Best Of 2013: Place to Eat Local/Sustainable
Best Of 2013: Restaurant for Herbivores
Best Of 2013: Neighborhood Restaurant: Manitou
Farley McDonough can joke about it now. When told that her restaurant, Adam's Mountain Café, is up for several Best Of awards, she asks, "In what category? The Restaurant Most Likely to Be Evacuated?" But it wasn't funny when the Aug. 9 flood plowed into Adam's, forcing weeks of cleanup, repairs and revenue loss. "I have to admit that, the night it happened, my mindset was that we would never open again," she says. "But it became apparent, very quickly, that there were so many people out there who love the café, love our food, love our staff, and wanted us to ride this out." Volunteers kept coming, bestowing an "incredible gift" to McDonough, her family and staff. Merely saying "thank you" isn't enough for her, so she promises that diners will always find food, service and atmosphere that meets or exceeds pre-flood levels of excellence. And that's pretty damn good. — Rhonda Van Pelt
Bites 2013: Christmas Mountain Falls
Yeah, the menu says Green or Red Mountain Falls, but locals know you can mix them to dramatic effect. Onto a bed of toasted polenta (yup — 'dem ITALian corn grits) capped in cheddar cheese come the vegetarian chilies garnished with scallions and tomatoes and cooled slightly by a dollop of sour cream. Get the added eggs your style (over medium, perhaps?) because the yolk adds another pleasing dimension. There you have it: Christmas year-round. ($7/$10.25 with two eggs).Click here for Adam's Mountain Cafe's Indian Braised Romanesco Recipe!
Best Of 2010: Bar for a Martini
Best Of 2010: Bar for a Fancy-Pants Cocktail
Best Of 2010: Upscale Bar
At the beginning of August, the blue porch light at 15C went dark, the result of an early-morning fire in the building that displaced the martini and cigar bar's customers and staff. Regardless, Springs drinkers and smokers know what they like — this is 15C's eighth win for Upscale (or Classy) Bar and ninth win for Bar for a Martini. And as martinis can be a little "fancy-pants," it's really no surprise 15C grabbed that first-year award, too. From the ashes: "I'm definitely reopening — there's no question of that," says owner Alan Pak, though he doesn't have a timeline yet. —Kirsten Akens
You can drink, you can smoke, and you can stare across a candle-lit table at your loved one. Or you can just drink and smoke. A multiple readers' poll winner in the Bar for a Martini and Upscale Bar categories (its seventh straight year in the latter), 15C is a den of hidden delights located down a back alley with a purple light next to an indistinguishable door. In addition to the cigar menu, martinis rule here, from the classic James Bond affectation to such trendy concoctions as the Sugar Daddy, French Kiss and Velvet Hammer.