Drive, 471-2244 Traditional Mexican fare. ........................................................................................................................ $ VALLEJO’S RESTAURANT • 111 S. Corona St., 635-0980 Save this spot for Fridays. It’s the only day of the week they make chiles rellenos, and they’re worth the wait. ........................................................................................................................... $

advertiser index North

Amanda’s Fonda ............... 35 Back East Bar & Grill ....... 29 Biaggi’s Ristorante ........... 21 Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant ...................... 31 Colorado Mountain Brewery ........................... 39 Il Vicino ................................ 31 Jun Japanese Restaurant 37 Lemongrass Bistro .......... 39 Marco’s Pizza ..................... 41 Margarita at PineCreek ... 41 My Big Fat Greek Restaurant ....................... 13 Salsa Brava ........................ 35 Saltgrass Steakhouse ...... 15

Downtown

Browns Shoe Fit ............... 33 Café 36 ................................. 2 C.S. Fine Arts Center ......... 2 The Famous ........................ 17 Fargo’s Pizza ...................... 19 Fujiyama .............................. 17 Il Vicino ................................ 31 Jack Quinn Pub ................. 15 King’s Chef Diner .............. 41 Melting Pot ........................ 23

Orchard Ovens Bakery .... 31 Over Easy ........................... 35 Phantom Canyon ............. 44 Sonterra ............................. 35 Spice Island Grill .............. 33 Springs Orleans ................. 31

West

Amanda’s Fonda ............... 35 Bon Ton’s Café .................... 11 C Cobb Creations ................ 9 Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant ...................... 31 Colorado Mountain Brewery at the Roundhouse ................... 39 Coquette Bistro ................ 27 Craftwood Inn .................... 21 Crystal Park Cantina ....... 23 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit ..... 27 Edelweiss Restaurant ..... 33 Heart of Jerusalem .......... 15 Jorge’s Mexican Restaurant ....................... 13 Jun Japanese Restaurant 37 Marigold Café ..................... 19 Mason Jar ........................... 19 New Day Cafe ..................... 41

Old Colorado City Association .................... 43 Paravicini’s Italian Bistro 29 Picnic Basket/Buffalo Gals Catering ............................. 9 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory ............................. 37 Stagecoach Inn .................. 21 Texas T-Bone Steakhouse 19 Walter’s Bistro ................... 25

Central

Heart of Jerusalem .......... 15 La Bella Vita ....................... 33 Pappy’s Golf Shop ............ 23 Patty Jewett Clubhouse . 25 Texas T-Bone Steakhouse 19

Powers Corridor

Back East Pizza & Wings 29 Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant ....................... 31 Tucano’s Brazilian Grill ..... 3

South

Airplane Restaurant ........ 23 Texas T-Bone ...................... 19 Toro’s Mexican Grill .......... 15

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