2003 arrival to COS
Promoting "a twist on Asian fusion," Chopsticks is slightly upscale and pleasantly minimalist, with food that's clean and bright with distinct flavor and presentation. Example: The orange flavored chicken ($9) in a tangy brown sauce with orange rinds and fiery Japones peppers.
You won't find any goopy sauces or canned mushrooms at this white-tablecloth establishment. What you will find: a minimalist dining room, an attentive, sharply dressed wait staff, and care and delicate spices put into each dish. Standout: the sesame chicken.
Best Of 2013: Affordable Family Fun
Cheyenne Mountain is a world-class zoo that'll put you well on your way to world-class calves as you switchback along its hilly terrain for an afternoon. For less than 15 bucks a head in the off-season, you can see everything from the expected lions, tigers and bears to more unusual zoo offerings, like a walk-in wallaby habitat, naked mole rat display or the newly renovated, multimillion-dollar Encounter Africa exhibit, among the finest of any zoo anywhere. And the food! See the Indy's Aug. 28 Appetite for an explanation of why you may not want to pack crumbly crackers and browning bananas for your day up high. — Jeff Koch
Best of 2013: Local Brewery
Last month, founder Mike Bristol told us that since Bristol Brewing Company expanded into Ivywild School, beer sales have jumped to 2½ times the volume for these same months in recent years. Meanwhile, his wholesale distribution has grown by 30 percent. But rather than going all Scrooge McDuck inside his golden-grain-filled, vault-like new brewhouse, Bristol and his team continue to be big philanthropists. Their Community Ales series generates roughly $60,000 annually for area nonprofit endeavors, while another $100,000-plus heads toward in-kind donations for hundreds of local events. Point being: Bristol cares about the community that cares about it, and that reciprocal lovin' is built on the back of a tremendously solid flagship beer line of lauded labels like Laughing Lab, Red Rocket and Mass Transit. — Matthew Schniper
Best Of 2013: Local Microbrew to Drink in Summer
It's easy enough to understand Colorado Springs' all-consuming desire for Beehive. Bristol Brewing Company's epic session beer incorporates local honey into a light grain bill, making for one of the easiest-drinking beers around. Beehive is easily paired to perfection, but it's also ideal for consuming alone on said hot summer day, when a "lawnmower" beer is called for and that wisp of pollen in the air inspires cravings of bee-borne, liquid goodness.— Matthew Schniper
Best Of 2013: Local Microbrew to Drink in Winter
A cold, refreshing beer on a summer day? A no-brainer. But even the warm-weather lovers among us can agree that one of the best things about winter is the release of Bristol's Winter Warlock. The dark oatmeal stout brings a certain brand of comfort at even the most blustery of times. It's great in the bottle, but we're anxiously awaiting the perfect snowy day to wrap our hands around a glass and watch the snow fall from within the cozy confines of the Ivywild School, new home to Bristol's brewing operations. — Laura Eurich