Best Of 2012: Neighborhood Restaurant: Monument
I'm surprised that La Casa Fiesta didn't place in the Patio Dining category, as it offers an epic outdoor experience. Truly, it's gorgeous, allowing 100 extra seats in warm months, and even bringing long winter wait times down. That's right, La Casa Fiesta's fans are willing to brave the cold in order to reach a hot plate of New Mexican food, such as mesquite-smoked chipotle honey lime ribs with a wonderful side of calabacitas. LCF's recipes date back to a Hobbs, N.M., restaurant started by owner Shawn Morris' grandmother and father in 1957. Members of his family have been actively involved ever since, and Morris hopes his sons will take the chili-laced dynasty into many decades to follow. — Matthew Schniper
Indy readers' choice for Monument neighborhood eatery, with 60-plus years history under the Morris family. It's known for superior margaritas (more than 60 tequilas are on hand), and best-sellers like the smoked pork carnitas and chipotle honey lime ribs. Also features a full gluten-free menu.